Survey of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. 

Activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze data in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. 

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Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Explain the current theories concerning the origin of the Universe and of the Solar System.
  • Explain the place of Earth in the Solar System and its relationships with other objects in the Solar System.
  • Relate the origin and evolution of Earth’s internal structures to its resulting geologic systems, including Earth materials and plate tectonic activities.
  • Explain the operation of Earth’s geologic systems and the interactions among the atmosphere, the geosphere, and the hydrosphere, including meteorology and oceanography.
  • Explain the history of the Earth including the evolution of earth systems and life forms.
  • Classify rocks and minerals based on chemical composition, physical properties, and origin.
  • Apply knowledge of topographic maps, diagrams, and/or photographs to identify landforms and explain the processes that created them.
  • Differentiate the types of plate boundaries, explain the processes that occur at each and identify associated structural features on maps, block diagrams and cross sections.
  • Apply relative and numerical age-dating techniques to construct geologic histories.
  • Measure atmospheric processes that affect weather and climate.
  • Describe the composition and motion of ocean water and analyze the factors controlling both.
  • Compare properties and motions of objects in the solar system.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 32.0