This course stresses the interdisciplinary nature of geology, and follows a progressive format that involves an introduction to the origin of the earth and our current understanding of tectonic processes. This is followed by an examination of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the impact these natural phenomena have on society. The course then progresses into surficial processes, demonstrating the intertwined nature of interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
This leads directly into an analysis of societal issues such as energy use, resource depletion and climate change. The integrated nature of the scientific and social science concepts covered in the course makes it difficult to isolate exactly how much time is spent on K1 vs. I1 outcomes, but the specific rubric elements for both K1 and I1 are explained below.