• Keyaira Hetherington '14 & Tennia Ledbetter '14

    Keyaira Hetherington '14 & Tennia Ledbetter '14 present
    "Less Driving, More Walking" at Colloquium 2013

Earth and Space Science Department

The Department of Earth and Space Science offers minors that serve as excellent complements to every SJC major. Because the department consists of faculty from a variety of disciplines, the Department of Earth and Space Science can offer students unique interdisciplinary perspectives, while also giving students individualized attention in small classes. The department offers a wide array of courses, including Geology, Astronomy, Physics, Environmental Studies, Geography of Environmental Research Methods, The Sustainable Community, and more. The department’s students also have multiple opportunities to get their hands dirty and gain practical experience by working with professors conducting field studies, co-authoring scientific papers that are published in scientific journals, assisting in our new hoophouse, and taking advantage of regularly scheduled field trips.

The Department of Earth and Space Science includes minors in Earth and Space Science and Sustainability Studies.

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


  • “A Curious Historian’s Tales” in the Pulaski County Journal – Author: Professor Brian Capouch
  • “Laboratory test of Newton’s second law for small accelerations,” in Physical Review
  • Letters  - Author: Dr. Jennifer Coy
  • “Introductory Astronomy Lab Manual” - Author: Dr. Jennifer Coy
  • “The affect of aquatic glyphosate herbicides on survival, growth, development, and behavior of larval Ambystoma salamanders” in Herbicides - Author: Dr. Robert Brodman
  • “Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum Shaw” in Ohio Amphibians and Reptiles - Author: Dr. Robert Brodman
  • “Woodlands and Savannas” in Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwestern United States in the series Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Technical Publication HMG-1 - Author: Dr. Robert Brodman


  • “Community Collaborations: One College’s Story about Creating a Small Farm Program” at the National/International Urban and Small Farm Conference in Milwaukee, Ind.
  • “The Power of Place: Confronting the Crisis of Global Sustainability through Critical Place-Based Curriculum” at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Annual Conference in Denver, Colo.

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, 2013 (Dr. Jennifer Coy)
  • Reelected to Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, 2012 (Dr. Bob Brodman)
  • Kaiser Faculty Scholar Award, 2009 (Dr. Bob Brodman)
  • Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee on Amphibians and Reptiles to the Indiana DNR (TAC), 2009 (Dr. Bob Brodman)
  • Scientia Award, 2007 (Dr. Jennifer Coy)
  • Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Natural Sciences, 2006 and 2007 (Dr. Jennifer Coy)
  • Herpetological Conservation and Biology Associate Editor and Steering Committee Member, 2006-Present (Dr. Bob Brodman)

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

One of the SJC Department of Earth and Space Science’s primary goals is for students to gain practical experience through community-based research, workplace experience, service learning, or traveling abroad. As a result, Department of Earth and Space Science students have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience.

For example, students can choose to learn about sustainable food systems by assisting in our Learning Garden or in our technologically advanced four-season hoophouse, where organic vegetables are planted, harvested, and donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry or sold to members of the community. Students can also participate in Harvest Fest, a weekly meal prepared by faculty and student volunteers using SJC and other locally grown produce.

Additionally, students can take advantage of three tracts of land that have been designated as our Environmental and Biological Field Station, a nature preserve. The lands contain a variety of habitat types (forest, prairie, oak savanna, old-field, and wetland) that are in a natural state and are sufficiently large enough (16-23 acre parcels) to provide habitat for populations of plants and animals. Some native habitats will be restored and constructed so that long-term studies with experimental manipulations can be conducted on replicated field plots. Biology and environmental science students were involved in the planning stages and will be involved in the restoration process, as well as research.    


“SJC Awarded Grant for Freshman STEM Program”

“INSGC Grant Helps Saint Joseph's College Students Explore Environmental Careers”

“SJC's Undergraduate Colloquium: Celebrating 10 years of Student Achievement”

“SJC Receives $25,000 Grant from the Helen Brach Foundation”

“Saint Joseph's College Hosts Science Olympiad Regional Tournament”

"Saint Joseph's College Receives Grant Award from INSGC"

Department Majors and Minors


Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.