2020 Courses


EAS X428, X498c,e,s,t will be offered as virtual courses in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

EAS X429, X498g will not be offered in 2020.

Geoscience Courses at the IU Judson Mead Geologic Field Station

We have been teaching geoscience field courses at the IUGFS since 1949. During that 70-year history, more than 7,000 students from over 300 universities have taken our courses.

Alumni routinely credit IUGFS as a key educational experience for their career success. The top IUGFS skills cited for career success are:

  1. Developing critical thinking skills to evaluate multiple working hypotheses and make independent decisions based on the available data;
  2. Integrating different aspects of the geosciences to solve complex problems;
  3. Thinking in 3- and 4-dimensions;
  4. Developing time management and project management skills;
  5. Applying the scientific method;
  6. Learning and/or refining geoscience skills.

Course descriptions

EAS X429 is not offered in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions

EAS X428 is offered as a virtual course in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions


EAS X428 requires a minimum of two years of a standard undergraduate geoscience curriculum including one introductory course plus at least two courses from the following:

  1. sedimentology and/or stratigraphy
  2. mineralogy and/or petrology
  3. structural geology and/or tectonics

A course in Earth history plus additional topical courses can be beneficial, but are not required.

Students with alternative backgrounds who do not have all of the prerequisites are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Subdiscipline concentration courses

Working conditions in the field