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You have reached the informational section of the geochief.org website of Upper Dublin School Districtís Advanced Earth and Space and Advanced Geoscience curricula. This website is intended to provide basic information about some of the only high school geoscience courses of their kind in the Philadelphia region along with course details for UDHS students considering one of the three geoscience course options. Although all of these courses encompass indepth studies of the traditional "earth and space science" fields of geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy, each one offers a unique perspective on these scientific disciplines.  All three courses are currently open to Upper Dublin High School juniors and seniors.

AGS 371(H): Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

First offered in 2010, AGS 371(H) is a one year lab science course that consists of a comprehensive study of meteorology and oceanography.  Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to receive three college credits in both meteorology and/or oceanography through a partnership with the West Chester University Department of Geology and Astronomy.  As a university-approved curriculum, AGS 371(H) includes an Honors designation at Upper Dublin High School and should be considered on par with A.P. courses approved by the College Board.  Juniors or seniors wishing to enroll in this course are required to have completed one year of Level 1 biology and chemistry.  Approximately 30% of the students enrolled in AGS 371(H) are also enrolled in another concurrent science course.  This course is offered in alternating school years opposite AGS 381(H) but is not a prerequisite.  As of 2014, AGS 371 and 381 were the only high school geoscience courses in Pennsylvania accredited by a four year university.

AGS 381(H): Geological and Astronomical Sciences

First offered in 2011, AGS 381(H) is a one year lab science course that consists of a comprehensive study of geology and astronomy.  Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to receive three college credits in geology and/or astronomy throughthrough a partnership with the West Chester University Department of Geology and Astronomy.  As a university-approved curriculum, AGS 381(H) includes an Honors designation at Upper Dublin High School and should be considered on par with A.P. courses approved by the College Board.  Juniors or seniors wishing to enroll in this course are required to have completed one year of Level 1 biology and chemistry.  Approximately 30% of the students enrolled in AGS 381(H) are also enrolled in another concurrent science course.  This course is offered in alternating school years opposite AGS 371(H) but is not a prerequisite.  As of 2014, AGS 371 and 381 were the only high school geoscience courses in Pennsylvania accredited by a four year university.

AES 372: Advanced Earth and Space Sciences

In 2001, the AES 372 course was the first of its kind ever to be offered in the history of Upper Dublin High School.  AES 372 is a one-year lab science course that includes units in all four of the major earth and space science disciplines: geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy.  Although this course has evolved over the years, it has held true to its mission of providing interested students with an in-depth look at the the major geoscience disciplines and is open to any UDHS junior or senior who has successfully completed two years of Level 2 science courses.