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Jonathan Oglesby (left), Mallory Schnell (center), and Caleb Chappell (right) - 2016 Outstanding Students

Jonathan Oglesby conducts research on water issues in Niger with the Songhai people

Summer Storm Chasing Class with Dr. Josh Durkee

Geo-faculty assist with the Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Dr. Josh Durkee shot this quad-copter image from 350 ft. above WKU’s campus showing approaching fog on Sept. 9.

Ryan Uthoff (left) and Chloe Turner (right) receive 2016 Outstanding Student Awards

Faculty at the 2017 Kentucky GEOBEE State finals

Dr. Royhan Gani Leads the IBA Team to Victory in Regional Competition.

Semester-at-Sea Students on the Iceland voyage

     About the Department and WKU

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 In Ogden College's Department of Geography and Geology,

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Evidence and Argument is the "Scientific Method." Our programs are the starting place for all things Geoscience related. From here you can explore courses taught and research conducted by world-class faculty, learn more about the degrees and courses we offer, connect with our great staff, and discover how a geography/geology/meteorology/GIS degree from WKU will put you on the map. We are the most internationalized department at WKU! Click on scholarship information.
Department Mission and Vision Statement

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Featured Faculty Member for August: - LESLIE NORTH, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Since she was first exposed to karst science as an undergraduate student, Leslie has focused her collegiate and research activities to understanding and protecting these fragile terrains. During her master’s thesis research, which focused on evaluating anthropogenic karst disturbances, Leslie reached the startling conclusion that both the general public and policymakers have a very limited understanding of karst terrains, resulting in widespread misuse of these landscapes. As a result, for her dissertation Dr North conducted the first holistic study of karst-related educational programs implemented in the United States and abroad, and the tools, techniques, and feasibility of educating the general public at karst attractions, particularly show-cave facilities. Through a large body of data collected from over 100 show caves worldwide, she was able to illustrate the existence of multiple missed opportunities and misconceptions about educational pursuits in informal learning environments that are ultimately hindering the pursuit of appropriate geologic education and encouraging erroneous measures of program success. For more information about her teaching and research interests, contact Dr. North at leslie.north@wku.edu .

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The Department of Geography and Geology at WKU offers excellent undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities and is a leader in relevant research and public service. Read about the Department's Study Abroad and international activities in the Alumni Magazine. Learn More...

 

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Department Events and News

      Weather Museum
      Cool Video with Logan Mitchell
      Dr Polk appears on the BBC
      Publications by faculty/students
      MS Geoscience program
      Becoming a Meteorologist


      Scholarship Information
      Iceland Summer Program
      Stormchasers on View f-t Hill
      Keeling on WKU-PBS Outlook
      Grad Student wins major award
      Supercomputer aids research
      University Events


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Department Mailing Address:

Environmental Science and Technology (EST)
Room 304
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Height Blvd. #31066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066, USA
Office: (270) 745-4555; Fax: (270) 745-6410

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