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IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 101: Introduction to Geology

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

Study of the origin and types of earth materials and the processes at work in our physical environment. Topics include earthquakes, erosion, mountain building, minerals, rocks, volcanoes, and glaciers. A two-hour lab each week will emphasize lecture material. Field trip required. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 907L

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 102: Historical Geology

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

Focuses on the history of the Earth since its formation. Includes analysis of sedimentary rock systems, evolution and life history, plate tectonic changes through time and age determination methods. Emphasizes the origin and evolution of life, illustrating changing faunas and floras through time; the effects of an evolving atmosphere, changing climate and continental drift. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 907L

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 111: Environment Earth

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This is a course for non-science majors who desire a physical science understanding of environmental concerns. Topics may include: ground water, air quality, land management, nuclear energy, and solid waste disposal. An optional lab (EASC 122) will apply physical science principles to lecture material. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 905

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 121: Introduction to Earth Science

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This is an introductory physical science class that surveys the fields of geology, oceanography, atmospheric science and astronomy. An optional lab (EASC 122) will apply earth science principles to lecture material. Environmental concerns will be discussed in this class. This class is suitable for students with minimal course work in the sciences and mathematics. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 905

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 122: Introduction to Earth Science Lab

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in EASC 111 or EASC 121
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

A beginning college-level laboratory science course that will present basic applications with problem-solving challenges and discovery methods in the physical sciences. 1 credit hour
IAI GEC Code - P1 905L

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 151: Introduction to Weather

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at MATH 093 OR
-Completion of a college level math course
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course is a survey of atmospheric processes, structure, and composition. A two hour lab each week will focus on variables that influence day-to-day weather conditions. Atmospheric environmental concerns will also be discussed. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 905L

EASC 297: Independent Study in Earth Science

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101
AND
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Intensive work in an area of the physical sciences of special interest to the student. Each individual project is to culminate in a comprehensive written report. 1-3 credit hours