The geology program’s summer Field Camp is the capstone experience for students, who apply their accumulated knowledge and skills to investigate unfamiliar geologic areas. The 6-week camp took students to Wyoming and South Dakota in 2016.
Year-round the geology program strongly emphasizes field-based education. Unlike many other schools, Illinois State offers classes with field trips as part of the curriculum.
All undergraduate majors are eligible and encouraged to participate in research. Research opportunities can be a part of an independent study with a faculty member, a class assignment, or a funded project.
Illinois State’s hydrogeology graduate program is the only one of its kind in Illinois.
We operate our own well fields close to campus, providing hands-on hydrogeology experiences for students. Students can install wells, focus on water sampling, measure hydraulic conductivity, and perform other hydrogeological research.