Introduction to Earth Science

Course:ESC 1000
Introduction to Earth Science
GenEd:Physical Sciences (P)
Dept. of Geological Sciences
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Earth is a dynamic planet that is continually being reshaped by forces generated within the Earth’s interior and by processes operating in both the oceans and atmosphere. In this course we will explore the fundamental processes that occur within each of these domains as well as the interactions between them.

In this Earth Science course we will investigate the following topics that will be spread out over ten modules:

  • Tectonic processes that create the major features of the Earth, including volcanoes, mountain belts, continents, ocean basins, etc.
  • Processes responsible for creating geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, sinkholes, tsunamis, etc.
  • Formation of Earth materials ranging from minerals and rocks to energy resources
  • Geologic time and the dating of geologic materials and events
  • Fundamental characteristics and processes associated with the Earth’s hydrosphere (groundwater and the oceans)
  • Characteristics of the atmosphere and effect of the atmosphere on the Earth’s surface and human
  • Formation of the Earth and solar system and comparison of the Earth with the Moon, Mars, and Venus

Meet the instructor and learn more about the course

The textbook for this course will be Exploring Earth Science by Stephen Reynolds and Julia Johnson. The course will use McGraw-Hill Connect® and the LearnSmart® adaptive learning resource. This text and online tools are different from those used in previous semesters. There no prerequisites for this course.

Current students

Talk to your Academic Advisor to see how this course could fit into your academic plan. We’d love for you to join us in this online learning adventure.

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