The Geology program at the University of Maine at Farmington combines intensive coursework with hands-on research out in the field, in on-campus labs and in computer investigations that develop your understanding of earth materials and processes, geochemical cycles, and the origin — and evolution — of the earth system.

Here, you’ll work closely with your professors as you analyze geologic maps, use petrographic and dissecting microscopes to interpret textures and compositions and more. You’ll use the latest X-ray fluorescence technology to analyze the composition of rocks and minerals, analyze images acquired by remote sensing, learn computer techniques for data acquisition, apply statistical analysis to data sets, and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to compile and interpret data.

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    The UMF Geology program combines in-the-classroom study and research ...
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    ... with outside-the-classroom field study.
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    The Farmington area (Franklin County) boasts some of the most interesting geological formations in New England.
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    Much of your field study will be conducted not far from the UMF campus.
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    But you will also have opportunities to participate in affordable short-term (May Term) Geology travel courses to places like Ireland and Northern Ireland ...
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    The Scottish Highlands and Scottish islands ...
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    Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.
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    Where you'll work closely with your UMF faculty mentors, conducting geological research.
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    Learning about geological areas outside of Maine and New England.
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    You'll also participate in professional conferences and present your own research. These students presented their undergraduate research at the prestigious Geological Association of Canada annual conference in New Brunswick, Canada.
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    You’ll also use the latest X-ray fluorescence technology to analyze the composition of rocks and minerals.
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    Each year, students present their undergraduate research to the entire campus at UMF's Annual Symposium Day. Megan Whitman, pictured with her sponsor Professor of Geology David Gibson, presented her research on the Petrography and Geochemistry of the Maine Mixer Pond Pluton.

Our location in the mountains of western Maine mean the Farmington region is your outdoor lab. You’ll take many local trips to conduct field work and research. You’ll also have opportunities to take May Term field study trips to places like the Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, Yellowstone National Park, Newfoundland, even Ireland and Scotland.

Our students have done internships with the Maine Geological Survey, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Department of Transportation, and other public and private agencies.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your own senior research project and present the results at state and regional professional meetings in geology.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Geology

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

GEY 251 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
GEY 254 Structural Geology and Tectonics
GEY 301 Terrain Analysis
GEY 201N Earth History
GEY 252 Introduction to Petrology
GEY 203 Surficial Processes