Geology Bachelor Degrees

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A bachelor degree in geology gives a student a solid, interdisciplinary background in the sciences. Students use a foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and math to understand earth systems and earth processes. Physical Geology (G110) and Mineralogy (G221) are the typical gateway courses.

  • Many of our bachelor degree majors complete individual research projects with a faculty member as one option within the degree requirements.
  • Class sizes in our upper level courses are small, typically between 10-15 students.
  • Majors have access to our computer lab, teaching classroom, and research facilities when necessary for completing course work.

Many students enter college unfamiliar with geology or earth sciences, typically because they had little exposure in high school. If you are interested in learning more about geology, any of our 100-level courses will give you an overview of many aspects of our science. Typically one third of our graduates attend graduate school while the remainder enter the workplace upon graduation. Many of our alumni are employed across Indiana; for more information see our career page.

Requirements & Course of Study

Both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees are granted through Indiana University. The degrees differ in some coursework requirements. The B.S. program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in local, state, federal government and industry and preparation for graduate programs. B.A. students may take a larger number of electives than BS students to create an academic concentration in another field that uses geology as a basis for a wide variety of careers. Students should consult with our academic advisor about which degree to pursue.

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI Bulletin. Requirements vary depending on a student's date of enrollment. If you do not know your date of enrollment, see your advisor.

Students enrolling in the School of Science on or after August 2014 (2014-2016 IUPUI Bulletin):

Students enrolled in the School of Science in Aug 2012 to Aug 2013 (2012-2014 IUPUI Bulletin):

Students enrolled in the School of Science prior to August 2012 (2010-2012 IUPUI Bulletin):

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Capstone Experience

Students will apply what they have learned in a capstone experience – either a regional geology field trip, an internship, or a specialized seminar course.


An exciting feature of the geology degree programs is undergraduate research. Research is not limited to the laboratory and often includes learning opportunities in the field. Students who participate in undergraduate research receive financial support and an opportunity to work directly with world-renowned faculty in a laboratory environment (as early as the freshman year). Research students benefit from personal attention and excellent academic and career advising. Learn more about our unprecedented research opportunities.

Environmental Service Learning

Since 1997, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) and the Department of Earth Sciences have coordinated environmental service learning projects each semester that include locations on the IUPUI campus as well as numerous central Indiana parks, greenways, and natural areas. Through the service learning program, IUPUI faculty, staff, and environmental managers work with IUPUI students and community members to address urban environmental issues.