History

The Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University has a long history of quality education, cutting-edge research and public service. These achievements were made possible by our dedicated faculty, staff and students. We continue to grow with an unwavering commitment to succeed and remembering our past.

Timeline

The timeline below explains our past achievements that brought us where we are today. 

  • 2011: The department took ownership of the Michigan Geological Survey.
  • 1990s: The department name was changed to the Department of Geosciences to reflect the growing diversity of departmental offerings and research in 1997. A Doctor of Philosophy program with hydrogeology emphasis was established.
  • 1982: The Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education was founded.
  • 1970s: The Master of Science in geology was established. An active research program was federally funded in the department. The establishment of an applied, environmental geology-hydrogeology emphasis resulted in external funding in the late 1970s that led to the development of our reputable hydrogeology undergraduate program and graduate emphasis.
  • 1960s: The Department of Geology was founded in 1965. The Master of Science in earth science education was established. The earth science major and minor were established within the combined Departments of Geography and Geology in 1963.
  • 1959: The undergraduate geology major was founded within the combined Departments of Geography and Geology.

Glimpses of the past

View our picture collection of the geosciences community since 1970.

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