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.

See what our students are doing on Facebook.

 

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. Robert Fuller, Director
Office: Ward Hall 239, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267
Email: cees@plattsburgh.edu