BA or BS in Geology


Geology majors in the B.S. and B.A. Geology degree programs are required to complete an approved geology summer field course that carries at least 6 semester hours of credit. Students who wish to receive a B.A. must also declare a minor.

Research Opportunities (this is just a small sample)

Field Projects

  • Paleoenvironment reconstructions in east Africa in the Neogene
  • Biomineralogy in southern Appalachian caves
  • Stratigraphy and mapping of critical transitions in Earth history (Asia, Europe)
  • Mapping of the deformation history of the southern Appalachians
  • Glacial sedimentation in Canada, Alaska, and Antarctica
  • Mapping paleo landscapes using ground penetrating radar (GPR)

Lab Projects

  • Fission track dating (zircon/apatite) to constrain tectonic events
  • Foraminifera classification from Antarctic glacial sediments
  • Reconstruction of fault movements via computer models 
  • Geochemistry of mass extinctions - microscopy and geochemical proxies


Appalachian Geology faculty have conducted research on every continent, from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the ocean, and have a wide range of interests and expertise. Their research interests, field areas, and contact information are given below.

Who What Where
Dr. Bill Anderson Hydrogeology North Carolina, England
Dr. Sarah Carmichael Geochemistry, Biomineralogy, and Petrology Southern Appalachians, East Africa, Asia

Dr. Gabe Casale

Structural Geology Italy, eastern Europe

Dr. Ellen Cowan

Sedimentary record of climate change, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology Alaska, Antarctica
Dr. Cole Edwards Carbonate Sedimentology TBA
Dr. Chuanhui Gu Environmental Hydrology, Catchment Biogeochemistry Virginia, California, North Carolina
Dr. Steve Hageman Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleoecology Australia, Scotland, the Adriatic Seaway
Dr. Andrew Heckert Vertebrate Paleontology, Dinosaurs American Southwest, North Carolina
Dr. Jamie Levine Tectonics, Structural Geology, Metamorphic Petrology Colorado, Australia
Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce Rift Basin Sedimentology, Paleoecology East African Rift, Virginia
Dr. Scott Marshall Geophysics and Structural Geology California, Nevada

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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

Anthony Love

Sarah Carmichael
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