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Earth Science 1

SCI4023 and/or SCI4024

Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit. Earth Science satisfies the science requirement for any course of study including college preparatory. It may be taken concurrently with Chemistry, Physics, or advanced science courses. The use and practice of good study skills and organizational skills is also a goal of this course. A wide-ranging inventory of laboratory work is also provided. This course seeks to develop an understanding of Earth's interior and surface composition and processes as well as its position and significance in the universe. The first semester surveys topics of Cartography (maps), the water cycle, Meteorology (weather), Climatology (climate), Oceanography, and Astronomy (with an emphasis on our solar system). The second semester surveys topics of: Environmental issues (e.g. acid rain, the Greenhouse Effect, Global Climate Change, ozone depletion, alternative energies and petroleum); Geology, Mineralogy, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, tsunamis, erosion, Soil Science, and the Rock Cycle. This course introduces the student to career opportunities in the fields of: Meteorology, Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Hydrology, Agronomy, Cartography, Astronomy, and Conservation.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: SCI4023 and/or SCI4024
  • Credits: 1/2 credit (each semester)
  • Note: Elective; Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit.