Explore the dynamic processes that shape our planet
When you choose a Geosciences major within the F&M Department of Earth and Environment, you will learn about the dynamic processes that shape our planet, the minerals and rocks that comprise it, and the features and processes of the Earths surface and interior. This is a field of fascinating problems, but also with outstanding employment opportunities. This major has a proven track record, consistently ranking among the best undergraduate programs in the country. We offer small classes, taught by professors who are experts in their fields. We have a flexible program, with four required core courses and a selection of the remainder. We feature a hands-on, project-based teaching style in many courses.
Courses are rich in field-based outdoors opportunities, with access to diverse local geology, including the Appalachian Mountains and the Piedmont province. We sponsor annual extracurricular field trips to exotic locations such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Study abroad is easily accommodated, and encouraged.
Independent study projects and internships are available for interested students. Courses and independent study include hands-on use of our sophisticated scientific instrumentation, and access to our own computer labs.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Franklin & Marshall’s Roger D. K. Thomas as one of its Fellows.Read More
Near Tunulliark Fjord , on a peninsula jutting from Greenland’s southern coast, an F&M student-faculty research team collect environmental data to help in determining what happened to the Norse more...Read More
The Bubble, a spring that provides most of the water for a lake in the central Pennsylvania hamlet of Boiling Springs, is an old mystery to residents who speculate about the spring’s source.Read More