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Earth Science A. S. Degree

Students will study the Earth as a giant, multi-dimensional system. Because knowledge about our planet and how it works is necessary to our survival and well-being, Earth and its natural resources will be the focus of this program. Students who graduate with a degree in Earth Science typically transfer to a Bachelor’s Degree program. Potential careers include:

  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Geoscientist
  • Geological Sample Test Technicans
  • Soil and Water Conservationists
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientist
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Semester I

1-3

Students may take a health elective in place of physical education. However, if the total credits exceed 66 upon graduation, they may not all transfer.

Semester II

Semester III

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

3-4

Select from the list of Technical Electives below.

Semester IV

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

OR

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

3-4

Select from the list of Technical Electives below.

Technical Electives

SCI-160 Essentials of Oceanography

SCI-164 Historical Geology

SCI-210 Environmental Geology

SCI-224 Atmospheric Pollution Control

SCI-256 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

SCI-258 Climatology

Contact Information

Contact Name: Donna Howell, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2592
Contact Email: dhowell@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/natural-sciences/

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students learn if they study Earth Science?

Students will study the Earth as a giant, multi-dimensional system. Because knowledge about our planet and how it works is necessary to our survival and well-being, Earth and its natural resources will be the focus of this program.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

A passing score on the College’s placement mathematics test for both Algebra I and Algebra II or MAT-013 and MAT-014 is required for all Earth Science majors. In addition, a high school laboratory science course with a minimum grade of “C” or better is required.

Can Earth Science majors transfer to a four year college or university?

A New Jersey statewide transfer agreement ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree, and will have completed all of lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an academic advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the Earth Science degree can be completed in two years of fulltime study. Students can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.