Information for Current Students
Departmental Honors and Distinctions
BA or BS students and students in the University Honors College who have completed at least 4 credits of GEOL 490 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher meet the requirements for departmental honors. Those students who have completed at least 4 credits of GEOL 490 and have a cumulative GPA higher than 3.20 meet the requirements for departmental distinction.
Geologist License Education Requirements
A professional license is required by law to practice geology in Washington State.
The first step toward licensure is passing the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology exam.
To qualify to take ASBOG's Fundamentals of Geology exam you must satisfy certain educational requirements. If you obtain a B.S. degree in geology from Western your educational requirements are met.
If you choose a B.A. in geology or a B.S. in geophysics degree you must have a minimum of 36 credits in specific content areas, so please see your departmental advisor for planning if you take one of these degrees and wish to pursue a professional license.
The Department of Geology reserves the right to manage its waitlists such that time to graduation may be minimized for Geology or Geophysics majors.
- Registration Policies - holds, time conflicts, override clearance, registration restrictions, registration priority
- University Academic Policies - prerequisites, waitlisting, class attendance, hardship withdrawal, etc.
- University Policies and Procedures - central location for policies that affect the University community
Student Involvement in Research
The faculty in the Geology Department are active in a wide variety of ongoing research projects that frequently involve undergraduate and graduate students in special projects and thesis projects or provide employment.
Some of this research is funded or partially supported from grants to individual faculty members from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, National Parks Commission, Office of Ecology and geological-related companies.
Many of these projects are in the Western Washington region, others include investigations in other parts of the United States, Canada, overseas, or at sea as part of larger oceanographic projects.