Course Abstract Details

GEOSC-100, Earth and Space Science

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

GEOSC-100, Earth and Space Science, is a one-term course designed for the non-science major and is especially well-suited for students intending to teach at the elementary and middle school level. In addition to concepts of science in general, this course will cover the major concepts of earth science and astronomy, such as the theories of continental drift/plate tectonics and the origin of the solar system. Other topics include earth materials, structure, and history, as well as a comparison of features of the earth and other planets. Content is based on topics recommended by the National Science Education Content Standards and those of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-A-F and MAT-097 with C grades or better. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:
1. Distinguish among facts, observations, hypotheses, theories, and laws in scientific studies. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
2. Analyze the properties and identifying characteristics of a variety of earth materials (minerals, rocks, deposits), and explain their uses as resources to society and as data sources in interpreting earth history. (GE2, GE3, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2)
3. Understand how plate tectonic motion results from internal earth processes, and relates to external earth processes and the distribution of earthquakes and surface features such as mountain ranges and sea-floor trenches. (GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG2)
4. Relate oceanic and continental landforms to a combination of deep-earth tectonic cycles and surficial gradational processes. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
5. Explore methods of absolute and relative dating to understand the timing of events in earth history, and explain the variation in time scale of processes related to the development of life,
landscapes, and environmental change. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE5, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG3)
6. Compare and contrast scientific ideas and data sets related to the forcing mechanisms of long and short term climatic fluctuations, to establish scientifically-informed opinions regarding the role of humanity in climate change. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG3)
7. Analyze patterns of stellar evolution and planetary formation to understand the origin and structure of our solar system. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
8. Collect and analyze data such as celestial motion and earthquakes, in laboratory, online, and independent settings, to graph results and make valid analyses and interpretations. (GE2, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG3)
9. Research and present, in collaborative group settings, various aspects of space research as they relate to our exploration and understanding of our solar system. (GE1, GE4, GE5, PG1, PG3, PG4)
10. Achieve greater scientific literacy through the selection, reading, analysis, and presentation of scientific articles relating to course content. (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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