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Geological Sciences BA - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 19.14 GEOLOGY, CIP: 40.0601 Geology/Earth Science, General)

Department of Geology

126 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1350

Beata Csatho

Margarete Jadamec
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

Geology summer field course (field camp): The 6-credit field camp course is a highlight of the undergraduate program. It is held for four weeks during the early summer in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado and operates from a mobile base camp. The course teaches applied geological field methods.

Experiential Learning

There are numerous opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the exciting research activities within the Department of Geology. Undergraduates have been involved in research topics as diverse as glacial geology, watershed hydrology, paleontology, volcanology, and planetary geology, and have worked in Alaska, Greenland, South America, and here in New York State. Many of these opportunities come with partial funding. Students generally register for independent study with a faculty advisor, pending availability so they earn credits while learning about how research is conducted and building their resume. Additional opportunities exist in research groups by assisting graduate student research. Many students get practice writing reports and presenting at conferences.

Study Abroad

We encourage geology majors to study abroad; universities around the world offer courses in geology. We recommend that interested students consult the Office of Study Abroad Programs and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Geology.

Extracurricular Activities

As a geology major, students are encouraged to join the UB Geology Club, an active undergraduate student organization that sponsors field trips to sites of geological interest, community service events, visiting lectures, picnics and special outings. UB Geology Club is also a good source to learn about the geology job market and current geologic issues as the club may bring in speakers from time to time to discuss various topics. Officers are elected each year.

See the UB Student Association webpage.

Honors and Awards

Reginald H. Pegrum Award: This award is available to graduating geology majors. Dr. Reginald H. Pegrum, founder of the department, established an annual award to be presented to an outstanding senior majoring in geology. The student selected is presented with a check and a certificate.

Gilbert Jaffe Memorial Award: This award is given to a graduating senior in geology, with preference given to a student excelling in marine geology or environmental science. The award consists of a check and a certificate.

Duttweiler Field Camp Award: Thanks to the generosity of alumna Dorthea Duttweiler, this award is given to one or more outstanding student(s) attending the Department of Geology's summer field camp, with preference given to females as specified by the donor. An award is presented to the top UB attendees.

Departmental Honors

In addition to the usual academic honors offered to students upon graduation, the department offers an honors program. Acceptance criteria for the Geology honors program include junior status, a minimum GPA of 3.250 in geology courses (including the chemistry, math and physics courses required for the major) and have completed at least three courses in geology. Obtaining honors in geology transcript notation requires a GPA of 3.250 or higher, research with a faculty member or graduate student during two consecutive semesters via independent study credits, and a capstone project that typically consists of a poster presentation at a conference on or off campus.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:17