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Course SummaryWatch our short video lessons, study our printable transcripts and take the quizzes and chapter tests to earn an Introduction to Earth Science Certificate with this fun course. This certificate program may help you show your skills to prospective employers or prepare you for an educational program.
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About This Course
Earn an Introduction to Earth Science Certificate by spending just a couple weeks watching our fun and comprehensive video lessons. You'll learn about the four spheres of the Earth and what causes tectonic plate movement through modular lessons that use dynamic animations to bring earth science concepts to life. On-screen graphics and engaging narration help you remember the differences between rocks and minerals and causes of glaciations, among other topics.
Who's This For?
Instructors, science writers, environmental specialists, consultants, lobbyists or anyone who wants comprehensive knowledge of earth science will benefit from taking this course.
This is an introductory course, and prerequisites aren't needed.
Benefits of the Certificate
Use the certificate you earn from this course to showcase your mastery of earth science concepts by:
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Introduction to Earth Science Program Breakdown
Earth Science Basics
Start this course with an overview of the study of earth science. Review the scientific method, scientific terms, the periodic table, experimental design and the metric system.
This chapter teaches you about the geologic time scale and theories of geological evolution. You'll learn about geological dating methods, including relative dating and radiometric dating.
Properties of Matter
Learn about elements, physical and chemical properties of matter, phase changes and cycles of matter in this chapter.
Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure
Learn how the spheres of the Earth interact and find out about the composition of the Earth's internal layers. Examine methods that scientists use to study the Earth's interior.
This chapter introduces several theories on plate tectonics and teaches you about major plates of the lithosphere, plate boundaries, sea floor spreading and hot spots.
Minerals and Rocks
You'll learn about mineral properties, shapes and strength then study silicate and non-silicate minerals, the rock cycle and three major rock groups.
Learn the differences between volcanic and plutonic rocks in this chapter, which also covers the crystallization process, igneous rock textures and methods for locating igneous rocks.
This chapter discusses types of volcanoes, the gases released during an eruption, flow of pyroclastic materials and volcanic hazards.
Weathering and Erosion
Learn about mechanical and chemical weathering, soil erosion and mass wasting in this chapter, which also discusses some triggers for mass wasting, wasting types and factors that affect weathering.
Sedimentary Rocks: A Deeper Look
You'll study the three types of sediment and discover the differences between detrital and chemical sedimentary rocks in this chapter. You'll also learn about the lithification process.
Metamorphic Rocks: A Deeper Look
Find out the conditions that influence metamorphism of rocks and how metamorphic rocks are classified. Understand the differences between contact metamorphism and regional metamorphism.
Rock Deformation and Mountain Building
In this chapter, learn about the causes and types of rock deformation, geological folds and faults, then get details on the processes involved in mountain building.
Learn the steps of the water cycle and the distribution of water on the planet. Examine runoff and infiltration, and find out how evaporation and transpiration contribute to the hydrologic cycle.
Examine the characteristics of drainage basins, formation of stream valleys and bedrock channels, and types of alluvial channels in this chapter.
You'll explore the groundwater system in this chapter, which teaches you about factors that cause groundwater movement, types of springs, and wells and formation of sinkholes and caverns.
Find out how glaciers are formed and how they move, then learn about the effects of accumulation and wastage on glacier formation, processes in glacial erosion and results of glacial deposition.
Ocean circulation, the oceanic ridge system, ocean basins and ocean water are all covered in this chapter, which also discusses waves, tides, shorelines and ocean circulation.
Learn about hurricanes, tsunamis, coastal erosion and deposition. Find out how hard stabilization is used to protect shorelines and what alternatives are available.
This chapter teaches you about the structure and components of the atmosphere, heat transfer methods, humidity, air lift, global warming, greenhouse gases and air pollution.
Weather and Storms
You'll study factors that affect winds, weather variables, air masses and weather fronts in this chapter, which also teaches you about tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and floods.
Explore the components and causes of earthquakes and how seismic waves are used to study earthquakes. You'll also learn about the Richter scale, after and foreshocks, and destruction caused by earthquakes.
This chapter teaches you about the origins of the universe and formation of the galaxy, Earth and moon. You'll look at the structure of the sun and its life cycle then see a timeline of major eras of life on Earth.
Learn about different types of energy and the first and second laws of thermodynamics in this final chapter. You'll discuss renewable and non-renewable resources, fossil fuels, wind and hydroelectric energy.
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