Harper College

Earth Science

Study the world and its resources

Earth sciences is the study of our planet, its resources, and how it's changing. Research inside labs and outside field-work lead to new developments in how to use the world’s natural resources and fresh insights into the history of rocks, landscapes, and human interaction.

With one of the largest community college geology collections in the country and courses taught by experienced faculty, Harper College is an ideal place to begin your study in Earth sciences.

By completing an associate’s degree and following a transfer plan in order to receive a bachelor’s degree, you will be prepared for a career as a cartographer, geophysicist, metallurgist, mineralogist, paleontologist, surveyor or secondary education teacher.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Science (AS) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in Earth science, geology, physical sciences, or related major. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Explore Earth Sciences Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Earth Sciences degree program. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Earth Sciences Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

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Last Updated: 4/8/24