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.

Geology Students at Work and Play

  • CPX Crystal SEM - Student Thin Section
  • Geology Fall 2017 Graduates
  • Interesting Geological Features
  • Mt. Baker - Coleman Glacier Crevasse - Photo George Mustoe
  • Liberty Bell Mountain - North Cascades
  • Lummi Quarry Testing
  • 2016 Boulder Glacier Slide 7-18-16
  • Geology 406 Rock Hounds
  • Pre-Fall Structure Group Picture

Summer Office Hours

Geology Summer Office Schedule:

Geology Office Closed: Fridays: August 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, September 3rd-14th

Kate Blizzard: Out of Office the following Fridays (August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, September 3-14, September 21) 

Ben Paulson: Regular Hours - Please contact by email.

Theresa Tripp: Out of office except for these dates - Transitions July 26, 27, 30, and High Credit Summerstart August 6, 7, 8, 9, and 28, 29, 30, 31. Return September 19, 2018.