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Geology at Albion College, Albion, MI

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Albion College website, 2023: “Why Study Geology at Albion? At Albion, we embrace active learning. As a geology major, you will investigate change over time, including the evolution of life through fossils, the growth of minerals, and the transformation of landscapes. Through hands-on experience, small classes, and close relationships with faculty, you’ll develop keen analytical, visual, creative and research skills. You’ll have the opportunity to practice these all over the world through our field trips and courses – from Wyoming and Hawaii to the Appalachian Mountains and Sweden to the Kalamazoo River right on campus.

“You’ll be able to work closely with our faculty on active research in the field, in a lab, doing computational analyses, and contributing to scientific publications. You will also be part of a supportive community, in which we all work together as a team.

“What Will You Learn as a Geology Major?

*You'll study the geological processes that create landscapes and ocean basins, and learn how the world’s oceans, atmosphere, and climate interact with one another.

*You'll learn to analyze fossils and rock samples in our labs to understand evolving environments and life forms on Earth through time.

*You’ll use your broad liberal arts foundation to contextualize your knowledge of the natural world, undertake and present field and/or lab research in an area of your choosing, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in your future career.

“As a geology major, nature is your classroom. With the support of our generous alumni, we subsidize our field trips so all can participate in our field programs. We offer both annual regional geology field trips and a biennial five-week field camp in the Rockies, along with local field labs and independent research in diverse locales. In classes, you will venture to the nearby Kalamazoo River to sample its waters, investigate ancient sedimentary environments near Lansing, and evaluate the glacial landforms of southern Michigan.

“Internships: Spend a semester or summer gaining real world experience. Our students have interned at state and local government agencies, museums, national parks, Los Alamos National Laboratory, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.

“Research: Research is a fundamental part of the Albion geology learning experience. You will have opportunities to undertake field and lab research in your classes, spend a semester or summer working on independent research in collaboration with faculty members, write a senior thesis, and launch your graduate education or career by attending a national geology conference with the support of our endowed Lawrence D. Taylor Undergraduate Geology Research fund.

“Laboratories: Get hands-on experience in our cutting-edge research facilities. Our science complex includes state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories; extensive mineral, fossil, rock, and map collections; field sampling and surveying equipment; water chemistry analytical instruments, and a geology shop for sample preparation. You will learn how to investigate rocks and fossils under the microscope and assess the quality of natural waters using cutting-edge laboratory benchtop equipment.”

Albion is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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