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Department of Earth
and Space Sciences

Earth & Space Sciences

Explore a different kind of classroom in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. At CSU, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the universe through the lens of earth, environmental, and space science - or robotics and engineering. Interdisciplinary by nature, our department offers both graduate and baccalaureate degrees, as well an associate’s degree and certificate program.

Create your own educational path as a student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Pursue hands-on educational experiences with field trips, laboratory and field courses, class projects, and supervised research. Whether you’re interested in archaeology, engineering and robotics, environmental science, hydrology, geology, physics or science education, there's an experience waiting for you.

  About Us

Faculty in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) work to advance humanity's understanding of the Earth and wider universe. We share that passion for exploration with our students in the classroom, laboratory, and field, as well as through mentored research projects and hands-on learning experiences.

ESS students benefit from opportunities available to them through outreach centers like the Coca Cola Space Science Center’s WestRock Observatory and Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Because of CSU’s location at the Fall Line, ESS students also have access to a wide array of geological and ecological systems right in our own backyard.


Congratulations to ESS Professor of Geology Dr. David Schwimmer!

Congratulations to ESS Professor of Geology Dr David Schwimmer, who has the distinction of having a species named after him! Dr. Schwimmer is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the Cretaceous North American "super-croc," Deinosuchus. You can learn more about Dr. Schwimmer's work on this school bus-sized crocodilian in an interview with the Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

  Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to ESS alumni John Hood, who recently returned from Antarctica as part of the South Pole Telescope research group detector team at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, as well as Dr. Kar'retta Venable, who joined the US Environmental Protection Agency as a ORISE Postdoctoral Research Scientist.

John Hood

John Hood

Dr. Kar'retta Venable

Dr. Kar'retta Venable