Indiana University Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains

Hosted by: Indiana University



EAS X429 is our capstone course designed to prepare students to be successful in a geoscience career and/or geoscience graduate school program. This course focuses on the integration of geology, geochemistry and geophysics to solve 4-dimensional geoscience problems. X429 includes both a 1-week thesis style project and a deep-dive into a subdiscipline concentration of your choosing (see subdiscipline descriptions online). The course is taught at the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station, located in the beautiful Tobacco Root Mountains in Cardwell, Montana.


6 credits

Application Deadline



Tuition - $1,933.38 (Indiana resident); $3866.76 (non-Indiana resident)
Other course fees - $3850

Other Important Information

All courses start and end in at the field station in Cardwell, MT. Students are responsible for their travel costs to/from the field station and meals during field trips. The student fees cover almost all of your basic living and educational expenses from the time you arrive at the field station until you depart.

For those who do not want to fly to Bozeman, we offer the option to take a Caravan of university vehicles departing from Bloomington, IN on June 7 and arriving at the field station on the afternoon of June 9. The Caravan will depart from the field station on July 24 and return to Bloomington, IN on July 26. The cost for this option will be around $300, which covers hotels and transportation. Meals and snacks will be your responsibility.

Scholarships are available, ranging from $350 to $2,000 and are awarded primarily based on academic achievement. Scholarships are awarded on a "first come, first served" basis for equally qualified candidates so we encourage interested students to apply as soon as possible.

Contact Info

For more information, contact Erika Elswick ( or Meagan Need (