What affects the Earth affects us—historically, currently and in the future.

Studying earth science at Waubonsee helps us understand the impact humans and nature have on the planet, and the need for careful management of its resources.

Our classes incorporate a broad spectrum of topics including meteorology and oceanography—plus you can add astronomy, geography and geology courses for a well-rounded science program that can lead to a rewarding career.

Earth Science Courses

Studying Earth Science at Waubonsee


Curriculum in the Earth Science Program examines the Earth’s structure, history, materials and living organisms.

Nationally recognized and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-trained instructors set the pace, and students build strong capacity for exploration and analysis in our multidisciplinary science labs.

Facilities and Equipment

Our Sugar Grove Science Building features an AS-1 seismograph that captures earthquake data from around the world. You’ll have hands-on training with a variety of simulations and scenarios to predict the behavior of the Earth and beyond into the universe, regardless of what trajectory your career takes.

Working in Earth Science

The variety of industries and specializations for earth scientists is endless.

The energy industry develops natural resources. Government agencies survey and safeguard natural resources. Engineers explore emerging technologies like environmental biology. Service organizations strive to reduce human suffering and property loss in the wake of natural disasters.

Some scientists concentrate on topics like agriculture and soil testing. Regardless of responsibility, a career involving earth science has an impact on protecting the environment, and the planet.

Meet Your Faculty


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Costs and Payments


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