EAR105 Earth Science (Fall)

Processes that shape Earth and affect humans: Earth’s structure; plate tectonics; geologic time; and surficial processes. Examine the processes that drive the internal dynamic of the planet, which are responsible for major geologic phenomena, to develop an understanding of how they define both the history of the Earth and the sustainable usage of the territory and of the Earth’s resources.

In- and out-door labs will be dedicated to the direct observation and examination of the Earth’s materials (i.e., rocks and minerals) and their usage as building stones and raw materials relevant for human life. We will examine how phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes are relevant to the human habitat and to human creative activity, from architecture to art, with a focus on Florence, where the science of geology was born in the 18th century.

Registration restrictions: Enrollment priority to Discovery Florence students.

Notes for matriculated SU Students: 

  • While this course can count as the first course in an EAR sequence for the natural sciences and mathematics divisional requirement in the Liberal Arts Core, EAR 105 does not fulfill a lab requirement. Students needing laboratory credit are advised to take EAR 104/105 on the main campus.
  • Students may not receive credit for both this course and EAR 110 – Dynamic Earth.

Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover the cost of a four-day Volcano Excursion  and Florence site visits (fall 2019 fee = $400).

Department: Earth Science

Location: Florence

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3