The National Class in Earth Sciences
Humanity is in danger and it needs your help. All you need to help is a computer and an internet connection
It is no secret that our Earth is undergoing something not so good over the past decades. The frequency of dramatic climatic events is increasing and icebergs are melting. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are not hard to come across. Why does this happen? When did it begin, and most importantly, what will our future look like?
These are only a number of questions that we will try to answer during the course, as well as address other topics such as, geology, oceanography, mass extinctions, dinosaurs and evolution, finding water on Mars, meteorites and more. In the course, you will receive access to online lessons, some of which you will take alone from home (or from any other place) at you own personal pace, and the rest will be live, multi-participant chat lessons, together with the rest of the members of the program, guided by our team of instructors.
The rest of the, non-online, time you will spend in educational tours and performing a group field study, through which you will get to know the environment you are learning about, and also enjoy visits to mountains, lakes, deserts and the beach. So with all the environmental challenges we face today in the world, there is no doubt somebody has to do something about it. Maybe you will be the chosen one?
More about the program
First year of the program:
During the first semester we will go on an outdoors educational tour every three weeks or so. During the second semester, we will hold online lessons once every two weeks.
Second year of the program:
During this year of research we will have field days and visits to the laboratories, in which the students will join togther with researchers and graduate students working on their research.
The matriculation grade will be composed of the following units: 1 theoretical unit, 1 practical outdoors unit, 1 unit of making a portfolio of papers, 1 unit of field and laboratory work (group grade) and 1 unit of a personal research presentation (conference).