||This course focuses on the physical aspects of the earth. We examine basic scientific methods, concepts and theories related to the earth as a dynamic planet and its origin and place in the cosmos. Minerals, rocks, and economic resources are introduced and interpreted. Methods of representing and interpreting the earth (maps and graphs) are evaluated and used. Surface processes that shape our planet and internal processes that drive the dynamic systems of the planet are studied (local/regional examples are used). The impact of human activities on the planet are examined. A semester long earthquake and volcano monitoring project is assigned as well as several online and written activities. Lecture - 3 hours. Lab - 2 hours.