Geosciences community 2014

The Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is a growing center for geologic education and research. We offer a variety of academic programs for college students and professionals seeking education in earth sciences, environmental science, resource exploration and recovery.


Employment opportunities and training are emphasized for our graduates and geosciences professionals. Our efforts and the determination of students have led to the placement of alumni in prestigious national and international institutions. We are proud of our alumni who are working in wide range of geosciences professions.


Undergraduate majors typically total in excess of 100 students in five major areas:

  • Earth science (including science education dual majors)
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology

Typically between 40 to 50 graduate students are enrolled in a range of specializations in earth science or geology master's programs.

The doctoral program has 10 to 15 students in disciplines including hydrogeology, environmental geology, geochemistry and isotope geochemistry.


The Department of Geosciences proudly stands on the achievements that faculty made in the past and we are blessed to have them. Former professors who have left the University or retired after distinguished service have been awarded emeritus status.

We recognize the contribution of emeriti to the academic integrity and development of Western Michigan University as a center for distinguished scholarship in teaching and advanced research.