Earth and Environmental Science

Welcome to the Earth and Environmental Sciences Discipline!

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Discipline (EES) group provides courses in Geology, Environmental Science, and other earth sciences including Oceanography, Hydrology, and (new in 2018!) Soil Science (or pedology). Many of our students use these courses to fulfill their transfer degree requirements for science courses with lab or take them because they are interested in the subject. We encourage Geology and Physical Science/Engineering majors to take the G 201-203 series. We also offer a 100 level Geology series G 101-103 for non-science majors that can be taken in any order. Our Environmental science series ENSC 181-182-183 emphasizes environmental issues involving focussed on land (181), air (182) and water (183). These courses all carry the college's sustainability designation, as well. Check our courses link for Spring Term on the campus web site for more detail on any of our courses.

We offer three specialty geology courses that are very popular with students. G 146 Rocks and MineralsG 147 National Parks Geology, and G 148 Geological Hazards. These courses are suitable for people with general geological interest and also fulfill AAOT/AGS/AS transfer requirements. We particularly encourage rock hounds and park goers to take these courses to enrich their collecting and park experiences. Students wishing a general overview of Earth science should select GS 106 Physical Science, offered every Spring term.

Some students prefer distance learning or online courses. We offer two courses that are transitioning from telecourses to online during 2018-19; they are offered every term – GS 142 Earth Revealed and GS 147 Oceanography. In addition, we offer a hybrid option which combines online with direct instruction through the G 148 hazards class. Regardless of the mode of instruction, students should use the Science Resource Center (SRC) in room 16/193, where we have materials, computers, printing, and tutors to help!

Our environmental science courses are suitable for students wanting to move on to transfer programs in environmental studies or a more intensive environmental science program. They include three lecture-lab courses at the 200-level, WST 230 Watersheds and Hydrology, SOIL 205 Introduction to Soil Science, and ENSC 299 Environmental Analysis (to debut in 2018-19). Prospective environmental science majors should meet with advisors at both LCC and also the institution to which they intend to transfer, since environmental science is usually an interdisciplinary major with different course requirements at each transfer institution.