Geosciences at Virginia Tech

About Us

Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences focuses on research, education, and outreach dealing with the nature of the earth. Our students and faculty investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary.

Our growing geosciences community consists of over 50 graduate and over 80 undergraduate students working with 22 professors, six adjunct faculty, 12 emeritus professors, and seven postdocs and research associates. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs.

100 Years of Excellence

Geosciences at Virginia Tech recently celebrated its first centennial as a department! One hundred years ago, the first curriculum leading to a B.S. Degree in Geology was published in the VPI catalog, and in 1907, the first B.S. degree was awarded to Joel Watkins. Since then, the Department has awarded over 1,100 undergraduate degrees.

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The Department of Geosciences is able to maintain its outstanding teaching, research, outreach, and scholarship programs through contributions from individuals and organizations. Your support helps us continue growing!

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Earth sciences research using field, laboratory, and computational methods

Alaskan glacier

Field research is central to understanding earth processes at every scale. This Alaskan glacier is one of the research areas of Dr. Jim Spotila.