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

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We offer a BS and BA in Geology, as well as several specialty concentrations:


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]

If you are interested in becoming a major, contact our Office Manager Lauri Miller (RSW 033), who will assign you an academic advisor.

Four Year Guides for each of our degree tracks are located here.

Requirements for graduating with a degree in Geology from Appalachian:

In addition to completing the necessary coursework, all Geology students (except for those receiving a B.S. in Geoscience Education) must take and achieve a satisfactory score on a comprehensive examination covering theoretical and practical aspects of areas of geology during their senior year.

Students who are unsuccessful on any portion or all of the examination may retake the appropriate portion(s) up to two additional times before graduation. Students receiving their B.S. in Geoscience Education must take the Praxis II subject area exam: Earth/Space Science (0571) portion.

Additional, detailed information can be found in the Geology Student Handbook.

Other useful information:

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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