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.

After studying in our labs

with state-of-the-art equipment and taking our challenging courses in the bachelor's

or master's

program, you will be ready to start a career in the field or continue to graduate school. 

Finding a job

will be no sweat after you graduate, because science majors are in high demand. Our alumni have landed jobs in teaching, engineering, and environmental science. Learn more about life after Ball State.