Geosciences and Natural Resources

Students in the field take a soil sample


What Do We Offer?

GeologyB.S. (Environmental Hydrology, Solid Earth, and interdisciplinary concentrations) and minor

Natural Resource Conservation and Management: B.S. (concentrations in Forest resources and Soil and Water Conservation) and minor

Environmental Science: B.S. (Environmental Science) and minor

Earth Science Education: B.S.Ed. (concentration in earth sciences) and minor

Geography: Minor

Geosciences & Natural Resources Department

What better place to study the environment? The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources (GNR) and its programs— geology, natural resource conservation and management, earth science education, and geography—provide you with exceptional opportunities to immerse yourself in hands-on learning, to get outside, and to conduct research with an outstanding faculty that is internationally recognized and committed to high standards of excellence both in the classroom and out in the field.
Cradled in a lush valley and surrounded by mountains, rivers, and lakes, Western’s Cullowhee campus is uniquely and ideally located for you and your peers to carry out local field projects at on- and off-campus sites and to benefit from regional sites and resources.

You’re also encouraged to study in other parts of the state, country, and the world through practical internships, research, and study abroad programs in places such as Cape Lookout, North Carolina; Sapelo Island, Georgia; alpine meadows in Nevada; Olympic National Park,Washington; the Bahamas; Australia; and South America.
For additional information, read more about the department's abundant resources for hands-on learning and research, visit the program sites to take a look at the career options open to you, or contact us with your questions.


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