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Fundamentals Of Earth Science
4 credit hours


Course Overview

In order to recognize the interrelationships among the earth sciences and how humans affect and are affected by them, the students will be expected to:

  1. Visually identify minerals that have importance in the formation of rocks and as ore minerals.
  2. Visually identify and classify (at an elementary level) igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and describe their relationships with various geological processes.
  3. Explain the theory of plate tectonics and how it has influenced evolution, climate, and earthquakes and volcanoes.
  4. Describe the processes which alter the earth's surface.
  5. Identify and describe the composition, features, and dynamic processes of the oceans and their coastal regions.
  6. Describe the origin of the earth and the solar system.
  7. Explain earth-sun relationships.
  8. Identify and describe the atmospheric variables of temperature, moisture, pressure, and wind and how they influence weather and climate.
  9. Understand how weather forecasting is done and its influence on people.
  10. Explain how human development has affected the environment.

Course Requirements

  1. Complete each of the Units in the recommended order:
    • Astronomy/Earth-Sun Relationships
    • Meteorology/Ocean Properties
    • Oceanography/Running Water
    • Geology - Tectonics/Continental Drift/Earthquakes/Volcanoes
    • Geology - Minerals Rocks/Geologic Time
  2. Complete the chapter exercises prescribed for each of the modules and submit them to the instructor through e-mail.
  3. Complete the labs that are defined for each of the modules and submit the lab report to the instructor through e-mail.
  4. Demonstrate your knowledge of the course material by taking five tests, one for each unit..

Course Prerequisite

Math Pre-Course Testing must indicate college level Math proficiency.

Necessary Equipment

In addition to the textbook, you will need to purchase the Earth Revealed  Lab Kit from the COD Bookstore. You will also need to use a computer on which you have Internet access.

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