Earth and Environmental Sciences (B.A., B.S.)


The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in earth and environmental sciences with concentrations in atmosphere and surface processes and geoscience.

Coursework includes a core of courses and laboratory work in environmental science, world culture and environments, earth science, and conservation and sustainability. Students also complete a core of mathematics and science courses in chemistry, calculus, and physics. Electives are selected from areas such as environmental processes, water and geochemistry, geobiology, geoarchaeology, physical geosciences, and research.

In addition, each student selects a concentration in one (or more) of the following areas.

  • Atmospheric and Surface Processes: This concentration focuses on the field and laboratory techniques needed to understand earth surface processes and climate. Coursework includes physical geography, weather and climate, geomorphic processes, chemistry, and physics. Graduates are prepared for careers in fields such as land reclamation, surface water/soil contamination, and conservation of natural resources.
  • Geoscience: This concentration focuses on field and laboratory techniques needed to interpret earth and environmental processes, analyze and evaluate scientific data, and assess new environmental issues. Coursework includes earth history, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, field geology, environmental geology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, chemistry, and physics. Graduates are prepared for professional careers as geologists or hydrogeologist in a variety of industries or in government agencies, including those dealing with distribution and quality of groundwater, pollution problems, waste disposal, and hazards such as flooding and erosion.

Students benefit from one-on-one guidance from dedicated faculty mentors with diverse expertise. Most hold doctoral degrees—and all engage in research and scholarly publication. Coursework is further enriched with lectures and presentations by graduate student researchers and visiting scholars from around the nation and overseas.

Classroom activities and research are enhanced by state-of-the-art laboratories, field camps, and fieldwork as part of faculty research projects conducted in a wide variety of environments around the world. Internships are available. Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the industry. Student organizations include Gamma Theta Upsilon, Kappa Nu Chapter, the Anthropology Club, and the Environmental Club. In addition, the department regularly hosts special events.

Required Courses


Our graduates possess the marketable skills, knowledge, and training in field and laboratory techniques necessary for professional positions. The program also provides a sound foundation for graduate study. Career options vary depending on the concentration selected.

There is an increasing need for geoscientist and environmental scientists who can apply their expertise to finding energy and mineral resources as well as evaluating and mitigating the impact of humans on the environment.

Our graduates are prepared for careers with geological, environmental, and engineering firms, analytical laboratories, petroleum and mining companies, and hydrological consulting firms. They are qualified for careers with federal agencies such as the United States Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. On the state level, career opportunities include positions with state geological surveys or departments of natural resources, environmental management, or private environmental or engineering firms.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems offers a number of scholarships and awards.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems
Indiana State University