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Earth Science Program - A Rock Solid Education

Mission Statement:

The Earth Science program provides a liberal arts core education in geoscience with an emphasis on the scientific method, problem solving, and interdisciplinary science education. A key objective of the program is to prepare undergraduates for careers as professional geoscientists and educators. The program also promotes the development of an informed citizenry for wise decision-making on issues related to natural resources, environmental quality, and sustainability in Oregon and beyond.


Division Goals:

  • To ensure excellence by continuing to implement assessment procedures for major and minor programs;
  • Maintain quality instruction in the science portion of Western's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum;
  • Ensure a quality science education for those students who will be teachers;
  • Incorporate curricular flexibility to prepare students for the scientific challenges of the 21st century.



Divison of

Natural Science and Mathematics

Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361


Office Location:
Natural Science Building, NS 104


Division Chair:
Hamid Behmard

Division Administrative Assistant:
Jean Stuntzner
Phone: (503) 838-8206
Fax: (503) 838-8072


Department Chairs:

Biology Erin Baumgartner

Earth and Physical Science Jeff Templeton

Chemistry Arlene Courtney

Mathematics Scott Beaver


Department of Earth and Physical Sciences (503) 838-8858 | or e-mail: