The Geology (BA) degree from Appalachian State University prepares you to understand diverse topics such as evolution and plate tectonics, sedimentation and sea-level change, water resources and groundwater contamination, and much more. Appalachian Geology graduates have the field skills, core geologic knowledge and credentials to obtain a Professional Geologist license (PG), an essential certification for many jobs in the field of geology, especially those in the environmental industry.
Earth materials are in high demand even as green industries and environmental consulting expand, so there are many jobs available to our graduates. Approximately one-third of Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences graduates since 1998 are working in the environmental industry, mostly with environmental consultants but also with federal, state and local governments. The balance of our graduates are spread equally in education, both secondary and college, oil and mineral resources, and in graduate school.
Because this is a Bachelor of Arts degree, it requires a minor and a language, which can make your degree more flexible while supporting your ability to work with people in other cultures.
Employment: Graduates of this degree have gone on to work for URS, Golder Associates, N.C. State Government, Active Minerals, CH2M Hill, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Halliburton and other companies.
Graduate School: Graduates have attended University of Chicago, University of Kansas, Texas A&M, University of Oregon, University of Utah, University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Virginia Tech, among others.
This degree consists of a 37-hour geology core, plus courses in mathematics/chemistry/physics. Core courses include:
- Evolution of the Earth
- Preparation of Geologic Reports
- Principles of Structural Geology and Tectonics
- Fundamentals of Mineralogy
- Petrology and Petrography
- Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
- Geology Seminar
- Summer Field Geology
A minor is required. Students often select Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Appalachian Geological Society – a student group devoted to appreciating and preserving earth’s environment, history and natural wonders; is actively involved in community service, university events, and geological excursions.
- A seminar series every Friday, which attracts an average of 80 students
- Frequent field trips
- Summer research with faculty
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- Appalachian’s location is a perfect setting for studying geology, so you’ll benefit from field trips and local resources.
- The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences does not offer a graduate program, so faculty members focus entirely on high quality instruction and research opportunities for undergraduates.
- Many of our students have presented their research at professional meetings and/or published research in peer-reviewed journals. As a student, you will have access to facilities and equipment that other institutions typically reserve for graduate students.
- There are many opportunities for research/creative projects and internships. All faculty have one or more students working with them on research projects.
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Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce