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Earth Science

About the Department

Classes in Earth Science are relevant to just about every career, college major, or area of study. If you think you will ever have a job that has anything to do with the Earth, the people that live on it, or the environment they live in, then Earth Science courses should be on your college transcript.

Department Information

Department Description

Department Description: Earth science encompass a broad range of interdisciplinary fields built on a foundation of physical sciences and mathematics. The transfer majors suggested in this section are designed to effectively prepare you for transfer to a four-year university major in one of the many sub-disciplines of earth science. Geology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Science all belong to the Earth Science discipline. Earth science classes at CLC offer you a variety of experiences for learning about Earth and the environment, including traditional classroom courses, on-line coursework, laboratory work and field trips. If you are considering earth science as a major you are encouraged to discuss your plans with one of the Earth Science faculty at CLC during your first year of study.

Special Department Information

Special Program Requirements: Extensive coursework in science and math is needed to enter any university earth science major. In your first at CLC year you should make a solid beginning in math, physics, and chemistry coursework that will form the foundation of your major.

Learning Outcomes

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Comprehend complexity of interactions within and across Earth’s concentric spheres: lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and ethnosphere.
  • Show literacy in contemporary issues in Earth Science.
  • Use an informed, analytical approach to suggest solutions to contemporary issues in Earth Science from a scientific perspective.
  • Generate and analyze data in Earth Science in basic laboratory and field investigations.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: Environmental Consultant, Hydrogeologist, Soil Scientist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Naturalist, Coastal Zone Manager, Laboratory Technician, Oceanographer, Science Technician, Teacher, Professor, Atmospheric Scientist, Geoscientist

Instructors

Pamela Pruitt
I have a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan. In addition, I have taken graduate classes from St. Cloud State and Bemidji State. I have been teaching math and earth science at Central Lakes College since 1986. I love to travel, hike, snowshoe, and read science fiction every chance I get! Email Pam for more information

David Kobilka
MS Oceanography, Texas A&M University. BS Geology, Bemidji State University. Coastal Slope Geohazard Sedimentologist USGS and BP. Academic interests include experiential learning with science and travel-study. Email David for more information

Student Testimonials

Theresa

Mille Lacs
Well we are gearing up for the end of another semester. I wanted take a minute to thank you for being such and awesome professor and making what I thought was a dull subject into something so much more; at least for me. You have made it interesting, exciting and even fun! Who would have thunk? I also want to thank you for your feed back and insight, you surely make a person think beyond the norm, that is nice to see. I was told you were a great professor, I must say I have to strongly agree . . . I don’t want to ramble on more than I have, so thank you so much for everything you do and everything you are to students like myself, you truly are an inspiration. Thank more than you could know.e there remain among my favorites.


Tamara

Anchorage AK. – Graduate
I wanted to tell you Thank You for making this class one of my most favorite college classes. I came into this class not knowing much about the subject, but I am leaving it knowing a lot more than I ever imagined was out there. I am sure there is so much more to learn about. I am truly going to miss this class. I enjoyed coming home from work and actually sitting down and doing the homework for this class. That does not happen to often. Thank you for taking the time to answer all of the questions that I asked you. It is great to have a teacher that is willing to be involved.

Debbie

Little Falls
Dave, Thanks for the great class. This was my first try at online classes. Thanks to you it was great. The other 2 classes were kinda a bust. With your class, we had a schedule, knew what to expect, and when projects were due. the other two were hit and miss. And taking the time to personally answer everyones questions must have taken up all your time, but it made a difference. Other instructors left us hanging, sometimes we didnt hear from them for over a week. The class was not easy. I put in a lot of time working on it, but I actually enjoyed it. It was a challenge, and since your class was structured, I was able to keep on track. And the subject was interesting. The last science class I had was back in 1970’s, when I was in 7th grade. Wish I would have been required to take more. Although I couldnt wait till my other classes were done, I will miss this one.

Cathy “Andy” Hotal

Brainerd, MN
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Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
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