When you study Geoscience at Hobart and William Smith, you’re understanding the world, its phenomena and the roles humans play in impacting their environments. Through courses, research and internships in hydrology, geology and atmospheric science, you’ll be prepared to take on the pressing challenges of our time and those of the future.
Student Spotlight Restoring the Environment
Emma Redmond '22
“Having this experience as an undergraduate is so valuable, because I feel more engaged in what I’m learning.”
Completing an internship with the Onondaga Lake Cleanup project through Parsons Corporation solidified Emma’s desire to pursue a career that benefits the environment and helped her draw connections between the real-world and the classroom.
The Geoscience Department is dedicated to helping students find connection and build belonging. Faculty offer one-on-one office hours, including some flexible evening and weekend hours, to ensure students understand the material and have the support they need to succeed. “The Geo Club” offers students the opportunity to bond during field trips and activities surrounding geology, hydrology or atmospheric science. “Women in Geoscience” is a student-led group that empowers women to become leaders within each of the different spheres of geoscience.
Discover our world and the issues that influence it.
GEO 182 Intro to Meteorology
Take an in-depth look at many of the fundamental aspects of the atmosphere. Understand severe weather, factors influencing climate and how these phenomena impact every part of our lives.
GEO 184 Intro to Geology
Explore the form and function of the solid Earth using plate tectonics as the central theme.
GEO 186 Intro to Hydrogeology
Learn about hydrology using scientific quantitative reasoning to examine the characteristics and importance of water across environmental and geophysical sciences.
Seneca Lake and the greater Finger Lakes Region are an invaluable living laboratory for Geoscience students. Study on the water aboard The William Scandling and JB Snow research vessels, or use the Seneca Lake data buoy to collect water information. You’ll also have access to high quality, advanced equipment in Lansing Hall, where the Geoscience Department is housed, including the department’s meteorology and rock preparation labs.
Dylan Doeblin ’18, Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Great Basin Institute
Taking Geoscience courses at HWS, Dylan realized he wanted a career working in the great outdoors. He built upon that desire studying in Wales, Hawaii and Chile. Dylan developed skills working with the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, Geneva Heroes program and America Reads that led him to a year of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) after graduation. These experiences served as a springboard to his future career.