About ECU Geological Sciences
Why Geological Sciences?
Certificate in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology
Faculty & Staff
Our department is a small, friendly, and dynamic group that
focuses considerable energy on our MS program. Faculty
expertise extends a very broad geologic base that
includes the classic areas of igneous, metamorphic, and
sedimentary geology, with major support from the areas of
geochemistry and geophysics.
Our location in the extensive North Carolina coastal system,
benefits our strong programs in marine geology, groundwater
hydrology and biogeochemistry/geochemistry, paleontology-paleoecology,
sedimentation, and stratigraphy. The nearby geologic record
includes the Triassic basin deposits, a thick sequence of
Cretaceous to Quaternary sediments, and the spectacular modern
coastal estuarine, barrier island, continental shelf system of
the mid-Atlantic continental margin. We also border the
structurally complex Piedmont Province with its crystalline
rocks and are near the classic Appalachian Province.
The departmentís participation in the East Carolina University
Institute for Coastal and Marine Resources and in the PhD
Coastal Resources Management also benefits our
Most students interact very closely with faculty in the
classroom and in the many ongoing research projects. As a
result of this interaction, our students typically graduate with
considerable hands-on field and/or laboratory experience. This
experience may include drilling and vibracoring; monitoring and
sampling water wells and logging core; running seismic,
side-scan and other types of geophysical surveys; participating
in oceanographic and estuarine research cruises, geologic
mapping; presenting research papers at regional and national
meetings; and being co-authors on major publications.