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Earth Science

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
Students will be able to:

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.

Employment 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

Department Course Offerings (Credits)
ESCI 1400 Geology of National Parks  (3cr)
ESCI 1405 Astronomy  (4cr)
ESCI 1411 Physical Geology  (4cr)
ESCI 1421 Minnesota Geology  (3cr)
ESCI 1444 Natural Disasters  (3cr)
ESCI 1451 Oceanography  (3cr)
ESCI 1452 Oceanography Lab  (1cr)
ESCI 1454 Earth Science and the Environment  (4cr)
ESCI 1455 Honors Earth Science and the Environment  (4cr)
ESCI 2581 Topics in Earth Science  (1-3cr)

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Last Updated: 8/22/12