This Regents level course deals with how and why the environment of the earth changes, how the earth interacts in the solar system, the effect of solar radiation on the atmosphere, weather and climate, the dynamic nature of the earth’s crust, the formation of various kinds of rocks. Students will also study the geological history of the earth as well as the effect that humans have had in the evolution of the earth’s landscape. Satisfactory completion of extensive lab work is mandatory. The assessment will evaluate all areas of student performance including lab skills, communication skills, data analysis, and interpretation skills. Regents credit will be given for successful completion of the course.