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Department of Earth
and Space Sciences

Earth & Space Sciences

Turn the universe into your classroom by studying Earth and space sciences. At CSU, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of geology, Earth science, and space science. Interdisciplinary by nature, the program offers multiple graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificates, and minors in:

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Robotics

Create your own educational path as a student of Earth and space sciences at CSU. Pursue hands-on research opportunities through field trip experiences, class projects, independent study, and collaborative research initiatives. Whether you’re interested in archaeology, hydrology, or science education, there’s a research project waiting for you.

  About Us

Our instructors are curious – constantly questioning, exploring, and working to advance humanity’s understanding of the Earth and the wider universe. We share that passion for knowledge with students through individual mentorships, creative research projects, and hands-on field work opportunities.

To ensure CSU students have access to world-class resources, the Department of Earth and Space Sciences works closely with the university’s outreach centers. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center includes the Mead Observatory, which provides the telescopes and other equipment for astronomy lab classes. Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is located within a natural park that includes wetland, hardwood forest, and meadow ecosystems. It’s the ideal location for students to learn environmental science through direct observation and field study.

  News

Congratulations to ESS Professor of Geology Dr. David Schwimmer!

Congratulations to Dr. David Schwimmer, who now has the distinction of having a species named after him! Dr. Schwimmer is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the giant North American, Cretaceous crocodilian genus, Deinosuchus. You can learn more about this discovery on the Talor & Francis Online website.

  Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to ESS alumni John Hood, who joined the University of Chicago's South Pole Telescope research group detector team at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics as a PhD student, and Jeannie Patrick, who joined Environmental Resources Management in Richmond, VA as a staff geologist!

John Hood

John Hood

Jannie Patrick

Jeannie Patrick