Course Syllabus

Important Information

Before you begin your course, please read the student handbook. It contains valuable information about our policies and procedures. If you have taken an online course with IU High School before, either on the old Dragon system or IU's Oncourse system, you will find that many procedures, including those for processing assignments, applying for exams, and checking on grades, have changed with the adoption of Canvas.

Unless otherwise specified, all exams are still proctored. Refer to the exam tips lessons and the student handbook for specific information about arranging to take your examinations.

We encourage you to use the Making a Schedule form to create a study schedule that will match your personal needs.

Useful Resources

The IUHS Help Portal has links to helpful information and learning resources that may help you do better in this course.

Tips for Success in Independent Study Courses is a printable document that contains in-depth advice about managing your time and studying course materials.

We strongly encourage you to read the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, which provides regulations governing the actions and interactions of all members of the university community.

Obtaining Textbooks

The following textbook is required for this course:

Tarbucks and Lutgens. Earth Science. Pearson Education, 2011. ISBN 978-0-13-316393-3

The following CD-ROM is optional but highly recommended:

GEODe Key Concepts CD-ROM. Pearson Education, 2006 or 2007. ISBN 9780133627862

How to obtain your materials.

Course Outline

Please complete and submit the student information form, found in the Assignments page.

If this is your first course in Canvas, please review these tips for getting started and explore the Student Tutorial.

Introduction: Be sure to read the course introduction before beginning any lessons.

Lesson 1: Plate Tectonics and Mountain Building
Lesson 1 Assignment

Lesson 2: Geologic Time
Lesson 2 Assignment

Lesson 3: Earth’s History
Lesson 3 Assignment

Lesson 4: Ocean Water and Ocean Life 
Lesson 4 Assignment

Lesson 5: Midterm Exam Tips
Exam Application
Midterm Exam

Lesson 6: The Atmosphere: Structure and Temperature; Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation; Air Pressure and Wind
Lesson 6 Assignment

Lesson 7: Weather Patterns and Severe Storms; Climate 
Lesson 7 Assignment

Lesson 8: Astronomy (Part 1)
Lesson 8 Assignment

Lesson 9: Astronomy (Part 2)
Lesson 9 Assignment

Lesson 10: Final Exam Tips
Course Evaluation- Please complete before applying for the Final Exam below. All responses are anonymous.
Exam Application
Final Exam


Course Summary:

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