Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geological Sciences

About the Environmental Geological Sciences, BS

Our Environmental Geological Sciences degree unlocks your potential to shape a sustainable future. Our program combines geology and environmental science classes, empowering you to make meaningful contributions to Earth, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere, including groundwater, soils, and climate. Embrace your passion for environmental preservation at CWU, where we believe that with the right tools and support, you will do something great for our planet and future generations.

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Why Study Environmental Geological Science at CWU?

Our program features distinguished faculty and immersive learning experiences, including a unique field study advantage through the diverse geological landscape east of the Cascades.

This landscape provides a natural outdoor laboratory for exploration and research opportunities. In the Geology Department, we promote career prospects through internships, networking, and practical experiences to help you build a strong foundation in the geological sciences and develop valuable skills and connections for a successful career upon and beyond graduation.

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How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Careers and Opportunities

With expert faculty, field experience, and extensive research opportunities, you will gain the skills and knowledge to become a dynamic leader in a wide variety of career paths in the geosciences.

  • Environmental Geologist: You could assess and remediate environmental issues, such as groundwater contamination or soil erosion, for government agencies, consulting firms, or private companies.
  • Hydrogeologist: Consider a career studying the distribution, movement, and quality of water resources, working for water management agencies, consulting firms, or environmental organizations. Washington State government agencies employ hydrogeologists to manage and protect the state's water resources.
  • Hydrologist: Considering pursuing a career studying the distribution, circulation, and properties of water resources to ensure sustainable management and quality.
  • Environmental Consultant: With enough experience, you could provide expert advice to businesses and government agencies on minimizing environmental impact, regulatory compliance, and sustainable practices.


Join the Geology Club

CWU’s student Geology Club offers weekend rock-hounding trips for petrified wood and Ellensburg blue stone. Meet your fellow Wildcats and enjoy hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and various other adventures.

Utilizing Our Landscape Advantage

CWU is home to the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA), which comprises 220 Global Navigation Satellite System receivers located throughout the Pacific Northwest. PANGA, under the direction of Professor Tim Melbourne, Ph.D., operates out of CWU’s Geodesy Lab to take advantage of the diverse geological landscape. This is one of the many unique research opportunities available to geology students at CWU.

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