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Quick Facts

Undergraduate Students

  • In 2019 the department had 212 undergraduate students distributed in our three majors: Geology (B.S), Geography (B.A) and Environmental Geoscience (B.A).
  • The Department is housed in Brooks Hall, renovated in 2008, which has state of the art labs and teaching facilities.
  • The Geology field experience course has been taught in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana every summer since 2000. Before that it was taught for 40 years in southern WV.
  • The Department has international exchange programs with UniLaSalle in Beauvais (France) and University of Cork (Ireland).

Graduate Students

  • The Department has one of the highest success rates for NSF Doctoral Dissertation Awards at WVU in support of PhD students.
  • There were 81 active PhD and MS students in the department in 2019.
  • Excellent computer resources includes industry software for GIS, remote sensing, structural modeling and subsurface interpretation.


  • Faculty conduct research in geographical regions as diverse as western U.S. to Malawi and Mongolia.
  • Research funding comes from at least 25 sources, including NSF and 11 other federal agencies, four state agencies and five energy corporations.
  • Geology & Geography faculty generated 115 publications and $10.6 Million dollars in extramural funding in 2018-2019 academic year.