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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Earth Science?
Course SummaryIf you're struggling to prepare for the UExcel Earth Science exam, let our interactive test prep course help you. Become familiar with the format of the exam with our quizzes and chapter tests and review the topics you need more help on with our short video lessons.
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About This Course
Take advantage of our self-guided video lessons and quizzes to prepare for the UExcel Earth Science exam. Our instructors discuss the geological processes forming Earth's physical features to help you earn three hours of college credit in less than a month and for a fraction of the costs associated in enrolling in a semester-based course.
Syllabus & Course Information
To prepare you for content found on the UExcel Earth Science exam, we've designed this test prep course around the following learning objectives. You can use the lessons to:
- Take a look at the scientific method, periodic table, experiment design and the metric system.
- Examine theories of geological evolution, numerical and relative dating methods and fossil preservation.
- Learn the significance of an element's atomic number and mass number. Study phase changes and common chemical reactions.
- Explore the internal and external forces that shape the Earth's surface. Examine the composition and physical properties of Earth's crust, mantle and core.
- Study Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift and learn how hot spots, polar reversal and seafloor spreading support the theory of plate tectonics.
- Examine the physical properties of minerals. Explore stages in the rock cycle.
- Take a look at Bowen's reaction series. Discover the origins of magma and learn to classify igneous rocks.
- Examine the types of volcanoes, the release of volcanic gases and the flow of pyroclastic materials.
- Look at mechanical weathering, chemical weathering and rates of weathering. Learn about soil, soil erosion and triggers for mass wasting.
- Discover the types, features and origins of sedimentary rocks. Study the lithification of sediments.
- Examine the different types of metamorphism and learn to classify metamorphic rocks.
- Understand the causes, stages and byproducts of rock deformation. Take a look at geological folds, geological faults and the process of mountain building.
- Study the water cycle and trace the processes of runoff and infiltration.
- Take a look at drainage basins, stream flows, bedrock channels and alluvial channels. Examine the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms.
- Study groundwater movement. Learn about the formation of springs, wells, caverns and sinkholes.
- Survey the types of glaciers. Explore the processes of glacier movement, erosion and deposition.
- Examine continental margins, ocean basins, properties of ocean water and marine organisms.
- Study ocean circulation, shorelines and beaches, waves, long shore transport and tides.
- Identify coastal hazards, such as hurricanes, tsunamis and shoreline erosion. Examine shoreline deposition and shoreline stabilization.
- Take a look at atmospheric structure. Assess the effects of global warming, ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and air pollution.
- Study wind, air pressure, atmospheric circulation, fronts and other factors affecting the weather. Identify the causes of tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and floods.
- Discover what an earthquake is and what causes it. Learn more about aftershocks and foreshocks, seismic waves and the Richter scale.
- Analyze theories explaining the origins of the universe, Earth and moon. Learn how the structure of the sun supports the fusion process and study its life cycle.
- Explore the laws of thermodynamics and the types of renewable and nonrenewable energy.
This is the first of our Earth science courses, so there are no prerequisites. You can dive into the lessons whenever you're ready.
This course contains 178 lessons organized into 23 chapters, each of which addresses main topics covered by the exam. Instruction is delivered in the form of brief videos as well as written transcripts, so you can choose a format that fits your learning style. There are also short multiple-choice quizzes included at the end of each lesson to help track your progress. If you get stuck at any point during your studies, our subject-matter experts are here to answer your questions.
UExcel Earth Science Exam Information
If you pass this UExcel exam, you'll receive three hours of college credit, just as you would for completing a semester-long Earth science course. Students who enroll in this type of class might use it to fulfill general education, elective or core course requirements for their major. It might also be used to meet prerequisites for an upper-level Earth science class.
- Number of Questions: 120
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $95
UExcel Earth Science Exam Breakdown
|UExcel Exam Concept||Percent of the UExcel Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Chapters|
|Introduction||5%||6 questions||12 lessons|
|Plate Tectonics||10%||12 questions||10 lessons|
|The Rock Cycle||25%||30 questions||51 lessons|
|The Hydrologic Cycle||25%||30 questions||63 lessons|
|Geologic Hazards||20%||24 questions||13 lessons|
|Earth History||10%||12 questions||16 lessons|
|Earth and Energy Resources||5%||6 questions||13 lessons|
Earn UExcel Credit
Earning a transferable form of college credit is as easy as devoting a few weeks of study time to our UExcel Earth Science test prep course. Plus, there's no need to wait for the enrollment dates that come with semester- or quarter-based classes. You can begin earning credits whenever you're ready and for considerably less expense.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Earth Science Exam
Altogether, you'll receive about 18 hours of instruction as you work your way through this course. The lessons and quizzes are self-paced, so you can fit them into your schedule whenever you have time. To get a better idea of how long it might take you to prepare for the exam, take a look at the chart below.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||2 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||3 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||6 weeks|
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