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 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 Earth: How was it formed? How is it changing?
Geoscientists are concerned about the Earth: Is there a global warming trend? How and where should we dispose industrial waste?
By applying knowledge of forces that shape the Earth, geoscientists seek to reconstruct the past and anticipate the future.
The Earth Science — Secondary major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education. Western’s Geology Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.
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 that involve students in their research projects.
- Helpful staff that 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 that are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service.
- A reputable high-quality program that integrates unique field experiences and modern technology throughout the curriculum.