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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Principles of Earth Science (SCI 102)

Course Category: 

Varies; self study format.

Various; distance learning format.

March 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, 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 inquire and data gathering with respect to many aspects of Earth Science; interpret data relating to earthquakes such as Richter scale readings and meteorological data such as barometer readings; outline characteristics of various types of climates and be able to discuss whether humans have the ability to affect weather and climate on the Earth’s surface for both positive and negative results.


This self-study course covers a basic overview of Earth Science, focusing on the major principles relating to the make up of Planet Earth, the different processes that give it shape, and its dynamic systems and cycles. The final exam assesses students’ knowledge of major topics such as weathering and erosion, how major disruptions such as earthquakes and volcanoes affect the development of the Earth’s surface, meteorology and how weather is based on shifts in air masses, precipitation, and fronts. It also requires students to apply the scientific method in order to conduct scientific inquiry along with data gathering and interpretation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Earth Science (3/16) (8/21 revalidation).