Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Geology

The BS in geology prepares students for graduate school and careers in solid-earth geosciences and other scientific fields. The program includes required courses across the breadth of the geosciences and allows for focused study in Earth structure and tectonics, hazards and resources, Earth materials, or climate and surface processes. The core required geoscience courses build on a solid foundation in allied sciences and math and culminate in a capstone field mapping experience, thus preparing students for graduate school and a variety of careers in the geosciences, including geotechnical consulting and resource exploration. The program also prepares students to be a licensed professional geologist in Washington. The BS degree is also appropriate for students who wish to continue in other quantitative scientific fields or directions (e.g., medical school).

Students who declare a major in geology must register with the department and work out a specific program of studies with the chairperson or an assigned advisor. Course programs can be tailored to the student's needs and interests with the aid of an academic advisor. Other requirements may be modified in cases where past performance indicates superior ability. Students must be evaluated for math placement upon declaration of the major with the goal of establishing profiency at MATH 163.2 level early in the major program.

A Four Year Plan for a course of study toward a Geology B.S. degree.

Visit the CWU Catalog for the details of class requirements and electives:

The Online Electronic Catalog (OEC) is the university's official compilation for all curriculum. The OEC serves as the basis for major, minor, specialization, certificate, and program requirements for the academic year. For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to the CWU online catalog at http://www.cwu.edu/~catalogs. You may choose the catalog that is appropriate for your program requirements, based on the quarter that you were accepted into your program. Some students may be using more than one catalog to meet general education and major requirements.

A student should expect to meet the specific requirements of the departments listed in the OEC that is current at the time he or she is accepted by the department into the major or minor program. Graduate students admitted to the master*s degree program may use the catalog they are admitted under or the current one. A student should expect to complete general education requirements as listed in the OEC current at the time of first enrollment at either Central or a community college in the state of Washington provided he or she transfers directly to CWU from the community college and has not attended another four-year institution.