Ball State University - Department of Geological Sciences

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Whether you're seeking a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree, our programs are designed to give you a wide breadth of geological knowledge and analytical skills to prepare you for a variety of careers. And you’ll have the flexibility to focus on the topics that interest you most, from paleontology to glacial geology. 

Our faculty is knowledgeable about geology and its subfields including minerals, igneous and metamorphic rock, fossils, and petroleum. Many of them have studied all over the world, so you will be learning from professors with top-notch experience.

Our classes are small, which means you get more one-on-one time with professors and a stronger bond with your fellow classmates.

We know from experience that the best way to study Earth is to visit various locations and see how your classroom instruction applies. Get your luggage and your passport ready because you will have the opportunity to travel to get hands-on experience. Our optional immersive learning field trips are a great way to get started. Your opportunities range from sites in Indiana to all the way in New Zealand. 

In addition to the field trips, geology and earth science majors are required to participate in a five-week summer field camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota. You will use your field skills and up-to-date GIS technology in preparing geologic maps and cross sections.

Source: Department Website July 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Geological Sciences
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Mineralogy, Paleobiology, Petroleum Geology, Seismology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, Volcanology
  • Degrees: BA, BS, MS, PhD
  • State: Indiana
  • City: Muncie
  • Phone: (765) 285-8270