The Wayne State University Geology Department was established in 1949... 

It has a well established track record of preparing undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in the geosciences. In recent years, we have responded to the increasing need to address environmental problems in urban areas by adopting an environmental focus for our teaching and research. In partnership with faculty members from the Department of Biology, we developed an Environmental Sciences Program at WSU in 2003 that is designed to prepare students for graduate study or careers in the environmental field while promoting research efforts that cross interdisciplinary lines.

The Geology Department is growing and enrollments in our traditional and environmental courses have increased significantly. As a result, we have been able to offer new courses and upgrade our instructional facilities. We have also hired one new tenure-track faculty member and two new part-time faculty in the last two years. Nevertheless, we remain a small department that offers its students individual attention and a sense of belonging within a close-knit academic community. We stress academic excellence in all of our pursuits, but still find time to socialize and enjoy each other's company on traditional geologic field trips.

At present, there are five full time faculty, five part time faculty, and three staff members in the Geology Department. We also have an active, student-led Geology and Environmental Science Club. There are approximately fifty undergraduates and seven graduate students majoring in geology. In addition, we serve a large portion of the WSU student body. Approximately 1,000 students take our Physical Geology (GEL 1010) course each year. Many continue with additional coursework in Geology. Whether you are a non-major who needs to fulfill a General Education Requirement or a student considering a career in Earth Sciences, we hope you will join us to learn more about the planet Earth and its environmental systems.

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