Our graduates leave WCU with a unique interdisciplinary perspective that allows them
to become leaders in environmental issues within their communities or sets them on
a course to become professional geologists, environmental scientists, or academicians.
Learn more about
careers in geology
At Western Carolina University, geology is an interdisciplinary, field-based science that includes topics of study ranging from the origin of mountain belts such as the Appalachians to the environmental impacts of people on stream and groundwater hydrology.
Take Your Studies OutsideStudying geology here at the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, you'll take advantage of geologic field experiences only a handful of other universities in the country can provide. You can learn about flooding, wetlands, stream restoration, landslides, plate tectonics, groundwater, and 600 million-year-old rocks—on the campus and in the abundant surrounding mountains, streams, and rivers, or at one of our local field stations.
Our students also study geology in places farther a-field—from the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Florida, Nevada, and even farther south into Honduras.
Learn by DoingAt Western you'll work with our geology faculty in the classroom, lab, and in the field on a large variety of hands-on class and research projects to hone your career skills. Due to your education, these in-the-field, hands-on experiences, and hard work, you can expect to achieve the same success as our graduates in obtaining professional employment and entry into graduate school.
Geology Degrees & Careers
Geology degree offerings at Western include a B.S. degree in geology, a B.S.Ed. (education) degree with an earth sciences concentration, and minor options. The job outlook for geologists is great and reflects increasing career opportunities in environmental geology and hydrogeology.