The Earth Systems highschool course consists of four main units (Introduction, The Earth's Systems, The Geosphere and The Earth Through Time) and offers you, the student, an opportunity to integrate your experiences into a complete understanding of the planet and your relationship to it.
Our province is rich in geological phenomena. As examples, consider that we are located at the boundary of two ancient tectonic plates, that we have a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the province (the Tablelands located in the Gros Morne National Park), and that we have significant exploration and development of Earth resources (Voisey's Bay and the Grand Banks to mention only two). It is important that we know how these events and others are relevant in our day-to-day lives. You will deal with local, regional and global issues related to the Earth and its resources.
This course is a rigorous, challenging course with the same status as Biology, Chemistry or Physics. It is, in part, based on our first year course offering (Earth Sciences 1000). In this regard it can be used to fulfil the basic graduation requirements (four credits in science), the honours graduation requirements, and the entrance requirements for post-secondary institutions. It is intended to address the needs of those students who will pursue further study in the sciences, those who might pursue a technical career in the Earth science field, and those who will finish their formal science education at the high school level.
NOTE: If you have completed this course successfully and have achieved a grade between 80-100% on the public exam, then you are eligible to 'Challenge for Credit' for Earth Sciences 1000. For further information about this, please contact the Manager of Academic Programs.