Earth Science

Course Description (updated 5/25/22)

Earth Science will provide a solid foundation for understanding the physical characteristics that make the planet Earth unique and will examine how these characteristics differ among the planets of our solar system. Students will explore the scope of Earth sciences, covering everything from basic structure and rock formation to the incredible and volatile forces that have shaped and changed our planet. As climate change and energy conservation become increasingly more prevalent in the national discourse, it will be important for students to understand the concepts and causes of our changing Earth. 

Course Objectives 

Throughout this course, students will meet the following goals: 

● Relate Earth to larger systems like the solar system, galaxies, and the universe 

● Describe the formation, identification, and utilization of rocks and minerals

● Explain methods for measuring geological time 

● Describe the landforms found on Earth and the factors that have caused them to change over time 

● Discuss the importance, availability, and use of Earth’s water supply

● Describe the use and conservation of resources 

● Explain the impact of weather and climate on various regions of the earth