Geology

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Geology

The Geology program at UMF combines intensive course work with hands-on research in the earth sciences. Here, you’ll conduct field, laboratory and computer investigations that develop your understanding of earth materials and processes, geochemical cycles, and the origin — and evolution — of the earth system.

You’ll work closely with your professors in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field. You’ll make and analyze geologic maps, use petrographic and dissecting microscopes to interpret textures and compositions, use the latest X-ray fluorescence technology to analyze the composition of rocks and minerals, analyze images acquired by remote sensing, learn computer techniques for data acquisition, apply statistical analysis to data sets, and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to compile and interpret data. You will have the opportunity to develop your own senior research project and present the results at state and regional professional meetings in geology.

Additionally, you may be chosen work with one of our professors as a paid intern in the summer or during the academic year. Summer field study opportunities include study trips to the Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, Yellowstone National Park, Newfoundland, and even Ireland and Scotland. Our students have done internships with the Maine Geological Survey, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Department of Transportation, and other public and private agencies.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

GEY 251 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
GEY 254 Structural Geology and Tectonics
GEY 301 Terrain Analysis
GEY 201N Earth History
GEY 252 Introduction to Petrology
GEY 203 Surficial Processes