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.
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.
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.
Career Opportunities: Environmental Consultant, Hydrogeologist, Soil Scientist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Naturalist, Coastal Zone Manager, Laboratory Technician, Oceanographer, Science Technician, Teacher, Professor, Atmospheric Scientist, Geoscientist
Earth Science Instructor
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.
Earth Science/Math Instructor
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!