Environmental Geosciences focuses on the interactions between solid Earth and the atmosphere and hydrosphere, including groundwater, soils, and climate.
Geoscientists are highly sought after in fields such as environmental consulting, assessing geologic hazards, naturalists in state and national parks and forests, in oceanography, geophysics, geochemistry and engineering geology, oil and gas exploration, and searching for new mineral deposits.
You will learn and perform research in CWU’s new $64 million state-of-the-art science building that has specialized labs designed for the geological sciences department, including optics and lasers labs, and an ice core lab. CWU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geological Sciences and Environmental Geoscience and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geology and Geology Teaching. You can also earn a minor or a master's degree in geology.
Want to improve your understanding of the world around you? Want to learn the details behind current important topics like climate, hydrogeology, environmental and geologic hazards? Then geology is a good fit for you.
CWU geology emphasizes stimulating classroom, laboratory, and field experiences with dynamic faculty members whose teaching and research interests span the spectrum of geological problems.
At CWU you can earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Geology, a Bachelor of Arts in Geology Teaching, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences. Geology also offers a minor and master's program.
Science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. CWU graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.
In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.
When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States. It is the first time that a national education policy organization has conducted a comprehensive review of quality paired with affordability.
CWU is home to the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA), a unique geodesy laboratory that tracks the Earth’s movements with more than 350 continuously operating high precision GPS sites across the region.
CWU geology students are trained on Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) equipment, which means they build high-resolution 3D models of surfaces and objects with up to sub-centimeter precision.
The geology department at CWU is housed in a brand new $64 million state-of-the-art science building that has specialized optics and lasers labs, and an ice core lab.
Geoscientists are employed in environmental consulting, water resources, assessing geologic hazards including volcanic and seismic risk, naturalists in state and national parks and forests, in oceanography, geophysics, geochemistry and engineering geology, oil and gas exploration, and searching for new mineral deposits.
Students perform internships at the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Geological Survey, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Geoscientists are constantly called upon to read clues found in the earth's atmosphere, water, and crust and use them to understand geological processes. Students learn to communicate their findings to other investigators or to the public.
For nearly 15 years, Central Washington University’s Geodesy Laboratory has been the national collection point for data about changes in the earth’s crust that may predict a “geologic event”—an earthquake.
CWU is the only facility in Washington that monitors public infrastructure with real time GPS. PANGA operates stations on the Alaskan Way Viaduct; the I-90 and 520 floating bridges and Tacoma Narrows Bridge; Seattle’s Columbia Tower; the Tolt, Howard Hansen and Columbia River dams; and ferry piers.
Two CWU geology professors, Lisa Ely and Breanyn MacInnes, received more than a quarter of a million dollars to study historic geological data in south-central Chile in order to better understand and assess the effects of powerful earthquakes and tsunamis, like those that occur in the Northwest.