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- Available Lessons: 168
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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryEarth Science 101: Earth Science has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. Expert instructors present this material in an easy-to-follow manner, and lessons are accessible at all times, from any device, so you can study at your own pace as you get started on your degree.
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The course objective is to explain cycles of matter, weather, fossil preservation, earthquakes and other principles related to the Earth's forms and functions.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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- A non-graphing, scientific calculator
- Blank scratch paper
- Pen or pencil
- This printable periodic table.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe basic scientific concepts, including the scientific method, periodic table, experimental design, key principals of elements and matter, and the metric system
- Differentiate between catastrophism and uniformitarianism, numerical and relative dating, and the principles of relative dating and radioactive dating
- Analyze the internal and external forces that shape Earth through looking at the four spheres of Earth, the mechanism of plate tectonics and continental drift, causes and types of volcanoes, and the cause of earthquakes
- Compare and contrast the physical properties of minerals and rocks, including sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks
- Identify mechanical weathering, chemical weathering, rates of weathering rock, types of erosion, wasting and deformation causes, as well as stages and byproducts
- Outline the water cycle, distribution of water, drainage basins, stream flow, groundwater systems, and the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms
- Categorize types of glaciers, glacier movement, glacier budget, erosion, deposition, glaciation, and causes of glaciation
- Relate continental margins, ocean basins, properties of ocean water, marine organisms, coastal hazards, tsunamis, and shoreline erosion
- Investigate atmosphere composition and weather through looking at atmosphere structure, solar radiation, temperature, clouds, wind, humidity, air pressure, types of storms, and heat transfer
- Evaluate the weather by studying wind, air pressure, atmospheric circulation, air masses, weather fronts, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and cyclones
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Earth Science 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Earth Science 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Earth Science 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Earth Science Basics||Study some basic scientific concepts while learning what the study of Earth science encompasses. Take a look at the scientific method, periodic table, experimental design, the metric system, and scientific graphs and charts.|
|Geologic Time||Examine the geologic time scale alongside theories of catastrophism and uniformitarianism. Study the principles of relative and radiometric dating. Explore the conditions required for fossil preservation.|
|Characteristics of Matter||Take a look at an element's atomic number and mass number. Examine states of matter, phase changes, common chemical reactions and nuclear reactions.|
|Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure||Discover interactions between the earth's four spheres and learn about the processes that shape the earth's surface. Find out how scientists study the earth's crust, mantle and core.|
|Plate Tectonics||Learn how Pangaea relates to the idea of plate tectonics and Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift. Discover causes of tectonic plate movement and study evidence for continental drift, including sea floor spreading and paleomagnetism.|
|Minerals and Rocks||Examine the physical properties of minerals, including crystal shape, mineral strength, density and specific gravity. Explore types of rocks and the stages in the rock cycle.|
|Igneous Rocks||Take a look at the origins of magma and learn to distinguish volcanic igneous rock from plutonic igneous rock. Study Bowen's reaction series and magmatic differentiation. Additionally, learn about the classifications and locations of igneous rocks.|
|Volcanic Landforms||Examine the types of volcanoes and the volcanic gases released during an eruption. Discover the different types of pyroclastic materials. Study volcanic landforms and volcanic hazards.|
|Weathering and Erosion||Look at factors affecting the rates of mechanical and chemical weathering. Learn about soil structure, soil erosion and causes of mass wasting.|
|Sedimentary Rocks: A Deeper Look||Discover the features of various sedimentary rock types. Explore the process of lithification and learn how geologists determine the origins of sedimentary rock.|
|Metamorphic Rocks: A Deeper Look||Explore the process of metamorphism and learn how metamorphic rocks are classified. Compare contact and regional metamorphism.|
|Rock Deformation and Mountain Building||Understand the causes, stages and byproducts of rock deformation. Take a look at the types of geological folds and faults. Examine the process of mountain building.|
|Water Balance on Earth||Study stages in the water cycle and the distribution of water on earth. Discover the role of runoff and infiltration in the water cycle.|
|Running Water||Take a look at drainage basins and streamflows. Examine the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms and learn to read a landform diagram. Find out how bedrock and alluvial channels are formed.|
|Ground Water||Check out factors influencing groundwater movement. Take a look at the different types of springs and wells. Recognize some of the problems caused by groundwater withdrawal, such as sinkholes.|
|Glaciers||Learn about types of glaciers and the processes of glacier formation and movement. Study glacial erosion and deposition. Explore the causes of glaciation.|
|Oceans||Examine active and passive continental margins, ocean basins, ocean water properties and types of marine organisms. Learn about ocean circulation, shoreline and beach characteristics, wave types, longshore transport and tides.|
|Coastal Hazards||Discover causes and effects of coastal hazards, such as hurricanes, tsunamis and shoreline erosion. Additionally, study shoreline deposition and shoreline stabilization.|
|Earth's Atmosphere||Study the effects of solar radiation, wind, cloud formation, humidity and other phenomena on the atmosphere. Learn more about climate classifications, global warming, ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and air pollution.|
|Weather, Air Masses & Storms||Find out how wind, air pressure, atmospheric circulation, air masses and fronts affect the weather. Investigate the causes of tornadoes, thunderstorms and cyclones.|
|Earthquakes||Discover what causes earthquakes. Learn more about aftershocks and foreshocks, seismic waves, measurement scales and earthquake destruction.|
|Earth History||Analyze evidence supporting the Big Bang theory. Take a look at galaxy formation and theories explaining the origins of the Earth and moon. Examine the life cycle and structure of the sun before studying major periods in the history of life on Earth.|
|Energy Resources||Explore the laws of thermodynamics. Compare sources of renewable and nonrenewable energy, such as fossil fuels and wind power. Survey examples of chemical energy, radiant energy, tidal energy and thermal energy.|
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|Completed all lessons in Earth Science 101: Earth Science course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Have not taken this exam three times. (0/3)|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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