Prerequisites: None

Length: Two semesters

Earth Science


Course materials required. See 'Course Materials' below.

Earth Science is a robust course that explores Earth's composition, structure, processes, and history; its atmosphere, freshwater, and oceans; and its environment in space. Students are encouraged to look at Earth science from both personal and worldly perspectives and to analyze the societal implications of the topics covered. Laboratory experiments introduce students to different lab techniques while building their skills in critical thinking, inquiry, and observation.

Course topics include an exploration of the major cycles that affect every aspect of life, including weather, climate, air movement, tectonics, volcanic eruptions, rocks, minerals, geologic history, Earth's environment, sustainability, and energy resources.

The content is based on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) standards and is aligned with state standards.

Course Materials

Semesters 1 and 2: Required

  • Prentice Hall Earth Science Lab Manual, Student ed. Edward J. Tarbuck and Frederick Lutgens (Prentice Hall, 2006).
    ISBN-10: 0131258982 / ISBN-13: 9780131258983

Semesters 1 and 2: Optional

  • This course includes the option of either hands-on or dry lab activities. Dry labs require only the lab manual; there are no additional lab materials needed for these activities. Hands-on labs require specified materials. For a list of hands-on lab materials, go to In the upper-right corner, under Quick Links, select Course Materials.