General Department Information


Undergraduate Goals:

  • Provide students with a strong background in the broad fundamentals of geology.
  • Prepare students for advanced study.
  • Prepare students for direct employment with industry or government.

Graduate Goals:

  • Conduct research to advance the understanding of the geological sciences.
  • Conduct research to solve societal problems with geological solutions; such as water resource management, energy and minerals exploration, hazardous waste disposal, site evaluation, and environmental pollution.

Departmental Areas of Concentration:

  • Paleontology, including paleoecology and paleobiogeography, systematic paleontology, anatomy, evolution, functional morphology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy.
  • Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Petrology, including plutonism, metamorphism, continental deformation, and understanding the thermal, metamorphic, and rheologic consequences of tectonism.
  • Quaternary Studies, including environmental, hydrologic, and climatological problems in the context of how they operate throughout the Quaternary.
  • Water Resources, including surface and ground water resources, their vulnerability to pollution and climatic change, and on the processes that affect water quality and quantity.
  • Engineering Geology, including engineering and environmental problems related to mining, urban development, solid waste disposal, slope stability, use of soil and rock as construction materials, and management of water resources.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Geology
  • B.A. in Geology
  • B.A. in Earth Science
  • M.S. in Geology
  • Ph.D. in Geology

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Scope of Coverage


The following subject areas are collected at the research level.
Approval books are received in these areas.

  • Geophysics
  • Geomagnetism
  • General Geology. Includes: Marine Geology. Environmental Geology
  • History and biography of geology
  • Geology related to the Great Lakes, Eastern regions: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology. Includes: Sedimentology
  • Dynamic and structural geology. Includes: Geotectonics. Geochemistry. Volcanology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Paleontology
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleozoology
  • Paleobotany
  • Paleoecology
  • Engineering geology. Includes: Soil

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced study level.
Approval slips are received for material in these areas.

  • Hydrology
  • Invertebrates
  • Morphology
  • Geomorphology
  • Evolution
  • Natural history

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas



  • Prefer English materials and English translations.
  • Actively attempt to obtain English translations of major geological works.
  • Selective acquisition of Russian, French, German, Italian, and other European languages.

Chronological guidelines – no limitations.

Geographical guidelines – worldwide, with emphasis on the Western hemisphere, especially local geological works.


Date of publication

  • Emphasize material published since 1960.
  • Acquire earlier works to complete important sets and serials or to replace standard materials when lost or worn, or to strengthen a developing research area.
  • Retrospective purchases do not prefer original printings or editions, although hard copy (in reprint form, if available) is preferred to microform.

Multiple copies – acquire in proportion to demand, in very rare cases.



Material Types
Recent Acquisitions!




  • Comprehensive collection of field trip guidebooks, published in association with earth-science meetings.
  • Selective acquisition of textbooks, popular materials, and legal treatments.
  • Selective acquisition of proceedings/transactions of geological congresses and institutes.




  • Selectively acquire atlases, sheet and wall maps, road maps, globes and aerial photographs, on an approval basis.
  • Collections include the U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Maps and the Canadian Topographic Maps.
  • Primarily located in Government Documents and the Map Library.

Audio Visual material - selectively acquired as requested by department.

Theses and dissertations - are occasionally acquired from other universities.

Microform reproductions – acquired as a last resort.


     Current list of Kent State University Geology Department subscriptions.

 Government Documents

The Government Documents geology collection is strong from 1962 – present, with earlier collections obtained from purchases and donations. All materials are cataloged and accessible via KentLINK.

Methods of acquisition

Most government documents are received free of charge from the federal government, from individual state governments, or from the Canadian government. Federal government documents are selected to match a profile that supports Geology's curriculum. If requested by the department, monographic funds may be used to purchase documents materials that are not normally received for free.

Federal publications

The bulletins, circulars, and other professional papers of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are collected extensively and are located under call number "Docs I 19:". Material published by the Bureau of Mines is also collected and may be found under call number "Docs I 28:". In 1996, responsibility for the sporadic publication of some Bureau of Mines material was transferred to the Dept. of Energy and to the Bureau of Land Management in the Dept. of the Interior. Some current material is available on the web page for the Dept. of the Interior at

State publications

Ohio Geological Survey Publications are collected extensively from 1958 – present and are located in the Government Documents "State Geology" section under call number "Docs ONR". Additional material from the Ohio Geological Survey is available at The Libraries also receive some publications from geological societies of other states, especially from midwestern states and Canada.

 Online Services and Electronic Resources

Numerous online services and electronic resources in almost all disciplines are made available through the University Libraries website:


Manuscripts, photographs (other than aerial for mapping), road logs (unless an integral part of a guidebook), well logs, core samples.

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Interdisciplinary Relations


Water Resources Research Institute

  • Conducts research focused on local, regional and national topics of surface and groundwater quality and abundance.
  • Involves collaboration between faculty from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography and Geology.