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Want to become an expert on Earth?

Why should you take Geology?

Become a Geologist

Career Opportunities for students in Geology


Petroleum Experts recently donated MOVE software suite education license worth $2,542,603 to WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology


Including many others, this robust software suite comprises of a number of top-of-the-line and analysis tools. We greatly acknowledge to Petroleum Experts for this software donation to advance the teaching and training of geology and geoscience undergraduate and graduate students and performing cutting edge research.


Recent News on AAPG IBA Competition

 Congratulations to the 2017 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Eastern Section Champion!


WKU team second in Imperial Barrel Award regional contest


Congrtulations to the 2019 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Eastern Section Participants!



Welcome to WKU Geology

Do you want to have fun while learning? Are you interested in becoming an expert on Earth? Would you like a high-paying job? If answer is yes, join WKU GEOLOGY program. Geology is ground zero for tackling global challenges like climate change and sustainable energy. Geology is full of engagement and opportunities. GEOLOGY can take you anywhere!!!

But, you ask, why exactly choose GEOLOGY? First of all, GEOLOGY lets you explore to the far corners of the world. 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? If you're part of the GEOLOGY program, then you're always going on new adventures to places all over the planet.

Interested in GEOLOGY, but don't know where to get started? Browse this site to know more about GEOLOGY program. You are very welcome to set a time to tour the department to learn more!

What Can WKU Geology Offer You?

• Multi-discipline department allowing for holistic and multi-faceted research.

• Job and internship opportunities with both local and international companies.

• State-of-the-art analytical and computational labs.

• Abundant field work.

• Study abroad opportunities around the world.

• Student-centered advanced research opportunities.

• Academic partnerships with professional labs and universities.



Recent updates on Geology graduate and undergraduate students

  • 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 2019 Ogden College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student!
  • Undergraduate student Helen Deborah Flynn is starting  Master's  program at the University of Utretch, Netherland. Congratulations Deborah!
  • 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 1/7/20