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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Earth Science (SCI 102)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

June 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

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 focuses on 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.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Science or Earth Science (5/21).