Geology Undergraduate Program
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A geologist looks back millions of years in the past, conducts experiments in the
present and predicts what the Earth’s future might be. An interdisciplinary science
drawing on physics, chemistry, biology and more, geology trains students to study
the natural resources that shape our lives today.
West Virginia is rich with unique resources and close to the natural laboratory of
the Appalachian Mountains. Our department brings students out into the field and
works closely with the energy and environmental industries and with the
West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, located in Morgantown. Training
in the field and in the lab with cutting-edge technology prepares our students
for a wide range of careers or graduate studies.
Our students take courses in mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy and structural
geology, and select electives that best suit their interests. Some students choose
to complete a dual degree in petroleum or mining engineering and geology, taking
a combination of geology and engineering courses.
All geology students gain practical research experience through an intensive five-week
summer field camp in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Many geology classes
include field trips around West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The Bachelor of Science in geology is designed for students interested in earth science
careers in the private or public sector, as well as those interested in pursuing
graduate work in earth science. In addition, as a comprehensive land-grant institution,
WVU provides an array of relevant courses in engineering, soil science, and mining
and petroleum engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and geography,
which includes a nationally recognized geographic information systems program. Many
geology majors choose to add a second major or a minor to further broaden their
Undergraduate 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.
A wide variety of resources are available in Morgantown to augment classroom learning,
both in the field and through cooperative research programs and internships. Foremost
among these opportunities is the presence in Morgantown of the West Virginia
Geological and Economic Survey and the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology
Laboratory. Numerous private geoscience firms, both local and across the state,
have also provided internships for undergraduate geology students.
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 of our major are connected 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.