Bachelor of Science in Geology

About the Geology, BS

A BS in Geology equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to explore and understand the processes that shape our planet. You will study rocks, minerals, and fossils to gain insights into Earth's history, natural resources, and natural hazards. Our program includes classwork in geology, hydrology, chemistry, physics, and math, with integrated fieldwork and laboratory experience. Join us at CWU and embark on a journey of exploration, as we work together to learn more about our planet and create a more sustainable future.

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Why Study Geology at CWU?

At CWU, the BS in Geology offers a unique advantage for field studies.

Our program emphasizes practical experiences, utilizing diverse nearby geological landscapes. We promote research opportunities and networking for future employment. You will build a strong foundation in the geological sciences and develop valuable skills and connections for a successful career in geosciences and beyond upon graduation.

Where is this program offered?

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

Graduates of the Geology program can pursue careers and opportunities in various sectors, including private industry, government, academia, and non-profit organizations.

  • Exploration Geologist: Discover and assess valuable mineral and energy resources, working for mining or oil and gas companies. Washington State has a high concentration of employment in the mining and oil and gas extraction industry, which employs exploration geologists.
  • Environmental Geologist: You could assess and mitigate environmental issues, such as groundwater contamination, soil erosion, or natural hazards, in consulting firms or government agencies.
  • Academia and Research: If you want to continue your research and education, you could pursue a career in academia, conducting research and teaching at universities and research institutions.


A Wealth of Scholarships in Geology

At Central Washington University, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality education, regardless of their financial background. View Department of Geological Sciences Scholarships today. You belong at CWU.

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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