Earth Science, or geoscience, is a diverse discipline, incorporating aspects of physics, chemistry, biology and natural history in the attempt to solve earth-related problems.
Geoscientists are curious and concerned about the earth. By applying knowledge of forces that shape the Earth, geoscientists seek to reconstruct the past and anticipate the future. They provide basic information to help society solve problems and establish policy for resource management, environmental protection, public health, safety, and welfare.
Western’s Geology Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering. The Earth Science/General Science — Secondary Education major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education.
The Geology Department has:
- Engaging, award winning teachers who inspire students and instill modern active-learning pedagogies in their courses.
- Active scholars in diverse specialties who involve students in their research projects.
- Helpful staff who support the educational mission of the department and create a positive atmosphere for students.
- Excellent role models for women in science — 30% of faculty and 50% of undergraduate and MS graduate students are women who are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service.
- A reputable high-quality program that integrates unique field experiences and modern technology throughout the curriculum.