Student Organizations and Opportunities

Geosciences majors at TTU participate in a wide variety of activities. Most classes go on at least one field trip, and some have several opportunities to do so. Research in the Geosciences usually involves being outdoors, so students often find themselves spending themselves spending a lot of their time outside.


The department sponsors the Geoclub, a student organization devoted to the Geosciences. It is open to anyone with interest in the Earth Sciences, not only GEO majors. The Geoclub meets in Kittrell Hall (usually room 208). Meeting announcements are generally posted around the building 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting. The club raises money for field trips and other activities through fundraisers, including an annual rock sale. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Harrison at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or drop by and talk to us!


Geoconclave is a Geology competition between TTU, MTSU, UTK, APSU, and UTM. The students participate in a variety of technical and non-technical events, including: the Rock Hammer Throw, the Geode Roll, Mineralogy tests, Rock ID, and many, many others. Points are awarded to the team from each school depending on the outcome of each competition. The last competition is the Rock Bowl--a geology based quiz bowl, which takes place at the last night of Conclave. The overall winner is decided by which team has the most overall points is declared the overall winner. The team who wins the Rock Bowl receives a separate trophy, but the points from the Rock Bowl count towards the overall total. TTU Geo majors have usually do very well in this competition, having won the overall award the majority of the 20-odd years that the competition has taken place.

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