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As salaries and demand for geologists continue to climb, prepare yourself for your career with an exceptional core curriculum at New Paltz. With tracks in general geology, environmental geoscience, environmental geochemical science and secondary education in earth science, the Geology major at New Paltz provides excellent employment potential in industry, teaching, research, and government.



Our modern facilities and stunning natural setting offer endless opportunities for undergraduate research, including recent projects focusing on climate effects on tree ring widths; post-glacial history and modern atmospheric lead deposition; and experimental reconstruction of an early arthropod trackway. Our graduates go on to attend prestigious graduate schools, teach, and work for several high-level environmental consulting firms.


Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) scan of possible unmarked graves in Woodstock, NY.

SUNY New Paltz Geology Professor, John Rayburn, was recently contacted by the Town of Woodstock, NY to assist in determining if there were unmarked graves in an unused portion of a local cemetary. Professor Rayburn developed a plan for a GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) study and was assisted by recent alumnus, Ross Hernandez '19, and current student Olana Costa. Results are pending. Stay tuned for results of the study.