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Our modern science of Geology grew out of the need for a method to find and extract energy resources (such as coal in 19th century Europe) to fuel the industrial revolution.  Folks working in energy related fields often find such employment to be particularly lucrative. These fields of study still continue to produce the field scientists and laboratory researchers that identify and locate natural resources to give us the materials from which we build and power everything used in modern society. In addition to finding and managing Earth resources, Geologists help to control and mitigate human impacts on the environment, work with Paleontologists, Biologists, Chemists to stretch the boundaries of understanding of the planet on which we live and with Policy-makers in crafting relevant guidelines and legislation. Geologists may:

  • Study glaciers in Alaska, Hawaiian volcanoes, earthquakes in California, or fossils in Indiana.
  • Conduct research for flood control or other geologic hazards, or perform site selection for construction projects.
  • Explore for energy resources, minerals, and ground water in Indiana, other states or other countries.

Vincennes University’s Geology program is designed to transfer to a four-year college for completion of a bachelor’s degree.  Your studies will be a hands-on experience beginning with your first course.  You’ll have access to an outstanding collection of rocks, minerals, crystals, and fossils.  Technology will also play an important role in your education as you make use of custom-designed models, instruments, and audio-visual materials.

VU offers small class sizes, usually fewer than 35.  The major responsibility of all VU faculty is teaching, not research, so professors who lecture also supervise the laboratory sessions. Add free tutoring and special help sessions, and the result is that VU offers a highly personalized learning environment.

If you’re considering a career in geology, VU offers a sound start.  Our students have transferred to colleges throughout Indiana and the United States.  The fundamental knowledge they mastered at Vincennes University was the springboard they needed to become successful professionals.  Spend two years in geology at VU and we’ll put “the earth at your feet.”

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