GEO 101: Earth Science

Enrollment Message:

Terms of Use (More Info in Syllabi): Dual enrollment (DE) courses follow St. Clair County Community College (SC4)’s calendar. You consent to pay the SC4 in-district tuition/fees. Michigan Virtual will invoice eligible charges following enrollment/withdrawal date. Students or enrolling schools must buy required text/materials listed in syllabi. SC4 accepts SAT scores for DE eligibility. If student hasn’t taken the SAT, then SC4 will evaluate the student’s H.S. transcript. Upload files to Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal (SLP). DE courses are limited to students attending public/private schools in Michigan. Nonresident or homeschooled students are not eligible. Students must complete the webform in their registration email. SC4 will contact the student directly with acceptance by mail and info on accessing the portal, college email, and online course content. SC4 will transmit scores electronically or by mail via Michigan Virtual. DE scores will not appear in the SLP.

Course Number: GEO 101

Credit Hours: 4

Contact Hours: 4 (Lecture); 1 (Lab); 0 (Other)

COURSE RATIONALE: Geography 101 is designed for non-science students including diverse majors such as liberal arts and business. The course offers a broad overview of the weather, climate, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, soils, rivers, glaciers, wind, and waves. Covering these topics provides students with basic knowledge of the environment allowing them to engage in civil discourse on local, national, and global issues, ultimately supporting a healthy democracy. This course will satisfy the lab science requirement at SC4.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: GEO 101: Earth Science. The course offers a description of the physical environment and a broad overview of the weather, climate, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, soils, rivers, glaciers, wind and waves. Students will discover where these natural features exist and why they are located where they are. Features of the natural landscape will be described with emphasis not only on identification, but also on the significance of location. This course is structured as a science course for non-science majors that wish to take a lab science course designed for the liberal arts, education or business major.

Prerequisites:  None

Course Objectives/Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • analyze the basics of Plate Tectonics and the implications for earthquakes.
  • examine the relationship between the oceans and life on land.
  • explain the significance of the earth-sun relationship.
  • discuss the basic mechanics involved with glacial movement and the implications for our landscape.
  • diagram and describe the Hydrologic Cycle.
  • explain the connection between barometric pressure, atmospheric moisture and atmospheric temperature in the formation of clouds and precipitation.
  • describe the formation of low and high pressure systems.

Course Outline:

Introduction to the course

Latitude and longitude

Earth-Sun relationship

Topographic maps

Plate tectonics

Earthquakes

Rock Cycle and the Downslope Processes

Energy resources

Atmospheric composition

Barometric pressure

Atmospheric moisture

Weather patterns

Severe storms

Climate

Glaciers

Antarctica

Continental glaciers

Alpine glaciers

The Great Lakes

Atmospheric Moisture and Air Pressure

Fluvial landforms (rivers)

Groundwater

Oceans

Volcanoes

Soil

Resources Included: Upon confirmation of the student's course registration, SC4 will mail an acceptance letter to each student's home address. This letter will contain additional information about login access to the SC4 Portal and establishing a college email account. Students will receive login information to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) via their college email account. The email will provide login procedures necessary to access the online course(s) for which a student is enrolled.

Additional Costs: Required Textbook / Materials: Pidwirny, M. & Jones, S. (2018). Geography Online Publication - Physical Geography

Estimated Cost: $0. Available online only at http://www.physicalgeography.net. SC4 Bookstore: (810) 989-5725 https://www.bkstr.com/stclaircountyccstore/home

Students are responsible for all tuition, books/supplies, and fees the school or school district does not pay; this includes the non-refundable student fee for dropped courses. A high school may hold the student responsible for reimbursement of tuition and fees should the student fail a course(s) for which the school district paid.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. Michigan Virtual will transmit the final letter grade awarded by SC4 for each dual enrollment course completed to the student and his/her enrolling school.

Time Commitment: Dual enrollment semester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to all web resources linked within the online course content provided by the SC4 Canvas learning management system.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact your SC4 instructor or the college at 810-984-3881.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use their college email or other means provided by their instructor within the course syllabus or within their learning management system once the term has begun when they need instructor assistance. The instructor may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: Disability Services - Support services are available to students at SC4 upon request. For information regarding services provided by St. Clair County Community College, contact the Achievement Center at (810) 989-5759. Students must self-identify their need for assistance.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: [1] Dual enrollment courses follow unique start, end and last day to withdraw dates for St. Clair County Community College (SC4)’s academic calendar for courses [https://michiganvirtual.org/dualenrollmentdates].

[2] You are consenting to pay the SC4 in-district tuition and fees for the course(s) selected [https://sc4.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees/]. Michigan Virtual will send an invoice for eligible charges following the enrollment/withdrawal date of each term. Students or their enrolling schools are responsible to purchase the required textbook and materials listed in the syllabus.

[3] SC4 accepts the SAT as qualifying scores for dual enrollment eligibility. If a student has not taken the SAT, then SC4 will evaluate the student’s high school transcript to determine college readiness. Upload the student’s SAT report and/or high school transcript to Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal (SLP) [https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/slp-add-sat-and-transcript-files-to-student-account/].

[4] Dual enrollment courses are limited to students attending public or private schools in the State of Michigan. Nonresident or homeschooled students are not eligible to dual enroll.

[5] SC4 will transmit a student’s scores electronically or by mail via Michigan Virtual. Dual enrollment scores will not appear in the SLP.

[6] Students must complete the online webform linked in their registration email before the enrollment will be confirmed.

[7] SC4 will contact the student directly with an acceptance letter and information on accessing the SC4 Portal, a college email account, and the online course content.

Details


School Level: Postsecondary
Standards: None
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 03001
MDE Endorsement Code: DH - Earth/Space Science
MMC Minimum Requirements: Science - 3rd Year Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: SC4
Instructor Provider: SC4

Course Type: DUAL5