Geology - The Scientific Study of the Earth

Students in front of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park

Fall 2023: Physical Geology (GEO 101) On-Campus and in the Field!

GEO 101/Physical Geology fulfills the SUNY Natural Science Gen Ed requirement and meets:

  • Lecture: Tues/Thurs 12:30pm to 1:45pm 
  • Lab Options: Wed 1pm to 3:50pm or Thurs 9:30am to 12:20pm

If you've already completed GEO 101, take GEO 200 - Geology of the National Parks during Fall 2023!

  • Lecture: Mon/Wed/Fri 11am to 11:50am
  • Lab: Mon 1pm to 3:50pm

What will I learn about in MCC geology courses?

MCC Geology students can study volcanoes, minerals, rocks, fossils, oceans, stars, planets, natural disasters, mountain formation, water resources, local and global landforms, and how all of these are connected to humans, society, and the environment.

Where can I learn geology?

MCC offers geology courses that allow students to learn in the classroom (on-campus, remote, and/or online) and also in the field - which can be anywhere from an outcrop of 450 million year old rocks along the Genesee River to a wind and solar farm along the Lake Ontario shoreline to the slopes of the Adirondack Mountains to the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park! 

How can I start my geology journey?

Enroll in Geology 101 - Physical Geology on-campus or online!

From there, pursue the A.S. in Geology and/or take any additional geology courses of interest offered at MCC.

What can I do after MCC?

Many MCC Geology A.S. graduates transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree.  Upon completion of their undergraduate degree, they are then are employed in the environmental industry, resource exploration, hazard assessment, education, and many additional career paths.  

What can I do after MCC?

Location & Contacts

Jessica Barone
Department Chair
Brighton Campus
Building 8, Room 214
M thru F 8:45am to 4:45pm
(585) 292-2448


Contact geology professors with any questions: