Introduction to Earth and Enviromental Sciences

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Earth and Enviromental Sciences

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    NSC Physical Science, Life Sciences or Geography with at least 60% (or AGE1003/4H).
    NOTE: Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    This course aims to develop a broad understanding of how the Earth works, leading to majors in Archaeology, Environmental & Geographical Sciences, Geology and Ocean & Atmosphere Science. The course covers the following general topics: structure and dynamics of the Earth; stratigraphy and geological history; climatology; surface processes and evolution of landscapes; biogeography; humans and the environment.

    DP requirements: An average of 30% on all marked classwork and tests.

    Assessment: Marked class work counts 24%; marked class tests count 16%; one 3-hour theory examination in June counts 60%. A subminimum of 40% is required in the theory examination paper.

    NOTE: Supplementary examinations will be written in November.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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