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The Science of the 21st Century




WKU faculty members' research published in the journal 'Geology'


Petroleum Experts donated MOVE software suite educational license (for the year 2021) worth $2,542,603 ($2.54 million) to WKU to conduct cutting-edge geoscientific teaching and research

Including many others, this robust software suite comprises of a number of top-of-the-line and analysis tools. We greatly acknowledge Petroleum Experts for this software donation to advance the teaching and training of EEAS undergraduate and graduate students, and conduct cutting edge research.

Geoscience Student Lands High-level Job








2017 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Eastern Section Champion


WKU Geological Sciences

Do you want to have fun while learning? Are you interested in becoming an expert on Earth? Would you like a high-paying job? If answer is yes, join WKU Geological Sciences program. Geology is full of engagement and opportunities. Geological science is often known as the science of the 21st century, as it is ground zero for tackling global challenges like managing land, water, ocean, space, mineral, and energy resources in a sustainable way. Society’s interest in the environment and climate change is growing fast. The time has never been better to become a geological scientist. Geological Sciences can take you anywhere!!!

But, you ask, why exactly choose Geological Sciences? First of all, Geology lets you explore to the far corners of the world. Are you constantly curious as to why Earth is a tiny dot in space, yet can sustain the lives of over 7 billion people? Is traveling abroad to study new and exciting landscapes your forte? If you're part of the Geological Sciences program, then you're always going on new adventures to places all over the planet.

The B.S. degree in Geological Sciences can provide a wide variety of career options, including jobs in the corporate (environmental, mining industry, engineering), government (surveys, agencies, park service), and academic sectors. Our program takes a holistic approach, as the traditional geology has become increasingly interdisciplinary. With two concentrations (Geology, and Environmental Earth Science), the program has a common core, providing the knowledge base for students to pursue the Professional Geologist licensure. Each concentration has different other requirements, specializing in different subjects. Our classes feature interactive learning, both in the field exploring earth and in the lab doing simulations and analytical works. Students also enjoy excellent opportunities to work with faculty and other students on a variety of research topics.

Interested in Geological Sciences, but don't know where to get started? Browse this site to know more about Geological Sciences program. You are very welcome to set a time to tour the department to learn more!


What Can WKU Geological Sciences Offer You?

• Multi-discipline department allowing for holistic and multi-faceted research.

• Job and internship opportunities with both local and international companies.

• State-of-the-art analytical and computational labs.

• Abundant field work.

• Study abroad opportunities around the world.

• Student-centered advanced research opportunities.

• Academic partnerships with professional labs and universities.


Why should you take Geological Sciences?

Become a Geologist

Career and Other Opportunities for students in Geology

Recent updates on Geological Sciences graduate and undergraduate students

  • Congratulations to Adam Mattson for co-winning the 2019-2020 Outstanding Geoscience Graduate Student!
  • Congratulations to Jessica Garrison! Jessica is strating her M.Sc. in paleoclimate at Syracuse University in the fall of 2020.
  • Master's student Shelby Bowden is starting his PhD. at Pennsylvania State University. Congratulations, Shelby!
  • Master's student Mike Arthur was recently offered a full-time job at Exxon Mobil. Congratulations, Mike!
  • Congratulations to Shelby Bowden to be the 2018-2019 Ogden College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student & Outstanding Geoscience Graduate Student!
  • Undergraduate student Olivia Santangelo is starting Master of Arts in Teaching program in the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Congratulations, Olivia! 
  • Undergraduate student Devin Hainje is started Masters in geology in the  University of Memphis. Congratulations, Devin!
  • Master's student Adam Mattson is starting an internship this summer with Apache Corporation in Texas! Congratulations Adam!
  • Master's student Jacob Grigsby is starting an  internship this summer with Ormat Technologies in Nevada! Congratulations Jacob!
  • Congrtulations to undergraduate student Katie Losekamp for winning the 2018 KY-AIPG Student Award!

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 Last Modified 2/2/21