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Earth and Space Sciences Play

Whether you’re interested in studying the stars overhead or the earth beneath your feet, Morehead State’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences has a program to prepare you for a rewarding scientific career or to further your education in graduate school. We have one of only five space science programs in the nation and graduates of the program have a near 100 percent job placement rate. Our students have been hired by some of the world’s preeminent aerospace firms, including the Johnson Space Center, the Rajant Corporation and the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Our Geology and Earth Systems Science program provides you with numerous opportunities to learn about a variety of Earth’s features with opportunities to travel to geologic sites across the country and beyond. Graduates of the program have gone on to work for mining companies, government agencies and have launched careers as entrepreneurs, creating their own geologic survey companies.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll gain knowledge along with practical skills through hands-on learning experiences. You’ll also have the chance to work side-by-side with faculty members on groundbreaking research through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.

The best way to find out all the Department of Earth and Space Sciences has to offer is to schedule a visit to campus, where you’ll have the chance to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet faculty members and talk with current students in the program of your choice.

Apply to MSU and visit to tour the campus and facilities, meet faculty members, sit in on classes and more. 



Star Theatre

The Star Theater is MSU’s planetarium. Housed in the Space Science Center, the Star Theater offers educational programs for K-12 students, along with supplemental course materials for teachers. In addition, the Star Theater offers monthly educational programming and laser light shows to the public and the MSU community while serving as a teaching resource for students and faculty.

Star Theatre

Star Theatre

Geology Trips

Geology and Earth Systems Science students have the opportunity to conduct hands-on study of rock formations in Kentucky, as well as on trips to locations such as the Grand Canyon, the Canadian Yukon and more.

Exomedicine Center

The newly created Exomedicine Center for Applied Technology allows MSU students to collaborate with scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to design, develop and execute experiments that will have the opportunity to be carried out aboard the International Space Station (ISS), putting them on the forefront of medical research in space.

Student Feature

Cadence Payne (17) participated in the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and said working with her mentor Dr. Thomas Panutti, associate professor astrophysics and space science, prepared her for life after graduation. “He would peg me with ideas and suggestions and allow me to take them and run. I appreciate the fact that he guided me in my own thoughts and curiosity rather than providing step-by-step instructions on what to do next.”
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