The geosciences program at Western Michigan University is a growing center for geologic and environmental research, and offers a variety of programs for college students seeking a career in the earth sciences, as well as adult professionals looking to extend their education in environmental science, resource exploration and recovery, or earth science teaching.
There is a very diverse applied, as well as basic, research emphasis in the department. The faculty has a well-funded and active research program that addresses a wide range of research topics in the general fields of geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, geotechnical geology, glacial geomorphology, earth science education, sedimentary systems, and basin analysis. There have been a number of new initiatives pertaining to research activities and construction of new research facilities.
We have historically emphasized employment opportunities for our graduates and the training of geosciences professionals. We boast an alumni cadre placed in a wide range of geosciences professions including:
Our doctoral graduates have been very successful in the job market with most currently employed in either higher education or private sector consulting.
The Department of Geosciences resides in Rood Hall with additional lab and teaching space in Haenicke and Wood Hall. The Department comprises 15 board appointed faculty (including joint appointments).
Undergraduate majors typically total in excess of 100 students in 5 major areas; earth science (including science education dual majors), geochemistry, geology, geophysics, and hydrogeology. Graduate enrollments typically numbering between 40-50 are enrolled in a range of specialization in either earth science or geology master's degree programs.
The doctoral program typically has 10-15 students in a range of disciplines including hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geochemistry/isotope geochemistry.
We appreciate and recognize our emeriti whose contributions to academia, the University, and the community have continued beyond retirement.