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The bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in geology is designed for students interested in Earth Science positions within either the private or public sector, as well as those interested in pursuing graduate work in Earth Science. Candidates for the B.S. are required to take a total of 40 hours of Geology courses. 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, of course, geography, which includes a nationally recognized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program.

Geology B.S. Degree - Learning Outcome Goals

 At the end of their work in this degree program, students will be able to

  • show competence in the identification of minerals, rocks, and fossils using various field and lab techniques
  • demonstrate geological reasoning in the solving of problems
  • develop experience in the use of computers for geological problem solving (such as spreadsheets) (e.g., in Geol 285, Geol 351, Geol 321, Geol 331, Geol 341, Geol 454, Geol 455, Geol 488 and Geol 493V)
  • understand the connections between energy, mineral, and hydrological resource exploitation and their impacts on Earth environments
  • describe an exposure of rocks in the field including rock type, sedimentary structures, and fossils; illustrate these data in a graphic column
  • create geologic maps and cross sections based on data collected by the student in the field
  • interpret the geologic history of a given field area based on appropriate geological maps and cross-sections
  • communicate effectively through well developed writing skills
  • demonstrate mastery of the scientific knowledge needed for entry-level employment in geology related professions or for admission to graduate school
  • know the basic geological history of Earth

A wide variety of resources are available in Morgantown to augment classroom learning, both in the field and through co-operative research programs and internships. Foremost among these opportunities are the presence in Morgantown of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey and the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Numerous private geoscience firms, both local and elsewhere within the state, have also provided internships for undergraduate geology students.

Geology B.S. Brochure