Welcome to the Geology Department!



Fall 2021 Registration

Phase II registration for Fall Quarter begins on Tuesday, August 31, at 8:30am.

The Geology Department has lifted Phase I major restrictions from 300- and 400-level Geology courses.

Please contact the Geology office for registration assistance. 

Our Mission

The Geology Department at WWU is committed to excellence in both teaching and research.  Our goal is to offer the highest possible quality education in the geological sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The mission of our department is to serve three main populations: graduate students, undergraduate geology majors, and undergraduates from other departments for their general education courses. For all of these students we strive to create excitement about discovery and the process of geologic inquiry.  We want to develop in all students an appreciation of how geological processes affect the earth and society so that they will be environmentally responsible, scientifically literate citizens. We strive to produce majors with an interdisciplinary content background in geology and the physical sciences who are competent in the field, who can work collaboratively, conduct original research, and effectively communicate their results.

A Message from Geology Alumni

The 2018 Summer Field Camp group pose outdoors

Geology Department Office Hours

Due to COVID-19, the Geology Department office will be closed until further notice. Office staff will be working remotely and available via email, phone, and Zoom appointments during normal business hours, Monday-Friday.

Geology Office: 360-650-3582

Geology Department Email: geology@wwu.edu

Thank you, and stay safe! 

GSA Awards 2020


We are proud to announce that two of Western's Geology M.S. students have been awarded scholarships from the Geological Society of America this year!

Edward Fordham has been selected by the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of GSA to receive the Arthur D. Howard Award, and Kiana Harris has been selected by the Council of GSA to receive the Bruce L. "Biff" Reed Scholarship Award. 

Congratulations Edward and Kiana!