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.
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.