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Department of Geology and Geophysics|Undergraduate

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Geology and Geophysics offers three undergraduate degree programs for those students interested in the Geology &/or Earth Sciences: A BS degree in Geology, a BS degree in Environmental Geology and Geohydrology, and a BA degree in Geology and Earth Science. Students may also elect to combine any of these degrees in tandem with a degree in Environment and Natural Resources or can pick Geology and Geophysics as an area of concentration within the Earth System Science Program. In addition, we offer a minor in geology for non-majors who wish to broaden their experience in the Earth Sciences.

The goal of our undergraduate program is to provide students with an excellent grounding in all aspects of the Earth Sciences and to provide them with the skills and best possible preparation for a successful future career.

At UW you'll find:

  • A top-notch faculty. Our faculty is dedicated to distinction in research and graduate education. Faculty research is characterized by numerous interdisciplinary collaborations and a remarkably collegial atmosphere.

  • A large department with stimulating peers. Students interact with ~26 faculty, a graduate student population of ~40, and undergraduate majors numbering about ~140. There's always someone to learn from, and to share an idea with.

  • Exciting research opportunities. Our faculty conduct leading research in fields as diverse as surface chemistry and marine seismology, in locations from Spitsbergen to the Tibetan Plateau.

  • State-of-the-art facilities. Our department has top-notch computer, laboratory, material characterization, aqueous geochemistry, isotope chemistry, scanning electron microscopes, electron back-scattered diffractometers.

  • A supportive environment. We are committed to providing a supportive - yet challenging - research environment for our students. Graduate student life is characterized by a remarkable sense of collaboration and an esprit-de-corps.

If you're looking for a stimulating, collegial, well-supported research department with a focus on distinction, then look no further!

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