The Geology Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Image of Geology Students on Field TripAre you interested in how the Earth works?
Do you want to solve real-world problems?

If you are curious about rocks and minerals, how the earth formed, how water shapes our Earth and other geological processes, then come learn with us in the Plattsburgh State Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES).

Did You Know?

In the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, we offer four degree programs in Geology. With over 200 students and seventeen faculty members, CEES offers a great diversity of courses with small class sizes.


State-of the Art facilities

The Center provides students with access to state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities, including:

Getting Involved

Student Research

Many programs limit research to graduate students. CEES provides numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in faculty-mentored research projects.

Careers in Earth Science Education

Students interested in teaching high school Earth science may complete our Adolescence Education Earth Science major. They will have to complete a master's degree within three years of certification. Many students elect to pursue a degree in geology followed by a Master's of Science in Teaching. The latter program can be completed in five years.

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Dual-Major to Spend Summer Interning for NASA

Photo of Patrick Montuori hiking in the woodsSome say the sky’s the limit — unless you’re junior environmental science and geology major Patrick Montuori. For him, the sky’s just the beginning.

Montuori is one of 32 students nationwide — and the only student from a SUNY school — selected to intern this summer with NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program.

Taking to the Sky

The program’s orientation at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. begins July 14. After the first week, Montouri will be placed into one of three groups and will focus his research on either air quality, oceanography or forest ecology, collecting in-flight data in the process. Doing airborne research, he will get to use instruments that sample and measure atmospheric gases and study land and water surfaces. Montuori said he is most excited to actually get his hands on the tools. Read more.


USGS, SUNY Professors Drill for Evidence of Past

Before there was a Lake Champlain, there was a Champlain Sea, which filled the entire Champlain Valley with salt water. And even before that, there was a vast sheet of ice and a cold, nearly uninhabitable Lake Vermont.

Around the time that these major changes to the landscape occurred, the Earth's climate also underwent some dramatic changes.

Now, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY New Paltz, and Binghamton University are hoping to piece together exactly what happened in the past so that it can inform what may happen to Earth's climate in the future. Read more.


Geology Students Find Prehistoric Seal Remains

Students collecting mud samples at Lake ChamplainJake McAdoo and his fellow students were collecting mud samples at the site of the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base on Lake Champlain when McAdoo's shovel hit something hard. Jake said that he thought he hit a railroad spike. Then, he dug further down and said, "No, I think it's a bone."

"No, it's not a bone," said Dr. David Franzi. "You almost never find bones." But Franzi was wrong. It was a bone, and a very special bone at that. Read more.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about geology at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267