GEO 101: Earth Science

Grade
6-12
NCAA Approved?
Approved
Delivery Format
Dual Enrollment

COURSE RATIONALE: Geography 101 is designed for non-science students including diverse majors such as liberal arts and business. The course offers a broad overview of the weather, climate, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, soils, rivers, glaciers, wind, and waves. Covering these topics provides students with basic knowledge of the environment allowing them to engage in civil discourse on local, national, and global issues, ultimately supporting a healthy democracy. This course will satisfy the lab science requirement at SC4. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: GEO 101: Earth Science. The course offers a description of the physical environment and a broad overview of the weather, climate, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, soils, rivers, glaciers, wind and waves. Students will discover where these natural features exist and why they are located where they are. Features of the natural landscape will be described with emphasis not only on identification, but also on the significance of location. This course is structured as a science course for non-science majors that wish to take a lab science course designed for the liberal arts, education or business major.

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With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

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