Earth and Space Science
Why Study Earth and Space Science
Shippensburg University offers a Bachelor of Science Education (BSEd)
degree in Earth and Space Science. This undergraduate program provides
you with an opportunity to teach science at the middle school, junior
high, and senior high levels. With science teachers becoming more
difficult to find, the combined background of earth science, general
science, and environmental education, found in Shippensburg’s program,
enables the earth-science major to be very competitive in the job
market. Past graduates have been very successful in obtaining jobs in
Why Study Earth and Space Science at Ship
Spatial analysis is extremely important in earth and space science
education. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is used at all
educational levels to portray and analyze data. A variety of courses,
such as GIS and cartography are available from the Department of Geography-Earth Science, with additional programming courses offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Majors take courses in earth science, geography, and a variety of
natural sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, computer
science, and mathematics. You can also combine courses to earn
certification in general science and environmental education.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
The primary career choice is teaching at the middle school, junior
high, or senior high level. Opportunities are also available in
business, government, and consulting. Internships play a major role in
helping our graduates choose a career and learn the skills they’ll need
to prepare for teaching.
Our students develop a background in geology, meteorology, and
oceanography. Earth-space science education graduates teach courses in
earth science, general science, environmental science, and often
coordinate school district environmental education programs.
The average salary for Earth and Space Science teachers in PA is $45,000.