Science - Theological Research Institute
Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
June 2021 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to fully grasp the subjects at hand and learn how to implement their studies into everyday personal and professional living; define and identify facts, explanations, and opinions; explain how scientific questions are answered using the scientific method; describe the characteristics of a good hypothesis; identify and explain the steps required to test a hypothesis; distinguish between correlation and causation; explain how observations and experiments are used to answer specific questions; define the terms theory and law as they used in science; describe the three essential theories of Earth science – the theory of evolution, the theory of plate tectonics, and the theory of climate change; and explain how the scientific community self-regulates and supports research.
This course introduces scientific investigations, methods, observations, and communication, along with common tools and methods used for understanding Earth and its environments. Minerals and rocks that make up the Earth's crust, Earth's features, identification, and uniqueness as a planet are also covered in this course. Students will also examine continental drift, seafloor spreading, plate tectonic movement, plate boundaries, landforms, volcanic activity, earthquakes, and mountains resulting from plate tectonic processes, as well as surface processes that create and modify landforms. The course also explores water on earth, covering its distribution, states, and the processes involving Earth’s water. Students will learn how features and processes of the atmosphere determine weather and climate, how life is supported on planet Earth, and how Earth scientists learn about Earth's past as well as Earth’s history. The course continues with human dependence on natural resources for energy and materials, the effects of human overpopulation and overconsumption on Earth's systems. It concludes with introducing the objects of our solar system and explorations beyond our solar system.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Science or Earth Science (5/21).
Self study, self-paced.
October 2018 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography; demonstrate knowledge and ability to critically evaluate current research in one or more subfields of oceanography relevant to a selected research specialty; describe the physical properties of ocean waters; define concepts like stability and potential density; describe general oceanic circulation; evaluate driving forces and mechanisms of different types of circulation; identigy where in the world oceans bottom water is formed and where upwelling occurs.
This course is designed to introduce students to physical processes that occur in oceans in such a way that they will understand both the conceptual physical principles and at the larger scale how these fit into the earth as a system. Basic equations which describe the principles upon which physical oceanography is based are examined and applied to principles related to waves, tides, currents, and the large-scale ocean circulation.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in General Science, Biology, Oceanography, Marine Science, or Atmospheric Science (10/20).