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.
Required Prerequisites MTH 08
Corequisites ENV 103L
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies ENG 111
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
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.
- 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.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Reflect on the formation, distribution and abundance of earth resources.
- Make educated decisions regarding their personal use, or misuse, of our planet's resources.
Learning How to Learn:
- Be inspired to care about learning.
- Utilize scientific literacy skills to research beyond this course.