About the Course

Honors Earth and Space Science

  • Grades 5-8
  • CTY-Level
  • Individually Paced

The Earth is our home, but what do we really know about it? In this course, we'll explore Earth’s history through the study of energy flow, weathering and erosion, the rock cycle, and tectonic plate movements, and apply your understanding of the three states of matter to explain the water cycle and other systems on Earth. We’ll learn how our Earth, sun, and moon interact, and examine other celestial objects. In the second half of the course, we’ll discover what determines the weather, climate, and movement of ocean currents on Earth, and take an in-depth look at climate change and human impact on Earth’s atmosphere. While this course does not have any synchronous class meetings, you can schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with your instructor to better understand the material.

Recommended length of enrollment: 3 months

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours of independent work per week.

Students may enroll in this course at any time during the year.

Students may enroll in this course at any time during the year.

Classes

Students enroll in a course by selecting an open class below. Students progress at their own pace following course guidelines, with guidance from instructors who strive to meet individual needs. While the course provides students with independence and flexibility, students must manage their time to complete the course before the end date.

Note: You need an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

Up to 4.5 months of access
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$919

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
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Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.

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Course Prerequisites

Honors Earth and Space Science requires:

1 prerequisite

Successful completion of Grade 5 mathematics

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Honors Earth and Space Science – Course Materials

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

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