Geoscience Department Chair Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Geosciences at Weber State University! We are a community of teachers and learners dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of Earth -- our amazing and complex planetary home. 

In the 21st century, geoscience knowledge will be critical for human society, as we strive to wisely explore for and produce natural resources, protect communities from natural disasters, and protect the quality of the environment for future generations. Thus, a career in the geosciences can be both exciting and rewarding,  Well trained geoscientists are in demand by private companies, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Ours is a small, personal department with faculty dedicated to teaching excellence and meaningful interactions with students, a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on applications, and numerous research and internship opportunities for students. 

Our mission is to provide an exciting learning environment to prepare majors for successful careers and/or graduate study. Students can earn a degree in Geology (BS/BA), Applied Environmental Geoscience (BS), or Earth Science Teaching (BS). We are also committed to improving general science literacy and offer a number of courses that can be taken to satisfy general education requirements.

Because we are located along the boundary between the Rocky Mountains and the Basin & Range Province, and within a short drive to the Colorado Plateau, the area around Weber State University is a unique outdoor laboratory for geologic field studies, including multi-day field trips. 

Geoscience students also have access to modern equipment and facilities, including our Geospatial and Environmental Applied Research (GEAR) Lab with industry-standard GIS software and hardware,the Educational Water Well Field located on campus, and the George and Dolores DoreEccles Nanotechnology Lab with a new environmental scanning electron microscope(SEM)and atomic force microscope (AFM).

We also have two very active student organizations, the Geosciences Club and Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Earth Science Honor Society), which sponsor a number of fun activities and community-service projects.

Whether you wish to become an environmental geoscientist, Earth science teacher, mining geologist, petroleum geologist, or just want to take classes to expand your "geo" knowledge, we are happy to be here to help you reach your goals!

I encourage you to explore this website, visit the Department of Geosciences, talk with our students and faculty, take GEO courses, and learn more about your planet. Lastly, please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions.

Rick Ford,
Department Chair