CWU College of the Sciences Transfer Map

Environmental Geological Sciences, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Office of the Registrar
Bouillon Hall 140
Phone: (509) 963-3001
Fax: (509) 963-1230

Program Description

Geoscientists investigate questions about Earth processes, from plate tectonics and mountain building to erosion and the deposition of sediments. That understanding of Earth is used to address critical societal issues such as locating and sustainably developing energy, water and mineral resources; preparing for and mitigating the risk from natural hazards and climate change; and stewardship of the environment. Because of the complex and interdisciplinary nature of Earth system interactions, a degree in the geological sciences can be beneficial for any career that involves problem-solving in complex systems.

Likely Career Paths

Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of career paths in the geosciences, including geotechnical consulting, resource exploration, environmental consulting and water resources. The program also prepares you to be a licensed professional geologist in Washington, or to continue on to graduate school. Students who successfully complete the Geology BA and STEM Teaching Program are eligible to apply for Washington State teacher certification

Key Considerations

Course Planning

1st and 2nd Year Courses or Areas of Study
CWU Course # CWU Course Name Transfer Course #
GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology GEOL& 101
MATH 154 Pre-Calculus Mathematics II MATH& 142
CHEM 181 + CHEM 181 lab General Chemistry I CHEM& 161
CHEM 182 + CHEM 182 lab General Chemistry II CHEM& 162
PHYS 181 with Laboratory General Physics I PHYS& 221
PHYS 182 with Laboratory General Physics II PHYS& 222
Also recommended:
MATH 172 Calculus I MATH& 151
MATH 173 Calculus II MATH& 152
or MATH 211 Statistical Concepts and Methods MATH& 146

The Transfer Equivalency Site (TES) provides CWU equivalencies for courses at other colleges and universities.

Advising Notes

  • We offer three degrees (BS in Geological Sciences; BA in Geological Sciences, BS in Environmental Geological Sciences) and a minor in Geological Sciences.
  • An Associate in Science-Transfer Degree Track 1 (AS-Track 1) degree is recommended, but not required. Transfers with an AS-Track 1 degree can complete any major within two years; however, general education requirements still need to be fulfilled.
  • Transfers with an AA-DTA degree might take longer than two years if they have not completed Physics, Math, and Chemistry.
  • Any Washington state DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) degree will satisfy all general education requirements.
  • Major requirements may change over time; students will be expected to meet the catalog requirements in place at the time they are admitted to the major. Current catalog:

Other Resources

Admissions: 509-963-1211 | |

Financial Aid: 509-963-1611 | |

Scholarship Information: 509-963-1611 | |

Transfer Center: 509-963-1390 | |

Veterans: 509-963-3028 | |

International: +1-509-963-3612 | |