Earth Science B

Enrollment Message:

This course includes a midterm and final exam that requires proctoring.

Earth Science B is the second-semester course designed to expose the student to the scientific study of the Earth. Students will learn how observation and experimentation are used to gain knowledge about the Earth's past and present and used in making predictions about Earth's future. The course emphasis is on astronomy, meteorology, and hydrology. The course will include outside readings, labs and the application of learned material to everyday problems. Prerequisites:  Earth Science A

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

  • students will be able to evaluate in written form, the validity and limitations of scientific theories and claims;
  • explain how the ocean and atmosphere move and transfer energy around the planet;
  • explain how these movements affect climate and weather and how severe weather impacts society.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Scientific Review

Unit 2: The Universe

Unit 3: The Solar System

Unit 4: Earth as a Planet and Our Atmosphere

Unit 5: Weather

Unit 6: Climate

Unit 7: Fresh Water

Unit 8: Oceans

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester 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 YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

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: None


School Level: High School
Standards: Next Generation Science Standards
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 03001
MDE Endorsement Code: DH - Earth/Space Science
MMC Minimum Requirements: Science - 3rd Year Elective

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus