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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 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
Paleontology

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.  

A Geology degree from Appalachian 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/Environmental 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

Congratulations to Devin Hoffman, senior geology major, for winning a prestigeous NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!  Devin has worked with paleontologist Dr. Andy Heckert during his four years at Appalachian, and will be attending Virginia Tech...
Laura Mallard, Appalachian Geology's Geoscience Education liason, has been named one of the Remarkable Women in the High Country by the Watauga Democrat for her off-campus eco-education work with her company, River and Earth Adventures. Read more...
Art and geology students at Appalachian collaborate to sculpt Triassic aetosaur based on a handful of pre-historic bones unearthed in North Carolina under the guidance of Geology's Dr. Andy Heckert, Lauren Waterworth, and Art's Travis Donovan. read...
What do Appalachian Geology faculty have in common with astronauts, mountain climbers, deep sea divers, and polar explorers?  We do research in places that can be really difficult to get to.  Associate Professor Sarah Carmichael has been...
That is the question answered by members of the Geology Department.  Drs. Bill Anderson and Chuanhui Gu discuss the consequences of road salt on stream health, particularly in Boone Creek. read more...
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Contact

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

Department Email Address
earth_env_sci@appstate.edu

Chairperson:
Dr. Bill Anderson
andersonwp@appstate.edu

Ask-A-Geologist:
Anthony Love
loveab@appstate.edu

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