GEL1100EN - Planet Earth

Course description

The Planet Earth course provides a broad introduction to the earth, atmospheric, and space sciences. This course, which focuses on geology but includes topics related to oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy, is designed to fulfill a general education requirement for non-science majors. Prerequisites: None

How this course benefits students

This introductory course will prepare non-science majors to think critically about the earth sciences, and will equip them to interpret and discern common controversial issues in these fields.

Why this course is important

Questions related to origins and earth history have become increasingly relevant in our naturalistic age, and many of these are derived from geology. Christian students need to be able to discern these issues so that they can appropriately guide others in their vocation.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geological Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Students will learn different interpretations of earth history and how those interpretations relate to Scripture.

Missionally driven

Students will be equipped to help others discern issues related to earth history and Scripture, which are stumbling blocks for many believers.

Contextually informed

The course will prepare students to engage the naturalistic beliefs that are prevalent in western cultures, while recognizing that non-western cultures may deal with different kinds of issues.

Interculturally focused

The critical thinking skills acquired in this course, such as distinguishing data from interpretation, should enable students to discern earth science issues across cultures.

Practically minded

Students will have the skills needed for interpreting basic earth science problems.

Experientially transformed

Students will be able to discern issues related to Biblical interpretations of earth history, which will help them in their own lives and as they interact with others.