Course Information

This course provides a basic introduction to the principles and methods of Earth Science, and its relevance to daily life and the problems of the contemporary world. At the end of the course students will be able to understand the origin and evolution of our planet, the materials of the Earth's crust, and the processes that produce and modify them. Some of the topics to be discussed include: the formation of the Solar System and Planet Earth; Plate Tectonics; minerals and rocks; earthquakes and volcanoes; mountain building processes; geologic time; energy and mineral resources; and the role of streams and rivers in building Earth's landscapes.

Credit hours: 5
GEC categories: Natural Science (Physical Science). Sequences: ES100-203, ES100-206, ES100-210
Prerequisites: none
Class Times (AU 2011): Mondays AND Wednesdays (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) in Bromfield 239
Laboratory times:  Mondays OR Wednesdays (3:20 pm - 5:20 pm) in Bromfield 239/Conard 205

Download the course syllabus HERE

Instructor:
Ozeas S. Costa, Jr.
Tel: (419) 755-4128
Office: 395 Ovalwood
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm or by appointment
costa.47@osu.edu
http://www.mansfield.osu.edu/faculty/ocosta

The course provides a laboratory experience for students and fulfills the following learning objectives of the GEC Natural Science requirement:

Learning Objective 1: Students explain and recall the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of modern earth science, including: the formation and structure of the earth; principles of plate tectonics; composition of and interrelationship among earth materials; geologic time; hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and floods; the hydrologic cycle; controls on global climate; and human sustainability. Students should be able to describe how the earth operates as a system and apply the scientific method.

This fulfills the first objective of the GEC Natural Science requirement: Students understand the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of modern science.

Learning Objective 2: Students describe and explain the significance of key events in the history of earth science, especially the development of plate tectonic theory. Students should also learn key events in the geological, hydrological, atmospheric and biological history of the earth.

This fulfills the second objective of the GEC Natural Science requirement: Students learn key events in the history of science.

Learning Objective 3: Students will be able to discuss the inter-dependence of scientific and technological developments in measuring and modeling physical and chemical aspects of the earth and environment.

This fulfills the third objective of the GEC Natural Science requirement: Students provide examples of the interdependence of scientific and technological developments.

Learning Objective 4: Students will explain the ways in which aspects of earth science impact society. Students should be able to describe the relationship between science and societal decision-making pertaining to natural hazards, natural resources, global climate and human sustainability.

This fulfills the fourth objective of the GEC Natural Science requirement: Students discuss social and philosophical implications of scientific discoveries and understand the potential of science and technology to address problems of the contemporary world.