Specific course offerings of interest to archaeological geology students include: archaeological geology; archaeometry; shallow geophysics; exploration geophysics; environmental stable isotopes; instrumental analysis; mineralology of stoney archaeological materials; clay mineralogy; Pleistocene and Holocene vertebrate paleontology and zooarchaeology.
Specialized state-of-the art labs available for research include solid source and gas mass spectrometers including a laser facility, electron microprobe (EMPA), scanning electron(FE-SEM) and confocal microscopy, XRD, XRF, Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL)/TL and 14C/AMS age dating, magnetic susceptibility, remote sensing, sedimentation and soils, zooarchaeology, and palynology. Field equipment for shallow geophysical exploration includes ground penetrating radar, magnetometers, electrical and electromagnetic instruments.
Recent faculty and student research includes: archaeogeophysical studies of Iron Age/Roman sites - Europe (Garrison/Gragg/Šerman/Schneider/Cook-Hale/Lucas); Africa - (Garrison/Lanzarone/Cutts); Southeast U.S. (Garrison/Keene/ Šerman/Cook-Hale/Thompson) isotopic determination of ancient estuarine temperatures using stable isotopes (Crowe/Reitz/Andrus); provenance of classical and American marbles using stable isotopes (Herz/Pike); inundated Holocene/Pleistocene landscapes and past sea level (Garrison/Weaver/Littman/Cook-Hale/Smith); ancient steatite quarry provenance, Georgia and South Carolina (Swanson). ancient glass studies - manufacture & characterizations (Swanson/Stapleton) Holocene alluvium, weathering and human land use (Thieme/Leigh/Garrison) study of Roman slags at Carthage (Tunis) (Lyle/Swanson/Norman) and Aventicum (Switzerland) - (Garrison/Cook-Hale); p-XRF materials studies - (Speakman/Hunt).
Some current CAS faculty research includes: (1) excavation of Roman Cemetery at Carthage (Norman, Classics), (2) ancient hominids and cave environments in Africa (Brooks, Geography), (3) archaeological geophysics, Switzerland & Scotland (Garrison, Anthropology-Geology), (4) zooarchaeologial materials from New World coastal sites (Reitz, Museum of Natural History), and (5) regional and community level archaeology/ GIS applications to community analysis (Kowalewski/Birch - Anthropology); (6) Quaternary Studies (Brook/Leigh). Degrees are not awarded specifically in archaeological sciences, but the CAS offers a Certificate Program in Archaeological Sciences by which the certificate may be earned in concert with undergraduate degrees.