Geology

http://www.geo.wvu.edu/

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The bachelor of science degree in geology is designed for students interested in geology positions within either the private or public sector, as well as for students who will pursue graduate work.  Qualified students are encouraged to seek a graduate degree; however B.S. geologists who have developed solid technical and communication skills have excellent employment prospects in the energy industry and environmental and geotechnical firms.

Instructional facilities and equipment include laboratories for mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, sedimentology, paleontology, hydrogeology, geophysics, geomorphology, structural geology, and excellent computer facilities.  Field studies are stressed in upper-level classes, capped by a six-credit field course examining folded and faulted sedimentary rocks as well as igneous and metamorphic rocks in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.  A wide variety of resources are available to augment classroom learning, including cooperative research programs with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, the National Energy Technology Laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Monongahela National Forest, and numerous private geoscience firms.  Internships are encouraged to broaden the learning experience and to enhance employment prospects.

Minors

All students have the possibility of earning one or more minors; a list of all available minors and their requirements is available at http://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/minors/. Please note that students may not earn a minor in their major field.

Certificate of Global Engagement

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship.  For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the Geology major.  Students coming from the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success or another unit must meet minimum requirements set by the department: have a 2.00 overall GPA.  Please see an adviser in the Geology and Geography Department for details.

Benchmark Expectations

By the 4th semester in the major students will have a mid-semester review and should be progressing through calculus, chemistry, physics, and GEOL 284-285 with an adviser-approved plan. All majors must meet with a G&G department adviser each semester.  Students who do not meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.S. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page

Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Geology

Students who wish to graduate with a degree in Geology must take a  total of forty-two hours of geology courses (excluding GEOL 203 and GEOL 351).

  • Capstone Requirement: The General Education Foundations requires the successful completion of a Capstone course.  Geology majors must complete GEOL 404 to fulfill this requirement.

  • Writing and Communication Requirement: Geology Bachelor of Science students fulfill the  requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102(or 1ENGL 103), and two additional SpeakWrite Certified CoursesTM : GEOL 404, and a 2nd course selected from  GEOL 311, GEOL 341, GEOL 411.  

  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major:  An average of at least 2.0 must be attained in all GEOL courses, excluding GEOL 351.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all 300 and 400 level GEOL courses.  If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.

  • Benchmark Expectations:  For details, go the the Geology admissions tab.

We also offer the opportunity to pursue a dual degree in Geology and Mining Engineering.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS19
First Year Seminar
GEF Requirements
ECAS B.S. Requirements4
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Math Requirement
Select one of the following:
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
OR
Calculus 1
Science Requirement: Please see the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences' Bachelor of Science (B.S.) tab.
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Geology Science Requirements:22
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
Select one of the following:
Introductory Physics
and Introductory Physics
General Physics
and General Physics
Geology Stat Requirement:
Elementary Statistical Inference
Geology Advanced Math Requirement:
Calculus 2
Geomathematics
Geology Core Requirements:
Select one of the following pairs:4
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
or:
Environmental Geoscience
and Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
or:
Environmental Geoscience
and Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
and all of the following:19
Earth Through Time
and Earth Through Time Laboratory
Mineralogy
Introductory Petrology
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Structural Geology
Junior-Senior Seminar
Geology Advanced Requirements15
Select 5 courses from the following two lists. At least 2 courses must be from the Rocks and Energy list, and 2 courses from the Surficial Processes and Water list.
Rocks and Energy:
Geology of West Virginia
Geology of the National Parks
Paleontology
Introduction to Petroleum Geology
Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1
Log Analysis-Reading the Rocks
Geographic Information Systems and Science
Surficial Processes and Water:
Geomorphology
Geomorphology
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introductory Hydrogeology
Physical Hydrogeology
Cave and Karst Geology
Minerals and the Environment
Environmental Isotopes
Environmental Geochemistry
Geology Capstone Requirment6
Geology Field Camp
GENERAL ELECTIVES31
Number of general electives varies depending on overlap between GEF, College and Geology major requirements
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (F1)3 
CHEM 115 (F8 Course 1; B.S. Second Area 1)4CHEM 116 (F8 Course 2; B.S. Second Area 2)4 
GEOL 101
GEOL 102 (F2 B; B.S. First Area 1)
4GEOL 103
GEOL 104 (F8 Course 3; B.S. First Area 2)
4 
MATH 155 (F3)4GEOL Math Requirement3 
General Elective2General Elective1 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
ENGL 102 (F1)3F 43 
GEOL 2843F 53 
GEOL Physics Requirement 1 (B.S. Third Area 1)4GEOL Physics Requirement 2 (B.S. Third Area 2)4 
STAT 2113GEOL 2853 
General Elective2General Elective2 
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
F 63GEOL 3114GEOL 4046
ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (F 7)3GEOL 4891 
GEOL Rocks & Energy Requirement3General Elective3 
GEOL 3414General Elective2 
 General Elective3 
 13 13 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEOL Rocks & Energy Requirement 23Advanced Geology Requirement Elective3 
GEOL Surficial Processes & Water Requirement 13GEOL Surficial Processes & Water Requirement 23 
GEOL MATH Requirement4General Elective3 
General Elective3General Elective3 
General Elective2General Elective1 
 15 13
Total credit hours: 120

Dual Degree Curriculum for Mining Engineering and Geology

This curriculum allows students to simultaneously pursue a BS.Min.E. degree in mining engineering and a B.S. in geology.  The dual degree program requires satisfactory completion of 154 credits and fulfilling all the requirements for both degrees.

It is important for students to take courses in the order specified as much as possible; all prerequisites and concurrent requirements must be observed.  A typical dual B.S.Min.E. and B.S.Geology program that completes both degree requirements in five years is as follows. 

Students must complete a minimum of 154 credit hours to graduate - the total at the bottom reflects all possible course combinations.
Required Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
GEOL 101Planet Earth3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 103Earth Through Time3
GEOL 104Earth Through Time Laboratory1
GEOL 284Mineralogy3
GEOL 285Introductory Petrology3
GEOL 311Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOL 321Geomorphology3
GEOL 331Paleontology3
or GEOL 454 Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1
GEOL 341Structural Geology4
GEOL 404Geology Field Camp6
GEOL 495Independent Study1
or MINE 495 Independent Study
Geology Elective (upper level GEOL course, excluding GEOL 351)3
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):4
Calculus 1
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering Computer Aided Design2
MINE 306Mineral Property Evaluation3
MINE 331Mine Ventilation3
MINE 382Mine Power Systems3
MINE 411Rock Mechanics/Ground Control4
MINE 427Coal Preparation4
MINE 461Applied Mineral Computer Methods3
MINE 471Mine and Safety Management3
MINE 480Multidisciplinary Team Project1
MINE 483Mine Design-Exploration Mapping2
MINE 484Mine Design-Report Capstone (Fulfills Writing and Communications Skills Requirement)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics4
STAT 215Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
GEF Electives 1, 5, 6, 715
Total Hours154

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Dual MINE and GEOL Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4 
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023 
ENGR 1991PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4 
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEOL 103
GEOL 104
4 
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
4  
 18 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEOL 2843CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4 
MAE 2413GEOL 2853 
MATH 2514MAE 3313 
MINE 2013MINE 2064 
MINE 2053PHYS 1124 
MINE 2612  
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GEOL 3414GEOL 3114GEOL 404***6
MAE 3203MAE 2433 
MATH 2614MINE 3313 
MINE 4613MINE 4274 
STAT 2153MINE 4801 
 17 15 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEF 53GEF 63 
ECON 201 (GEF 4)3GEF 73 
GEOL 331 or 4543GEOL 3213 
MINE 3823GEOL Elective*3 
MINE 3063MAE 2423 
 MINE 4832 
 15 17
Fifth Year
FallHours  
GEOL 495 or MINE 495**1  
MINE 4114  
MINE 4713  
MINE 4844  
 12
Total credit hours: 154
*

GEOL technical elective may be any GEOL upper-division elective courses, including GEOL 493, but not GEOL 351.

**

One credit hour from GEOL 495, MINE 495, or eng/sci technical electives or others approved by GEOL or MINE department can be used to satisfy 159 total credit hours requirement.

***

GEOL 404 Geology Field Camp is GEOL capstone course.

Notes: Discipline substitutions:

  • GEOL 311 and other GEOL upper-division elective courses fulfill the requirements for MinE technical elective and eng/sci technical elective.
  • GEOL requirement for GEOL 341 is substituted for MINE requirement for GEOL 342.
  • MINE requirement of AGRN 455 is fulfilled through GEOL 321.
  • MINE 205 and MINE 206 fulfill the requirement of GEOL upper-division technical electives.
  • MINE 484 and GEOL 311 fulfill the requirement of writing course.
  • ECON 201 and GEOL 101 fulfill two of the GEF requirements in the mining curriculum.

Major Learning Goals

geology

Upon successful completion of the B.S. degree, Geology majors will be able to:

  1. Show competence in the identification of minerals, rocks, and fossils using various field and lab techniques.
  2. Demonstrate geological reasoning in the solving of problems.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the use of computers for geological problem solving.
  4. Describe the connections among energy, mineral, and hydrological resource exploitation and their impacts on Earth environments.
  5. Describe an exposure of rocks in the field including rock type, sedimentary structures, and fossils; illustrate these data in a graphic column.
  6. Create geologic maps and cross sections based on data collected by the student in the field.
  7. Interpret the geologic history of a given field area based on appropriate geological maps and cross-sections.
  8. Communicate effectively through well-developed writing skills.
  9. Demonstrate mastery of the scientific knowledge needed for entry-level employment in geology related professions or for admission to graduate school.
  10. Describe the basic geological history of Earth.

Geology Minor

MINOR CODE - U017

Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all geology courses.

Core Courses4
Select one of the following pairs:
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
Environmental Geoscience
and Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
Advanced Electives:9
Choose from any Geology Course at the 300- or 400-level.
General Elective3
Choose from any Geology course
Total Hours16

Courses

GEOL 101. Planet Earth. 3 Hours.

Composition and structure of the Earth and the physical processes that change Earth's surface. GEOL 102 not required with GEOL 101. (Accompanied by registration in GEOL 102, class meets requirements for 4 hr. credit in a laboratory science in geology.) (Students cannot receive credit for GEOL 101 and GEOL 110 or GEOG 110.).

GEOL 102. Planet Earth Laboratory. 1 Hour.

PR or CONC: GEOL 101. Laboratory study of the Earth using rocks, minerals and maps. (2 hr. lab.) (Students cannot receive credit for GEOL 102 and GEOL 111 or GEOG 111.).

GEOL 103. Earth Through Time. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 or GEOL 110 or GEOG 110. Evolution of the Earth and its inhabitants. (Accompanied by registration in GEOL 104, class meets requirements for 4 hr. credit in a laboratory science in geology.).

GEOL 104. Earth Through Time Laboratory. 1 Hour.

PR or CONC: GEOL 103. Laboratory study of sedimentary rocks, fossils, and geologic maps and their use in interpreting Earth history. (2 hr. lab.).

GEOL 110. Environmental Geoscience. 3 Hours.

Physical aspects of the Earth with emphasis on natural resources, environmental degradation and hazards. (Accompanied by GEOL 111 meets requirements for a 4 hr. credit in laboratory science.) (Also listed as GEOG 110.) (Students may not receive credit for GEOL 110 and GEOG 110 or GEOL 101.).

GEOL 111. Environmental Geoscience Laboratory. 1 Hour.

PR or CONC: GEOL 110. (Also listed as GEOG 111.) (Students may not receive credit for GEOG 111 and GEOL 102 or GEOG 111.).

GEOL 200. Geology for Environmental Scientists. 4 Hours.

PR: (GEOL 110 and GEOL 111) or (GEOG 110 and GEOG 111) or (GEOL 101 and GEOL 102 and GEOL 103 and GEOL 104). Fundamentals of mineralogy, sedimentation, stratigraphy, petrology, and structural geology needed by environmental scientists to understand earth materials. (Required field trips partial student expense.) (3 hr. lec., 1 hr. lab.).

GEOL 203. Physical Oceanography. 3 Hours.

(Not open to upper division geology majors.) The geography and geology of ocean basins and margins, the chemical and physical properties of sea water, and the examination of the source and location of resources in the sea.

GEOL 230. Fossils and Evolution. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 or BIOL 101. Evolutionary history of plants, marine invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals; emphasis on unique contribution of fossil record to evolutionary theory. (2 hr. lec., 1 hr. lab.) (Credit cannot be obtained for both GEOL 103 and GEOL 230.).

GEOL 284. Mineralogy. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 and GEOL 102 and PR or CONC: CHEM 111 or CHEM 115. Elements of crystallography and the systematic study of minerals, identification of minerals in hand specimens according to physical properties. (Required weekend field trip covered by the lab fee.).

GEOL 285. Introductory Petrology. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 284. Introduction to the study of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, including mineralogy, processes of formation, tectonic setting, and description and identification of rocks in hand specimens. (Required weekend field trip. Students will be required to pay a portion of the expenses.).

GEOL 298A. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

GEOL 300. Geology of West Virginia. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 103 and GEOL 104. Journey through geologic history of West Virginia with emphasis on the geology of public lands and fossil fuels. Local and overnight field trips are a required part of this course.

GEOL 302. Geology of the National Parks. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 103 and GEOL 104. Explore the geology of selected National Parks with emphasis on the plate tectonic setting and in-depth analysis of surface features. One overnight field trip is required as part of this course.

GEOL 311. Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. 4 Hours.

PR: (GEOL 103 and GEOL 104) and PR or CONC: GEOL 285. Study of sediments and sedimentary rocks with an emphasis on the analysis of facies.

GEOL 321. Geomorphology. 3 Hours.

PR: (GEOL 101 and GEOL 102) or (GEOL 110 and GEOL 111) or (GEOG 110 and GEOG 111). An examination of earth-surface processes and landforms, with emphasis on environmental geomorphology, streams, floods, glaciers, and landslides. (Required field trip at student's expense; also listed as GEOG 321.).

GEOL 331. Paleontology. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 103 and GEOL 104 and STAT 211. Uses of paleontological data in geology; biostratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, extinction, and biogeography; lab emphasis on identification and utilization of marine invertebrate fossils. (Required weekend field trip at student's expense.).

GEOL 341. Structural Geology. 4 Hours.

PR: GEOL 103 and GEOL 104 and GEOL 284 and GEOL 285 and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 111). Introduction to rock deformation processes and the interpretation of geologic structure, with applications to the structure and tectonic evolution of the Appalachian Mountains. (Several one-day field trips required.).

GEOL 342. Structural Geology for Engineers. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 and PHYS 111. Introduction to rock deformation processes and the development and interpretation of geologic structures. (Several one-day field trips required.).

GEOL 351. Geomathematics. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 and (MATH 154 or MATH 155). Mathematical methods and applications in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and environmental science. Review of basic mathematics, differential and integral calculus. Use of computers (Excel) as geological problem-solving tools.

GEOL 365. Environmental Geology. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: GEOL 321. Principles, practice, and case histories in application of earth science to environmental problems. Includes: water quality; landslides; subsidence; waste disposal; legal aspects; and geological aspects of land-use planning. (Field trips and independent field project required.).

GEOL 373. Introduction to Petroleum Geology. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101. Origin, geologic distribution, methods of exploration and exploitation, uses and future reserves of petroleum and natural gas in the world.

GEOL 393A. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

GEOL 400. Environmental Practicum. 4 Hours.

PR: GEOL 200. Practical experience in collecting and evaluating data required to address the complex environmental issues facing environmental geoscientists. (Required field trip during spring break.).

GEOL 404. Geology Field Camp. 6 Hours.

PR: GEOL 285 and GEOL 341 and GEOL 311 and Consent. Practical experience in detailed geological field procedures and mapping. (Living expense in addition to tuition must be paid at time of registration.).

GEOL 411. Deep Time Earth Systems. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 103 and GEOL 104 and PR or CONC: GEOL 311. Interrelationships of Earth Systems - the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere - through space and time.

GEOL 454. Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1. 3 Hours.

PR: PHYS 102 and (MATH 156 or GEOL 351). Basic theory, computer modeling, and use of gravitational, magnetic, resistivity, and electromagnetic methods in the evaluation or shallow targets of interest to environmental, hydrological, and hazardous waste site investigations.

GEOL 455. Introduction to Remote Sensing. 3 Hours.

Theory, technology and applications of photo-interpretation and digital image analysis of aerial photography and multispectral images. (2 hr. lec., 1 hr. lab.) (Also listed as GEOG 455.).

GEOL 462. Introductory Hydrogeology. 3 Hours.

PR: (GEOL 101 and GEOL 102) or (GEOL 110 and GEOL 111) or (GEOG 110 and GEOG 111) and (MATH 126 and MATH 128) and (CHEM 110 or (CHEM 110A and CHEM 110B) or CHEM 111 or CHEM 115). Basic principles of hydrogeology, emphasizing geologic occurrence of ground water, vadose (soil) water, wells, springs, ground water interaction with streams, and ground-water chemistry, pollution, and pollution restoration.

GEOL 463. Physical Hydrogeology. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 and MATH 126. Principles of ground-water hydrology, emphasizing the physical occurrence and movement of ground water. Topics include aquifer properties, flow net analysis, and hydraulic aquifer testing.

GEOL 466. Cave and Karst Geology. 3 Hours.

PR: (GEOL 101 and GEOL 102) or (GEOL 110 and GEOL 111) or (GEOG 110 and GEOG 111) and (CHEM 110 or (CHEM 110A and CHEM 110B) or CHEM 111 or CHEM 115). Study of the nature and origins of cave and karst landforms, terrains, geomorphology, hydrogeology, environmental hazards, and petroleum and mineral ore deposits. (Two required field trips.).

GEOL 469. Applied Hydrogeology Seminar. 1 Hour.

A review of professional practices and opportunities in hydrogeology. Seminar talks by hydrogeological professionals from WVU, industry, and government agencies. Field trips to examine hydrogeological practices and techniques.

GEOL 470. Mineral Resources. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101 and GEOL 284. Description, mode of occurrence, and principles governing the formation of ore deposits.

GEOL 479. Log Analysis-Reading the Rocks. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. The Geosciences require knowledge of the sub-surface properties. Students learn the theory and practice behind a range of subsurface methods. Experience with challenges in geology.

GEOL 484. Minerals and the Environment. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 284 or GEOL 200. Study of the importance of minerals in human health and the environment. Includes examples of environmental problems that are caused by minerals and solutions to environmental problems that involve minerals.

GEOL 486. Environmental Isotopes. 3 Hours.

PR: CHEM 111 or CHEM 115. Isotopes are excellent natural tracers and integrators of important environmental, geological and ecological processes. Topics include basic principles of stable isotope geochemistry and their applications in environmental sciences, hydrology, plant/animal ecology, climate reconstruction, and energy.

GEOL 488. Environmental Geochemistry. 3 Hours.

PR: GEOL 351 and CHEM 116. Basic review of physical and aqueous chemistry, discussion of basic geochemical processes; calcium carbonate chemistry, digenetic processes, weathering, the silicate and iron system.

GEOL 489. Junior-Senior Seminar. 1 Hour.

The presentation and discussion of topics regarding graduate school and career preparation for geology majors. Grading will be Pass/Fail.

GEOL 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

GEOL 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

GEOL 492A-C. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and or research.

GEOL 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

GEOL 494A-B. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

GEOL 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

GEOL 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

GEOL 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.

GEOL 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.


Faculty

Chair

  • J. Steven Kite - Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Associate Chair in Geology

  • Joseph J. Donovan - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)

Professors

  • Robert E. Behling - Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
    Earth Science Education, Geomorphology
  • Timothy Carr - Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Sedimentary, Petroleum Geology
  • Joseph J. Donovan - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
    Quantitative Hydrogeology, Mining Hydrogeology, Groundwater-lake Interaction, Holocene Paleoclimate
  • Dengliang Gao - Ph.D. (Duke University)
    Exploration Geophysics, Petroleum and Structural Geology
  • Thomas W. Kammer - Ph.D. (Indiana University)
    Paleozoic Invertebrate Paleontology, Mississippian Stratigraphy
  • Timothy A. Warner - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
    Remote Sensing
  • Thomas Wilson - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Geophysics

Associate Professors

  • Kathleen Benison - Ph.D. (The University of Kansas)
    Sedimentary Geology, Low-temperature Geochemistry
  • J. Steven Kite - Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Surficial Geology, Geomorphology
  • Helen M. Lang - Ph.D. (University of Oregon)
    Mineralogy, Petrology.
  • Jaime Toro - Ph.D. (Stanford University)
    Structural Geology, Tectonics, Petroleum Geology
  • Dorothy J. Vesper - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
    Aqueous Geochemistry, Hydrogeology

Assistant Professors

  • Rick Landenberger - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Remote Sensing, Geosciences Education
  • Joseph Lebold - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Paleoecology, Paleontology, Regional Geology
  • Ryan Shackleton - Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts)
    Stuctural Geology
  • Shikha Sharma - Ph.D. (Lucknow University)
    Isotope Geochemistry
  • Amy Weislogel - Ph.D. (Stanford University)
    Sedimentary Geology

Professors Emeriti

  • Alan C. Donaldson - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
    Stratigraphy, Sedimentology
  • Robert C. Shumaker - Ph.D. (Cornell University)
    Structural Geology, Petroleum Geology
  • Richard Smosna - Ph.D. (University of Illinois)
    Stratigraphy, Sedimentology