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No AP Courses in the Earth Sciences? ESOP Fills the Gap!. Dr. Jim Ebert, SUNY Oneonta Steve Kluge, Fox Lane High School Dan Brownstein, Hastings High School. Why no AP Geology, etc.?.

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no ap courses in the earth sciences esop fills the gap

No AP Coursesin the Earth Sciences?ESOP Fills the Gap!

Dr. Jim Ebert, SUNY Oneonta

Steve Kluge, Fox Lane High School

Dan Brownstein, Hastings High School

why no ap geology etc
Why no AP Geology, etc.?
  • Nationwide effort led by American Geological Institute, American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America and others proposed AP Geology
  • “Not enough qualified teachers nationwide to justify cost of course and exam.” – College Board – There will be no AP in the Earth Sciences
  • Enter Oneonta ESOP!
oneonta esop e arth s cience o utreach p rogram
  • SUNY Oneonta, Earth Sciences Department
  • Director: Dr. Jim Ebert
  • College Credit for Advanced Courses
    • taught in high schools by high school teachers
  • Student receive official Oneonta transcripts
  • ESOP Student Fee only – no tuition
  • Total Cost: $100!!!
  • Equivalent part-time tuition and fees: $ 568.00
proposing courses for esop
Proposing Courses for ESOP
  • Teacher must hold a Masters Degree
  • Course must be equivalent to an existing intro course in the Earth Sciences at Oneonta
  • Students must have taken Regents Earth Science before ESOP course
  • Ideally students are Juniors and Seniors
materials required for approval
Materials Required for Approval
  • Teacher’s Vita
  • Outline/Syllabus for Course
  • Examples of Instructional Materials
  • Approval Letter from Principal or Superintendent
  • President to President Letter (handled by Oneonta)
materials required for approval1
Materials Required for Approval
  • Send
    • Vita
    • Outline/Syllabus for Course
    • Examples of Instructional Materials
    • Approval Letter from Principal or Superintendent
  • To: Dr. James R. Ebert Earth Sciences Department SUNY College at Oneonta Oneonta, New York 13820-4015
  • or E-mail materials to [email protected]
examples of existing earth science courses at oneonta
Examples of Existing Earth Science Courses at Oneonta
  • GEOL 120 Planet Earth (Intro. Geology)
  • METR 110 Introduction to Meteorology
  • OCEA 110 Introduction to Oceanography
  • ESCI 100 Introduction to the Earth
  • ASTR 108 Descriptive Astronomy
  • ASTR 110 Introductory Astronomy
  • ASTR 115 Big Bang: the Creation and Evolution of the Universe
answers to frequently asked questions
Answers toFrequently Asked Questions
  • Students receive Oneonta transcripts
  • ESOP courses look like all other Oneonta courses on transcripts
  • ESOP courses count as prerequisites for other courses at Oneonta
  • ESOP credit can be transferred to other colleges/universities
  • Many ESOP courses satisfy SUNY General Education requirements
esop courses taught 2004 2005
ESOP Courses Taught 2004-2005
  • Fox Lane High School
    • Taught by Steve Kluge
  • Hastings High School
    • Taught by Dan Brownstein
  • 54 Students at these schools earned college credit
  • Both schools are participating 2005-2006
  • Their stories follow!

History of Physical Geology

at Fox Lane

1982 – Proposal

1983 – First year, offered as “Earth Science II”

1986 – Students take “Regents College Exam”

Trip to the Catskills become part of the class

1995(?) – Regents College drops Geology

1999(?) – APES comes to FLHS

2004 – SUPA comes to FLHS

2005 – ESOP comes to FLHS


Course Content

Typical of 1st year undergrad level intro Physical Geology course


  • Planet Earth
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earth Systems / Geomorphology
  • Geologic Time

Course Content

Luxury of time allows deeper examination of content, more lab work,

and a small research component.

A key component is a major field trip during first month of school


The Field Trip has a strong science component…

Sedimentary Processes

Glacial Processes


The Field Trip has a strong science component…

Some hydrology

…and a little structural geology


The Field Trip has a strong science component…

Stream Processes

Karst exploration


…and builds a sense of camaraderie, too

Dinner for 37

Ready for adventure


ESOP at Fox Lane High School

  • Introduced mid-year 2004-05 school year
  • 100% of Geology class enrolled in 2005-06
  • Strongly endorsed and supported by admin.
  • Strongly endorsed by parents
  • Strongly endorsed by kids

The Impact of ESOP

on students

  • Provides credibility across the board
  • Creates a sense of parity with other courses
  • Gives a sense of purpose to the senior year
  • Is an incentive for students to work hard
  • Guaranteed SUNY credit, likely credit elsewhere
  • Looks good on the resume
  • The BEST bang for the buck!

The Impact of ESOP

on teachers

  • Provides credibility to existing geoscience courses
  • Provides credibility to proposed new courses
  • Is an incentive to examine/upgrade existing courses.
  • Provides an good reason for schools to support field experiences
  • Is a resume builder for teachers, too!
advanced geology at hastings high school

Advanced Geology at Hastings High School

An Alternative Approach to Learning Introductory College Geology

history of the course
History of the Course
  • Designed by Dan Brownstein and Implemented as an Elective in 2001
  • As of Spring 2005: Three College Credits Through SUNY Oneonta
design of the course first 10 weeks local geology
Design of the Course:First 10 weeks: Local Geology
  • Focus on the geologic story of the Lower Hudson Valley and New York State
  • Begin with Grenville Orogeny and end with the Appalachian Orogeny
foundation field experiences
Foundation: Field Experiences
  • Four field trips throughout the semester
  • Two locally in Westchester County
  • One in New York City
  • One in Hudson Valley near New Paltz
field experiences teach introductory concepts
Field Experiences Teach Introductory Concepts
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Local Geologic History
second 10 weeks
Second 10 Weeks
  • Focus on Physiographic Provinces of the Western U.S.
  • More Complex Aspects of Glaciation, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Volcanism, Desert Processes, and Structural Geology are Covered
  • Major In-Class Projects
  • Exams
  • Labs
  • Photography Project
  • Weekly Journal Entries
offering credit through suny oneonta
Offering Credit throughSUNY Oneonta
  • Enrollment has Increased
  • Greater Enthusiasm for the Course
  • Majority of Students Enrolled Opted to Take the Course for College Credit
  • The Course is Taken More Seriously by Students
  • Viewed as a Viable Alternative to AP Courses
let s talk about esop
Let’s Talk About ESOP!

E-mail Dr. Jim Ebert at [email protected] or call him at (607) 436-3065