Information for Current Students

Geology Degrees

Undergraduate Combined Major

Minor and Graduate

We offer a Geology Minor and a Geology, Thesis, MS. Please see the University Catalog for more information on course requirements.

Waitlist Policy

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


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.

Departmental Honors and Distinctions

BA or BS students and students in the University Honors program 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.