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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Davar Academy, LLC | Evaluated Learning Experience

Principles of Earth Science (SCI 102)

Course Category: 

Varies (self-study, self-paced). 

Various; distance learning format.

November 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to: describe the earth's interior and exterior structure; identify the composition of indigenous rocks and minerals; explain how weather and erosion affect the surface of the earth; explain how earthquakes and volcanoes affect the earth’s surface and the formation of islands and mountains; apply the scientific method in order to conduct scientific inquiries and data gathering with respect to various aspects of earth science; interpret data relating to earthquakes such as Richter scale readings and meteorological data such as barometer readings; identify the characteristics of various types of climates; and determine whether humans have the ability to affect weather and climate on the earth’s surface for both positive and negative results.


This learning experience gives a basic overview of Earth Science and focuses on the general makeup of the planet Earth, its position in space, and its changes and development. It explores the basic composition of the earth with respect to minerals and rocks. Students study the different processes that give shape to the surface of the earth such as weathering and erosion and consider how major disruptions such as earthquakes and volcanoes affect the development of the earth’s surface. Instruction includes the topics of meteorology and how weather is based on shifts in air masses, precipitation, and fronts, climate change and its causes and consequences. The course of study necessary to be prepared for the proctored proficiency examination consists of lessons based on the readings from the textbook. Students are encouraged to answer all the review questions and quizzes for each lesson.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Earth Science or Geology (11/16) (3/22 revalidation).