Geology is the science of exploration, discovery, and Earth stewardship. The geosciences address all issues relating to Earth Systems, including the solid Earth, oceans, and atmosphere. The Department of Geology is committed to a mission which integrates teaching, the advancement of knowledge, and public service.

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Major/Minor booklet coverThe Department of Geology offers a comprehensive course of study leading to B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Our degree programs allow for great flexibility and a personalized course of study. Download our Geology Major/Minor brochure here

Bachelor of Science in Geology

Master of Science in Geology

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Advisors in Geology

Undergraduate Advisors

Dr. Neil A. Wells
Dr. Carrie E. Schweitzer

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Anne Jefferson

Field camp director

Dr. David Hacker

Geology Fall Semester Office Hours

The Geology office will be staffed and open for in-person assistance during the following hours:

Monday: 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 1 - 5 pm

Wednesday:  1 - 5 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm

For assistance during regular business hours, 8- 5, or to make an appointment, please contact Kelly Thomasson by phone: 330-672-2680 or email:


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  • Geology 41092 (undergraduate) and 51092 (graduate) carry six semester hours of credit. This course is required for all B.S. candidates in the Department of Geology and for entering graduates students who have not completed a Field Camp requirement as part of their undergraduate study.

  • The Department of Geology welcomes guest speakers on Fridays in room 234 McGilvrey Hall, at 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).