Geology (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in geology that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed for successful careers in earth and environmental sciences.  The program is also excellent preparation for graduate studies.

  • The Geology Program offers an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on our understanding of the Earth, its oceans, its life, and the influence of humans on the environment.
  • Coursework includes a required core of coursework in geology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Electives within the program enable each student to tailor the program to meet specific career goals. Students have the option of diversifying their electives to cover a broad spectrum of geologic topics, or they may tailor their electives to focus on such discipline-related topics as environmental geosciences, water resources, geochemistry, geoarchaeology, and physical geology.
  • 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


There is an increasing need for geoscientists 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