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The National Class in Earth Sciences

In face of current environmental challenges, there is no doubt that something must be done about it. Perhaps you can help? The National Class in Earth Sciences will provide you with the tools and the knowledge. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

It is no secret that over recent decades, Earth is undergoing an alarming process. The frequency of dramatic climatic events is increasing and icebergs are melting. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are not scarce. Why does this happen? When did it begin? And most importantly, what will our future be 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. The course provides you with access to online lessons, some of which you will study from home (or any other place) at you own pace, and the rest as live, multi-participant chat lessons, together with the rest of the members of the program, guided by our team of instructors.

Apart from the online lessons, the National Class in Earth Sciences includes educational tours and a group field study, through which participants will get to know the environment they are learning about, and also enjoy visits to mountains, lakes, deserts, and the beach.

More about the program

First year curriculum
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 curriculum
During this year of research, we will hold field days and visits to laboratories, in which the students will join researchers and graduate students working on their research and tackling environmental questions.

The matriculation grade will be composed as follows: One theoretical unit, one practical outdoors unit, one unit of making a portfolio of papers, one unit of field and laboratory work (group grade), and one unit of a personal research presentation (conference).   

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