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Earth Sciences

Geosciences majors at TTU participate in a wide variety of activities. Most geoscience courses 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, not only geoscience majors. The Geoclub meets in Kittrell Hall. 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, or drop by and talk to us!


Geoconclave is a friendly geoscience competition between other geoscience programs at other Tennessee schools. 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 team who wins the Rock Bowl receives a separate trophy, but the points from the Rock Bowl count towards the overall total. Our majors have done very well in this competition, having won the majority of the 25+ years that the competition has taken place.