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Heartland Community College

Earth Science Information

  • 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 to communicate scientific ideas and solutions both verbally and in writing.

  • 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.

  • 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 5% from 2021 to 2031. 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, Geoscientists,

  • 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 Science (AS) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

Contact Us

Science Department

ICB 2400
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8672
Fax: (309) 268-7964


Jeremy McClure

Dean, STEM and Business
ICN 2021
Phone: (309) 268-8655

Brian Brennan

Associate Dean, STEM and Business
ICB 2417
Phone: (309) 268-8639

Mary Kate Schopp

Assistant Director, Science Laboratories
Phone: (309) 268-8519