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.

Research Areas






What are some examples of what our current students are doing?

What do Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Turkey, Israel, Kenya, Iceland, the open ocean, Boone Creek, and the SAGE and IRIS programs have in common? They all had Appalachian Geology undergraduates working on them through a variety of class trips and summer research experiences during summer 2016.

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Presenting Research

All Appalachian geology students are expected to present their independent research at professional meetings and Appalachian's Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors. Most students receive departmental, university, and sometimes national support to present their research at the Geological Society of America conference (both regional and national meetings), the American Geophysical Union meeting, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists conference, and a wide variety other regional, national, and international professional meetings.

 Oliver Burns and Jared Voris (second to right; far right) receive awards at the 2014 Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors.

Geology majors Oliver Burns (BS Geology - Environmental Geology) and Jared Voris (BS Geology - Paleontology) receive awards at the 2014 Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors (Oliver second to right; Jared far right).

Internships and Employment

We strongly encourage students to work with other scientists through research internships or summer jobs. Recently, our students have worked at the Smithsonian, the North Carolina Geological Survey, the United States Geological Survey and regional industries including environmental consulting and mining.