Investigate and explore Earth’s final frontier through oceanography. Oceanography teaches students about the physical properties and phenomena of Earth's largest water reservoir.
In Earth Science 1130, students participate in hands-on laboratory exercises, often by modeling oceanographic processes physically. 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—a facility unmatched in other community colleges.
Follow the Earth Science Transfer Pathway to earn an Associate in Applied Science and continue your studies at another institution.
Determine Your Path
Careers in oceanography can be found in government agencies, private companies, nonprofits and academic institutions.
You want to attend a credible college that stands out from the rest. At COD, you'll discover:
- Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention.
- Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
- Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account.
- Instruction utilizing top-notch facilities.
- An innovative transfer program that facilitates a convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earning a bachelor's degree.
Associate in Applied Science
The Earth Science Transfer Pathway, Associate in Science degree program represents a typical course schedule or sequence for a student planning to complete the Associate in Science degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline.
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Get Started Today
The first step to getting started in oceanography is to apply for admission.
Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.
Students who complete an Earth Science course meeting the Illinois general education graduation requirement will:
- Identify the risks, societal impacts, and appropriate responses to earth-related processes that may include geological, astronomical, atmospheric, and hydrological issues.
- Examine and explain the interrelationships among at least two of the following systems: geological, astronomical, atmospheric, and hydrological.
College of DuPage has several earth science transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.
Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.