Earth-Space Science

Department of Physics & Earth Space Science

Earth-Space Science

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 ageology 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

University of Indianapolis General Education curriculum guide

Earth-Space Science Major curriculum guideEarth-Space Science Minor curriculum guideGeology Minor curriculum guide

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