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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.

Career Options


University Professor
Public Health
Museum Curator
Public Relations
Cultural Resource Management
International Law and Policy
Forensic Anthropologist
Peace Corp
Evolutionary Biologist
Applied Anthropology

  • Human Resource Development
  • AIDS Awareness


Research Scientist
Observatory Night Assistant/Telescope Operator
Director of an Observatory
Director of a Planetarium
Aerospace Engineer
Curator of a Museum
Solar Researcher
Satellite Communications/Reconnaissance
Space Program Engineer
Public Outreach
State Park Ranger
Environmental/Atmospheric Scientist
Space Program Computer Programmer


Census Planner
Urban Planner
GIS Specialist
Environmental Manager
Resource Specialist
Forestry Technologist
Remote Sensing Specialist
Teacher/College Professor
Weather Forecaster
Coastal Zone Specialist



  • Petroleum
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Marine
  • Mining
  • Groundwater

GIS Specialist
Environmental Consultant
Teacher/College Professor

Solar Photovoltaic Installation

Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Solar Energy Consultant
Renewable Energy Specialist
Independent business owners in Solar Energy

Recycling and Resource Management

Sustainability Coordinator
Recycling Coordinator
Zero Waste Events Specialist

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Specialist
Efficiency Auditor
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Specialist

Programs of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts & Certificate of Achievement:

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) to CSU:


​Contact Info

Department Office
Drescher 314-T
(310) 434-4767

Department Chair
Eric Minzenberg, Ph.D.
Drescher 314-M
(310) 434-4367

Adminstrative Assistant
Anisha Fullard
Drescher 314-T​
(310) 434-4767

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