Earth Science A

Why is Earth such an incredible planet?

Why Take This Course?

Hurtling through space at the rate of 30,000 miles per hour is a relatively tiny blue marble which boasts the only known life in the universe. Where did this remarkable planet come from? How does it maintain life conditions, where all of its sister worlds are so hostile to life? In Earth Science we will study just that: the Science of Earth. We will see how the interactions between the Earth, its Moon, and the Sun create weather, how the motions of tectonic plates form continents, volcanoes, and earthquakes. And what conditions exist on our world to encourage life, and thus, what to look for in other worlds if we wish to discover if we are alone in the cosmos. Start thinking like a scientist, and prepare for our other amazing science courses!

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What is the universe and where did it come from?What makes up our galaxy and how do we fit?How is Earth an organism and how does it rely on rocks, water and energy?What is the big picture of our Earth's past, present and future?
What is science and what tools do I need to study it?How does our solar system work?How does the earth function as a system?How does oxygen affect the evolution of cells and how do species coevolve?
How was our universe formed?What is gravity and what can it teach us?How are rocks formed and shaped?What is our current big picture view of the earth?
How does energy exist in the universe and what does it teach me about the universe?What characteristics allow life to exist on Earth?How do I measure the history of the earth scientifically?What does the future hold for me and my earth?
How is the universe organized?What can I learn about the creation of the earth and solar system from the water and rocks on Earth?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Marcia BjornerudReading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth
Patrick MooreBang! The Complete History of the Universe


  • Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 7*
  • Format: Live / Self-paced
  • Credits: 0.5

Miscellaneous household materials required for experiments.

Some experiments may require small additional purchases.

*Science students spend at least one hour a day learning science and completing science assignments, plus two hours a week in live class sessions

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