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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 hydraulic fracturing 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 is Geology?

What is Geology?

Geology is about more than just rocks.

Boone, NC

We have expertise in all fields of earth science.

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Water Resources and Environmental Geology

Geology Department Newsletter

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.

We have a strong commitment to both undergraduate research and teaching. The department offers both a BA and BS in Geology, with the option of concentrating in Paleontology, Environmental Geology, Quantitative Geoscience, or Geoscience Education.  There are numerous opportunities for involvement of undergraduates in all aspects of cutting edge, faculty-led research.  

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!

Latest Geology Department News

Three Appalachian Geology students have received honors for their research.  Gina Carney ('16) received an honorable mention for her poster at the Geological Society of America's Southeastern Section meeting, for her research with Dr....
The Department of Geology is pleased to announce that Dr. Cole Edwards and Dr. Daniel McInnis will be joining the faculty this fall.  New Assistant Professor Dr. Edwards (currently a postdoc at Washington University) is a carbonate...
Dr. Robert Hazen, one of the founders of the Deep Carbon Observatory and recently showcased in Life's Rocky Start, will be speaking at Appalachian on March 23 at 4pm ("Mineral Evolution, Mineral Ecology, and the Search for Earth's 'Missing...
Appalachian geology students and advisor Dr. Andy Heckert travel to the Virginia Museum of Natural History with a variety of fossils, microscopes, and an interactive video game to get kids interested in dinosaurs. Read more...
An extensive mineral collection from the late James E. Wilson, including more than 200 museum quality specimens, has been donated to the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University. It will be featured in a series of exhibits in...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 29
Careers, Roles and Responsibilities of Geologists/Hydrogeologist in the Environmental Consulting Industry
Ed Hollifield - Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
RSW 293, 4 pm

Thursday, May 5
Senior Thesis Presentations
Geology Department Seniors
RSW 293, 4 pm (note date change)

Friday, May 6
Geology Department Graduation Ceremony
7 pm, Location TBA

Monday, May 9
TBA (Geomicrobiology of Caves - MS thesis defense)
Mara Cashay Cloutier 
RSW 183, 1 pm (note room/date change)

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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

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