The Department of Geological Sciences, established in 1967, has achieved a reputation for academic excellence and outstanding student-faculty relationships. It is small enough for all students to know one another and well enough equipped to support a wide array of research and instructional activities.
In addition to a variety of analytical equipment, the department maintains a drilling rig, a variety of coring systems, along with a variety of geophysical equipment, all of which contribute to our emphasis on applied, field-oriented geology. Additionally ECU has a boat fleet with numerous vessels which serve as excellent platforms for teaching and research efforts.
Undergraduates can choose from three concentrations that reflect the strengths of our program: coastal and marine geology, environmental geology, and general geology. As a culmination of their undergraduate careers, geology majors attend a six-week summer field course in New Mexico and Colorado.
Graduate students can undertake research in almost any field of geology, but, given our location and the interests of both faculty and students, many students investigate problems with environmental focus, especially in coastal and hydrogeological research. This local and regional interest is balanced with international research, in topics such as solid Earth geology, paleoclimate, sediment dynamics and stratigraphic analysis.
Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in some fields of geology can do so through the Coastal Resources Management program at ECU. Geological Sciences faculty have strong links with the program through both teaching and research.
The department is housed in Graham Building, located in the central part of East Carolina University campus. Classroom, office, and laboratory space in Graham is supplemented by additional analytical, sample preparation, and storage facilities located near the Graham Building in the Flanagan Building.