Topics in Earth Science

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EAS 290

       Course Name: Topics in Earth Science

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

May vary by topic.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course designed to meet special interest needs of Earth Science students. Topics will be offered for variable credit from one to four semester credit hours. Students may repeat EAS 290 up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, a student should be able to:

  1. Explain key concepts and definitions associated with the topic.
  2. Summarize the significance and influence of the topic.
  3. Communicate effectively in writing or speech

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study.  Examples of possible topics and themes are as follows:

Topic Examples
Environmental Geology
Current Issues in Earth Science

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructional methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Assigned readings
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Field trips
  • Lab exercises
  • Case studies
  • Field demonstrations
  • Video clips
  • Web activities and links
  • Debates
  • Application assignments

*Course may be offered in a face-to-face or online format.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Required course practices are to be established by the instructor.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

To be determined by the instructor for the specific topic.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation of student learning is established by the instructor and may include, but is not limited to:

  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Research Papers
  • Class Participation
  • Laboratory Reports
  • Oral Presentations
  • Application Assignments
  • Field Journals

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance and other policies are established by individual instructors.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.