Why Study Geosciences at IU Southeast?

Geosciences encompasses not only the study of the earth and its origins, but extends beyond our own planet into the unimaginably bizarre and fascinating worlds scattered about the universe. Human beings have held a burning curiosity about the heavens and the possibility of other life as long as we have had the ability to consider such questions. Now more than ever, technology allows us to explore beyond the safe confines of our own world and achieve greater and greater discoveries. The science of astronomy incorporates all other sciences and applies them to gaining knowledge about the universe, in turn granting us better understanding about the origins of our own planet and life itself.

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From the study of geology, we can learn how powerful forces acting millions of years ago worked to create the spectacular landforms we witness today. Geology gives us perspective on the age of our world, demonstrating how the power of time combined with the gentlest stream of water can eventually carve deep chasms into hard rock. It helps us understand natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and potentially take measures to lessen their devastating effects. The science of geology touches us all in some way, whether we gasp at the beauty of a mountain range, experience the terror of an earthquake, or admire the beauty of a natural gemstone.

The science of geography focuses on the human connection with the earth, giving us a better perspective and deeper understanding of politics and world events. The study of geography is important for all individuals. Imagine listening to the news and hearing talk of Japan or India and not having any idea where these places were. Geography grants a better awareness of events in the past and present by identifying the spatial relationships between places, and illuminating the connections between people and where they live.

Geosciences encompasses not only the study of the earth and its origins, but extends beyond our own planet into the unimaginably bizarre and fascinating worlds scattered about the universe. Human beings have held a burning curiosity about the heavens and the possibility of other life as long as we have had the ability to consider such questions. Now more than ever, technology allows us to explore beyond the safe confines of our own world and achieve greater and greater discoveries. The science of astronomy incorporates all other sciences and applies them to gaining knowledge about the universe, in turn granting us better understanding about the origins of our own planet and life itself.

Associate of Arts in Geosciences

The two-year program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan a career in the sciences or education or whose career area requires extensive first-hand knowledge of the geosciences. Together, the basic curriculum and electives afford the students considerable flexibility in planning a degree program to meet their career objectives. The program requires at least 60 credit hours.

Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences

The Geosciences program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences with five concentrations: Human Geography, Geographic Information Science, Environmental Geoscience, Physical Geography, and Geology. These disciplines prepare students for working in a broad range of Geoscience careers including the private sector, local, state and federal government, and as a preparation for graduate studies.

Human Geography Concentration - The Human Geography Concentration focuses on an understanding of foreign cultures, language, and history in relation to urbanization, industrialization, environmental between population growth and finite resources. Both developed and developing countries are the subject of study.

Geographic Information Science Concentration - The GIS Concentration incorporates dynamic changes in current advances in spatial sciences and technology. The students that complete GIS concentration enhance significantly their employment opportunities especially in environmental consultation agencies, mapping technology industry and surveying. The GIS concentration pertains to all natural resource fields such as Geology and Biology as well as social studies and business. Students in this concentration develop skills in spatial analysis, environmental modeling, and computer programming. GIS is currently one of the most employable fields in the geosciences.

Environmental Geoscience Concentration - The Environmental Geoscience Concentration examines the causes and impacts of both natural and anthropogenic hazards. Prevention or avoidance, mitigation, public policy, and legislation are studied. Graduates of this concentration are well-prepared to work for local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as private environmental engineering firms.

Physical Geography Concentration - The Physical Geography Concentration prepares students for the efficient utilization and conservation of these precious resources. The hydrological cycle is examined in the atmosphere, surface, and groundwater systems. The study of landforms, climate, and natural resources are emphasized to offer the student a greater understanding the earth's processes and environment.

Geology Concentration - The Geology Concentration offers a true interdisciplinary approach to science. Geologists employ aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics to more fully understand the earth´s history and processes. Geologists are broadly prepared in the natural sciences and have diverse field and laboratory experience with minerals, rocks, and fossils. The Geology Concentration is intended for students who intend to pursue a career in the private sector, local, state and federal government, and as a preparation for graduate studies.

Minor in Geography

The Geography Minor is useful to all students interested in broadening their knowledge of the natural and socio-economic systems of the World. The Geography Minor is an important addition to many majors, in particular Biology, Chemistry, Education, and Geology.

Minor in Geology

The Geology Minor augments those students majoring in Biology, Chemistry Education, and Computer Science who are focused on applying their disciplines to the earth and its environment. Direct applications include ground-water movement and contamination, solid waste remediation (chemistry), environmental modeling (Computer Science), solid earth geophysics (Physics) and the physical environmental context of plants and animals (Biology).

Minor in Geosciences

The Geoscience Minor was especially developed to support Education and General Studies majors the opportunity to obtain an academically focused minor. The Minor in Geosciences offers a broader scope but with less depth than either the Geography or Geology Minors. Students cannot earn a Minor in Geoscience in any combination with other Geoscience majors or minors.

Recommended Preparation

  • Mathematics including algebra
  • Writing
  • Computer skills
  • High School Chemistry & Biology

For more information, please contact Glenn Mason via email or by phone at (812) 941-2684.

Experts in the geosciences are essential to many industries and companies. The geosciences relate to architecture, development planning, reduction in damage from natural disasters, space exploration, and technology, among other fields. A degree in the geosciences can prepare students for employment in:

  • government positions
  • various industries
  • teaching
  • business
  • other areas

The Louisville Metropolitan area has opportunities for persons with training in geography. The U.S. Defense Mapping Agency, U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all employ geographers in this area.

Types of positions include:

  • cartographer
  • highway planning
  • hydrologic work
  • regional analysis and planning
  • environmental studies

The School of Natural Sciences offers a wide range of geosciences courses to provide the best and most complete education possible.

 

Resident

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Clint Franklin
Senior Lecturer of Geosciences
chfranklin@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2062
Office Location: LF 155
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Peter R. Galvin
Professor of Geosciences
pgalvin@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2218
Office Location: LF 149
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Glenn M. Mason
Professor of Geosciences
gmason@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2684
Office Location: LF 153
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Gerald D. Ruth
Professor of Geosciences
gruth@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2286
Office Location: LF 151
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Visiting

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Jennifer Lathem
Visiting Lecturer of Geosciences
jlathem@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2017
Office Location: LF 147
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Adjunct

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Phillip Asher
Adjunct Lecturer in Geosciences
pasher@ius.edu
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Malcolm Kochert Scholarship

Estimated Amount: The Maclcolm Kochert scholarship is a $4,000 scholarship which could continue in its original amount for four years or until the completion of the degree - which ever comes first* - provided that the following status is maintained:

  • A good citizenship record
  • A GPA of 3.5 or higher, both overall and program GPA
  • Full-time status (12 credit hours or more per semester)
  • Following curriculum for declared major under advisement of a faculty advisor

*For transfer students, depending on the number of credit hours transferred, the duration of the scholarship will vary

Criteria: The Malcolm Kochert Scholarship in Physical Sciences is a prestigious, competitive scholarship awarded to freshman and transfer students of the highest caliber, who plan to pursure degrees in chemistry or geosciences.

Application Requirements:

  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in high school or transferred college courses.
  • Ranking in the upper 10% of your high school class.
  • Any special activites indicating interest in the physical sciences.
  • A vita and a one-page essay stating the reason for interest in chemistry or geosciences.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of them from a science teacher.

A scholarship committee consisting of one faculty member from each degree area and the school dean will select the recipients that meet the criteria above. However, the committee will have the discretion to select any candidate who is deemed worthy of the scholarship, even if his or her qualifications don't match all the criteria.

Renewal Criteria:

  • A good citizenship record
  • A GPA of 3.5 or higher, both overall and program GPA
  • Full-time status (12 credit hours or more per semester)
  • Following curriculum for declared major under advisement of a faculty advisor

Applicant Contact: School of Natural Sciences

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