Introduction to Earth Science

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Course Description:
A general education course involving an introductory study of minerals and rocks, oceanography, the hydrologic cycle, plate tectonics and meteorology.


Course Details


Staci Danko


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Foundations of Earth Science, 8th Edition, Lutgens, Tarbuck, & Tasa; ISBN: 9780134577807 OR

Modified Mastering Geology with eText, ISBN: 9780134287928


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology.

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts. 

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Recall information related to the characteristics of minerals and rocks

Identify components of the Theory of Plate Tectonics

Identify components of the hydrologic cycle

Recognize the principles of relative dating and radiometric dating

Recall information associated with the study of oceanography 

Recall information associated with the study of meteorology

NS-1, NS-2  

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2,  NS-3

Homework, Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lecture will be primarily from the textbook and will be enhanced by the overhead projector, demonstrations, charts, models, board illustrations and PowerPoint presentations. Students are responsible for any material contained within the assigned chapters of the textbook; as well as, any material covered during lecture. Emphasis should be placed on the key terms, the review material at the end of each chapter and the online study guide as a partial means of preparing for tests. Students will complete assignments using the Mastering Geology software associated with the text.


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