P.O. Box 70357
322 Ross Hall (Main Office)
Phone: (423) 439-7516
Fax: (423) 439-7520
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/geosciences
Geosciences is the study of the Earth in all its complexities, from the investigation of minerals and rocks, natural resources, evolution of plants and animals, climate change, natural hazards caused by earthquakes, horrendous weather, or careless human engineering, to the tools of geospatial science used to map out and visually portray our land. It is a fundamental science for humans to appreciate, understand, and utilize in order to have a functioning society.
The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences. This degree program brings together depth and breadth of Geosciences and does so by offering four concentrations: Geospatial Science, Paleontology, Geology & Environment, and Geography. Geospatial science is an applied science taught throughout all the concentrations and is found to be highly beneficial in obtaining employment, be it in geosciences, urban planning, public health, anthropology, sociology, engineering, or among a host of federal and state government agencies.
The study of earth’s geology related to environment is taught in the concentration, Geology & Environment. It applies knowledge of geology in solving environmental problems occurring due to natural and human induced hazards. Graduates from geology and environment work for consulting industries, state and local government agencies such as geological surveys, department of transportation, and department of environment and conservation.
ETSU’s graduates in the geosciences with a good background in geospatial sciences and geology and environment typically obtain jobs right after graduation. Graduates in paleontology often continue with advanced degrees in the profession.
Double counting of courses for the major and minor are permitted when utilizing a minor offered by the Department of Geosciences.
Graduate Study-Students interested in graduate studies in geosciences may elect to participate in either the Geospatial Analysis or Paleontology concentrations with a M.S. degree. Further information is contained in the Graduate Catalog.