August 1-4, 2019 alumni and students will be gathering at the Field Station in Cardwell Montana.

Currently we’ve reached the maximum number of attendees allowed and we are only taking additional "stand-by" registrations. Please contact to be placed on the standby list


explore our courses


scholarships and
research funding

the field station

our facilities


Tobacco Root Mountains,
45° 43’ 43" N 111° 58’ 12" W

The Judson Mead Geologic Field Station (IUGFS) is a world-class facility with a 70-year tradition and an experienced, award-winning faculty.

Our purpose is to provide the best possible field-based learning and research opportunities for academic and professional geoscientists from around the world.

The location of the field station is truly unique with remarkably diverse geology spanning 3.5 Ga of geologic history. Rocks immediately around IUGFS include Archean gneisses and schists, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks, Cretaceous-Tertiary intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, and Neogene sedimentary rocks that are barely lithified.

Course offerings

study in the field

EAS X429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains

Dates: June 16-July 30, 2019
Credits: 6
Note: this course is physically demanding.

X429 is a senior-level capstone course that teaches geoscience integration and 4-dimensional problem solving in the field. It is an intensive 6.5 week course that many students say is the most valuable course of their undergraduate education.

Explore EAS X429

trip to Glacier National Park

X429 subdisciplines

EAS X429 includes four subdiscipline concentrations during Week 4. Students choose the concentration that is of most interest to them.

Explore a concentration:

  1. Crystalline
  2. Environmental geology and hydrology
  3. Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy
  4. Geophysics
trip to Yellowstone

EAS G700 Structural Analysis

Dates: TBA
Credits: 3
Note: this course is physically demanding.

G700 3-D Structural Analysis is designed to provide an intense 12-day field based program taught at the Indiana University Geological Field Station. The seminar will focus on the creation of a 3-D model that can be studied and restored using state of the art software packages.

Learn more about G700

We have scholarships!

We are able offer more scholarships at higher award levels than in previous years because of the generous support of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, ConocoPhillips, and the alumni of the X429 program.

Scholarship applications are made available to students once they have applied and been accepted for a course at the Field Station. Scholarships range from $200 to $1500 and are awarded primarily on the basis of academic merit.

contribute to the IUGFS

If you would like to participate in one of the Field Station donor programs, please click on the "Give Now" button to view the funding opportunities.

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contact us

write, phone, send an email

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Indiana University, Bloomington IN 47405

Phone: 812-855-1475


contact information

department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-1475


field station address:
633 s. boulder road, cardwell, montana 59721
phone: 406-287-3323