SESE Undergraduate Program Overview


Earth and Space Exploration Bachelor Degree Program  


Four year degree; Bachelor of Science, BS
top-rated degree programs in astronomy and geology

Reach for the stars. In the Earth and Space Exploration bachelor degree program, you will join a new generation of explorers who are part scientist and part engineer. Not only will you learn to identify fundamental questions that lead to important scientific discoveries, you will design the instruments to answer those questions.

Combining earth sciences and space exploration, this undergraduate program is a fusion of cutting-edge scientific disciplines including astrophysics, astrobiology, geological sciences, and exploration systems design. As an Earth and Space Exploration major, you will work across these diverse academic areas gaining valuable analytical and problem solving skills in the process.

The Earth and Space Exploration Bachelor of Science program is excellent preparation for graduate programs in the physical sciences as well as a variety of engineering disciplines.

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Earth and Space Exploration: Areas of Concentration

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Earth and Space Exploration offers four concentrations if you wish to specialize in a specific area:

Studying Earth and Space Exploration at ASU

At ASU, the largest public university in the nation, your opportunities are unlimited. You can take part in groundbreaking research while working in state-of-the-art lab facilities, such as the new and innovative Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4—the largest research building at the university. You will have the opportunity to work with space instrumentation that is only available on a handful of campuses in the world, and pursue research projects on a wide range of topics, including:

  • The origin and evolution of the universe
  • The processes that define Earth system behavior 
  • The emergence and evolution of life
  • The evolution of other planets and celestial bodies
  • Human and robotic exploration of space 

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In the Earth and Space Exploration BS program, you will work in a collaborative learning community that includes both science and engineering students, with nationally recognized faculty to lead your exploration. You also have access to one of the top advisory support programs in the nation to help guide you toward your desired career path.

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Career and Graduate Opportunities for Earth and Space Exploration Majors

A strong foundation in geosciences, astrophysics and exploration systems design will prepare you for key roles in fields including:

  • Space research and industry
  • Environmental and geologic engineering
  • Earth resources and exploration
  • Water and environmental use policy

In the Earth and Space Exploration bachelor degree program, you will gain advanced problem solving and critical thinking skills that will be valuable in almost any profession. This Bachelor of Science degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study and research in the earth and space sciences.

Course Requirements for a Bachelor Degree in Earth and Space Exploration

The Earth and Space Exploration bachelor degree program includes classes in geological sciences, exploration systems engineering, astrophysics, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Some concentrations of the program also include a yearlong collaborative capstone senior exploration project.

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Apply Now to Major in Earth and Space Exploration

Start your journey today. Apply for the Earth and Space Exploration bachelor degree program at ASU.

Please note: This Earth and Space Exploration bachelor degree program is offered through Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), which is located on ASU’s main campus in Tempe, Arizona.
 

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