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Geoscience classroom with Professor John Taylor

PROFESSORS WHO GET TO KNOW YOU   With small class sizes, you'll get to know your Geoscience professors, like Professor John Taylor (right), and feel comfortable asking questions.

Your chance to contribute to the great debates of the 21st century

Part historian, part scientist, part activist, part business person and part negotiator—the role of a geoscientist has never been more central to the well being of our planet.

As a geology major, your field of exploration goes far beyond the layers of sediment that mark our earth’s history. Your laboratory encompasses the stars and the oceans, and what you learn could lead to a career that affects millions.

Furthermore, during your studies you will have the opportunity to work in the field and conduct laboratory research, and experience first hand the impact you could make as a geoscientist.

Why geoscience?

Think about it—our entire existence is based on geologic consent. Our energy resources, our materials, our food, our water management, the ecology of the planet—all rely on the health of our geologic environment.

The great debates of the 21stcentury—climate change, pollution, energy resources—are all part of the geologic conversation. With a degree in geology from IUP you will:

  • Experience hands-on learning, fieldwork, and student-oriented research.
  • Gain a full understanding of the processes that shape the earth by studying geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography.
  • Develop the knowledge need to explore the responsible utilization of energy resources.
  • Achieve an understanding of regional and global environmental issues.

The world needs geoscientists

You don’t have to look very far to experience why geoscientists are important to our society.

Geoscientists help us learn about dangerous and sometimes deadly events related to earthquakes, landslides, and floods.

As a geoscientist you will make informed decisions about controversial issues like energy development, climate change and environmental protection.

These issues are only going to play a bigger role in our lives, which means that the need for geoscientists who know how to introduce a sane balance to the conversation will only grow. Learn more about career paths.

Expected outcomes with an undergraduate degree in geology or Earth and space science education

Every student receives a rigorous education in natural science related to the earth and its environment through courses in astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.

  • BS in Geology/Geology Track: Train to be either a professional geologist or gain the needed allied science and mathematics background to pursue a higher degree.
  • BS in Geology/Environmental Track: Gain a firm foundation in geology-geoscience courses and acquire a background in biology and chemistry so you can ready yourself for a career in the rapidly growing field of environmental geoscience.
  • BS in Geology/Energy Resources Track: Prepare for direct entry into the energy industry with a focus on the discovery and development of energy resources and geophysical exploration techniques.
  • BSEd in Earth and Space Science Education: Acquire the teaching skills to become a certified secondary school teacher of earth and space science.

The IUP difference

Geoscience faculty.Our full-time professors combine real-life experience in the field with a high level of scholarship. They are committed to developing close collaborative relationships with their students, involving them with their own research, introducing them to new experiences in the field, and helping them find the right track to pursue.

Laboratories.Hands-on learning is emphasized with a selection of laboratories that include the marine sediments laboratories, the geochemistry research laboratory, the paleontology research laboratory, the structural geology and tectonics laboratory, the planetary science laboratory, and the IUP planetarium.

Field experience.Few places in America are as well suited to geologic field explorations and internships in the energy field as western Pennsylvania. The Marcellus shale, one of the centers of the hydro-fracking boom, surrounds us. And that’s just for starters. Throughout the year you’ll have access to both regional and national field explorations giving you a chance to study a wide range of geological environments from the history of the Appalachians to the carbonate reefs of the Florida Keys to the volcanic eruptions of the Cascades.

  • Geoscience Department
  • Walsh Hall, Room 111
    302 East Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2379
  • Fax: 724-357-6208
  • Office Hours
  • Mon.–Fri.: 8:00 a.m.–noon
  • No afternoon hours