Geosciences

Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at IU Northwest offers degrees in both Geology and Environmental Science. Both degree paths focus on the scientific study of the Earth and offer learning experiences through the traditional lecture, laboratory, and seminar as well as field experience and independent research. The degrees furnish 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 secondary school level of education.
  • Those who seek a general knowledge of the geosciences and their relationship to the other sciences.

The department stresses hands-on experiences through field trips to local sites and to geologically intriguing areas of North America. Each course for majors includes a field trip. Further, the department conducts a regional field trip to a National Park in the U.S. after the spring semester every other year. Most of our majors also undertake research projects under direct mentorship of our faculty.

Program Specifics

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. Our faculty have specializations in both physical and historical geology with research interests covering subjects such as hydrogeology, paleontology, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, seismology and volcanology.

Environmental Science (B.S.)

This interdepartmental program involving Geosciences, Biology, and Chemistry provides a rigorous interdisciplinary background in the natural science segment of the environmental sciences, combined with a substantial background in the allied disciplines of physics and mathematics, and coursework in environmental affairs. Students choose coursework along two disciplines for an interdepartmental concentration area.

Career Opportunities

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!

Contact Us

Office Hours

Monday ‑ Friday: 8:00 a.m. ‑ 5:00 p.m

Phone Number


Administrative Assistant

Debi Qualls
(219) 980-6740
daqualls@iun.edu

Email Address


Fax Number

219-980-6673

Department Chair

Erin Argyilan
(219) 980-7124
eargyila@iun.edu

Mailing Address

Geosciences Department
IU Northwest
3400 Broadway
Marram Hall, Room 243  
Gary, Indiana 46408

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