Science 1: Earth and Space Science

This course examines the processes of science and body of knowledge about Earth and its place in the universe. The course is presented in two semesters.


Semester 1 outlines criteria necessary for data to become scientific knowledge and details the process of scientific inquiry focusing on scientific inferences and creativity, scientific argumentation, sources of information, theories, laws, models, and the relationship between science and technology. The origin and evolution of the universe is discussed through exploration of the Big Bang Theory, astronomical objects, formation of planetary systems, properties of stars, coordinate system, astronomical distances, electromagnetic spectrum, and the effects of earth, moon, and stars.


Semester 2 discusses the earth’s layers and atmosphere, plate tectonics, surfaces features and processes, oceans, geologic time, and natural and human-induced hazards. This course also describes the earth’s energy systems, geochemical cycles, deep water motion, system interactions, climate, weather prediction, severe weather, and global climate change.


1 Credit


There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course is aligned to the National Science Education Standards (NSES), Florida Sunshine State Standards, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards.


Semester 1

  • SCI 101: Pretest – Earth and Space Science
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Practice of Scientific Inquiry
  • Sources of Information
  • Scientific Argumentation, Inference, Explanations and Creativity
  • Scientific Theories and Laws
  • Scientific Models
  • Science and Technology
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Astronomical Objects
  • Formation of Planetary Systems
  • Properties of Stars
  • Coordinate System
  • Astronomical Distances
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Effects of Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • SCI 101: Test


Semester 2

  • SCI 102: Pretest-Earth and Space Science
  • Introducing Planet Earth
  • Formation of Planet Earth
  • Evolution of Earth’s Flora and Fauna
  • The Inner Earth
  • The Earth’s Atmosphere
  • The Earth’s Great Bodies of Water
  • The Earth’s Landmasses
  • Our Ever-Changing Earth
  • The Earth’s Spheres
  • Basic Principles of Matter
  • Basic Principles of Energy
  • The Earth’s Cycles and Processes
  • Basic Principles of Weather
  • Severe Weather Events
  • Weather and Climate
  • Global Climate Change
  • SCI 102: Test

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