Our students get hands-on experience with geology in the field, in the laboratory, and at professional meetings.
Come and join us!
GEOL 467 students study the rocks and tectonic regimes of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, right in JMU's backyard.
What is invisible to the naked eye comes to life under a petrographic microscope. GEOL 280 students study mineral optics and crystallography using thin sections and petrographic microscopes.
GEOL 401 students participate in Chesapeake Bay water testing.
A GEOL 440 student conducts a ground penetrating radar survey on the JMU quad.
GSCI 104 students study the igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park.
A GEOL 410 student runs a triaxial stress test on a soil sample.
As an introduction to petrology, GEOL 300 students study granite desk tops using petrographic microscopes, thin sections, and trace element analyses.
GEOL 400 students measure beach profiles in the Bahamas--for credit!
GEOL 442 students conduct a magnetic survey to assist archeologists at Montpelier, home of James Madison.
If you don't see it at the surface, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper. GEOL 497 students conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
Each year the department sponsors students to present research at national conferences in places like Denver, San Francisco, Charlotte, Minneapolis, and Vancouver.
GEOL 399 students measure stream morphology for an environmental geology project in Ireland.