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


Contact Hours


Lecture Hours


Required Prerequisites

MTH 08 or equivalent


ENV 103L

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

ENG 111

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Quantitative Reasoning

Course Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Interpret USGS topographic maps.
  • Interpret aerial photographs/satellite images.
  • Calculate sun angles.
  • 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.