Academics - what's YOUR excuse for not being a geology major?

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What's so special about the Geology Department?

Geology majors have the advantage of working with one another and the faculty in one of the smallest departments at Appalachian State University.

The close personal contact between faculty, students, and staff provides opportunities for independent research and a feeling of belonging to a tightly knit group. Special privileges, such as keys to a variety of labs and study areas and a dedicated undergraduate computer lab are among the benefits of our small program.

What's the difference between a degree in Geology versus Environmental Science?

A degree in Geology (particularly the Environmental Geology or Quantitative Geoscience degree tracks) will help you to get you a job in the environmental industry with a BS, since you will have been trained in the field and computational skills that the industry requires. Moreover, students in this track will have the background to begin the licensure process to become a Professional Geologist (PG), which many consulting firms require so they are competitive for government and large-scale contracts. Students in our program are therefore strongly encouraged to take Part I of the Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) licensure exam their senior year.

What kinds of jobs can you get with a BS in Geology?

94% of our graduates are employed in the geosciences.  Typically, most students go into environmental consulting, mining, oil/gas, secondary ed teaching (earth sciences or natural sciences), or go on to graduate school.  Click here to find out more!

What are the opportunities for undergraduate research?

Since Appalachian's Geology program is undergraduate only, there are numerous opportunities to get involved with research that would not be available in departments that cater more to graduate research.  Research in the Geology Department is a privilege, not a right - the Geology faculty have very high standards for their own and their students' performance.  Students who elect to do Independent Research have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and most go on to graduate programs.  Some of our recent graduates have received MS or PhD degrees at the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Oregon, the University of Kansas, Texas A & M, the University of Utah, Clemson University, NC State University, Virginia Tech, and many, many more.

What's your excuse for not being a geology major?

Everything you need to know is right here, including scholarship information and how to apply to Appalachian. Rewarding careers and success in Appalachian's Geology programs come to those who are hard working, conscientious, learn from their mistakes, and get involved in the life of the department.

We have numerous concentrations within our degree program:


Geology (BA) 244A

Geology (BS) 244A

Geology with Concentrations

Geology (BS) - Paleontology 259D

Geology (BS) - Quantitative Geoscience 259E

Geology (BS) - Environmental Geology 259C

Geology, Secondary Education (BS) 243A[T]

Minor in Geology

A minor in Geology will consist of at least 17 semester hours of geology. Courses must include Introduction to Physical Geology (GLY 1101) and Evolution of the Earth (GLY 2250). Five of the 17 semester hours must include geology courses at the 2000-level or above (excluding GLY 3520).



Independent Research - One of the benefits of majoring in Geology at Appalachian is the opportunity to conduct independent research with one or more faculty members in the department.  Independent study forms can be found here.

Student Handbook [PDF - 1.2M] includes information on Academic Courses and Requirements, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Field Camp, and much more.

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Internships and Summer Employment

Honors Program Requirements

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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

Department Email Address

Dr. Bill Anderson

Anthony Love

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