Student Experience

Your experience in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Described by students as “a small college environment in a large research university,” our department provides a home base to a close-knit group of faculty, staff, and students. Full-time faculty teach all courses in the department, and class sizes are relatively small.

Many features of Indiana University will also enrich your undergraduate experience. There are resources within the College of Arts and Sciences that can help you find your own path from start to finish, including career services through the Walter Center for Career Achievement. Early involvement with the resources there gives you time to explore the many directions your future could take.

Research & field experiences

We encourage our undergraduates to participate in faculty-sponsored research. A variety of opportunities in various research areas are offered each year. We also offer three field courses: one in eastern California, one in Montana at our Field Station, and one in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. These courses offer hands-on experience and additional research opportunities.

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Student clubs & activities

Many of our students participate in student clubs and other activities on campus. If you are interested in Atmospheric Science, you might enjoy the AMS at IU club. Interested in Geological Sciences? Join like-minded students in the GeoClub. Some of our students also participate in Indiana University Student Televesion (IUSTV).

Three students posing for the camera out in the field
Two students using a compass for field research
Two people sitting out by a fire in the woods
Students pushing a vehicle