Atmospheric and Geological Sciences
Paul Tomascak, Chair
394 Shineman Center
Directory of Professors
Geology, the study of earth, explores the surface processes, inner workings, and history of our planet. How do mountains, continents and oceans form? What are the best ways to manage earth resources and reduce pollution? How did life on earth evolve? Geologists apply scientific principles to field and laboratory observations to answer these and other questions.
Oswego’s geology programs prepare students for a wide range of careers or graduate study in geology, engineering, and other fields. Roughly a quarter to a third of our graduates go on to graduate school. Many of our recent graduates are employed in environmental applications of geology at consulting firms, corporations, and environmental laboratories. Our graduates also work in the petroleum industry, museums, teaching, materials testing and other fields.
Students pursuing a BS in Geology benefit from exposure to a range of upper level elective courses as well as a required research or internship component. Students in both the BS and BA Geology degree programs must take at least one year each of math (including calculus), chemistry, and physics.
Our location on the shore of Lake Ontario and near classic geological regions including the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands, and the Finger Lakes allows us to incorporate many field and research activities in our program. Students are strongly encouraged to work with faculty on an independent research project. We have excellent facilities for conducting a wide range of research activities. We consider our small class sizes and ability to work with students one-on-one our most valuable assets.
Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and, as such, is a challenging applied science. A practitioner must use the tools of mathematics and physics in the investigation and understanding of fascinating and sometimes dangerous atmospheric phenomena. The student who majors in meteorology at Oswego will become acquainted with the fields of synoptic, dynamic, and meso-meteorology as well as atmospheric and cloud physics, climatology, and meteorological experimentation. A wide variety of meteorology courses is available as well as occasional special topics courses, internships, and independent study research opportunities. The B.S. degree in Meteorology requires courses in meteorology, chemistry, physics, advanced mathematics including calculus, and computer science. The B.S. degree meets all recommendations of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Service. In addition, students can pursue a double major including mathematics or another science. Meteorology majors frequently can complete a minor in mathematics.
Research-grade and standard weather observation equipment is available which constantly monitors changes in the weather on campus. This equipment includes an automated surface weather station close to the Lake Ontario shoreline, a multi-sensor tethersonde, and a mobile upper-air rawinsonde system. SUNY Oswego is one of a half-dozen colleges or universities that has these capabilities in the United States. In addition, the meteorology program has advanced software packages (e.g., UNIDATA programs GEMPAK, LDM, IDV, AWIPS II) that display current weather, model forecasts, satellite and radar imagery, and a host of additional meteorological information. Oswego’s location, on the shores of Lake Ontario, provides excellent opportunities for study of lake-effect snow and many unique weather events including waterspouts. Senior meteorology majors are required and others are encouraged to work with faculty on their research. Many students complete internships within the National Weather Service and at local TV stations. A meteorology honors degree is also available.
For more information on the meteorology program at SUNY Oswego, please visit our website at www.oswego.edu/meteorology/
Geochemistry Major (BA)
- The Department of Atmospheric and Geological Sciences cosponsors this program.
Honor Requirements for Major