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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.

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 Department Newsletter


Extinct Life is an art exhibition at the Looking Glass Gallery, will begin on September 23 and run through October 14. The art consists of B&W macrophotophy, laser scanning images (multicolored), 3D prints, and a movie of a specimen being imaged...
Many people in the region around Boone and Blowing Rock, NC experienced an earthquake on August 24, 2014.  Dr. Scott Marshall answers questions about this unusual seismic event on our website, at
Congratulations to Dr. Johnny Waters, who has been selected the Honors College Faculty Member of the Year in the Appalachian State University Honors College!    read more
Laura Heinen’s passion for environmental research has garnered attention from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The sophomore geology major at Appalachian State University has received a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for the...
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...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 24
No talks - GSA

Friday, October 31

Friday, November 7
Italy and Iceland presentations
Geology Faculty, Appalachian State University
RSW 293, 4-5 pm

Friday, November 21
Landslides in Western NC - Learning From the Past to Protect the Future
Jennifer Bauer, Appalachian Landslide Consultants, PLLC
RSW 293, 4-5 pm

Friday, December 5
Blaine Schubert, East Tennessee State University
RSW 293, 4-5 pm

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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

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