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Explore Earth's wonders, from landforms to geo-hazards, fostering curiosity and awareness.


Discover the major landforms in America and all around the world while exploring the theory of plate tectonics and how they move around the surface of the Earth to create landforms. Students will learn how to read topological maps and how geological events affect environments and the way humans live. In addition, students will investigate the concept of evolution, geologic time scales, mass extinctions and through a case study, see how human activities are impactful in changing the nature around us. Dive into the phenomenon of major geo-hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, and with better understanding of the Earth, how we can monitor and prepare to suffer less and sustain more.   

What You Will Learn


Students in Middle School: Understanding Earth will:

  • Review the major natural features that surround humans through a geological explanation
  • Become aware of Earth Sciences and the millions of unresolved mysteries of nature
  • Interpret date and develop solutions to problems within a working group
  • Become curious about Earth

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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

Course Number: GEOG-90012
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)

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