GNR Resources

The students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources (GNR) benefit from a wealth of resources to support and enhance hands-on learning experiences in the classroom and out in the field. 

Students in the department benefit from the many partnerships and collaborations the faculty have developed with a wide variety of government, private, and non-profit agencies. These provide a wealth of practical internship and research experiences working on real-life problems.

Geology students visit a site in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkOn-campus resources range from newly renovated lab and classroom facilities designed by our faculty in the Stillwell Building; outdoor field and labs areas; and three centers affiliated with the department that support studies and experiences in the environmental sciences and resource management: the Institute of Watershed Research and Management (IWRM), the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS), and Forest Stewards, a non-profit corporation.

Students also experience many off-campus field sites, which are abundant in nearby National Forests, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and numerous other private and public lands.

Interactions with the Chemistry and Physics Department and the Biology Department at WCU provide additional resources to enhance the learning and research experience.

Photo: Geology students visit a site in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMP).


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