Course title

HSD011 Earth Science



Course description

The Earth Science course aims to introduce you to a variety of topics that involve the Earth. You?ll learn about geology; oceanography; meteorology; environmental science; and astronomy.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course; you'll be able to

  • Explain the basic principles and methods of earth science.
  • Discuss the various surface processes on Earth.
  • Identify features of Earth's atmosphere and oceans.
  • Explain the causes of geologic activity.
  • Describe the impact of human activity on natural resources.
  • Explain the formation and properties of the solar system and universe.
Laboratory Experiments
  • Solid; liquid; and gas study of water through heat and cooling.
  • Measurement of rain near home by leaving out a bucket over a week.
  • UV ray detection using a blacklight on different surfaces; including skin.
Hours Per Week
  • Week 1: 4 hours
  • Week 2: 3 hours

School country

United States

School state


School city


High school

Penn Foster High School

School / district Address

925 Oak St

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Deferred date

Deferred Reason

In order to be reviewed as a laboratory science; we will need a list of physical (non virtual) laboratory experiments completed for this course and number of hours students spend doing laboratory assignments each week.

Per ABOR Requirement; "A Laboratory Science course is defined as a course in w hich at least 1 class period each w eek is devoted to providing an opportunity for students to manipulate equipment; materials; or specimens; to develop skills in observation and analysis; and to discover; demonstrate; illustrate; or test scientific principles or concepts; such as chemistry; physics; earth sciences and biology."

Online / Virtual