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Teaching is our passion and research is an integral part of that teaching. Our research interests include ocean studies, lake studies, soil studies, structural geology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geochemistry, and geomorphology. All of our research has a field and a lab component.

Students Emily Atwood and Sam O'Keefe assisting with field work in Utah (photo credit J Munroe)

Our curriculum covers environmental geology, geomorphology, marine geology, oceanography/limnology, petrology, and tectonics.  Taking advantage of our natural setting we use field-oriented and laboratory-supported inquiry to explore problems in all facets of earth science.  Middlebury College students engage with our faculty of scientists in field work and research for an unparalleled experience in undergraduate study.

Since Vermont is a classic area for the study of mountain system evolution, one general theme of the program is to relate geological processes to the origin and evolution of global tectonic patterns, integrating data from the world's oceans and continental areas.

Successful Middlebury College Geology students develop skills for obtaining and interpreting observational data. The senior thesis is the culmination of a geology major at Middlebury.

Our Geology majors have used their Middlebury degree as a stepping-stone to graduate school in the geosciences; to industry; to teaching careers; and to careers in environmental science, business, law, and architecture.


Department of Geology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753