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Mission & History

The Department of Earth Sciences has been an Indiana University academic program in the School of Science since the inception of IUPUI. Beginning as a solely undergraduate program offering the B.A. degree in Geology, the department has developed a research program and a more comprehensive range of academic and research programs over time, and now offers B.A., B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology, a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences, and most recently has instituted a Ph.D. degree in Applied Earth Sciences. Our goal is to be a nationally and internationally recognized academic and research program in earth sciences. We are committed to developing excellence in teaching, research, and service in the earth, environmental and planetary sciences.

The mission of the Department of Earth Sciences is to

  • broadly educate students in the earth sciences, and raise educational awareness of human interactions with the environment,
  • perform theoretical research that will increase understanding of the evolution of the linked  lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, and better comprehend the human interactions with Earth  systems, and
  • apply fundamental research to questions of national and global importance as a means to foster  responsible stewardship of Earth resources.

The goals of the Department of Earth Sciences are to build and maintain academic programs that  raise the educational achievement of IUPUI students, to develop new knowledge, and to further interdisciplinary collaborations across IUPUI and into our surrounding communities.