About the Department

Academics

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a BS degree in geosciences with four possible concentrations. The department consists of seven full-time faculty with specializations in mineralogy, structural geology, invertebrate paleontology, sedimentation/stratigraphy, GIS, geomorphology, and hydrology. The entire faculty is student-oriented and works closely with geology majors.

The curriculum emphasizes both theoretical and applied geology. Click here to see a listing of the geology courses offered by the Dept. of Earth Sciences. Graduates of our program are well-prepared to enter graduate school or to seek career employment in geology. The department offers modern laboratory equipment and instructional aids to assist in the study of earth sciences.

The geology degree program includes numerous field experiences, a field methods course, and an extended field excursion most spring semesters. Students can gain field and research experience working with faculty members active in geologic research. Faculty-student research projects lead to presentations at professional meetings and publications in professional journals.

Location

The Earth Sciences Department is located in Kittrell Hall (Building #2 on this map) on the Main Quad of Tennessee Tech's campus in Cookeville, TN. Cookeville is a moderately sized city with a population of around 25,000 approximately 70 miles east of Nashville along I-40. The city's moderate size allows for a low cost of living, few traffic problems, and a low crime rate, while still having many of the comforts of a larger city.

Geologic Setting

The Department of Earth Sciences at Tennessee Tech is well-located for the study of geology. The Upper Cumberland region is an area of classic stratigraphy and paleontology. It is an area of active mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and extraction. It is an area where karst hydrogeological problems are common. Just a few miles from Tech campus is an exotic geologic feature, the Flynn Creek impact structure, one of the world's best preserved ancient impact craters. Also, Tech is just a half-day drive from the complex geology of the Appalachian Mountains and the stratigraphy of the Mississippi Embayment, as well as other geologic features.