The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Earth and Space Science is a balance of theory, laboratory skills and techniques, planetarium operation training and research. The degree is designed to provide a foundation in the sciences for those who want to use science at the intersection with other disciplines.
A wide background of study prepares students to become professionals who can communicate science, who can understand the interaction between science and society, who can help legislate science-informed policy, and who can speak with wisdom about the interactions between science and faith.
Students who choose Olivet’s Earth and Space Science major will gain an interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences. They will also receive unique training for employment in the planetarium community. Olivet is one of only a handful of Christian universities across the country with a planetarium on campus. Built in 1967 and renovated in 2008, Strickler Planetarium has a projector system that ranks as one of the top in Illinois in digital capabilities. The 50-seat auditorium is regularly used for astronomy classes, sky shows, school programs and private tours.