Exploration Of The Earth Sciences – glg150 (3 credits)

This course focuses on the dynamic forces impacting Earth’s environment. It is a study of the major constructs in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy collectively called Earth Science. A scientific approach will be used in orienting students to develop an understanding of the interconnectivity of each of these sciences.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Earth and the Universe

  • Describe the early evolution of Earth and its atmosphere.

  • Explain the reason for seasons on Earth.
  • Examine other planets that may or may not have seasons.

  • Describe the formation and motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and other bodies in the universe.

Earth and Earth Materials

  • Examine the economic and environmental impact of mineral extraction worldwide.

  • Examine methods of identifying minerals by physical and chemical properties.
  • Describe how fossils can validate scientific findings or current scientific theories.
  • Differentiate among types of rocks and minerals.

  • Describe the layers of the Earth and their physical properties.

Sculpturing Earth's Surfaces

  • Apply the concept of particle size to types of sediment in order to differentiate between types of soil.

  • Explain the five important soil-forming factors and their importance in the formation of soil.

  • Investigate ways that floods, water shortages, and other associated water processes have affected human history.
  • Describe how glaciers form, grow, and shrink throughout time.
  • Describe the physical and chemical weathering processes that sculpt Earth’s surface.

Internal Forces

  • Explain how Wegener’s hypothesis of continental drift reemerged as the theory of plate tectonics including the evidence that supports it.

  • Explain the effects of plate tectonic motion on climate, geography, and distribution of organisms.

  • Relate earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis to plate movement.

Earth's Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere

  • Explain the origin of ocean water and its salinity.

  • Explain the role of the Moon, Sun, and inertia in the development of tides.

  • Examine practices that are used to protect waterfront land from erosion.
  • Describe the role of convection cells in atmospheric circulation.
  • Describe surface currents and their circulation patterns.

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