Norwich University, located in the middle of the Green Mountain State, is ideally situated for unhurried and unhampered studies of the Earth. The Geology program provides a broad background in the physical sciences with emphasis on geology and its pivotal role in understanding our environment.
Our strong emphasis on field studies and outdoor experience results in students having experiential learning both in their courses and on department field trips, such as recent trips in southern Utah, west Texas, southern California, central Arizona and throughout New England and eastern Canada.
Geology courses are presented by faculty who are both respected teachers and active researchers in New England, Europe and the western U.S. Courses include real projects and original research participation.
Field studies are followed up by laboratory analysis. The department is equipped a with full sample prep lab (diamond saws, grinders, pulverizers, separators, etc.), an X-ray diffraction and fluorescence laboratory, and a range of geophysical exploration equipment, including a gravity meter, seismograph, magnetometer and electromagnetometer.
Following fusion and dissolution, chemical analysis of rock and mineral samples is carried out in our ICAP spectrometer lab, which also provides an analytical capability for studies of ground and surface water.