Bachelor of Arts: Geology
The Geology program at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) combines intensive course work with 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.
Hands-on experience is an important part of our Geology major. You'll work closely with your professors: in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field. And by doing so, you'll get to know each other as people, too. Here, your professors will become treasured mentors and lifelong influences.
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.
As a specialization option within the Geology major, you may also choose a track in chemistry. The chemistry track combines solid work in geology with an opportunity to concentrate in organic, physical or analytical chemistry. It, too, involves hands-on research, field work and lab work.
Our location in the foothills of the mountains in western Maine gives you access to some of the finest geological formations in the northeast. In fact, geologists from across the globe come to the region to study and explore.
Summer field study opportunities provide an even wider range of possibilities. UMF Geology students have participated in study trips to the Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, Yellowstone National Park, Newfoundland, even Ireland and Scotland.
Our Geology students have done internships with the Maine Geological Survey, the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Maine Dept. of Transportation and other public and private agencies.
"In Geology, we're outside all the time! We'll go canoeing, climbing mountains, all over the place - around the country and around the world. The only way to learn Geology is to get out there and start looking. My professors keep stressing that you can't learn this stuff just from books. We go places, that's for sure. Every lab we've had was fun."
-- Jason Chocquette
From Troy, Vermont
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - regardless of their 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 Geology such as:
|• Environmental Geoscience|
|• Climate Change|
|• Stratigraphy and Sedimentation|
|• Structural Geology and Tectonics|
|• Terrain Analysis|
|• Earth History|
|• Introduction to GIS|
|• Introduction to Petrology|
|• The Earth System|
|• Surficial Processes|
For additional information about Geology at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050