Student Resources

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From advising students on their research to guiding seniors through honors theses, the GW Geological Sciences Program offers students a range of resources to help make the undergraduate experience as productive and enjoyable as possible.


Student Research and Fieldwork


How to Declare a Major or Minor

  • Meet with the Geological Sciences Program’s undergraduate director. Students are encouraged to declare during the second semester of their sophomore year.
  • Fill out a Declaration of Major/Minor Form from the CCAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Office with the undergraduate advisor during your meeting.
  • Submit the signed declaration form to the Academic Advising Office.


About Declaring Majors and Minors


Program Honors

To be considered for graduation with special honors and earn the designation of Honors on their transcript, geology students must:

  • Meet GW’s general special honors requirements.
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and 3.3 within the major
  • Submit an approved honors thesis


Academic Resources

Academic Commons
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.

GW Internships and Career Services
Find an internship within GW, or use our tools and network to find your dream internship elsewhere.

GW Libraries
Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases.

Language Center
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.

CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.

Writing Center
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.

Center for Career Services
Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)

Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards.

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Apply for a fellowship to support a research project carried out over several weeks or across multiple semesters.

Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.

Student Accounts Office
View current tuition and aid information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores.

Student Financial Assistance
Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.

Student Research Commons
Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.

Undergraduate Research Award
Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.


Geology Careers