The Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is a growing center for geologic education and research. The department is home to 24 full time faculty and research staff in addition to 100 undergraduate students, 70 graduate students, several international academic visitors and collaborators. Emeritus faculty with long distinguished service to the department are also a vital component of our academic research environment. The department research is focused on geologic mapping, groundwater, energy utilizing the applied geophysics, deserts hydrology, deserts remote sensing, paleoclimate studies, subsurface sample coring and characterization expertise at Geosciences and Western Michigan University. In recent years, the department has extended it scope to new frontiers of earth science including space and planetary sciences, astrobiology, airborne geophysics and energy reservoir characterization.
The research facilities at geosciences are located at several locations: Rood Hall, Wood Hall and the Haenicke Hall in the main campus and Michigan Geological Repository for Geologic Education and Research (MGRRE) outside the main campus. This 27,000 square foot core repository and research center is the largest facility in the Great Lakes area. Geosciences department also houses Michigan Geological Survey, the geosciences resource for the State of Michigan. The department includes ten active research labs with state of the art analytical facilities such as earth science remote sensing, geo-microbiology, stable isotopes and aqueous biochemistry labs.
We offer a variety of academic programs for college students and professionals seeking education in earth sciences, environmental science, resource exploration and recovery. Through its national and international collaborators, the department highly encourages off-campus joint internships and training opportunities for students for a diverse fundamental and applied research fields. Our efforts and the determination of students have led to the placement of alumni in prestigious national and international institutions. We encourage the enrollment of highly qualified and motivated students and are proud of our alumni who are working in wide range of geosciences professions.