Why Study at the School of Earth and Space Exploration?

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The Edge of Exploration

At the School of Earth and Space Exploration, we’ve brought together all of Earth and space science into one school, breaking the traditional disciplinary boundaries so that we can ask the biggest questions that we have in science.

We’re combining the strengths of science, engineering, and education to set the stage for a new era of exploration.

This prepares our graduates for careers in astrophysics, astronomy, geological science, biogeoscience, systems design for exploration, engineering, and science education.

Career Opportunities

Planetary Scientist
Remote Sensing Analyst
Environmental Impact Analyst
Aerospace Instrument Engineer
Scientific Instrumentation Specialist
Seismic Risk Analyst
Water Resources Specialist
Oil Exploration Geologist
Mineral Resources Specialist
Geophysical Exploration Specialist
Space Systems Engineer
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Reporter
Natural Resource Manager
Public Planner

Career Settings

Aerospace Industry
Federal Government
State Government
NASA Centers
National Laboratories
Universities and Colleges

Earth & Space by the Numbers


NASA awarded 4 SESE students Earth and Space Science Fellowships in 2016


The number of sides on the first SESE CubeSat spacecraft “Phoenix,” the first undergraduate student group at ASU to run a satellite in space.


The School of Earth and Space Exploration is participating in 12 NASA missions

Geological Sciences

Geosciences seek answers to fundamental questions about our own Earth as well as the planets, moons, and other bodies in the Solar System. SESE scientists do research and exploration from Yellowstone to Tibet to southern Africa, backed up by our premier laboratories.

Planetary Research

Current planetary research includes Mercury, the Moon, Mars, asteroids and meteorites, and Jupiter's moon Europa. SESE researchers are currently principal investigators or co-investigators for instruments on spacecraft at Mars (orbiters and rovers), the Moon, asteroids Ceres and Vesta, and Europa. Other SESE research explores the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the potential for life outside it.

Space Sciences

SESE is home to one of the world's leading centers for observational and theoretical research in astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. Our research ranges from the Solar System to stars, to the Milky Way, to the most distant galaxies in the Universe, and from cosmology to fundamental questions of astrobiology.

Engineering Systems Design

SESE’s newest and fastest growing focus area involves designing and building a wide array of instruments to enable scientific research both on Earth and in space. Current projects include astronomical instruments, sensors and cameras for remote sensing and in situ characterization of planetary surfaces, and microelectromechanical systems for terrestrial and space applications.

Clubs and Organizations

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
Astro Devils: ASU Astronomy Club
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
ASCEND (Aerospace Scholarships to Challenge Educate New Discoveries-Weather Balloon Group)
Ask Dr. Discovery
Planetary Society
LoCo (Low Cosmology Group)
NASA Space Grant Robotics
Daedalus Astronautics
EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service)
SDSL (Sun Devil Satellite Lab)
HAM Radio Club

Student Research

SESE offers undergraduate students opportunities to participate in various research projects under the guidance of faculty and researchers. These include the NASA Space Grant program and Arizona-based research projects in hydrologic science and engineering.