The Geology Department started collecting and testing drinking water samples from Union College campus in 2017. Check this web page for details on the water testing. Recent articles on the topic of UCWI appeared in the Concordiensis: Students conduct water testing by Alex...Read More
This summer I spent 2 weeks in Dominica, Lesser Antilles, working in the field with Professor Holli Frey. We collected hundreds of pounds of rocks, as well as water samples from meteoric and hydrothermal streams throughout the island. Back on campus, I processed my samples for...Read More
This past summer I spent over a month in Mexico studying Spanish and learning about the archaeology and history of Mexico and Central America. I took part in an intensive Spanish immersion program where I was able to meet many locals and learn about Mexico’s...Read More
This summer, I went to Massachusetts for three field days with Prof. Kurt Hollocher to sample the Prescott Complex, a crosscutting pluton comprised of bimodal metamorphosed igneous rocks. The complex apparently cuts several Ordovician, Silurian, and Devonian units in the Hodge...Read More
This summer I was awarded the opportunity to conduct important biogeochemical field work for my senior thesis on the Lake Junin watershed located between the Eastern and Western Cordilleras in the Peruvian Andes. The watershed occupies approximately 900 km2 of land and sits at...Read More
My senior thesis will focus on the provenance and thermal history of clastic rocks in the mélange unit of the Yakutat Group in Alaska through detrital zircon of clastic sediments. I spent the beginning portion of the summer in Yakutat Bay of southerneastern Alaska with three...Read More
I spent the majority of my summer conducting field work for my thesis in Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. Port Renfrew is an inlet opening up into the Pacific Ocean along the western coast of Vancouver Island. It is a small fishing town that used to be a 1st nation reservation,...Read More
This summer I traveled to Yakutat, AK to research Cordilleran tectonic processes on the western margin of the United States. The Yakutat microplate currently has two basement rock units: 1) Eocene basalts; and 2) Cretaceous flysch and mélange. It is currently hypothesized that...Read More
I am a senior Geology major with a French minor. I started off my summer by traveling to Dominica for two weeks in with Professors Frey and Manon, Dan Meandro, Katherine Swager and our research team of 9 underclassmen geology majors. We were able to collect almost 90 meteoric...Read More
This summer I kept my boots dirty over five weeks of fieldwork between three projects. Right after the school year ended, I traveled to the Junín Provence of Peru with Professors Donald Rodbell and David Gillikin, and fellow student Michael Kaye. In Peru, we conducted...Read More
This summer I participated in a Keck Geology Research Project focused on the tectonic evolution of the Salinian Block in central California. The fieldwork component was spent camping in Big Sur, where we collected rock samples and became familiar with the Santa Lucia Mountain...Read More
This summer I went to northeastern Nevada for the Keck Exhumation and Tectonic significance of the Wood Hill-East Humbolt Range Metamorphic Core Complex project. We collected samples in the Wood hill, East Humbolt range and Pequop Mountains in order to better understand the...Read More
My name is Karyn DeFranco and I am a senior Geology major. Over the summer I spent approximately two weeks in Dominica with Professor Frey and two other Union students, collecting 83 meteoric and hydrothermal water samples. Upon returning to the US, I spent four weeks analyzing...Read More
This summer I was at the University of Connecticut for the Keck New England Holocene project, where we looked at sediments and land forms to understand the regional history of floods, climate change, and human impact. We took sediment cores from wetlands in eastern and western...Read More
This summer, I worked at the Cumberland Gulf Group as their Environmental & Regulatory Affairs Intern. In the Environmental Department of the company, I learned about the measures they took to prevent gasoline releases into nature, and the methods they used to remediate...Read More
This summer I was fortunate enough to experience and explore two very different aspects of geology. My summer began with a two week research trip to Dominica with Professor Holli Frey, Karyn Defranco (’16) and Rebecca Babiak (’16) to collect samples for my thesis....Read More
Research: Radioactivity of the Lucerne Pluton, Maine: evidence for post‐intrusive uranium redistribution This summer I traveled to Steuben, ME to study uranium distribution in the radioactive Lucerne granite in Maine, which has elevated radon and uranium, and thus poses a...Read More
This summer I traveled to Dominica to continue researching the young (>100 ka) ignimbrite deposits found throughout this volcanically active island. Our research team (Prof. Holli Frey, Sarah Kittross, Karyn DeFranco, and I) spent ten days out in the field collecting over...Read More
This summer, I was fortunate enough to obtain an internship conducting geology research for RESESS, UNACO in Boulder, Colorado. I worked very closely with Professors Becky Flowers and James Metcalf at CU Boulder, contributing towards their efforts at better understanding the...Read More
Our program is strong and well-equipped, and is located in one of the most geologically diverse regions in the eastern U.S. We take advantage of our resources, and most courses involve both field and lab work. We have a variety of popular lab and non-lab courses at the introductory level.
We also have a strong undergraduate-oriented research program, with a wide variety of ongoing projects. We are a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, which offers additional research opportunities every summer.
Geology majors can and frequently do minor or double major in related disciplines such as Engineering, Economics, Chemistry, Political Science, Biology, or Physics, or any other field at Union.
Laboratory facilities and research in the geology department are discussed together because of the close connection between available laboratory equipment and research programs. Research in our department serves the dual role of faculty development and teaching. Research labs are the same labs in which many upper level courses are taught. Participation in research and research-like experiences are a vital part of the Union Geology education. All laboratory equipment is used in courses, and is accessible to students for use in independent, faculty supervised research projects.
Many careers are open to Union Geology graduates because of our emphasis on research-oriented activities, technical writing, field work, and public speaking. Our graduates are extraordinarily well prepared for graduate school and many professional fields compared to their peers. About half of our graduates go on to graduate school, and the other half into a wide variety of Geoscience and other fields.