2012-2013 CCBC College Catalog

Earth Science

ERSC 101 – 4 Credits
Earth Science

Surveys geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy and applies a variety of scientific procedures and methods commonly employed in the Earth sciences. Students investigate processes in the land, water and air regions of the Earth and how they are affected by the Earth's place in the solar system. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions. Lab Fee: $30.00

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052; RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MATH 082 or MATH 013.

ERSC 121 – 3 Credits
Physical Geology

Provides an overview of how the Earth works, including its composition, structure, and surface features and dynamic processes. Students investigate minerals and rocks, volcanoes, weathering and erosion, running water and ground water, deserts, shorelines, faulting and earthquakes, mountain building and plate tectonics. NOTE: Course offered once a year (fall and spring semester).

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052; RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MATH 082

ERSC 122 – 1 Credit
Physical Geology Laboratory

Presents the methods and tools used by geologists to study the Earth. Students analyze minerals and rocks and interpret topographic and geologic maps and may participate in field trips outside of scheduled laboratory hours. NOTE: Course offered once a year (fall or spring semester).

Prerequisite: ERSC 121 (concurrent or previous) Lab fee: $30.00

ERSC 131 – 4 Credits
Meteorology

Examines weather and climate with emphasis on the physical principles underlying the movement and processes occurring in the Earth's atmosphere. Students explore radiation and atmospheric heating, global circulation, weather systems fronts and air masses, cloud physics, local weather, and other topics in applied and aviation meteorology. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MATH 082 Lab fee: $30.00

ERSC 141 – 3 Credits
Introduction to Oceanography

Introduces the physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the oceans and to the methods and techniques of oceanographic research. Students explore dynamic processes shaping and affecting the Earth and its atmosphere, and its oceans with respect to marine populations. NOTE: Same as GEOG 141. Credit earned for one only. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052; RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MATH 082

ERSC 142 – 1 Credit
Oceanography Laboratory

Provides experience in working with oceanographic data and techniques. Students will investigate chemical and physical properties of seawater, biological communities, the interaction of the ocean with atmosphere, coastal and shoreline features. NOTE: Same as GEOG 142. Credit can be earned for one course only. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisite: ERSC 141/GEOG 141 (concurrent or previous) Lab fee: $30.00