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.
Why Study Earth and Space Science at Saint Joseph's College?
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.
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, Dr. Coy who teaches Physics and Astronomy at SJC, Dan Perkins who works for the Soil and Water Conservation District, and Professor Brian Capouch who has extensive experience in agriculture.
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.