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.
The Department of Geosciences at IU Northwest also offers students the opportunity to pursue the IU Online Collaborative degree in Sustainability Studies. This degree path focuses more broadly on the study of climate, energy, geography, history, sociology, and economics to understand the complex environmental problems of today.