Course Expectations and Content
AGS 371H and AGS 381H courses are, in every sense of the phrase, college courses with regard to grading, depth of content and instructor expectations. Each course is a full year science course with 16 week examinations of two of the four earth and space disciplines with AGS 371H covering meteorology (1st semester) and oceanography (2nd semester) and AGS 381H covering geology (1st semester) and astronomy (2nd semester).
Advanced Geosciences 371H
AGS 371H offers challenging material and investigations into the fields of meteorology and oceanography. These include specialized topics never before taught at Upper Dublin High School including mesoscale meteorology, tropical meteorology, weather forecasting, marine biology, marine geology and marine archaeology and technology just to name a few. Culminating projects at the end of each semester will include a 2 week long modified version of the WXChallenge, a national intercollegiate weather forecasting competition and a considerably enhanced, 6 week version of the current AES SCUBA diving unit.
Advanced Geosciences 381H
AGS 381H is in the final phases of development and will feature extensive investigations into the disciplines of geology and astronomy. The backbone of the geosciences, the geology unit will feature not only basic geology, earth structure and evolution but also intensive units in seismology, tectonics and paleontology. Lab investigations will occur outside and offsite at places like Valley Green in Fairmount Park and Valley Forge National Park. Depending upon seasonal weather conditions, an opportunity to engage in paleontological field work at one of a number of fossil sites in the tri-state area may be planned. The astronomy portion of the course will feature a variety of topics in planetary and stellar science and field work using UDHS's 8" LX200GPS telescopes as well as special opportunities to use the SRMS planetarium.