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Earth-Space Science Major

Earth-space science is a discovery of the various cycles of Earth's landforms, oceans and the solar system, and how the various ecosystems that inhabit our planet are continuously influenced by and connected with the universe. If you're fascinated by questions of earth and space, the earth-space science major may be a good fit for you. 

UIndy’s location in central Indiana allows for exceptional opportunities to foster applied learning. You can expect to use lab experiences and theory from your courses to engage in local geological research projects and other hands-on experiences that you can later apply to interactive careers. Students can also choose an earth-space science minor or a geology minor.

Program strengths

The Earth-Space Science Department challenges you to fully grasp concepts of how the natural world operates. This kind of fully developed learning is only possible with:

  • Small class sizes that foster individual research and growth
  • Expert professors who aim to fulfill your potential through research
  • Other science majors involved in courses to offer new perspectives
  • A vast Indiana paleontology collection open to study


The earth-space science program provides a dual approach to your education: theory and applied learning. Theory explores the way the earth forms, how rocks weather, and how climates change. Applied learning investigates the practical applications of these theories. You can expect to:

  • Research how soil and watersheds form
  • Map geological formations on local expeditions
  • Work with ongoing archaeological projects
  • Collect, identify and organize Indiana paleontological specimens

Potential careers in earth-space science

You'll graduate from UIndy with fundamental knowledge about how the physical world operates, giving you the necessary tools to build careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Petroleum geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry
  • Soil science
  • Meteorology
  • Seismology
  • Paleontology
  • Planetary geology

Depending on the field you wish to pursue, you may choose to go onto graduate school for advanced degrees in earth-space biology or physical earth-space science. 

 Earth-space science might be for you if:

  • You are interested in earth's physical evolution
  • Research helps you develop project ideas
  • You have a great interest in history
  • You value exploration and hands-on learning

Earth-space science minor

If you're choosing another major but have a passion for the natural and life sciences, the earth-space science minor may be the perfect complement to your studies. Completion of this minor requires a minimum of 20 hours in required courses. 

Geology minor 

The geology minor at UIndy has a more intense focus in physical geology and soils than is required by our other major programs. It may prove to be particularly valuable to your studies if you think you may want to pursue a graduate degree in geology. Or, if you're an archaeology student, a geology minor can help you differentiate yourself more from traditional anthropology students.  Archaeologists deal with Earth materials and soils in their daily field work, and a geology minor can provide a more rigorous science background that's directly applicable to your field. Completion of this minor requires a minimum of 18 hours in required courses.

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as an earth-space science major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The earth-space science guide lists the classes you'll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.