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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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ESCI 1020 - Earth Science

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 2
Course Description: This course is a survey of the earth sciences as a broad and nonquantitative introduction to topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. It views solid earth, the liquid hydrosphere, and the gaseous atmosphere in terms of continuous interactions as air comes in contact with rock, rock with water, and water with air. Laboratory investigations and hands-on experiences provide the framework for the semester’s study.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science, 10 People/Environment

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. General The Scientific Method Measurement Matter and Mass
  2. Chemistry Atoms and Molecules Pure Water and Solutions Nuclear Reactions Organic Compounds
  3. Earth Science Rocks and Minerals Atmosphere and Climate Earths Natural Resources
  4. Physics Motion Energy Heat and Temperature Electricity

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain the scientific method and its applications
  2. interpret measurements of mass, volume, and length
  3. apply the concepts of energy and matter to daily activities
  4. describe the basic building blocks of matter: atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds
  5. apply physical science principles from chemistry and physics to the three main categories of earth science and the environment: lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories. 03. 02. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty. 03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing. 03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.
Competency 2 (7-10)
10. 01. Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems. 10. 02. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems. 10. 04. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions. 10. 05. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.

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