The Earth Science Department houses five separate programs: Anthropology, Astronomy, Geography, Geology, and Sustainable Technologies.

Our Earth Science Department programs have many common objectives:

  • To help our students discover the origin and development of the universe, our planet, all plant, and animal life including, and especially, humans;

  • To better understand the complex interactive nature of the many processes that produce the planet's physical environment;

  • To recognize the limits and finiteness of the Earth’s resources;

  • To realize the capacity of humans to alter many global processes.

To meet department objectives, we provide our students with lectures, labs and field experiences that meet both natural and social science IGETC and GE requirements for transfer. The department also offers three sustainable technologies certificates in Solar Voltaic Installation, Energy Efficiency, and Recycling & Resource Management. Additionally, we offer GIS (Geographic Information Systems) courses to prepare our students for a future in Geospatial Technology.

The Earth Science Department is a major contributor to the SMC's Global Citizenship Initiative. We support it through our Latin American Education Program, student and faculty participation in field and Study Abroad programs. The department has offered a variety of field experiences from California to Central and South America, and Italy. For more information, please take a look at the Study Abroad Programs at SMC.