Faculty/Staff Positions Available in the Geology Department


The Department of Geology at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in hydrogeoscience at the level of assistant professor to support the teaching of an intensive, senior-level hydrogeology course for geology majors and environmental science students. Review of completed applications will begin November 4, 2016.
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Ask A Geologist

Got a geologic question you need answered? Ask A Geologist!

Did you find something that puzzled you in your backyard or on top of a mountain? Have questions about local environmental problems? Want to know about what's going on in Boone Creek, the Watauga River, and the New River? Concerned about fracking in your region? Do you have a mineral that you can't identify? Think you found a meteorite? We will do our best to answer any geological/environmental question. We also have pages that answer some of our most frequently asked questions.

What do our students do?

What is Geology?

What is Geology?

Geology is about more than just rocks.

Boone, NC

We have expertise in all fields of earth science.

Click on our each of our research programs below to see what we do!

Water Resources and Environmental Geology

Why Study Geology at Appalachian?

The Appalachian State University Geology program provides students with a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in the geosciences. The department offers both a BA and BS in Geology, with the option of concentrations in:

There are also numerous opportunities for involvement of undergraduates in all aspects of cutting edge, faculty-led research.  

The Geology degree track is the only degree track at Appalachian that will prepare you for a job in the environmental industry.  All geology degrees (except for the Geoscience Education track) at Appalachian make you eligible for a Professional Geologist (PG) license after you have five years of work experience and pass both the Geologist in Training exam upon graduation and the PG exam after you earn your experience.  The Geoscience Education track qualifies students for double licensure in Earth Science and Comprehensive Science in all NC schools.

Recent research indicates that geology majors are the happiest students on college campuses, and our senior exit surveys indicate this is likewise true at Appalachian.  We have been successful in establishing a program that is arguably among the best Bachelor degree programs in geology available in the Southeastern United States. For more information, click here.

If you're not yet sure you want to major in Geology, take some of our many General Education classes - learn about water resources, dinosaurs, oceanography, natural disasters, energy resources, fossils, and of course... rocks.  According to Slate, "Introductory Geology classes are the best science electives" and we certainly agree!

Geology Department Newsletter

Latest Geology Department News

National Geographic, the Washington Post, and many other news outlets have just published articles about the recent research by Appalachian Geology's own Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, Mr. Brian Zimmer, and Dr. Sarah Carmichael (and current and former...
From the Knoxville News-Sentinel... Finding a tiny fossil trilobite on Chilhowee Mountain was the result of a three-year search by Dr. Steve Hageman, and solved a 124-year-old mystery. read more...
Where (prehistoric) life meets art: faculty from Geology (Lauren Waterworth and Andy Heckert) work with faculty from Art (Travis Donovan) to create a life-sized aetosaur for the Rock Garden.  Read more in the Watauga Democrat...
Ever been curious to know exactly what's going on in Boone Creek?  Faculty and students of the Geology Department have installed real-time stream monitors in the creek, and that information is now available online.  To access it, go to...
Congratulations to Devin Hoffman, who has won a Barry Goldwater scholarship!  Read more...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 21
GSA and SVP 2016 recap
3 pm, hallway outside GLY department office and RSW 019

Friday, October 28
Jonathan Sugg - Appalachian State University (Geography and Planning)
Title TBA
3 pm, RSW 293

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Physical Address
Department of Geology
033 Rankin Science West
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Postal Address
Department of Geology
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32067
Boone, NC 28608-2067

Phone: 828-262-3049
Fax: 828-262-6503

Dr. Bill Anderson

Anthony Love

Sarah Carmichael
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