Department Chair: Chad Landrie, 847.376.7439,

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
MAT 250 Calculus I 5
EAS 101 Physical Geology 4
BIO 106 Introduction to Environmental Science 1 4
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
MAT 251 Calculus II 4
CHM 121 General College Chemistry I 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Sociology 2
Social Problems 3
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2
Introduction to Ethnic Studies 2
Select one Fine Arts course 3
Second Year
Semester One
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
CHM 122 General College Chemistry II 4
PHY 131
College Physics I 4
or General Physics I
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
World Regional Geography 1
Introduction to Global Studies 1
History of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations 1
Semester Two
EAS 102 Historical Geology 4
PHY 132
College Physics II 4
or General Physics II
Select one of the following major electives: 4 3-5
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Physical Geography
A Survey of Oceanography
Geographic Information Systems I
Elementary Organic Chemistry 5
Select one Modern Language (2021 or higher)6 or Humanities course 3-4
 Total Hours61-66

Course fulfills the Global Studies Requirement. At least one Global Studies course is required for degree completion.


Course fulfills the U.S. Diversity Requirement. At least one U.S. Diversity course is required for degree completion.


Course fulfills both the Global Studies and U.S. Diversity Studies requirements.


Students taking PHY 131 and PHY 132 must take a minimum of four credit hours of major electives.


Check with transfer institution to see if this is a required course.


Transfer institutions may have a language requirement. Any Modern Language Intermediate II course can meet the Humanities and Global Studies requirements.

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Science (A.S.) page for degree requirements.