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|Earth Science||3.0 credit hours|
|This course introduces students to the sciences of the physical earth. It examines Earth's materials and changes thereon due to past and present forces at work in the earth’s interior and exterior. The course covers such topics as Earth’s spheres; rocks and minerals; soils and weathering; surface and groundwater; plate tectonics, volcanicity and earthquakes; weather and climate; astronomy and the solar system. It also incorporates economic, social, and philosophic perspectives on understanding the dynamism of the earth in order to appreciate the interaction of humans with the physical earth.|