Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Geosciences
The Department of Geosciences at IU Northwest offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees and furnishes training for:
- Those who desire to become professional geoscientists and seek careers in industry, in research laboratories, or in federal or state geological surveys.
- Those who wish to teach earth science at the university, college, or secondary school level of education.
- Those who seek a general knowledge of the geosciences and their relationship to the other sciences.
The department offers the learning experience through the traditional lecture series, laboratories, seminars, independent research in the field, laboratory and library study, and through field trips to local sites and to geologically intriguing areas of North America. Each course for majors contains a field trip, and the department conducts a regional field trip to a National Park in the U.S. after the spring semester every other year.
- Geology (B.S., B.A., or minor) – Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, including its materials and resources, the physical and chemical processes that occur on its surface and in its interior, the development of landforms, and the methods for studying the planet.
- Environmental Science (B.S.) – This interdepartmental program involving geology, chemistry and biology in environmental provides rigorous interdisciplinary background in the natural science segment of the environmental sciences (Geosciences, Biology, Chemistry), combined with a substantial background in the allied disciplines of physics and mathematics, and coursework in environmental affairs.
The work and career paths of geoscientists can vary widely because the field of geosciences is broad and diverse. Graduates often continue their careers in graduate school or find employment in the private sector, government, environmental science and related fields, and teaching/education.
Graduates with a B.S. in environmental science will be well prepared to pursue careers in graduate school or employment in the private sector, government, environmental science and related fields, environmental law, environmental policy, environmental health, and teaching.
For More Information
Browse the links above and visit the individual program pages to learn about degree and course requirements, students clubs and activities, and more.
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Geosciences at IU Northwest!