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What's the difference between a degree in Geology versus Environmental Science?  How are these different from the other environmentally-based majors at Appalachian?

Many students come into our program a bit confused as to what the geosciences and environmental sciences actually are.  Geology is not just about rocks, and environmental science involves a rigorous interdiscplinary science and math curriculum.  Click here for a detailed explanation between the different degree tracks involving the geosciences and environmental sciences here at Appalachian, and see whether or not this program is right for you. If you aren't sure which degree program is right for you, this page will help guide you to the degree track that is right for you - either in this department or in a different department.


Students in GLY1103 trip to Iceland crossing a glacial streamI'm thinking of transferring to Appalachian to major in Geology or Environmental Sciences - what do I need to know?

Transfer and Early College students make up approximately 40% of our majors.  Click here to find out information specific for transfer and early college students (contrary to popular belief, you probably don't  want to complete your Associates Degree before coming here!)

What kinds of jobs can you get with a BS in Geology or Environmental Science?

94% of our graduates are employed in the geosciences.  Click here to find out about the specific jobs available to our graduates, and examples of where our graduates are currently working.

What are the opportunities for undergraduate research?

Since Appalachian's Geological and Environmental Sciences program is undergraduate only, there are numerous opportunities to get involved with research that would not be available in research universities that cater more to graduate research. Research in the Department is a privilege, not a right - the faculty have very high standards for their own and their students' performance. Students who elect to do Independent Research and Senior Theses have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and most go on to graduate programs.

Where do our students go to graduate school?

Our students typically receive full tuition waivers and stipends to attend graduate programs, so paying for graduate school is not a problem.  Some of our recent graduates have received MS or PhD degrees at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Brown University, the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Oregon, the University of Kansas, Texas A & M, the University of Utah, Clemson University, NC State University, Virginia Tech, and many, many more. 

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