Geology (BS) - Environmental Geology 259C

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Geology will provide a background for students who seek a career or graduate work in which they apply geological principles to the solution of environmental problems. Students in this degree track will study current earth processes and use analytical techniques that are applicable to measuring active systems, such as ground and surface water flow and chemistry.

How is this different than a degree in Environmental Science?

Although the coursework required for Appalachian's Environmental Science major provides a rigorous overview of the Environmental Sciences from a purely academic perspective, the Geology (BS) - Environmental Geology degree track is designed to provide students with the hands-on, field-based training in demand by the environmental industry. Moreover, students in this track will have the background to begin the licensure process to become a Professional Geologist (PG). Students in our program are encouraged to take Part I of the Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) licensure exam their senior year.


Geology majors in the B.S. in Environmental Geology degree program must take courses in hydrogeology, engineering, aqueous geochemistry, and environmental geology, in addition to several core geology classes (Structural Geology, Sedimentology, etc.). They must also complete courses in a combination of subjects outside of geology, such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, economics, and geography, among others. Field camp is not required for this concentration.

A Sample of Student Research Opportunities


  • Hydrology and Chemistry of Boone Creek
  • Near surface geophysical surveys of watersheds
  • Transport of solids after waste releases in rivers




Appalachian Geology faculty active in the Environmental Geosciences are listed below:

Who What Where
Mr. Brian Gibson Hydrogeology North Carolina, South Carolina
Dr. Bill Anderson Hydrogeology North Carolina, England
Dr. Ellen Cowan Sedimentary record of climate change, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology Alaska, Antarctica
Dr. Chuanhui Gu Environmental Hydrology, Catchment Biogeochemistry Virginia, California 

Finish in Four


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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