National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience
Earth Science (SCI-103)
Varies; self-study format.
September 2015 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: apply the scientific method and conduct scientific inquiry and analysis; describe the structure of the Earth’s interior and explain how different layers are identified; identify the composition of various types of rocks and minerals; explain the processes of weathering, erosion and deposition and their impacts on surface features; relate plate tectonics and the dynamic earth to earthquakes, volcanoes and the formation of mountains; interpret data relating to earthquakes, such as p and s waves and Richter scale values; explain the structure and composition of the atmosphere; identify the effects of air pressure, temperature, moisture, wind and other meteorological data on weather and weather patterns; interpret the effects of moving air masses and fronts on weather and on producing weather disturbances such as hurricanes and tornadoes; describe the characteristics of various types of climates; discuss the impact of human activity on the weather and climate, including the concepts of greenhouse gas emission and global climate change.
Earth Science covers a variety of scientific disciplines that relate to the composition of the Earth, its dynamic nature and its position in space. Major topics include: composition of the surface of the Earth, including minerals and rocks, weathering, erosion and deposition that shape the landscape of the surface of the Earth. Other topics include: dynamic Earth - including earthquakes and volcanic activity; meteorology, including discussions of weather, air masses, precipitation, fronts; climate, climate change and the impact of human activities on the Earth’s climate. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, assignments, class participation, and a final exam.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Earth Science, Meteorology, or Oceanography (3/18).