College of the Sciences
Discovery Hall, room 129
Mail Stop 7418
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Faculty and Staff
Chris Mattinson, PhD
Lisa L. Ely, PhD, geomorphology, paleohydrology, and quaternary geology
Carey Gazis, PhD, environmental geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, and hydrogeology
Chris Mattinson, PhD, metamorphic petrology, geochronology, tectonics
Timothy I. Melbourne, PhD, seismology, continental dynamics
Anne Egger, PhD, Earth science education and structural geology
Audrey Huerta, PhD, geodynamics, climate, and mountain building
Susan Kaspari, PhD, climate and environmental variability and glaciochemistry
Breanyn MacInnes, PhD, sedimentary geology, coastal geomorphology
Walter Szeliga, PhD, geophysics and GPS geodesy
Faculty Research Associates
Ken Austin, MS, UNAVCO, Geodetic Infrastructure
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD, earth science education and geomorphology
Andrew Sadowski, L.G., Department of Natural Resources, Washington Geological Survey
Paul Winberry, PhD, glacier dynamics, seismology
Keegan Fengler, MS, earthquakes
Winston Norrish, PhD, petroleum geology
Robert D. Bentley, PhD, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, regional geology of the Pacific Northwest
Wendy A. Bohrson, PhD, volcanology, isotope geochemistry, igneous petrology
James Hinthorne, PhD, mineralogy, geochemistry, spatial information systems
Jeffrey Lee, PhD, active and regional tectonics, structural geology
Rex Flake, tiltmeter engineer, PANGA network engineer and geologist
Angela Halfpenny, engineering technician
Moriah Kauer, fiscal specialist
Carol Ready, WASSER laboratory technician
V. Marcelo Santillan, scientific programmer and GPS data analyst
Craig Scrivner, systems analyst
Nick Zentner, geology outreach and education director
Geosciences encompass the scientific study of the origin and evolution of the earth. Energy, mineral and water resources, geologic hazards, pollution of natural waters, and earthquake prediction are just a few of the pressing societal concerns that are addressed by geoscientists. The geological sciences program has two major parts: (1) solid-earth geosciences, such as rocks, minerals, deformation, and tectonic evolution of the Earth’s crust; and (2) Earth processes over the last 10,000 years, such as active faulting, environmental geochemistry, hydrogeology and water resources, geologic hazards, seismology, surface processes, and volcanology. Field, laboratory, and computer skills are essential to the study of the geological sciences. Research in the geosciences is active and varied, with faculty and students interacting closely. BS and BA degrees are offered in geology and a BS degree in environmental geological sciences. A BA in Earth sciences is also offered and is intended for future secondary school teachers. Minors in geology and Earth sciences are also available to supplement careers in other fields.
Students who declare a major in geology must register with the department and work out a specific program of study with the chairperson or an assigned advisor. Course programs can be tailored to the student’s needs and interests with the aid of an academic advisor. Other course requirements may be modified in cases where past performance indicates superior ability. Students must be evaluated for math placement upon declaration of the major with the goal of establishing proficiency at the MATH 154 level early in the major program.
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans.
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/geology/ or by contacting the department directly.
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Minor
CoursesGeological Sciences (GEOL)