Department of Geosciences

Become a geoscientist!

Research, education, and outreach dealing with the nature of the Earth.

Geosciences students and faculty investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary. Our undergraduate program offers B.S. degrees with Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Earth Sciences Education options and our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one of our many research areas. Our department also operates the Museum of Geosciences, open to the public and located in 2062 Derring Hall.



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Fall Commencement 2019

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Safety Corner

Campus Safety and Preparedness: Very useful information for students, faculty, and staff in this message from the Virginia Tech Police Department and the Virginia Tech Office of Emergency Management.





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25th annual GSRS

Geosciences Student Research Symposium (GSRS) is an annual, student-led event wherein students of all levels present their research. GSRS is a hallmark event in the department, as it allows our diverse population of research groups to come together and share the latest advances and findings from the past year. This event is entirely student-led and we rely exclusively on donations from our supporters. Thank you to all who donated this year to help us surpass our fundraising goal. We are looking forward to a fun and successful symposium in the Spring! For more info and updates on the 25th annual GSRS, click the link below.


Around the Department

HokieTalks: Tsunamis - Of sand and computers

Our own Professor Robert Weiss gives a presentation on Tsunamis.

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Hokiesaurus Presents

See an overview of our Museum of Geosciences' outreach program, Hokiesaurus Presents: Where does your water come from? 

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2019 Senior Seminar Outreach

See the 2019 Senior Seminar outreach video on the geology of the Cascades in Giles County, Virginia! Visit our YouTube channel (VT Geosciences) for additional Senior Seminar outreach videos on the geology of the surrounding area.

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Study Abroad with VT Geosciences

Interested in the Study Abroad Program? Spend a semester studying at the Steger Center for International Scholarship, our beautiful campus in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The stunning drone videos below are from the 2018 cross-Alps field trip organized by the Center.


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