New International Field Course: Land of Fire and Ice (GLY 1103 summer course in Iceland)

The Geology Department has added an international, introductory field course in Iceland for summer 2014 (GLY 1103 - Land of Fire and Ice). Students earn credit for GLY 1103 (in General Education or towards the GLY major or minor) with optional HPC-2545 credits (Effective Leadership and Group Development in International Expeditions).

Come see us at the Study Abroad and International Fair on November 13th from 10-2 in the Grandfather Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union for information, or contact Brian Zimmer for more information.

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!

Records of Climate Change

How is Earth's climate recorded in minerals, rocks, sediment, water, and ice?

Records of Climate Change

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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.

Because we have no graduate program, we can focus entirely on high quality instruction and provide numerous undergraduate research opportunities. The department offers both a BA and BS in Geology, with the option of concentrating in Paleontology, Environmental Geology, Quantitative Geoscience, or Geoscience Education.

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.


Geology majors Oliver Burns and Jared Voris have won awards for an outstanding research posters at the 17th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors held April 10, 2014.   Oliver's research, "Paleoenvironmental...
Cameron Batchelor of Raleigh, a junior geology major at Appalachian State University, has been awarded a $2,000 Youth Activity Grant from the Explorer’s Club in New York City to conduct fieldwork in Mongolia this summer. read more
Stream restoration projects have become a multibillion dollar industry. But do the projects always yield the desired results or can they create a false image of stream and landscape protection?  Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Kristan Cockerill...
Dr. Scott Marshall and alumna Julia Irizarry '13 (now at the University of Oregon) are interviewed about their research on earthquakes in southern California.   Read more in the Appalachian Online at
Dr. Johnny Waters and Dr. Sarah Carmichael and their students and international collaborators have found evidence for catastrophic oceanographic events associated with climate change and a mass extinction 375 million years ago that devastated...
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Upcoming Events

April 11
no speaker (Friday before banquet)

April 13 (Sunday)
Geology Department Banquet
Plemmons Student Union Parkway Ballroom, 6 pm
please RSVP to Lauri Miller (; 828-262-3049)

April 14 (Monday)
Sharon Mosher, University of Texas - Austin
4-5 pm, RSW 293 (note date change)

April 24 (Thursday)
Drowning with Land in Sight: Why Scientists are Losing the Battle over Sea Level Rise in North Carolina
Dr. Alex Glass, Duke University
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer
4:30-5:30 pm, RSW 293 (note time and date change)

April 25
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Day

May 9
Department of Geology Graduation Ceremony
Location TBA

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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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