Earth Science Department

The Earth Science Department houses four separate disciplines: Anthropology, Astronomy, Geography and Geology. Our academic 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; and to realize the capacity of humans to alter many global processes.

To meet our objectives, we provide our students with lectures, labs and field experiences that meet both natural and social science IGETC and GE requirements for transfer. Associate in Arts Transfer (AA-T) Degrees are offered in Anthropology and Geography. We also offer three sustainable technologies certificates with the Earth Science Department 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 Global Citizenship Initiative on campus through the development of our Latin American Education Program and participation in field and Study Abroad programs, with field experiences from California to Central and South America, and Italy. Please visit the following website for information regarding Study Abroad Programs at SMC.

Another dynamic and vibrant program within our department is our Planetarium. At our planetarium, the sky and many other effects can be created with the Digistar 2 projector. We also use a video projector, dedicated special effects projectors, and other slide projectors to show the audience astronomical images across the dome. The planetarium is an ideal tool for educating students of all ages in astronomy and geography, as well as educating and entertaining the general public. Our mission, therefore, is to serve three basic groups: Santa Monica College students; Santa Monica residents and those of the surrounding Los Angeles; and community school groups, both public and private, from pre-school up to college level, to introduce children (eventual college students) to Santa Monica College as an exciting place to visit where learning is fun. The following link will take you to the Planetarium website.