The Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University resides in Rood Hall, with additional lab and teaching space in Haenicke Hall, Wood Hall and the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education.

We offer:

  • High quality degree programs that are nationally and internationally reputed.
  • Programs that strengthen students' learning and development through classroom education, field based study and scientific research.
  • Dedicated faculty who take teaching very seriously and make learning more meaningful and exciting.
  • A long history of success evident through placement of our graduates in top-ranking positions all across the nation and abroad.

Our undergraduate and graduate degrees programs are designed for students coming from different backgrounds with different career goals.


Wondering what geoscientists do and where do they work? Check out the the American Geological Institute brochure, which answers these and other questions.

Our degrees prepare students for a diversity of career paths:

  • An undergraduate degree in geosciences prepares students for entry-level geoscientific positions as well as continuing their education. WMU graduates in the geosciences hold positions in places such as government agencies, mining companies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Many WMU graduates pursue advanced degrees from other renowned universities, too.
  • A master's degree prepares students for geoscientific research and higher level jobs.
  • A doctoral degree prepares students specifically for research and academic positions.