Mission Statement The mission of the Department of Geosciences is to provide a rigorous undergraduate education for our students, preparing them for success in private or academic pursuits once they leave our program. This department will provide well equipped labs and research instruments for the students and faculty, thus ensuring an environment which promotes furthering faculty research and student participation, creating educational opportunities for both the student and the professor.
The collective goal of the department is to provide support to encourage a broad understanding of geosciences and astronomy with the hope of generating excitement within our staff and students in order to perpetuate that excitement in the general public as well. We are committed to our community and alumni by providing outreach with advice and support in educational and private enterprises.
The Department of Geosciences at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne currently has three professors and two assistant professors of geology, including the internationally recognized paleontologist Dr. James O. Farlow. Also Dr. Dipak Chowdhury holds an emeritus position and continues to teach and conduct research.
Students pursuing geology degrees will find diverse and challenging research programs which encourage active participation. Most 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 geologic formations, fossils, and minerals.
Students are given in-depth instruction on quantitative and qualitative analysis on geologic samples, using a variety of methods including polarizing microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), chemical analysis, and X-ray diffraction.
IPFW has had undergraduate degrees in Geology since 1964 and has had over 120 graduates since 1969.