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

  • 2017 Summer Graduates
    2017 Summer Graduates
  • 2016 Boulder Glacier Slide
    2016 Boulder Glacier Slide
  • CPX Crystal SEM - Student Thin Section
    CPX Crystal SEM - Student Thin Section
  • Fidalgo Ophiolite Field Trip
    Fidalgo Ophiolite Field Trip
  • Western Experimental Earth Surfaces Lab - Grace Sutherland Braided River Experiment
    Western Experimental Earth Surfaces Lab - Grace Sutherland Braided River Experiment
  • Lummi Quarry Testing
    Lummi Quarry Testing
  • Colorado National Monument Sandstones
  • Spring 2017 Celebration Undergrad Graduates
    Spring 2017 Celebration Undergrad Graduates
  • Chuckanut coast field trip
  • Spring 2017 Grad Students. End of Year Celebration!