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Earth Sciences

The Field

The Earth sciences examine the natural world in which we live, including earth’s history and the evolution of life, the oceans and atmosphere, the chemistry and physics of earth materials, and the processes that shape the Earth’s landscapes.

To succeed in the Earth sciences, students will need to demonstrate a keen scientific curiosity and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 

The Earth Sciences Program at Skyline College

Students studying the Earth sciences at Skyline College will learn how their environment (including the Earth, the atmosphere, ocean, and biosphere) affects the lives of people around the world and how human activities affect our environment. In addition to classes in Geology and Oceanography, we offer two Associate of Science Degrees for Transfer in Geology for students looking for a clear path to transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

A degree in earth sciences can lead to a variety of careers, including in the environmental, engineering, mining, teaching, exploration and geophysics fields, and in hydrology, space science and oceanography. Students who are contemplating a professional career in the earth sciences should note that many occupations are looking for candidates with Masters Degrees or higher – interested students may consider Skyline College’s AS Degree in Geology as a stepping stone toward this goal.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.