2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Earth and Quaternary Sciences (Thesis Option)

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A program for available for qualifying Indiana State University undergraduates, allowing students to engage in dual enrollment during their senior year and leading an accelerated MS graduate degree (33 credits minimum)

Required Undergraduate Core Courses (20 credits):

ENVI 170 Earth Science

ENVI 170L Earth Science Laboratory

ENVI 270 Earth History

ENVI 380 Mineralogy

ENVI 382 Petrology

ENVI 385 Structural Geology

ENVI 389 Introduction to Field Geology

ENVI 389L Introduction to Field Geology Laboratory

ENVI 475 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

Required Cognate Science Courses (22-24 credits):

MATH 131 Calculus I

MATH 132 Calculus II

PHYS 105 General Physics I

PHYS 105L General Physics I Laboratory

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I

CHEM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory

PHYS 106 General Physics II

PHYS 106L General Physics II Laboratory


ENVI 486 Geophysics

CHEM 106 General Chemistry II

CHEM 106L General Chemistry II Laboratory


ENVI 481 Geochemistry

Undergraduate Directed Electives (15 credits):

Students have the option of diversifying their electives to cover a broad spectrum of geologic topics, or they may tailor their electives to focus on such discipline-related topics as environmental geosciences, water resources, geochemistry, geoarchaeology, and physical geology. See advisor for a list of discipline related topics. Up to 3 credits of other related science courses may be completed in consultation with the major advisor.

ENVI 101 Geoscience Topics

ENVI 112 Cartography

ENVI 260 Archaeology Laboratory Practicum

ENVI 342 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

ENVI 350 Geomorphic Processes

ENVI 351 Regional Geomorphology

ENVI 356 Water and Environmental Health

ENVI 360 General Astronomy

ENVI 361 Oceanography

ENVI 376 Dinosaurs, Quakes, and Volcanoes

ENVI 376L Dinosaurs, Quakes, and Volcanoes Laboratory

ENVI 401 Geographic Information Systems: Applications

ENVI 402 Geoprocessing

ENVI 405 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

ENVI 406 Remote Sensing: Image Development and Interpretation

ENVI 407 Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis of Spectral Data

ENVI 408 Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis

ENVI 436 Environmental Archaeology

ENVI 445 Archaeological Methods

ENVI 446 Midwestern Archaeology

ENVI 447 Current Issues in Archaeology

ENVI 450 Environmental Modeling and Mapping

ENVI 452 Quaternary Environments

ENVI 454 Introduction to Hydrology

ENVI 455 Groundwater Hydrology

ENVI 456 Lakes and Wetlands

ENVI 457 Environmental Geology

ENVI 458 Medical Geology

ENVI 460 Conservation and Sustainability of Natural Resources

ENVI 461 Environmental Justice: Law, Policy and Social Change

ENVI 462 Ethics and the Environment

ENVI 463 Soil Genesis and Classification

ENVI 465 Fundamentals of Tree Ring Research

ENVI 470 Paleontology and Geobiology

ENVI 471 Quaternary Paleoecology

ENVI 479 Global Biogeochemical Cycles

ENVI 481 Geochemistry

ENVI 482 Volcanic Processes and Hazards

ENVI 483 Mineral Resources

ENVI 484 Energy Resources

ENVI 486 Geophysics

ENVI 489 Field Geology

ENVI 491 Archeological Field School

ENVI 492 Internship

ENVI 496 Advanced Research

ENVI 497 Seminar in Advanced Topics

ENVI 499 Senior Seminar and Research

Graduate Research (6 credits):

Graduate Electives (18 credits):

18 credits of directed electives from geology or from allied scientific disciplines that focus on topics in environmental sciences, geochemistry, geoarchaeology, geosciences, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, geobiology, and evolution (to be determined in consulation with the student’s advisor.)

Culminating Experience:

Successful defense of thesis.


At least 17 credits in the graduate portion of the degree must be earned in courses numbered 600 and above.

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