Welcome to the Geology Department!

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.

Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

Arthur D. Howard Awardee 2020

We are proud to announce that Geology MS student, Edward Fordham, has been selected by the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA) to receive the Arthur D. Howard Award.

Congratulations Edward!  

Bruce L. "Biff" Reed Scholarship Awardee 2020

We are proud to announce that Geology MS student, Kiana Harris, has been selected by the Council of the Geological Society of America (GSA) to receive the Bruce L. "Biff" Reed Scholarship award.

Congratulations Kiana! 

The 2018 Summer Field Camp group pose outdoors

Geology Office Hours

In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Geology department office will be closed until further notice. Office staff will be working remotely and available via email, phone and Zoom video appointments during normal business hours, Monday-Friday.

Geology Office: 360-650-3582

Geology Department Email: geology@wwu.edu

Thank you, and stay safe! 



Geology Faculty & Staff Fall Office Hours

Student Ambassador Community Hours

CSE Student Ambassadors seek to engage in issues around advocacy, equity, and diversity in STEM.

Ahnamarie Nixon is the Student Community Ambassador for the Geology Department. If at any time you have a concern or question you’d like to address with a peer, please see Ahnamarie’s virtual office hours and schedule an appointment. These hours are a time for students to bring concerns, feedback or questions as they relate to equity, inclusion and diversity within STEM.

The Geology Department’s Equity and Inclusion page is coming soon!