Departments & Centers

Department of Earth Sciences

Engineering, Science, and Technology Building, SL 118
723 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132
(317) 274-7484; fax (317) 274-7966
  • Professors Barth, Filippelli (Chair)
  • Professor Emeritus Mirsky
  • Associate Professors Licht, Pachut, Rosenberg, Tedesco
  • Assistant Professors Jacinthe, Lin Li, Vidon
  • Lecturer Swope
  • Adjunct Professors Brothers, Kelson, Latimer, Muridell, Perry, Preer, Prezbindowski, Rogers, X. Wang, J. Wilson, Wittman
  • Departmental Academic Advisors Barth, Licht

Geology is the study of the planet Earth: the materials of which it is made, the processes that act upon these materials, and the history of the planet and life forms since its origin. Geology considers the physical forces acting on the earth, the chemistry of its constituent materials, and the biology of its past inhabitants. Geology also includes the study of the interrelationships in the modern environment of humans and geological phenomena and focuses on such important concerns as how our global climate is changing and how that change will affect human activities.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in geology from Indiana University. These programs prepare students for graduate studies and for a variety of careers with emphasis on investigation of the environment by federal and state agencies, industries, and consulting companies. The programs allow flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of all students. Selection of a particular program should be made in consultation with a departmental advisor.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree granted by Indiana University. The M.S. program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.

Faculty and students of the Department of Earth Sciences are actively engaged in basic and applied research. Specific research areas include petrology, geochemistry, glacial geology, paleoclimate, biomineralization, sedimentology, history of geology, and paleontology.

Minor in Geology

(Granted by Indiana University)

The undergraduate minor in geology requires 18 credit hours, with an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) and with no grade less than a C-, distributed as follows:

  • Students must complete the following five courses that total 12 credit hours: GEOL-G110 (3 cr.), GEOL-G120 (1 cr.), GEOL-G130 (1 cr.), GEOL-G209 (3 cr.) or GEOL-G335 (4 cr.), and GEOL-G221 (4 cr.) or GEOL-G306 (4 cr.).
  • Students must complete an additional 6 credit hours minimum, including two of the following courses: GEOL-G222 (4 cr.), GEOL-G304 (3 cr.), GEOL-G334 (4 cr.), GEOL-G406 (3 cr.), GEOL-G415 (3 cr.), GEOL-G430 (4 cr.), and GEOL-G451 (3 cr.).

At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be taken at IUPUI. In addition, recommended courses include one year of college chemistry and at least one course in college algebra.