Appalachian Geology merger

The Department of Geology absorbed the Environmental Science Program in early 2017. The new name is the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Please excuse any problems with our website while we update and reorganize our content. Thank you!

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Ask A Geologist

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

About Our Programs

The Appalachian State University Geological and Environmental Sciences Department provides students with a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in the geosciences and environmental sciences.

The Geology program offers both a BA and BS in Geology, with the option of concentrations in:

For those who wish for a more interdisciplinary experience, the Environmental Science program offers a BS in Environmental Sciences, with the option of concentrating in Environmental Policy.

There are also numerous opportunities for involvement of undergraduates in all aspects of cutting edge, faculty-led research.  

A Geosciences 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.  The Environmental Science degree provides a rigorous overview of the natural sciences and mathematical sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geology, Mathematics, and Statistics).

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

Geology major Olivia Paschall is interning with Exxon Mobil in Houston, TX this summer integrating well, engineering, and seismic data. At Appalachian, Olivia's research is on tracking the sediment geochemistry of the Devonian-Carboniferous...
A big congratulations to geology majors Olivia Paschall and Delaney Ryan, winners of the Southeastern Section Geological Society of America research grants, and to Kevin Bynum, winner of a Sigma Xi research grant!
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...
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Physical Address
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, 033 Rankin Science West, 572 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608

Postal Address
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Appalachian State University, ASU Box 32067, Boone, NC 28608-2067

Phone: 828-262-3049, Fax: 828-262-6503

Department Email Address

Dr. Bill Anderson (


Upcoming Events

Summer Session I: May 30 - June 30

Summer Session II: July 6 - August 4

Department of Geology Alumni Reception (see below for more information)

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Alumni Reception


Join the Department of Geology (now Geological and Environmental Sciences) on Saturday, July 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (picnic at 5:00 p.m.) for an evening of reminiscing and reconnecting.

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