The world ocean has a profound influence on the COD community despite the lack of beach front properties in the county!

Did you know that most of the precipitation that falls on the Midwest is water evaporated from the Gulf of Mexico?   Were you aware that among the greatest threats to the water quality and fishery of the Gulf of Mexico are the fertilizers and soils that runoff Midwestern farms?

The COD Earth Sciences program provides non-science and science majors alike an opportunity to explore and investigate Earth’s final frontier in the Earth Science 1130 Introduction to Oceanography. In this course, students have the opportunity to learn about the physical properties and phenomenon of the Earth’s largest repository of water. Students enrolled in Earth Science 1130 have the opportunity to study phenomenon in laboratory exercises many of which include physically modeling oceanographic processes. Students simulate storm surges, long shore currents, barrier island roll-over, and a variety of other coastal erosion processes in a beach wave tank housed in the Hydrosciences lab - facilities unmatched in community colleges! 

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.  


EARTH 1130 Introduction to Oceanography

An introduction to oceanography that focuses on the dominating influence the World Ocean has upon earth processes. Topics include ocean basin evolution, sea water chemistry and physics, interrelationships between the ocean and atmosphere, waves, currents, tides, coastal development, marine communities, and human impacts. Math 0481 with a grade of C or better, or a qualifying score on the Math Placement Exam.*

*Concerned that your math skills won’t measure up or that this course is too math demanding?

Contact Diana Strode to learn more about the course objectives and expectations. Don’t miss a great lab experience because you misunderstand the prerequisite!

Career Information

Interested in a career in oceanography? Meet with Diana Strode, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences to explore the opportunities and to plan your course of study. 


Oceanography Websites

Professional Associations

Faculty Advisor

Diana Strode, Hydrology and Oceanography
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518A, (630) 942-2547


  • Julianne Fernandez

    Julianne FernandezEarth Science

    "Oceanography revealed fascinating processes hidden in earth’s oceans, winds and atmosphere. Finding an interest in the sciences and gaining a reason to appreciate education is responsible for my academic success.”

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  • Alec Gierzynski

    Alec GierzynskiEarth Science

    “My advice to students is to take your classes seriously. Just taking college classes is not enough to get you a valuable degree. You have to actually learn the material to be able to use it in real situations. Otherwise, your college degree is just a really expensive piece of paper. Find something you enjoy, or at least something you don’t hate, and work hard to become the best at it. If you’re working toward anything less, chances are you’re in the wrong field.”

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