The Earth Sciences major at WSU prepares you with broad knowledge, skills, and field experience in the interdisciplinary Earth Sciences, Geology, and the Geosciences.
This geological knowledge is urgently needed to address our most challenging global ecology problems, such as exploring the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources, understanding the complexities of global climate change, conserving and managing critical water and mineral resources, and reducing human suffering and property loss from natural hazards, such as earthquakes, flooding, landslides, and volcanoes.
The integrated science curriculum of WSU’s School of the Environment will allow you to explore and understand the complex dynamics of the Earth’s physical, environmental, and biogeochemical processes that have supported the evolution of life on Earth.
Along the way, you’ll have unforgettable opportunities to experience the latest in science and technology education while learning in outdoor settings through extensive fieldwork in the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
With WSU professors as your mentors and guides, you may even conduct your own research or work alongside graduate students and faculty on field projects in Earth Science and Geology.
Your Experience in Earth Science
Be inspired to make a difference in the real world by joining a leading academic and research program in Earth Science that prepares students to meet the growing demands on the Earth’s resources by better understanding global ecology and all the interactions of the biophysical systems operating on Earth.
- Get hands-on experience in science labs and teaching programs like the Radiogenic Isotope & GeoChronology Laboratory and the Peter Hooper GeoAnalytical Laboratory.
- Work closely with professors who are nationally-recognized experts in topics such as:
- Geochemistry of large volcanic eruptions
- Ground and surface-water geohydrology
- Hydrothermal systems
- Chemical and physical evolution of the Earth
- Study at nearby field sites like the Columbia River Basalt Plateau, Idaho and Wallowa batholiths, Cascade volcanos, and local groundwater sources.
- Expand your experience beyond the School of the Environment through our close ties to the Department of Geology at nearby University of Idaho.
The Geology Club provides the opportunity for students who are interested in geological sciences to learn local & regional geology, to interact among students, faculty, and industry leaders, and to involve relationship development among students, faculty and members of the community.
Activities include field trips, attending lectures/seminars of interest, scientific demonstrations and Rock & Mineral Sale during the Dad’s and Mom’s Weekends, and monthly club meeting.
If you are interested in joining the Geology Club, please e-mail email@example.com.