Explore the World Through Geosciences

Discover planet Earth and its fascinating geologic history in order to help predict and improve the future. In Geosciences you will learn about the origin, dynamic processes, and evolution of the Earth through time. Our curricula emphasize field-based studies and the use of advanced geospatial technologies for mapping and analysis.

What you'll get from the Department of Geosciences

  • A variety of majors and minors designed to meet your needs
  • Hands-on study in stunning natural surroundings – an immediately accessible “laboratory” that is hard to beat anywhere in the world
  • Individual attention in small classes
  • Opportunities for research and work in the field and access to unique facilities such as the Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System Laboratory
  • Preparation for teaching earth sciences to inquisitive young minds

Where You'll Go:

Geoscientists are employed in a variety of environmental, engineering, and natural resource industries, including geographic information systems (GIS)/mapping and remote sensing applications. 

About 20 percent work for oil and gas exploration companies or metal mining companies. One geoscientist in seven is self-employed -- most are consultants to industry and government. 

More than 9,000 geoscientists work for governmental agencies, such as the Utah Geological Survey, the Department of Environmental Quality, or the U.S. Geological Survey. 

You’ll also have many employment opportunities as an Earth science teacher. In September 2012 the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) reported that the median starting salary for geoscientists and hydrologists ranged between $36-80K.

Click here to view the American Geosciences Institute Medium & Starting Salaries for Geoscience Fields Report.

Please see the WSU catalog for more detail on individual courses and degree opportunities.

The Science Lab Building as seen from the
W5 student Parking lot at the top of campus. 

Interactive Campus Map Learn about the new
Tracey Hall Science Center
Opening Fall of 2016.

the construction site live.

Contact Information:


WSU Department of Geosciences
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2507
Ogden, UT  84408-2507
801.626.7139 phone
801.626-7445 fax

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST