Geologists look back millions of years in the past, conduct experiments in the present and predict what the earth’s future might be. An interdisciplinary science drawing on physics, chemistry, biology and more, Geology trains you 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. Training in the field and in the lab with cutting-edge technology prepares you for a wide range of careers or graduate studies.
This major offers the option to simultaneously complete a second bachelor's degree in:
Research and Academic Opportunities
Geology students take courses in mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy and structural geology, and select electives that best suit their interests. Some choose to complete a dual degree in 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 choose to add a second major or a minor to further broaden their opportunities.
Transfer Articulation Agreements
In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has to transfer articulation agreements with:
- Northern Virginia Community College
- WVU Keyser Campus
You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Geology major.
- Earn academic credit through Eberly internship courses.
- 500+ scholarships awarded annually by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
- Funding available through the Academic Enrichment Program.
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
- Geographic Information Systems Technicians
- Geological Sample Test Technicians
- Geophysical Data Technicians
- Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
- Natural Sciences Managers
- Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
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