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  • 11th
  • 12th
  • College Credit
  • Credit=1 (2 Semesters)
  • Dual Credit


Pre-Requisite:  This is a junior or senior-level elective. Students are expected to have completed Chemistry 1 and Physics 1, a year of Biology, and have passed Algebra 1 and Geometry. 

Course Description:    The first semester of Astronomy and Cosmology prepares students for the second semester of Earth Science. First semester topics include: Astronomical observations involving telescopes and other detection systems; Evidence for the formation, evolution, and structure of our solar system; Star and planet formation, fusion, and star lifecycles. Topics in the second semester include: Earth plate tectonics, rock cycle, mineral formation and chemistry; Geologic hazards and risks - volcanoes, erosion, earthquakes and floods; mountain formation; atmospheric evolution and climate; water resources; glaciers; and geologic time and radiometric dating.

Work Load:  A mix of hands-on lab measurements and observations and interpretations of data sets and simulations; Small group and whole class projects, presentations, and activities; 1-day field trip to a local geologic site; Individual choice research project each semester to give students experience in researching and presenting current scientific studies in astronomy and Earth science; Reading quizzes are approximately every 3 weeks; Cumulative semester finals.

Why would you be interested in the Class:  This course is recommended for 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in learning about astronomy, cosmology (history and structure of the universe), Earth science and/or environmental science, with the option to earn 5 quarter credits for Geology 100 from an accredited university while attending class at MIHS.

College Credit: Eastern Washington University - Geology 100 - 5 Credits

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