EARTH 142 - From Stars to Stones
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Those with credit for GEOSCI 114 or EARTH 114 may only elect EARTH 142 for 2 credits.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
High school math and science. Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this first-year seminar, we will learn the birth and journey of the elements from stars to stones. The topics to be covered include: the making of the elements (which are needed for making Earth), life and evolution of stars, the origin of the solar system and Earth, and the present-day Earth. Some major developments and controversies in geology (and astronomy) will be used to help students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to show how scientists debate and solve problems. Quantitative reasoning will be an important part of the course.

Course Requirements:

First Year Seminar. ONLY first year undergraduates may register.

  • Active participation, including leading seminars (20 points). Every missed class without prior approval will cost you 1 point.
  • Homework and quizzes (20 points)
  • A midterm exam (20 points)
  • A term-paper presentation graded by your peers and me (10 points)
  • A final exam (30 points)

Intended Audience:

First year students.

Class Format:

About half classes are lectures on basic concepts and theories to prepare students for the discussion, and the rest are discussion sessions.

EARTH 142 - From Stars to Stones
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: First Year Seminar. ONLY first year undergraduates may register.
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