The program of the Department of Geology is designed to provide each major with a strong, broad background in geology that is sufficiently flexible to allow students freedom to follow their own interests. The major may choose one of two options, either general geology or environmental geology. Ample opportunity is available for independent student research and such research is an integral part of the curriculum regardless of the option chosen.
The geologic setting of Williamsburg enhances the program in geology and offers a wide variety of areas for field study. Situated on the Coastal Plain with its excellent exposures of sediments and fossils, the College is only 50 miles from the Fall Zone beyond which are the igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont. The Blue Ridge and Valley & Ridge areas of the Appalachian Mountains are within a three-hour drive. Thus the field study area includes all major rock types and representatives of most geologic time periods from Precambrian to Holocene.