Alumna in the News: Vicki L. Ferrini '95
Senior Research Projects, AY1999-2000 to present
Senior Honors Theses, AY2002-2003 to present
The Jack Kleinman Memorial Award at Colby
Major options and requirements
Course listings in the Department
Faculty and Staff
Fall, 2013 Seminar Schedule
Geology Course Pages
Geology Resource Guide through the Colby Libraries
Internships and Jobs
Maine Geological Survey
Colby's Local Weather forecast (from the National Weather Service)
Current Conditions at Colby (from the Department of Chemistry, courtesy Prof. D. W.King)
Northeast Regional Radar Loop
Portland Local Radar Loop
Chair, W. Herbert Wilson, Leslie B. Arey Professor of the Biosciences; phone: (207) 859-5739
2013-2014 staff: Professors Robert A. Gastaldo and Robert E. Nelson; Assistant Professors Walter A. (Bill) Sullivan and Tasha Dunn (beginning Feb., 2014), and Visiting Assistant Professor Bruce F. Rueger. Administrative Secretary Alice M. Ridky.
Click here to see what Dr. Gastaldo is going with the Haribo Bear!
Students in the Geology of Bermuda JanPlan line up to begin touring and exploring the islands on their mopeds.
(Click on the image for an enlarged view.)
And click HERE to check out their blog postings, to read (and see) everything they've reported back from Paradise!
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
For nearly two centuries, the Department of Geology has provided outstanding
liberal arts educational opportunities for students at Colby College. Since its inception, the mission of the department has been to:
-> provide an understanding of the inter-relationships between the Earth sciences and the human experience through varied approaches and technologies;
These learning goals have enabled geology students to achieve professional success both within the Earth sciences and in other career paths.
-> emphasize practical problem-solving using data and modern analytical techniques
drawn from diverse scientific disciplines, and communicate effectively the results to diverse
-> develop interpersonal communication skills via interdisciplinary approaches that
provide graduates with the tools necessary for successful transition into a global society; and
-> promote a collaborative atmosphere of student-faculty engagement culminating in an original research experience.
GEOLOGY is the study of the entire Earth. It is the ultimate
interdisciplinary science, in that geologists use knowledge of chemistry,
physics, mathematics and modern biology to understand the physical and
biological history of the entire planet.
Geologists are charged with locating virtually all non-biological resources on
Earth, and are also at the forefront of understanding and mitigating the environmental
impacts of human activities. They are also foremost among the scientists
studying the other planetary bodies of our solar system, as NASA missions to
Mars, Venus, the Moon and Jupiter have demonstrated so vividly in recent years. Through classroom
study, hands-on research experience, and internships, Colby geology majors are
prepared to enter this exciting world either as beginning professionals or
exceptionally well-prepared graduate students.
The department offers two major programs: a Geology major for those planning to enter professional work or go on immediately to graduate study, and a geoscience major more geared towards a general liberal-arts education or science teaching career. A more research-intensive honors program is also offered. Requirements for each of these programs may be found at the Geology Page in the College Catalogue.
Students in Geology at Colby find that the Department is committed to the
principle of "learning by doing." All geology majors at Colby engage in at least
one major research project before graduating, working closely with one or more
faculty mentors in a significant exploration of new knowledge. In recent years,
many students have presented the results of their research at either the
National Annual Meeting or the Northeastern Section Meeting of the
Geological Society of America, as well as other professional venues.
Department of Geology
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Waterville, Maine 04901-8858
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