Geology B.A. (IU degree)Offered by: Department of Earth Sciences A bachelor degree in geology gives a student a solid, interdisciplinary background in the sciences. B.A. students may take a larger number of electives than B.S. students to create an academic concentration in another field that uses geology as a basis a for a wide variety of careers.
Why choose this program?
The Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI teaches the importance, application, and relevance of earth sciences in modern society and has a strong research program. The faculty and staff of the department provide an environment where students at all levels can explore, discover, and learn earth sciences through coursework and research.
Undergraduates in the department benefit from a variety of on-campus resources that other disciplines cannot offer; we have many opportunities to integrate undergraduates into research through scholarships, internships, and other funding sources. Our research faculty provide a wide range of diversity across the geosciences not available at many other state and private institutions. Most importantly, our Center for Earth and Environmental Science brings together campus, industry, and government stakeholders to conduct research and outreach related to environmental issues in Indiana.
IUPUI's program has the added benefit of being located in the largest job market in Indiana and located within 2 hours of the Cincinnati and Louisville area. Located blocks from the state capitol and on a campus with engineering, law, medical, and dental schools, we have used our location to build partnerships with other researchers, government leaders, and private industry.
What will you learn?
A bachelor degree in geology gives a student a solid, interdisciplinary background in the sciences. Students use a foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and math to understand earth systems and earth processes. Physical Geology (G110) and Mineralogy (G221) are the typical gateway courses.
• Many of our bachelor degree majors complete individual research projects with a faculty member as one option within the degree requirements.
• Class sizes in our upper level courses are small, typically between 10-15 students.
• Majors have access to our computer lab, teaching classroom, and research facilities when necessary for completing course work.
Many students enter college unfamiliar with geology or earth sciences, typically because they had little exposure in high school. If you are interested in learning more about geology, any of our 100-level courses will give you an overview of many aspects of our science. Typically one third of our graduates attend graduate school while the remainder enter the workplace upon graduation. Many of our alumni are employed across Indiana; for more information see our career page.
Undergrad brings learning to lifeKira Wiseman Environmental Science, Undergraduate