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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 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

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...
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...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, August 26
Geology Student Summer Activities presentations
3 pm, RSW 293

Friday, September 2
no seminar - Labor Day weekend

Friday, September 9
Daniel Morgan
Title TBA
3 pm, RSW 293

Friday, September 16
John Garver
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

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