Earth and Space Science (minor)

SJC’s Earth and Space Science minor is designed to introduce students to the earth’s natural phenomena, broaden their appreciation and understanding of environmental systems, and help students attain an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental laws of nature and how they apply in everyday life. SJC’s Earth and Space minor is an excellent option for those who are interested in teaching science classes at the secondary level.

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AVAILABLE DEGREES

Only available as a minor

Why Earth and Space Science?

  • 1 Earth and Space Science is more than just the study of our planet; it is also about looking past our own existence and into what lies beyond our world. Studying our solar system, the planets, and other celestial bodies contained within, and even the universe can help piece together our own way of life.
  • 2 A student with a major in the natural sciences, such as Biology or Chemistry, and a minor in Earth and Space Science can work in environment-related careers or pursue graduate studies in environmental topics.
  • 3 Private sector or government jobs that place a high value on problem solving, field studies, sustainability, and technology consider an Earth and Space Science minor a valuable addition to a resume.

Careers in Earth and Space Science

  • Conservation Officer
  • Earth and Space Science Teacher
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Geologist
  • Urban Planner

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • University of Washington
  • IUPUI
  • William & Mary
  • Indiana State University

Why Study Earth and Space Science at Saint Joseph's College?

Variety

While studying Earth and Space Science at SJC, you will take courses in geology, sustainability, physics, astronomy, and environmental research methods. Many of the courses include a component of field work or observation, where substantial learning occurs outside of the classroom.

Hands-on Experience

As and Earth and Space Science minor at SJC, you will have the liberty of working with professors on individualized research projects, with the possible outcome of co-authoring scientific papers published in important journals. Professors also conduct field studies, where you will have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and see how the Earth and Space Science concepts apply in the outside world.

Dedication to Excellence

SJC recently received three large grants that have allowed the Earth and Space Science Department to make significant additions to the technological tools used in their courses, as well as develop exciting learning areas, such as the new hoophouse. The grants have also funded visits by students in certain courses to local environmental sites, including the Meadow Lake Wind Farm, Algaewheel, and the Rensselaer wastewater treatment center.

Faculty and Class Size

Earth and Space Science students at SJC are provided with small classes and individualized attention. We have several professors teaching in the department, each with a wide variety of experience that brings unique and interdisciplinary perspectives to the Earth and Space Science minor:  Dr. Brodman and Dr. Rice from our Department of Biology, Dan Perkins who works for the Soil and Water Conservation District, and Professor Brian Capouch who has extensive experience in agriculture.

Student Research

Field courses and undergraduate research are important components for the academic development of our Earth and Space Science minor.These activities provide real-world experience and are components that help develop students into formal operational thinkers who are capable of critical evaluation and abstraction.The Earth and Space Science Department has taken steps to preserve some of the representative habitats on the College campus by establishing an Environmental and Biological Field Station.

Having field sites on campus is a valuable resource because the alternatives include added time and travel costs to visit sites off-campus. A preserve on-campus also permits uninterrupted long-term studies and short-term experiments on manipulated plots. Students are currently involved in on-going studies on college lands that range from five to eight years since inception.

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

The mission of the Environmental and Biological Field Station is to promote the survival of native Indiana plants and animals and for the long-term study of plants and animals in their natural habitats.The goals are to promote conservation, education, and research.

Photo | Peggy Guccione '69

Peggy Guccione '69

Guccione graduated from SJC with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and earned her Master of Geology from Miami University of Ohio in 1972. In 1979, Guccione took a job at the University of Arkansas, where she is currently a professor in the Department of Geosciences. While working, she earned her doctoral degree in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1982.

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  • 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. 

  • Mentorship

    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.

  • Leadership

    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.

  • 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.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Mentorship

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

  • High Quality Academics

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

     

  • Leadership

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

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.