College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geology is the study of the earth, its environments, and its history

Graduate student life, Jobs in Geology, Earth Sciences, Oil and Gas

The graduate program in Geology offers coursework, fieldwork experience, and research that will lead to a Master of Science degree in Geology. It allows students who successfully complete the program to upgrade their educational qualifications and advance to doctoral programs or professional positions that require an in-depth knowledge of hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geologic hazards. The University's location in the state capital provides direct access to many local, federal, and state agencies through internship and fieldwork opportunities.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - University of Washington

This manuscript proposes a new approach for science's battleagainst the rising influence in America of pseudo-science and theCreationist movement. The framework of Creationist Bible-based earthhistory, focusing on Genesis and the Noachian flood, can be assembled into asingle geologic time scale (, enlargedby addition of many geologic facts, difficult for Creationists toexplain. () Some of the items are so absurd that all but themost dedicated fundamentalists will see the overall picture as scientificnonsense, even bordering on humor, a most rare commodity in Creationistliterature. Science, rather than using its traditional defensive approachof item-by-item rebuttal of Creationist attacks, needs to take theoffensive by challenging Creationists to defend their "scientific" view ofearth history as represented by this time scale. ()

The geologic record is clear in showing more and more complex lifeforms at progressively higher levels. Creationists argue that thisrepresents more and more complex animals running to the mountain tops tobe washed off and buried last (), amechanism proposed early in this century by George McCready Price in manypapers and in his textbook, the (1923). Excellentsummaries of Price and his ideas are given by Gardner (1986) and Numbers(1982). This mammals-to-the-mountain tops model is still in vogue inCreationist circles although some more recent variations have includedrising waters engulfing first the shoreline plant and animal communitiesand then the upland flora and fauna. The argument somehow neglects todiscuss why the burial sequence for fish, marine reptiles, and marinemammals followed the same pattern of increasing complexity when thesegroups should not have been so severely affected by rising waters. Inaddition, looking at the distribution of intelligence in today's humans, apre-flood human race without a single individual dumb enough to be trappedon some isolated mountain top in early stages of the rising flood waterswould seem to be a miracle in its own right.