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Earth Science

What Will I Learn?

If you're interested in how the planet works, earth science is a great area of study. Learn about predicting weather by studying meteorology, warn others of earthquakes by studying seismology or work on locating useful minerals by studying geology. By successfully completing an associate degree with an emphasis in Earth science you will:

  • understand how Earth's history is reflected in landforms, strata and the fossil record
  • analyze processes that operate in Earth's atmosphere
  • recognize the variables that contribute to weather forecasting
  • examine physical processes that operate on and beneath Earth's surface

You'll also learn to critically evaluate and analyze information and communicate scientific ideas and solutions both verbally and in writing.

Fast Facts

As part of Earth Science courses at Heartland, you'll get first-hand experience with key concepts through trips and hands-on exercises in the field.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

As a program graduate, you can transfer to a four-year institution to continue your studies and prepare for a wide variety of career opportunities such as a (n):

  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Cartographer
  • Surveyor
  • Volcanologist
  • Educator
  • Consultant

Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 16% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is expected to spur future demand for geoscientists.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

Your HCC Options

Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Science - Concentration in Earth Science

If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as an Earth science major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Sciences(AS) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

Earth Science Questions

Contact the Science Department