The Earth science course is designed to interpret and understand the world around you. In order to do so, students will investigate and study the interactions between the four major Earth’s spheres, including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere in order to explain Earth’s formation, processes, history, landscapes, how and why Earth changes over time. The course will also explore how current actions of man interact and affect Earth’s spheres leading to local and global changes. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, mapping Earth’s surface, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, and meteorology. Students will participate in laboratory exercises, small group activities, web based investigations, class discussions, projects, and research.