Introduction to the Department

Challenges relating to the earth’s resources, environments, and cultures are at the forefront of global concern—and likely to be there long into the future. The Geology and Geography Department offers you the opportunity to understand the complexities of natural and human environments and their relevance to a multitude of contemporary human and environmental issues.

Earth scientists study the processes and causes of environmental changes, and explore their consequences. Geologists use physical, chemical, and biological tools and methods to read the record of the earth’s long history. Geographers seek to comprehend natural and human patterns as they vary over geographic space and the interaction between humans and their natural environments.

Department Features

  • We encourage your creativity, initiative, and discipline by promoting your independent projects, internships, and research at such places as the Stratford Ecological Center, Ohio Division of Geological Survey, Citizen Science GIS (in Belize) and the Division of Mines and Reclamation.
  • Geographers study the physical and human landscapes and we offer a geographic information systems (GIS) lab with state-of-the-art software for mapping and satellite interpretation, along with many out-of-the-classroom experiences in human and economic geography.
  • Geology and majors spend much of their time outdoors. You’ll participate in field laboratories as you study paleontology, stratigraphy and sedimentology, structural geology, geological techniques, and hydrogeology.


Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3999

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Chair: Bart Martin
Professor of Geology-Geography

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201