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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Geology Minor


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Department of Geology, College of Science and Engineering

23-26 credits

Introduction/What is the Study of Geology?

A geoscientist is someone who studies the Earth’s physical makeup and history. Geology is the science that provides the key to finding new sources of useful Earth materials and to understanding Earth processes that affect our lives. Geoscientists provide basic information to society for solving problems and establishing policy for resource management, environmental protection, public health, safety and welfare.

Geoscientists are curious about the Earth. How was it formed? How is it changing? What effects will shrinking glaciers have on the oceans and climate? How do islands form? What makes a continent move? Why did the dinosaurs become extinct? What makes a mountain?

Geoscientists are concerned about the Earth. How extensive is the global warming trend? How and where should we dispose industrial wastes? How can we fill society’s growing demands for energy and conserve natural resources for future generations?

Geoscientists enjoy the Earth. It is an outdoor laboratory filled with opportunities to observe Earth processes in action. By applying knowledge of forces that shape the Earth, Geoscientists seek to reconstruct the past and anticipate the future.

Why Consider a Geology Minor? 

The minor in geology is designed for students who want some preparation in geology to accompany their major course of study. Students majoring in Biology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Anthropology, Journalism, etc. may find that an understanding of Earth processes will be useful in a variety of careers. Students minoring in geology are allowed extensive flexibility for selecting courses that complement their goals. 

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Bernie Housen
Environmental Studies 240A
360-650-3581
Bernie.Housen@wwu.edu

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Hye In Park
Environmental Studies 240
360-650-6516
Parkh23@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

 

 Major/Career Resources

careercenter.wwu.edu/connectmajorcareer

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students in good academic standing (GPA 2.0 or higher) can declare as a Geology minor at any time except for during Phase I registration. The Geology Department does not declare new Geology majors or minors during Phase I registration.

For more information go to the declaration of major section of the Geology Department’s website.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Requirements


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