ASTRO 255 - Earth and Space Sciences for Elementary School Educators
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 101 or 115, or EARTH 171(or GEOSCI 171) or AOSS 171 or BIOLOGY 110 or ENSCEN 171 or ENVIRON 110.
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
High school mathematics and physics recommended.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:
Instructor:

This course covers introductory Earth and Space Sciences.

In the first third of the course, taught by professors from the Department of Astronomy, we provide historical perspectives on the discovery of the Earth’s position in the solar system and universe, and discuss the formation of the universe, its galaxies and stars, and the formation of stars and planets, focusing on the formation of the solar system. In the middle and final two thirds of the course, taught by professors from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, we then focus on the Earth as a dynamic planet by discussing plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere, climate change, and the interaction between the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and solid Earth.

Course Requirements:

The course grade will be based on three exams (50%), weekly assignments (30%), class participation (10%) and a final project (10%); the last will be a short project in which student teams explore a particular class topic in more detail.

Intended Audience:

The course is open to undergraduate students from the School of Education (SoE) who are specializing in Elementary Education; and to other students who are granted permission to enroll (in particular, IDA majors in Astronomy).

This course is intended primarily for undergraduate students from the School of Education who are specializing in Elementary Education. Permission to enroll is required for all other students. Students who are IDA majors in the Department of Astronomy should contact Astronomy Student Services about an override.

Class Format:

The course is a lecture course and will meet twice a week, two 1.5 hour classes per week; preferably after 4pm to allow students who are out "teaching in the field" to return in time for the class.

ASTRO 255 - Earth and Space Sciences for Elementary School Educators
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
22562
Open
5
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This course is intended primarily for undergraduate students from the School of Education who are specializing in Elementary Education, and for IDA concentrators in the Department of Astronomy.
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