College of Science & Engineering

Welcome to the Geology Department

​​​​​​​WWU Geology Department Mission Statement

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

  • Fall Graduation 2018
  • lava from a volcano
  • Women in Geology Club - group picture 5 students
  • Interesting Geological Features
  • CPX Crystal SEM - Student Thin Section
  • Lummi Quarry Testing
  • 2016 Boulder Glacier Slide 7-18-16
  • A group of students pose in front of mountains
  • Liberty Bell Mountain - North Cascades
  • A robot on the surface of mars

Geology Newsletter Issue #40

Cover of 2018 Newsletter, showning the environmental sciences building set against a blue sky