Our geology program prepares students for careers in a range of fields
-- from environmental geology to paleontology to hydrogeology. The program offers
undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees.
The strengths are related to the natural resources and environmental
needs of West Virginia and the proximity of the natural laboratory of the Appalachian
Mountains. Coursework and research in geology, geophysics, hydrogeology and environmental
geology have recently been expanded to meet the growing demand in these fields.
Undergraduate and graduate research opportunities are available in clastic and
carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy, environmental geology, geophysics, hydrogeology,
mineralogy, metamorphic petrology, paleontology, petroleum geology, Quaternary
geology and geomorphology, structural geology and tectonics.
The program runs a five-week summer field camp in South Dakota, Wyoming and
Montana. Many geology classes include field trips around West
Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The program maintains a partnership with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, located in Morgantown. We have also established strong
ties with both energy and environmental industries to train marketable students
and produce research relevant for industrial needs.