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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

Geological Sciences is the largest undergraduate Geology/Earth Science program (2019-2020) in Kentucky. B.S. in Geological Sciences at WKU include Environmental Earth Science track and Geology track.

Join WKU Geological Sciences program. But, you ask, why exactly choose Geological Sciences?

First of all, Geological Sciences lets you explore to the far corners of the world. All the processes on Planet Earth is complex and interrelated. Are you interested in becoming an expert on Planet Earth? 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? Are you wondering why climate of the Earth changes? Why there are minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, and river flooding? Why do our oceans warming and sea-level rising? Why there are so many degradation issues with our water quality and environments?  How can we make our Planet Earth a sustainable Planet for billions of people? And finally, would you like a high-paying job? Geological Sciences is the major, also 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!!!


In-State Tuition for border states with Kentucky

  • If you are coming from any of the border states with Kentucky, you will receive in-state tuition (applicable for any freshman starting at WKU in fall 2021 or later). 


What Can WKU Geological Sciences Offer You?

  • Prepares for graduate school in geoscience/environmental science related programs.
  • Prepares for job and internship opportunities in the corporate (environmental, mining industry, engineering), government (surveys, agencies, national park service), and academic sectors.
  • Provides core geology knowledge base for students to pursue the Professional Geologist licensure.
  • Provides hands-on activities using State-of-the-art analytical, instrumentation and computational labs and abundant fieldworks to understand the geology of Kentucky and elsewhere.
  • Provide study abroad opportunities around the world.
  • Provide student-engaged active research opportunities and prepares students to present research in professional conferences and author/coauthor for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Provide opportunities for Academic partnerships with professional labs and universities.

Interested in Geological Sciences..or like to get a Tour, please contact us

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 3/20/21