ENV 103 - Earth Science

Course Description

Designed for the student who does not intend to major in a physical science. Subject matter deals with features of the planet Earth, astronomy, and weather. The laboratory portion includes a practical study of rocks and minerals as well as a study of topographic, geologic and weather maps. Field trips investigate landforms in the Grand Traverse area. Group 1 lab course.

Credit Hours

4

Contact Hours

5

Lecture Hours

3

Required Prerequisites

MTH 08 or equivalent

Corequisites

ENV 103L

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

ENG 111

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Quantitative Reasoning

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:
  • Describe the origin and classification of earth materials.
  • Explain geological processes, past and present, which are responsible for Earth's landscape.
  • Identify atmospheric process responsible for weather.
  • Identify glacial processes and the resulting landforms responsible for Michigan's topography.
  • Identify basic rocks and minerals.
Application:
  • Interpret USGS topographic maps.
  • Interpret aerial photographs/satellite images.
  • Calculate sun angles.
Integration:
  • Use math skills to comprehend course content emphasizing quantitative reasoning.
  • Relate everyday items to the geologic sources of those materials.
Human Dimension:
  • Reflect on the formation, distribution and abundance of earth resources.
  • Make educated decisions regarding their personal use, or misuse, of our planet's resources.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Be inspired to care about learning.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Utilize scientific literacy skills to research beyond this course.