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Earth Sciences

Academics

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a BS degree in geosciences with four possible concentrations (geology, environmental geology, geographic information systems (GIS), and geography). The department consists of seven full-time faculty and three adjunct faculty with specializations in mineralogy/petrology, structural geology and tectonics, field geology, paleontology, sedimentation/stratigraphy, GIS/remote sensing, geomorphology, meteorology, and hydrogeology. The faculty is student-oriented and works closely with geology majors.

The curriculum emphasizes both theoretical and applied geology. Graduates of our program are well-prepared to enter graduate school or to seek career employment in the geosciences. The department offers modern laboratory equipment and instructional aids to assist in the study of the geosciences.

Our program includes numerous field experiences and an extended field excursion most spring semesters. Students gain field and research experience working with faculty as part of a senior thesis. 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 on Tennessee Tech's campus in Cookeville, TN. Cookeville is a moderately sized city with a population of around 30,000 located approximately 70 miles east of Nashville along I-40.

Geologic Setting

Tennessee Tech is located on the Highland Rim of middle Tennessee. This is an area of classic stratigraphy and paleontology, active mineral and hydrocarbon exploration, and karst features (caves and sinks). Just a few miles from Tech is an exotic geologic feature, the Flynn Creek impact structure. Also, Tech is just a half-day drive from the complex geology of the Appalachian Mountains and the stratigraphy of the Mississippi Embayment.