Field work is a vital part of study in the geosciences. At Hamilton it has been integrated into nearly all courses at every level. In recent years, students and professors have conducted expeditions not only to Antarctica but to Hawaii, Iceland, the Florida Keys, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and the European Alps. They also regularly do field work in the Central New York region surrounding the College.
The department encourages student-faculty collaboration on a range of projects, and it provides substantial financial support for students who are interested in pursuing summer research. Many students present the results of their work at regional, national and international conferences; some co-author scholarly papers and journal articles in collaboration with faculty partners and mentors.