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Connections Across Content

Honeycutt Science emphasizes opportunities for “cross-curriculum” – and connections across content. Earth science intersects with physics, chemistry and biology – as well as other disciplines. A partial list of these intersections is as follows: physical geography (geography); engineering geology (engineering); geophysics (physics); soil science (agriculture); ecology (life science); hydrology (city planning); atmospheric chemistry (chemistry); and atmospheric physics (physics).

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2:10 Collaboration across disciplines in higher grades

2:18 Biology & Chemistry : What Is the Earth Made of?

2:30 Earth and Space Physics and Engineering (MSc), DTU


Compare Contrast and Debate

Background: Earth science is generally categorized as a “Hard Science.” This is in contrast to social science topics such as sociology and history – which are often considered a “Soft Science.” Hard Science does not mean “difficult” – rather, “hard” refers to science about “physical things.” Soft Science does not mean “easy” – rather “soft” refers to intangible, non-physical concepts and ideas.

Because Earth Science is among the several natural sciences dealing with physical things – some might argue that Earth Science should exclude any ideas from soft-science disciplines. Others might argue that people and societies depend on the Earth – and people and societies impact the Earth in many ways … so Earth Science should include ideas and concepts from the various soft sciences.

  • Position A: Courses dealing with Earth Science (a “hard science”) should EXCLUDE ideas and information about social science (the “soft sciences”).
  • Position B: Courses dealing with Earth Science (a “hard sciences”) should INCLUDE ideas and information about social science (the “soft sciences”).

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Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Develop and use models.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Systems and System Models.

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