Department of Geoscience

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

A geoscience undergraduate degree places you front and center in the biggest lab of them all: the universe. As a geoscience major, you'll develop the critical skills necessary to explore and analyze the natural sciences that relate to the earth and its environment: astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.

Geology Track, Geology, BS

Energy Resources Track, Geology, BS

Environmental Track, Geology, BS

Earth and Space Science Education, BSEd

Shale Gas Energy Certificate (interdepartmental)

Geology Minor

Planetarium Planetarium

The Geoscience Department's nine-meter planetarium is an outstanding teaching tool used extensively in undergraduate instruction, both in introductory astronomy courses and in classes for Earth and Space Science teaching majors, and is available for group visits by schools, scouts, or adult groups.

Support IUP Geoscience Students

Please consider a donation to the Joseph C. Clark Research Scholarship, Geoscience Foundation, the Paul Prince Memorial Scholarship, the Walt Granata Memorial Scholarship, and the Next Generation Field Geology Fund.

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News

Geoscience Senior Wins Research Award on Scotia Sea Temperature and Ice

Garrett Strittmatter, senior in the Department of Geoscience, won the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (Greater Pittsburgh Chapter) Best Poster Award at the Pittsburgh Geological Society annual student research night. Strittmatter presented his senior research project, a microfossil-based assessment of temperature and sea ice conditions in the Scotia Sea from the present to the last glacial.

Warnock and Colleagues Publish on Oceanographic Changes in Southern Ocean

Working in a team of international scientists as a result of participation in International Ocean Discovery Project Expedition 382, “Iceberg Alley and SubAntarctic Ocean Dynamics,” Jonathan Warnock helped to assess the timing of past climatic shifts in the Antarctic relative to the rest of the globe. The study shows Antarctica changing simultaneously to the global record for only the last million years.

Geoscience Students Named Provost Scholars

The IUP Geoscience Department congratulates our students named as Provost Scholars. To be named a Provost Scholar, students must have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Warnock and Colleagues Publish on Oceanography and Tectonics of Southern Ocean

The tectonic evolution of the Southern Ocean and associated ocean currents have had dramatic effects on Earth’s climate. A new publication by Jonathan Warnock and colleagues, in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, considers tectonic development of the Drake Passage and Scotia Sea sectors of the Southern Ocean.

Geoscience Students Present Virtually on Plastic-to-Brittle Exhumation History of Taiwan Metamorphic Core

Lauren Donati ’21, Susie Adams ’22, Lindsey Aman ’20, and Jon Lewis presented a research poster, “Brittle-Plastic Structures Provide Constraints on the Rapid Exhumation of the Central Range: Taiwan,” during the July 12–16 Japan Geoscience Union-American Geophysical Union meeting in a session titled “New Perspectives on East Asian Geodynamics.” 

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