Introduction to Earth science, including the sciences that explore Earth and its space environment. Units within the course will include Earth structure, tectonics, rocks and minerals, geologic history, water resources, oceans, climate and weather, and astronomy. Specifically, our planet as an integrated system, with emphasis on dynamic processes, including earthquakes, volcanism, glaciations, air and water flow, erosion, and coastal dynamics. Earth in its solar system and cosmic context will also be presented. Students will engage in field exercises and simulated trips via guided analysis of imagery of natural phenomena, and self-guided field observational data collection and analysis. Laboratory exercises will involve the hands-on use of maps, identification of rocks and minerals, recognition of geologic structures, and weather prediction, as well as work in coastal waves, solar dynamics, and local erosion. Specifically, labs include local field exercises, a lab kit, and media materials. A lab fee in addition to tuition is required.