The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) was formed July 31, 2009. It incorporates programs that were formerly under the auspices of the Department of Chemistry and Geology (now the Department of Chemistry). In addition, the Environmental Sciences M.S. program became affiliated with the new Department of Earth and Space Sciences, though maintaining its links to other departments. ESS included a new Earth and Space Sciences B.S. program (with tracks in Geology, Astrophysics, and Education), the pre-Engineering program, and minors in Anthropology and Physics. As of Fall 2010, we have added a new B.S.-ESS track in Environmental Sciences, as well as an Associate of Science in Engineering Studies.
Our programs are designed to take advantage of the range of physical science disciplines within the department, emphasizing the links between various fields. Our faculty all have a strong commitment to teaching, and several specialize in improving science education. We also maintain active research programs in our various disciplines. We actively encourage student involvement in original research projects, many of which have resulted in published papers and presentations at local and national meetings.