• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
The department offers the learning experience through the traditional lecture series, laboratories, seminars, independent research in the field, laboratory and library study, and through field trips to local sites and to geologically intriguing areas of North America.
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The Department of Geosciences at IU Northwest offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees and furnishes training for:

  • Those who desire to become professional geoscientists and seek careers in industry, in research laboratories, or in federal or state geological surveys.
  • Those who wish to teach earth science at the university, college, or secondary school level of education.
  • Those who seek a general knowledge of the geosciences and their relationship to the other sciences.

Career Opportunities

The work and career paths of geoscientists can vary widely because the field of geosciences is broad and diverse. Graduates often continue their careers in graduate school or find employment in the private sector, government, environmental science and related fields, and teaching/education.

Graduates with a B.S. in environmental science will be well prepared to pursue careers in gradu­ate school or employment in the private sector, government, environmental science and related fields, environmental law, environmental policy, environmental health, and teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • * GEOL G101 Introduction to Earth Science (3 cr.) AND G102 Intro. to Earth Science Lab (1 cr.)
  • * GEOL G107 Environmental Geology (3cr.) AND G102 Intro. to Earth Science Lab (1cr)
  • * GEOL G103 Earth Materials and Processes (3 cr.) AND G102 Intro. to Earth Science Lab (1 cr.)
  • GEOL G209 History of the Earth (4 cr.)
  • GEOL G221 Introductory Mineralogy (4 cr.)
  • GEOL G222 Introduction to Petrology (4cr)
  • GEOL G317 Field and Laboratory Techniques (3cr)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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