Geology studies topics relating to the earth including physical, historical, and structural geology. Other topics include

  • aqueous geochemistry
  • geophysics
  • hydrogeology
  • modern siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentation
  • paleontology
  • petrology
  • geomorphology
  • glacial geology
  • geomicrobiology
  • mineralogy
  • paleoclimate changes
  • petrography
  • stratigraphy


Scope and Purpose:

This collection was established to support the Department of Geology & Environmental Science.

Works are purchased to support the curriculum and faculty research. Topics to be collected at the initial and advanced level include physical, historical, and structural geology; geophysics; petrography; paleontology; mineralogy (silicate and nonsilicate); stratigraphy; environmental science; and general field data.

In addition to traditional areas, such as economic geology, petrology, and others listed above, works on hydrology, climate change, glacial geology, sedimentation, geomorphology, geochemistry, igneous and metamorphic petrology, environmental geology, geomicrobiology, and engineering geology will be collected at the graduate and research level.

Topics in other subject areas will be collected if they are related to geology and environmental science curriculum or faculty research, such as phylogeny, biodiversity, and microbe ecology and interactions.


The department offers a Bachelor of Science in geology, engineering geology, or geophysics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science or Environmental Science tracks. Also, a Master of Science in geology with a specialization in geology, earth science, engineering geology, environmental geology, or geophysics is offered.

In addition to the topics stated in the scope section, the undergraduate coursework includes crystallography, invertebrate paleontology, dinosaurs, mass extinction, earthquakes, and natural disasters. Other topics include medical geology, caves, hazardous and nuclear waste disposal, oceans and oceanography, atmosphere and weather, and geology of the national parks, as well as the ice age in and geology of Ohio.

Coastal, petroleum, coal and advanced structural geology, optical mineralogy, exploration and borehole geophysics, stable isotope geochemistry, micropaleontology, groundwater hydrology, and sedimentary basin analysis are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Graduate coursework includes rocks and minerals, nuclear geology, geostatistics, global tectonics, global change, and advanced hydrology.

Geographical Coverage:

The concentration of the collection is United States geology, in particular Ohio and adjacent states. In support of the geology Field Camp, the collection includes relevant works on South Dakota and Wyoming. Other areas will be collected to support specific research endeavors by faculty and students as required.


The collection is primarily English.

Period Coverage:

Since geological studies depend upon retrospective data and theory as well as current, the collection is not limited by any period constraints. However, the concentration is the acquisition of recent materials.

Publication Types:

Publication types collected are monographs, journals, state and national geological survey publications, society publications and field studies in the subject areas of specialization. Audiovisual material and computer software can be collected upon request, as long as licensing does not prohibit acquisition.

Many maps are available online; however, some maps will be purchased as a hard copy including those not available or do not translate well digitally.

Remote Sources:

Books and journals are available electronically, as well as maps, log and event data, etc. Significant aggregations of journals occur in Geoscience World and the Electronic Journal Center.


Popular works on earth science are not collected except when requested by faculty.

Policy Revised: 10 Aug 2010