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Program Description

Earth Science involves the investigation of planet Earth and its many systems. It includes the study of solid Earth and the interrelations with Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Earth scientists utilize foundational knowledge from chemistry, biology, and physics to identify and solve a wide array of problems associated with Earth's systems. Earth scientists research and study a variety of topics including traditional geology, geophysics and geodesy, soils, hydrology, oceanography, glaciology, meteorology, climatology and atmospheric chemistry. Finally, Earth scientists investigate the relationships of life and the biosphere to the various Earth systems.
Careers in the Earth Sciences are numerous and diverse. Earth Science majors can find employment opportunities in the public sector working for government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Earth scientists are also employed within the fields of engineering (private and public sectors) associated hazards mitigation and management, as well as the exploration, development, and management of resources (water, energy, minerals, timber, fisheries, and agriculture). Earth scientists successfully pursue careers in a variety of outdoor recreational fields as park rangers, interpretive guides, and naturalists. Finally, teaching at various levels is also a career option for students with undergraduate or graduate Earth Science degrees.
Consult a counselor or academic adviser for recommended courses specific to the student's choice of transfer institution.

Course of Study

  1. Complete AS-T degree requirements, or consult a college counselor/adviser for AA degree requirements.
  2. Carefully check the foreign language requirements of the college to which you plan to transfer. If possible, complete these requirements while enrolled at the community college.
  3. Completion of recommended courses in a pre-major for transfer does not necessarily assure a student admission to a four-year institution or a specific program.
College Transfer Information
While students attend college for a variety of reasons, most attend for the purpose of acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for entering a particular field of work, occupation or profession. Because the first two years of college are frequently spent meeting general college or university requirements, many options are available to students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years at SCC or SFCC.
Students should always check the requirements of the four-year institution from which they intend to graduate. Careful planning is necessary, as transferability of specific courses or programs is determined solely by the college to which the student transfers. Transfer guides, available in counseling centers at SCC and SFCC, should be consulted by all students planning to transfer.
Students who have not made a decision regarding a transfer institution should follow the Community Colleges of Spokane requirements for the associate of arts degree. These requirements will satisfy most of the general course requirements for graduation from other institutions. Requirements for the associate of arts degree and a complete listing of courses available will be found in the college catalog.
Counseling Services
Educational, vocational and personal counseling services are available to all students through the counseling centers at SCC or SFCC. Students may obtain professional counseling services prior to registration to plan their program of study. In addition, faculty advisers are assigned to each student to provide further assistance during the year.