One of the benefits of majoring in Geology at Appalachian is the opportunity to conduct independent research with one or more faculty members in the department.
- Field Research - Where do we go and what do we do?
- Laboratory and Quantitative Research - What analytical methods do we use?
- Tectonics Research - How does the earth move?
- Water Resources Research - What processes affect water supply and quality?
- Paleontology Research - What do fossils tell us?
- Earth Surface Processes Research - What do landforms tell us? How do humans influence landscapes?
- Mineralology, Petrology and Geochemistry Research - What do the minerals in rocks tell us?
- Records of Climate Change Research - How is Earth's climate recorded in minerals, rocks, sediment, water, and ice? How has it changed through time?
Student Research in the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department
What are some examples of what our current students are doing?
What do Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Turkey, Israel, Kenya, Iceland, the open ocean, Boone Creek, and the SAGE and IRIS programs have in common? They all had Appalachian Geology undergraduates working on them through a variety of class trips and summer research experiences during summer 2016.
All Appalachian geology students are expected to present their independent research at professional meetings and Appalachian's Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors. Most students receive departmental, university, and sometimes national support to present their research at the Geological Society of America conference (both regional and national meetings), the American Geophysical Union meeting, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists conference, and a wide variety other regional, national, and international professional meetings.
Geology majors Oliver Burns (BS Geology - Environmental Geology) and Jared Voris (BS Geology - Paleontology) receive awards at the 2014 Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors (Oliver second to right; Jared far right).
Internships and Employment
We strongly encourage students to work with other scientists through research internships or summer jobs. Recently, our students have worked at the Smithsonian, the North Carolina Geological Survey, the United States Geological Survey and regional industries including environmental consulting and mining.