Welcome to Earth and Space Sciences

Geology, earth science and the related fields in space science include studies of the physical, chemical and biological processes of Earth and space environment.

The mission of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is to integrate scientific information regarding Earth and its surroundings in space into a coherent and understandable framework. This integration of Earth and space-related information is unique among the sciences and makes the department an important part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Programs in the department emphasize the importance of your appreciation of your physical surroundings and environment. 

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and earth science, and minor degrees in geology, earth science and space science. 

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Fields of employment in the areas of geosciences and space sciences

Geoscience Employers

Geological Resources

Geoscientists work in states that have a prominence of oil and gas activities. Workers in natural resource extraction fields usually work as part of a team, with other scientists and engineers. Most geoscientists split their time between working indoors in offices and laboratories, and working outdoors. Doing research and investigations outdoors is commonly called fieldwork and can require extensive travel to remote locations.

The largest employers of geoscientists are:

  • Architectural, engineering, and related services
  • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
  • Federal government, excluding postal service
  • State government, excluding education and hospitals 
Space Science Employers

Earth System and Space Sciences

A career in space science is a job in which an individual conducts research and analyzes data to study the planets, the solar system and other parts of the universe. These scientists interpret data to develop theories that advance collective knowledge and understanding of the universe. This field includes many types of sciences, including astronomy, physics and chemistry. Examples of space science professionals include astronauts, geologists, plasma physicists and climatologists

Scientific researchers and technical analysts work for:

  • Environmental/Space Science private companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Government Contractors

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