Earth Science Program at College of DuPage a Step Above the Competition

Jan 13, 2016, 13:00 ET from College of DuPage

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Earth Science program at College of DuPage is providing students with crucial hands-on experiential and enhanced learning experiences that are a step above most colleges and universities.

The COD Earth Sciences program enables students to explore the fundamentals of Astronomy, general Earth Science, Geology, Hydrology and Oceanography, and Meteorology for both non-science and science majors. While available in lab and non-lab formats, the lab format offers a broad range of opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning in cutting-edge labs and through practical field experiences.

Associate Dean of Math and Physical Sciences Tom Schrader said COD's Earth Science program is comprehensive and not limited to textbooks and theory.

"Students do much more than sit in a classroom," he said. "The nature of the earth sciences lends itself perfectly to hands-on learning. This provides a substantial benefit to students as they see the science in action and are exposed to jobs available throughout various industries."

Schrader said the Earth Science program at COD sets itself apart from other schools due to the fact that all of the classrooms are set up as teaching labs.

"We designed the earth science classrooms to incorporate lectures as well as hands-on lab components that are invaluable to the students," he said. "In addition, the classrooms accommodate small class sizes, which provides more personalized attention from instructors."

Schrader said COD's earth science courses are designed to benefit all students.

"For science majors, these classes offer a fantastic way to gain crucial hands-on experience and critical thinking and problem-solving skills," he said. "For non-science majors, they provide an interesting and fun way to learn about their environment while satisfying general education requirements."

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SOURCE College of DuPage