The principal mission of geology's instructional program is to serve two vital needs of the JMU students. First, the majors in Geology (BS) and Earth Science (BA) present high quality programs of specialized study focusing on earth materials, internal and external earth processes, analysis of earth history, and application of geology to environmental and engineering issues. Fundamental to this mission is a commitment to foster the ability to think analytically and to communicate both within the discipline and with non-scientists. Course work and research experiences prepare the student for postgraduate study or professional careers that are subject to rapidly changing societal needs. Second, we are committed to enhancing general education by offering timely and challenging courses that provide insight into earth processes and human-environment interactions. These courses promote life long liberal learning by fostering critical thinking and an awareness of natural science.
The Department of Geology and Environmental Science is seeking applications for a geophysicist at the Assistant Professor level for a tenure-track position beginning August 2015. A Ph.D. related to the geosciences is required at the time of employment. We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in teaching and research involving undergraduates. For more information and application instructions, please click on Job Openings.
The field course in Ireland is the JMU Geology and Environmental Science capstone course and combines a study-abroad experience in western Ireland with a modern approach to field geology education and preparation for geoscience professions. The course is taught by faculty from JMU and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Both JMU and non-JMU students attend the field course.
Dr. Shelley Whitmeyer and JMU Geology students Claire Morris and Shane Showalter discuss their research on the Bluff Point shoreline marsh. Land at Bluff Point was donated to JMU by Tom Dingledine, a longtime friend and benefactor of JMU.
A new risk assessment released by the U.S. Geological Survey warns that 42 states are said to have at least some potential for earthquakes within the next 50 years, including Virginia.
JMU's BA in Earth Science program has received an award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition. Dr. Eric Pyle, who helped start the program, represented the department at the awards ceremony in Richmond.