Department of Science Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Physical Sciences

Dean, College of Sciences: Michael Griswold
Program Director: James R. (Dick) Pratt

Getting Started

WSU Tri-Cities offers the Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science and the Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Science. Freshman and sophomore level courses are available at the community colleges. Interested students are encouraged to contact a WSU Tri-Cities advisor before transferring to WSU Tri-Cities, or even before attending a community college, to discuss program requirements, prerequisite courses, and the University’s general education requirements. Students may choose to complete a direct transfer agreement degree (DTA) at a Washington or Oregon community college, which fulfills the lower division general education requirements of WSU.

Careers in Science

Diverse career opportunities are available in science. Graduates may qualify for positions such as laboratory technician or health technologist, fishery manager, forester, or health advocate. Some start as scientists in testing and inspection in government or private industry. Others are employed in sales or as representatives for technology-oriented companies. Careers are available in technical writing and scientific illustration. Others have careers in consulting, management, or administration. A B.S. degree can also be used as preparation for pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or other health-related advanced degrees.


  • To earn a Bachelor of Science degree:
  • Complete a minimum 120 semester credits, with at least 40 of those credits in junior and senior level courses
  • Complete major course requirements with at least a 2.0 grade point average
  • Satisfy WSU general education requirements and any additional requirements of the College of Sciences.



Geology is the study of the Earth, its composition, structure, origin, and evolution. Virtually every aspect of modern life is in some way dependent on the science of geology. For example, it is the geologist’s job to discover new reserves of energy and raw materials, evaluate groundwater quality and quantity for drinking water supply, assess geologic hazards in land-use planning and unravel the mechanisms of continental drift and biological evolution.

Geology training is offered through the General Science program at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Steve Reidel
  • Christopher Murray
  • Andrew Ward


Geology – Geol
101 [P] Introduction to Geology
322 [P] Geology of the Pacific Northwest
323 [P] Geology of the Pacific Northwest with lab
390 [P] Living on the Edge: Global Climate Change and Earth History
403 Environmental Geology
475 Groundwater