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Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Kyle Nichols
Geosciences Associate Professor
Office Location:
Dana 174

Carol Goody
Office Location:
Dana 172

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Welcome to the Geosciences Department!

What is Geoscience?

Geoscience is the study of planet Earth, its materials, the processes that act upon them,and the history of the planet and its life forms since its origin. The mission of Skidmore's Geosciences program is to apply the understanding of Earth processes to contemporary issues such as Earth resources, land-use planning, and global change.  For more information, check out our Mission Statement page, click here.

Thinking about a Geoscience major or minor? Great!

Click here for the Skidmore declaration of major form. Directions for declaring a major can be found here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about becoming a Geoscience major or minor. In the mean time, read this and this! And check out Geoscience alum Cynthia Blum Carroll's ('78) feature in the Fall 2009 Scope Magazine!

Geoscience majors and employment

Recession?  Geoscientist are in demand!  According to the U.S. Department of Labor 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Employment of geoscientists and hydrologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations" over the next 8 years. In 2010, the average salary for Geoscientists with 0-2 years experience (entry-level) was $93,000 (The American Association of Petroleum Geologists).

Check it out!

On March 29th, four geoscience alums returned to campus to share their insights with our current students. Click here to see a video clip of one of them, Matt Shrensel ('09).

Department News: Spring 2011

A HUGE congratulations goes out to Logan Brenner ('12) for being named as a recipient of the highly competitive and prestigious 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program!


Congratulations Logan!

Check out The Scope Magazine's article on Logan's experience at Skidmore and her recent award here.

Congratulations to Joe Flowers ('11) for being named to the Ping NCAA Division III All-America Third Team for golf!

Congratulations to the following students for being inducted into the Thoroughbred Society for student athletes earning a GPA of at least 3.67 the previous semester:

  • Joe Flowers ('11) for men's golf (Geoscience minor)
  • Logan Frederick (’13) for womens’ basketball (Geoscience major)
  • Kate Ito (’11) for womens’ soccer, (Geoscience minor)
  • Carrie Koch ('13) for womens swimming (Geoscience major)
  • Geneva Kraus ('11) for women's crew (Geoscience minor)

We have several students who are abroad for the semester. Check out our department blog to see what they're up to!

Our seismograph is up and running and we've already recorded some earthquakes! Check out the seismograph page for more information.

The Skidmore seismograph even recorded the arrival of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan on March 11th!

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Department news archive

Spring_2009_Newsletter_Thumb - Click here for an online version of our most recent department newsletter.