Earth Sciences

S45 Study Session

Geography, Geology, Oceanography, Paleontology

With the ever-widening demand for natural resources, the realities of climate and ecosystem change, and the constant threat of natural disasters, students with expertise in earth science have the opportunity to contribute to the global community at many different levels.

The Earth Sciences Department at City College of San Francisco consists of introductory-level coursework in geography, geology, oceanography, and paleontology. We serve students transferring to 4-year colleges, obtaining AA degrees, looking for educational enrichment, and needing job training. We also provide the resources, tools, and services necessary to help students be successful in our classes and make informed decisions about future educational and job-related goals within the earth sciences. Students active in the earth sciences are well positioned to positively engage in the physical and cultural world around them and are equipped to contribute to problem solving at local and global scales.


The Earth Sciences Department at City College of San Francisco is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable and informed interactions with the earth by providing a high-quality, diverse educational experience in basic earth science and its applications.

Whether our students take multiple courses from us or not, they should be able to apply what they’ve learned to:

  • Recognize and describe basic earth science processes at work on the planet.
  • Develop an understanding of both the spatial and temporal scales of earth processes.
  • Recognize, describe, and respond to natural hazards and anthropogenically produced hazards
  • Play a role in the stewardship and management of Earth's resources.
  • Recognize and understand the processes and consequences of globalization.
  • Be academically prepared for more advanced courses at 4-year colleges should they qualify for transfer.

Come visit us!

Feel free to come by the City College Earth Sciences Department to see our displays or to discuss course offerings. We operate on a shoestring budget through the efforts of many volunteers and extra hours of our professors. We can always use help, whether in time, resources, or materials. Learn more about us by reading our annual newsletters.