Earth Science Program
Earth scientists are employed in many different areas. Some typical occupations are geologist, petroleum geologist, geophysicist, meteorologist, hydrologist and astronomer.
Federal projections indicate employment growth in the geological sciences will be as fast as the national average. Entry-level job opportunities may grow even faster as the employed population retires over the next decade. Federal spending will stimulate the greatest job growth in the areas of hazards, resources, environment, and information and data.
In almost all areas of earth science, a bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement. A graduate degree is often preferred. Most earth science degree programs require one year of calculus. Future earth scientists will need enhanced quantitative skills, computer literacy, and a solid grounding in the basic sciences such as physics and chemistry. Students of the earth sciences should be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing, and possess a deep appreciation of business economics.
Anyone can benefit from a study of the earth sciences, even if a job in the profession is not the goal. College of DuPage provides opportunities for students from the introductory to pre-professional levels. Relevant courses are available in introductory earth science, geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy.
Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.
- Earth Science, Associate in Science
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518B, (630) 942-2029
Victor Gensini (Meteorology)
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3503, (630) 942-3496
Paul Sirvatka (Meteorology)
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3501, (630) 942-2118
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518A, (630) 942-2547
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518C, (630) 942-2505
If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division, Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331.
Spotlight on Meteorology
Faculty Spotlight on Paul Sirvatka, College of DuPage professor of meteorology.