The Department of Geological Sciences encourages all interested students to consider pursuing an undergraduate major program in geological sciences at Ohio University. The University is unique among major state universities by virtue of its location in Appalachia, a region whose principal economic base is geology related (coal production, oil and gas, sand and gravel, refractory clays, and ground water resources). Thus, students and faculty involved in the geological sciences at Ohio University have an ideal environment in which to study a number of different aspects of geology and regional issues and problems.
Another advantage of undergraduate study in the geological sciences at Ohio University is the opportunity to work closely with faculty members and graduate students. Many departments at other universities are too large to allow for close contact and exchange of ideas among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. However, the small classes and laboratories taught by the Department’s 11 faculty members, with the assistance of select graduate students, guarantee personal attention and the opportunity for advanced studies at the undergraduate level. This close contact is promoted further by assigning each incoming student a faculty advisor who works with the student to plan each quarter’s course schedule, and who is available to provide valuable academic and career counseling.