Geology (BS) - Quantitative Geoscience 259E

student on computerThe Quantitative Geoscience degree track in geology is for students who are interested in the mathematical side of geology. The added mathematical and technical background will provide graduates of this program with the technical skills that they need to succeed at the graduate level, especially for those interested in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, structural geology, engineering geology, and geophysics.


Students in the B.S. in Quantitative Geoscience degree program must take Hydrogeology, Geophysics, and Advanced Environmental and Engineering Geology in addition to the core geology courses. This degree track also requires an extra two semesters of math beyond Calculus II. Choices include Linear Algebra or Differential Equations in addition to the required Calculus III. Students in this program are also required to complete an approved geology summer field course that carries at least 6 semester hours of credit.

Appalachian geology students set up solar panels to power instruments that measure the flux of carbon dioxide and other gases from vegetation to the atmosphere.A Sample of Student Research Opportunities


  • Groundwater modeling of coastal aquifers
  • Hydrology and chemistry of Boone Creek
  • Land-Atmosphere interactions in forests
  • Groundwater / surface-water interactions using temperature tracers
  • Reconstructing movement along the San Andreas fault
  • Nitrate cycling in shallow groundwater
  • Shallow geophysics
  • Landslide processes and assessment
  • Transport of solids after waste release in rivers
  • Climate influence on water resources


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

Who What Where
Dr. Bill Anderson Hydrogeology North Carolina, England
Dr. Chuanhui Gu Environmental Hydrology, Catchment Biogeochemistry Virginia, California 
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

Department Email Address

Dr. Bill Anderson

Anthony Love

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