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Geology, Bachelor

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Middlebury, VT, United States
The Bachelor Geology at Middlebury College focuses on environmental geology, geomorphology, marine geology, oceanography/limnology, petrology, and tectonics. Students are encouraged to develop skills for obtaining and interpreting observational data. The senior thesis is the culmination of a geology major at Middlebury
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The Bachelor Geology at Middlebury College takes advantage of our natural setting by stressing field-oriented and laboratory-supported inquiry into problems in all facets of earth science. Since Vermont is a classic area for the study of mountain system evolution, one general theme of the program is to relate geological process to the origin and evolution of global tectonic patterns, integrating data from the world's oceans and continental areas.

Teaching is our passion and research is an integral part of that teaching. Our research interests include ocean studies, lake studies, soil studies, structural geology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geochemistry, and geomorphology. All of our research has a field and a lab component.

Geology majors have used their Middlebury degree as a stepping-stone to graduate school in the geosciences; to industry; to teaching careers; and to careers in environmental science, business, law, and architecture.

Geology Department Learning Goals

Geology majors should graduate with knowledge of fundamental theories and content in geology, including topics from across the spectrum of geologic time pertaining to both bedrock geology and surficial geology.

  • Upon receiving their degree in Geology, students will possess an understanding of the Theory of Plate Tectonics and how it applies to understanding and interpreting the Earth.
  • All geology majors will study, in the field and in the lab, elements of the igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, structural and surficial geology of Vermont.
  • All geology majors will study structural geology and mineralogy.
  • All geology majors will gain understanding of surficial processes, including elements of Earth's climate system, by taking a course in geomorphology or hydrology.
  • Geology majors will gain depth in certain areas by taking elective courses including (but not limited to) topics such as marine geology, global tectonics, sedimentary geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geophysics, soils, geochemistry and glacial geology.
  • All geology majors will explore a single topic in great depth as part of the required senior thesis.
  • Through cognate courses, geology majors will obtain perspectives from allied fields in quantitative analysis and the sciences.


Geology majors will be able to critically assess and analyze data, write effectively as scientists, possess excellent oral presentation skills, and be well-versed in field-based skills and instrumental analysis in the geosciences.

  • At all levels of the curriculum of the geology department, students are presented with the opportunity and expectation that they analyze, question, and argue concepts in geology through critical reading, writing, discussion, and quantitative and spatial analysis.
  • The geology senior research seminar provides a capstone experience that particularly emphasizes many of the skills outlined above.
  • Independent research in geology implicitly requires the above-mentioned skills, so the senior thesis program provides an additional, significant, in-depth means of providing students with the opportunity to hone these skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Environmental Geology
  • The Ocean Floor
  • Elements of Oceanography
  • The Dynamic Earth

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or the Coalition Application
    • Two Teacher Recommendations
    • School Report, Counselor Recommendation, and Transcript
    • Standardized Tests
    • English Proficiency Test
    • Financial Aid
    • Interviews

Tuition Fee

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    55790 USD/year
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    55790 USD/year
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Living costs for Middlebury

  • 1133 - 1690 USD/month
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