ESCI 1111: Introduction to Earth Science

An introduction to earth’s physical character and the processes that shape our planet. The focus is on the geosphere: earth materials; weathering; sedimentation; magmatism and volcanism; metamorphism; deformation; earthquakes; mountain building; and Earth’s internal structure. These will be examined in the context of the origin of the Earth, geologic time, and plate tectonics. The nature of mineral and energy resources will also be examined. This course is designed for Science majors. (2 lecture, 2.5 laboratory hours a week.)