Environmental Geology Major

The Environmental Geology major is designed to prepare students for careers in applied environmental sciences. Some graduates will work for environmental consulting firms. Others will work in business sectors such as corporate environmental stewardship companies. Environmental geology is a flexible but rigorous major that provides a broad background in basic and applied sciences as well as depth in environmental and geological sciences through required core courses. Ultimately the depth at the junior and senior levels depends on a student’s interests in four areas from which electives are chosen. These include enhancing basic geology skills; applied geology skills; climate change; and hydrology. The major includes a capstone field experience, again drawn from a wide array of options to meet the student’s individual interests.

Program overview

  • Program requirements: To learn more about specific program requirements, consult the 2020-21 academic catalog.
  • Course listings: To see which courses will be offered when, check out the WMU course listings. You can also read course descriptions for geological and environmental classes here.
  • Professional development: Students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to gain valuable professional, research and field experience through joining our highly active student organizations.


Our graduates (environmental geology) will be in demand in State and Federal environmental agencies as well as private consulting firms and agencies. Examples of State environmental agencies in Michigan include Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Public Health. Examples of Federal environmental agencies include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Park Service, US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Our students

  • Meet our students: Watch video interviews featuring undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of personal and educational backgrounds discussing their experiences in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences .
  • Recent student achievements: Read about the accomplishments of our current students.
  • Alumni spotlight: Read about where our students find careers after graduating.

Associated Faculty

  • Faculty directory: Learn about our faculty members' professional and academic backgrounds, their teaching and research interests and publishing history.
  • Faculty and staff research specialties: Learn about each faculty and staff members' unique research interests (links to laboratories are also provided here).

Graduate study options

  • Accelerated Master of Science in earth science: The accelerated graduate degree program allows undergraduate students to begin accumulating credits toward the completion of a Master of Science in earth science degree while completing this bachelor's degree.
  • Graduate programs: The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences offers three graduate degree programs (M.S. in earth sciences (non-thesis), M.S. in geosciences, Ph.D. in geosciences) and a graduate certificate program in hydrogeology.


The College of Arts and Sciences has a two-tiered advising system for undergraduates. Please consult your departmental and college advisors regularly to ensure that academic requirements are met.

  • Major and minor advising: Unsure which geological and environmental sciences major/minor is right for you? Curious about job opportunities for environmental geology majors? Contact Dr. Duane Hampton, our prospective undergraduate advisor and career advisor, to set up an appointment. Confused about which classes to take, how to enroll in classes or want to know your progress towards graduation? All of these questions can be discussed with your undergraduate faculty advisor, Dr. Michelle Kominz.
  • College of Arts and Sciences advising: Have a question about general education or graduate requirements? Take advantage of CAS undergraduate advising drop-in hours or make an appointment.


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