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Why Choose WWCC for Earth Sciences?

Earth scientists (also called geoscientists) wrestle with some of the toughest problems of our day. They study how to best use our natural resources. They work to understand global climate change. And they research ways to reduce harm from natural disasters. In WWCC’s Earth Sciences program, you’ll study geology, chemistry, biology and more. These courses will give you the solid start you need to transfer to a four-year college and launch your science career.

Careers in Earth Sciences

See the World

As a geoscientist, you can study the earth’s past, present and future. You can find good jobs in the mining and petroleum industries. Or you can study how humans affect the planet’s air, soil and water — and work toward solutions to climate change. Your work can take you outdoors, in labs, in offices, in classrooms and all over the world. There is a steady demand for people with the knowledge and skills to manage our environmental and energy resources. If you’re looking for a science career that matters, this is it.

Certificates & Degrees in Earth Sciences

Our two-year Watershed Management – Earth Sciences degree will prepare you to transfer to Washington State University with junior standing. There you can go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences. Or you can earn our Associate in Science degree and transfer to the college of your choice.

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Earth Sciences Program Details

Entrance Requirements

Students can start fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter. WWCC has an open admissions process. It’s free to apply and everyone who applies is accepted. Applications are accepted year-round! Apply online.

Program Outcomes

  • Provide the natural resource and irrigation industries with highly trained, fully employable, skilled technicians.
  • Develop relationships and/or partnerships with existing natural resource and irrigation organizations and agencies to provide continuing education opportunities for industry practitioners.
  • Provide industry work experience during the educational process, giving students exposure to the actual application of natural resource protection and recovery methods and irrigation principles and practices.
  • Provide campus labs, classrooms, equipment and general facilities utilizing cutting edge technologies and practices.
  • Provide highly trained instructors who have significant field experiences as successful practitioners in this industry.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some

WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

Other Information

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