Geology 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. By applying knowledge of forces that shape the Earth, Geoscientists seek to reconstruct the past and anticipate the future.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Geology is designed for students who want to study geology, but who are not intending to work as professional geologists. This degree is appropriate for someone interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with a less rigorous course of study in Geology and supporting sciences than students in the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Thus, students are allowed more flexibility for additional courses that complement their goals. An accompanying minor in one of the sciences or in mathematics is recommended.
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 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.
Western’s Geology Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.