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About the Program

Geology is the study of the Earth — including lab and field-based approaches — and is a rapidly growing field. The Department of Geology defines earth science broadly, focusing on the Earth's interior, surface and atmosphere. Topics include climate change, groundwater, marine geology, volcanism, environmental geology, rocks and minerals, earthquakes, fossils and dinosaurs and much more. This delivers a strong, broad-based education in the modern earth sciences, while offering you the flexibility to explore your own interests.

What Makes Us Different

  • Senior Project

    This year-long project involving research, internships, education or science communication could be on topics ranging from Jupiter's moons to forest litter decomposition.

  • Rankings

    #16 Best Science Lab Facilities (The Princeton Review 2024)

  • Departmental Trips

    Join the fun on these short, in-state excursions that usually take place over a weekend. Previous trips have hiked Skyline Drive and canoed down the James River.

Applied Learning



Over 75% of geology majors secure internship or job opportunities through W&M's alumni network. Many recent graduates have been hired straight out of W&M to work as environmental consultants, GIS analysts, geoengineers, shoreline planners, alternative energy consultants, science policy interns, petroleum geologists or earth science teachers. Employers include the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Peace Corps, NASA and the National Park Service. Other graduates are pursuing fully-funded master's or Ph.D.s at universities across the country.

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Department of Geology

McGlothlin-Street Hall Room 228

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*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.