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 a comparison of features of the earth (lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere) to those of 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-099 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  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1. Distinguish among facts, observations, hypotheses, theories, and laws in scientific studies and paradigms; (GE2, PG1, PG4) 

2. Explain how plate tectonics, unique to Earth in the solar system, serves as an example of a paradigm in geosciences; (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG4) 

3. Distinguish between rocks and minerals and identify specific examples of the three types of rocks; (GE2, PG1, PG4) 

4. Relate oceanic and continental landforms to tectonic and gradational processes on a local and global scale; (GE2, GE6, PG1, PG4) 

5. Compare and contrast features of the Earth with those of other planets and satellites in the solar system, utilizing ideas of influential scientists such as Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Kepler; (GE2, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG4) 

6. Analyze weather variables (temperature, moisture content, pressure, and wind) from reliable data sources on the web as well as weather maps to interpret current and future weather conditions; (GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

7. Collect and interpret data, such as tidal variations, sunrise and set, moonrise and set, and earthquakes to graph results and make valid conclusions; (GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

8. Demonstrate effective communication skills through written and /or oral assignments, such as summarizing scientific articles, presentations, and essay questions. (GE1, GE2, GE4, GE5, GE7 PG2, PG4)    

Learning Goals

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

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