Welcome to the Geology Department at Radford University!

We are a small but full-service program that provides students with a basic framework for a professional career in the field of geology, for graduate studies in geology, or for licensure to teach earth and space science. Although our students enter a wide variety of professions within the field of geology, from volcanology, glaciology to tectonics, we take pride in our Environmental and Engineering Concentration that provides our students with hands-on experience in the technology and equipment that is used in the geotechnical and environmental field. We are located in the beautiful Valley and Ridge of southwest Virginia, and classic rock exposures and research opportunities of wide variety are close to campus. Learn more about the Geology Department »

News & Events

  1. Radford University Geology Department digitizes and donates maps to local Scout reservation  »

    5/15/2017

    Generations of Scouts will be able to better navigate and explore a beloved outdoor destination thanks to the efforts of Radford University's Geology Department.

  2. Radford University celebrates historic announcement and names the Artis College of Science and Technology »

    4/28/2017

    Radford University announced today that alumna Nancy E. Artis ’73 and H. Pat Artis, Ph.D. will contribute $5 million to Radford University to establish the Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund.

  3. Fire Ecology students participate in prescribed burn at Selu »

    4/26/2017

    Students in Radford University Associate Professor Karen Power's Fire Ecology course got a fiery hands-on experience in the field this month.

  4. Radford research and faculty featured in Science Channel Show »

    3/15/2017

    Radford University Geology Instructor George "Paki" Stephenson was featured in an episode of "Secrets of the Underground," a new Science Channel television show that explores strange subterranean locations in the country.

  5. Summer Bridge provides rich and inspiring experience for aspiring women scientists  »

    7/20/2016

    There was no fishing from the Summer Bridge or dangling one’s feet into the drifting current on a warm sunny day.

  6. RU Geology student earns professional recognition and experience »

    10/13/2015

    Senior geology major Robert Huber was recognized as a Martin L. Stout Scholarship recipient at the annual meeting of the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG). 

  7. Final 2015 Museum of Earth Sciences Lecture probes landmark disappearance »

    4/15/2015

    Radford University Geology Professor Skip Watts and Geology Lab Coordinator George Stephenson explored the case of the disappearing Mountain Lake for the Museum of the Earth Sciences Lecture on April 7 in the Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium.

  8. Geology professional association gathering features RU research »

    4/1/2015

    Radford University geology students and faculty presented talks and poster sessions of original research at the 2015 annual conference of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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