Department of Geosciences
Geosciences Department 2014

About us . . .

  Students pursuing geology degrees are encouraged to join faculty in diverse and challenging research programs.   Much of the research is in the field and many trips are organized by the faculty each year.  These field trips give students the opportunity to exercise their classroom learning on how to identify and interpret geologic formations, fossils, and minerals.

  As part of their training, students are given in-depth instruction on quantitative and qualitative analysis of geologic samples, using a variety of methods including polarizing microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy, Chemical analysis, and X-ray diffraction.

  IPFW has offered undergraduate degrees in Geology since 1964.

We're going away.

After fifty-two years of offering comprehensive degrees in geololgy, our department will be closed to any new enrollments beginning December 31, 2016.

The dismantling of the department has included the release of the staff, who were responsible for upkeep of the web site and servers and of the running of the office and maintenance of course information. Since those people are no longer going to be here after December 31, 2016, this site, as well as the contact information to the department office will expire.

As the web site administrator for twenty years, I am quite aware of the many links that have been pointed toward our site, especially the Weather Station, Seismic observatory, X-ray diffractometry, SEM, and Physical System information. I am sorry to say that after December 31, 2016 the web site will be shut down.

It is with great sadness that this has to be. This web site, although not an example of flashy high tech optical drama, has been serving this department, and the world, since 1995.

Some of its contents is stored in the IPFW University's web site: and possibly someone may transfer more of the content from the original site. However, IPFW is going through a metamorphosis as well, and so the fate of that site too may well be condemned to oblivion.

Currently, the Department of Physics will be the point of contact for anything GEOS in the future. Please contact Physics for any questions or comments.


Stop by the Science Building (SB 230).
Or call 260-481-6249 if you have questions.


Geo News

Another Magnitude 5 Earthquake strikes Oklahoma. Questions remain, but could be human induced.

Interactive Earth Winds and Seas modeler

Video Giants Among Micromorphs
IPFW Geoscience Professors and students help reinterpret populations of Ordovician micromorphic mollusks.

Student Research Posters
Nine Geology students will present their research at the 50th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America North-Central Section in April.

Fall 2015 Geology Dean's & Honors Lists

Jessie Reeder Geology Major
Geology Major, Jessie Reeder describes her major in Geosciences and why she chose this field.

Geosciences 3D printer working
Dr. Argast experimenting with her new 3D printer.

First day of class for students in L100-02 class
First day of class for students in Dr. Isiorho's L100 section 02 Geology Lab.