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Welcome to the Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at the University of West Georgia offers programs of study focusing on planet earth, our natural and built environments, and how societies interact with and alter the biophysical world. We are a welcoming, student-centered department with challenging programs of study that span a wide range of subject matter and techniques. Our programs emphasize hands-on learning and take students out of the classroom into the field whenever possible. For more information, please see more detailed descriptions of our offerings in Geology, Geography, GIS and the Environment. To declare a major in any of the Geosciences fields, come visit our office in Callaway 148.


River Cleanup

The Geosciences Department partnered with the Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group to host a very successful river cleanup on the UWG campus on 9/12/15. Seventy-eight volunteers showed up, cleaning out 13 tires and 82 bags of trash!


You can now follow us on twitter. Follow all important Geosciences news, updates, and words of encouragement here: @UWGgeo

Book by Geoscience faculty receives stellar review

The influential journal of Foreign Affairs, which deems itself as "the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs" has written a positive review for a recently published book, co-written by Dr. Hannes Gerhardt, asscoiate professor of Geography at UWG. The review states, "Contesting the Arctic is one of the most significant recent works of Arctic scholarship….By presenting and assessing how hundreds of individuals involved in Arctic policy formulation perceive the region, the book gives readers unparalleled insight into its current state and future….The work is a must-read for those interested in the High North and international affairs generally.” The whole review is available here: (

ASBOG Moves to UWG!


The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) recently moved its headquarters from Columbia, SC, to the University of West Georgia, Department of Geosciences. Dr. Randal Kath (UWG Geosciences Department) is currently president of ASBOG®. Read more here.  


Last year the Department of Geosciences awarded $11,200 to students majoring in Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Global Studies.


Georgia Geological Society Annual Field Trip: October 9-11

Origin of ore deposits in the Cartersville Mining District & Stratigraphic and Structural evidence for separation of the Cartersville-Great Smoky and Emerson-Talledega Faults

Leaders: Randy Kath, Tim Chowns, Stan Bearden, and Tom Crawford

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