• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Potsdam, NY, United States
Geology programme of State University of New York Potsdam graduates gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets. They use their knowledge to increase our understanding of Earth processes and to improve the quality of human life. 
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Their work and career paths vary widely and include geology, environmental science, paleontology, economic geology, geophysics, hydrology, oceanography, marine science, atmospheric science, planetary science, meteorology and soil science. 

A Geology degree from  State University of New York Potsdam is an excellent foundation for a career in any of these areas.

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in geology, seek professional licensure, and/or pursue a graduate degree in geology; students in this degree program must complete 33 credits of required core courses, five credits of a capstone experience, five credits of electives, and 23-24 credits of cognate sciences (typically a year of chemistry, calculus, and physics). 

Key facts:

Our campus is ideally located in the St. Lawrence Valley and adjacent to the Adirondack Mountains. The ancient meta-sedimentary and meta-igneous rocks of the region record a billion years of earth history and provide a natural laboratory for our students. The faculty take advantage of our prime location by taking students out in the field to apply the skills they learn to real-world questions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Geology
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy 
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 
  • Structural Geology 
  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Complete the SUNY Application or Common Application.
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee.
  • Send an official high school transcript, including all schools you attended for high school credit.
  • A letter of recommendation, preferably from a school-based counselor or teacher.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7070 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Potsdam

  • 892 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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