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
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.
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 the University of North Carolina system-wide
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 paleoclimate,
sediment dynamics and stratigraphic analysis.
Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in some fields of geology can do so
Management program at ECU.
Geological Sciences faculty have strong links with the program through both
teaching and research.
The department is
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 Flannigan Building.