Prospective Students

Students who major in geology are those who are curious about their natural world, enjoy spending time outdoors, and are generally interested in protecting our environment. The typical geology student works on multifaceted projects that involve collecting and analyzing data that may vary tremendously in extent, quality and precision. These students enjoy solving problems where creativity and logical reasoning are equally important to the solution. The Geology Dept. at Washington and Lee University is one of the top undergraduate geology departments in the country with first-rate professors, facilities and geologic location. Geology is a wonderful undergraduate course of study and a very satisfying career path. Geology alumni work in a variety jobs including petroleum geologists and geophysicists, environmental geoscientists, geotechnical engineers, environmental lawyers, college geology professors, earth science teachers, and geoscientists within government agencies.

During your time with W&L's Geology Department, you'll find an integrative, scientific avenue of study for issues relating to managing our interactions with the environment, providing adequate resources, ensuring the safety of the built environment in the face of natural hazards, and solving the complex history of earth and its continuing evolution. The Geology Department makes extensive use of the extraordinary geology of the Appalachians, and we offer many opportunities for research using scientific computing, field programs, laboratory analyses, and GIS mapping.