2007 First Year Students

Bowdoin College Geology:
Learning about the earth and the environment

Are you interested in the earth or the oceans? Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to know about the rocks you hike through or kayak around? There are many different reasons to try a geology course, and Maine is a great place for it!

The unique setting of Bowdoin College on the Maine coast offers a wonderful place to study geology. The state is rich with coastal exposures of ancient volcanoes, rock and gem quarries, faults, fossils, sand beaches, glacial sediments and landforms, bedrock aquifers, and coastal and inland waters. Furthermore, human interaction with the waters and the coast of Maine provides a challenging variety of environmental issues.

Geology courses at Bowdoin regularly take students outside to study bedrock, marine, and environmental geology. Some past trips have gone to Acadia National Park, Vinalhaven Island, Machias, Catskills, Reid Beach, Merrymeeting Bay and Harpswell Sound and Islands. It’s a great chance to get off campus for an afternoon or longer. The department offers three introductory courses: two in the fall, Investigating Earth and Marine Environmental Geology; and, one in the spring, Environmental Geology and Hydrology. No previous experience with geology is necessary; these courses welcome non-majors and fulfil the INS requirement.

We invite you to an open house to learn about the geology department, study abroad options, and job opportunities. We’ll also show photos of geology students on recent boat, rock and ice trips.

Geology Department Open House
Druckenmiller 110
3-4pm Sunday, August 26

In addition to the open house, we will have a booth at the academic fair (Monday, August 27) where you can get detailed information on our introductory courses. We look forward to meeting you. Until then, please e-mail with any questions.

Rachel Beane, Chair (rbeane@bowdoin.edu)
Ed Laine (edlaine@bowdoin.edu)
Peter Lea (plea@bowdoin.edu)