The Department of Earth and Space Sciences is a multi-disciplinary unit encompassing degree programs in astrophysics, geology and earth systems science and space science, Morehead State University's Program of Distinction. As a student in our department, you will play a direct role in conducting fundamental research in areas such as astronomy, geology and applied research in space systems development. Whether your interest is the ground beneath your feet or the stars overhead, the Department of Earth & Space Sciences offers a program for you.
At MSU, you will learn from faculty members with diverse scientific experience. From studying the behavior of volcanoes and plate tectonics to collecting data from the farthest reaches of space, MSU’s faculty members have a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to you. After graduation you can use what you've learned to pursue a wide range of exciting scientific careers, or to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. And, MSU’s small class sizes will mean you are much more than a number. With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1, you’ll get personal, one-on-one attention from professors who know you by name and are invested in helping you reach your full potential.
The department offers you a unique opportunity to participate in space exploration thanks to the Ronald G. Eaglin Space Science Center
. Since the facility opened in 2009, students have been actively involved in the planning, design, construction and operation of numerous satellites launched into space through partnerships with NASA and other aerospace agencies. Once those space craft are in orbit, MSU students gather data thanks to the department’s 21-meter space tracking antenna, located on a mountaintop overlooking campus.
Our students recieve a unique, hands-on education, and numerous opportunities to learn while they study through internship programs. Major tech companies actually seek out our Space Science students for professional internships
due to the experience they gain here at MSU. Visit our student success
page to learn about some of the opportunities available to our student.
The department also offers learning opportunities to students, MSU faculty and staff members
and the general public
through the Star Theater
. The state-of-the-art planetarium seats up to 90 people for educational programs, laser light shows and more. Teachers can also plan field trips to the Star Theater and access learning resources to coordinate with the program students will be viewing. Explore our K-12 Programs
Apply to MSU
and visit to tour the campus and facilities, meet faculty members, sit in on classes and more.