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Our programs give students the chance to study complex geosystems and spatial patterns around the globe and in our backyard. From field geology to global climate change, our undergraduate and graduate programs in Geology, Geography and Environmental Geoscience offer countless opportunities to dig down deep or take you far across the planet.


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WVU geologist selected for NASA’s Mars 2020 team

 Benison Mars 2020

West Virginia University geologist Kathy Benison is representing the Mountain State as one of 10 scientists selected as a Return Sample Selection Participating Scientist for NASA’s Mars 2020 expedition. She is responsible for helping to select the rocks and sediments that will be gathered, or cached, by the Mars 2020 rover.


Research Spotlight

       Beyond Borders 

Beyond Borders

West Virginia University geographers are linking the political and human rights issues at borders today to the legacies of foreign and domestic policy across the globe since World War I.  

Learn more about their research.  

WV Log Cabins Have a Story to Tell

Kristen de Graauw, Ph.D. and her mentor, Professor Amy Hessl, used dendrochronology, or the science of tree ring dating, to identify construction dates of log cabins in West Virginia.


Reapportionment and West Virginia

 Ken Martis, Professor Emeritus of Geography,  was interviewed by West Virginia Public Radio on reapportionment and West Virginia. 

Student Spotlight

Geography student named WVU's 24th Truman Scholar

Kassandra Colón is committed to improving cultural representation in the classroom through her research.

Read more about her initiative.
Kassandra Colon

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Student Organizations

We offer several student organizations to help you make the most of of your education.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Selected students are awarded a $3,500 stipend for eight weeks of mentored research. An additional $2,000 is available for travel to a professional conference or for supplies.

Explore internship opportunities.


We invite speakers from around the world to talk with students and faculty within the department. 
Colloquia are held on Friday at 2 p.m. in 325 Brooks Hall during the fall and spring semesters. All talks are free, and most are open to the public.

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Brooks Weather Station

Live WVU Weather Station

The Brooks Hall weather station obtains real-time meteorological data for teaching and research in physical geography, and it presents current weather conditions on campus. It was the first weather station bought with NSF funding. 

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