Welcome to the Geology Department


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.


Winter 2017 Geology Graduates!

  • Geology Winter Graduation 2017
    Geology Winter Graduation 2017


Date Location Speaker Title
May 02 4:00pm
CF - 120 (3:30 Cookies & Coffee in the ES Atrium) David Katopody, UT Dallas PhD Student Structure of the Eastern San Juan Islands
May 05 12:00pm
CF - 120 Saba Asefa & Andrew Tholt Master Student's Thesis Proposal's
May 05 4:00pm
CF 105 Dara Merz  Master Student Thesis Defense: Seismicity and Velocity Structure of Offshore Hawai'i, including Lō'ihi Submarine Volcano
May 09 4:00pm
CF - 120 Rachael Miller The Influence of Heat, Tides and Circulation on the Basal Melting of Filchner-Ronee Ice Shelf in Weddell Sea, Antarctica
May 12 12:00pm
CF - 120 Adriana Cranston & Molly Johnson Master Student's Thesis Proposal's
May 16 4:00pm
CF - 120 Kris Phillips & John Wagner? Master Student's Senior Thesis Proposal's
May 23 4:00pm
CF-120 (3:30 Cookies & Coffee in the ES Atrium) Dr. Becky Smith, Postdoctoral Associate, Purdue University Exploring Aqueous Weathering Origins for Abundant and Enigmatic Amorphous Phases on Mars
May 26 12:00pm
CF - 120 Josh Williams Master Student Thesis Proposal