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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Foundations of Earth Science SCI 101


Varies; self-study.

Various; distance learning format.

September 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe Earth’s major spheres; identify the composition of various rocks and minerals; explain how weather and erosion affect the surface of the Earth; identify the water cycle and the processes involved within; explain how earthquakes and volcanoes affect the Earth’s surface and how they are measured; detail the various oceans and ocean life; identify the characteristics of various types of climates; and describe the solar system and the various bodies encompassed within.


Topics include the study of the composition of various rocks and minerals, the major spheres of the earth, weather and erosion, the water cycle and its process, volcanoes, ocean life and bodies of the solar system. The 15-week course uses textbooks and study guides. Grades are based on a final examination.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Earth Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Astronomy or Architectural Engineering (8/18).