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03001 Earth Science I

Field of Study

Studying something as large and complicated as the Earth is quite an undertaking. In order to make it manageable, the course is divided into scientific areas such as Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy, and Oceanography. Each of these areas of study help scientists understand the activity and make-up of our planet. In this course, students will use scientific methods and investigations to make each area of study applicable to their daily lives.

Material Covered

  • Module 1: Scientific Investigations
  • Module 2: Investigating Earth
  • Module 3: Earth’s Matter
  • Module 4: Dynamic Earth
  • Module 5: Earth’s Changing Surface
  • Module 6: Atmosphere and Weather
  • Module 7: Earth’s Oceans
  • Module 8: Space
  • Module 9: Earth’s History

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to complete lesson assignments by their instructor’s scheduled due dates. There are textbook readings with each Module Lesson. Please, contact your base school regarding their textbook policy.

Related Requirements

Earth Science does have an end-of-course SOL exam. This is typically offered in the spring. Please, see your base school for test dates and graduation requirements.


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Course Texts and Materials

  • McDougal Little Earth Science
    ISBN-10: 0618115501
    Follett School Solutions
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