Geochemistry Major

As a geochemistry major, you will learn to apply the principles of chemistry and geology to the study of the Earth. The geochemistry major focuses on chemical principles, reactions, geologic problems, environmental contamination, pollution, site assessment, remediation, water quality, pollution monitoring, climate change, soils, resource exploration and the health effects of minerals. Geochemistry graduates will have the skills to address issues ranging from water resources to issues of pollution and remediation. With a degree in geochemistry, students can choose to do graduate study in either chemistry or in geology.

You should major in geochemistry if...

  • You are fascinated by the Earth and skilled in chemistry and mathematics.
  • You are interested in groundwater, chemical-rock interactions or economic minerals.
  • You are considering going on to graduate-level studies in geosciences.

Program overview

The geochemistry major will train you in the broad spectrum of both the geosciences and chemistry, as well as foundational mathematics, physics and biology. It is a challenging curriculum that does not require a minor. After completing the required foundation courses, you may choose electives to suit your specific areas of interest. For example, you will have the opportunity to study various areas, from hydrogeology to remote sensing, and from physical chemistry to biochemistry.

  • Program requirements: To learn more about specific program requirements, consult the most recent 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 sciences 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.

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