ESSC 109 - Earth Science Laboratory for Non-Science Majors [GEKN]
The laboratory class to accompany ESSC 108 . Applications of the scientific method of inquiry as applied to earth sciences to reinforce basic concepts as taught in ESSC 108.
Credit 1 hr May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Fall, Winter, and Summer
Corequisite(s) ESSC 108
Course does not count towards major or minor.
Class-Level Restriction Undergraduate standing
Earth scientists view the entire Earth as a complex system in which a number of components dynamically interact on different timescales. Because the human race is entirely dependent on the resources of the Earth System, because the dynamic nature of the Earth System has a profound impact on individual and societal well-being, and because human activities in turn influence the delicate equilibrium of this system, it is essential to produce a citizenry that has a meaningful understanding of Earth System Science. Students will learn the procedures, practices, methodologies and assumptions that are fundamental to a scientific understanding of the Earth System. The overarching gal of the course is to create scientifically literate citizens that are both willing and able to participate responsibly in a global community by: (1) carefully applying the scientific method as a tool for problem solving, in general; (2) critically evaluating the scientific merit of anything that is presented as science (is it really science?), especially in the area of Earth System Science; and (3) thoroughly incorporating Earth System Science in important decisions and issues at the personal, local, national and global levels.
Updates Course Rotation added 12/2014
Fall 2019 Course Sections
Winter 2020 Course Sections
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