Earth and Space Science: SES4U (Grade 12, University Preparation)

Semester 1, Semester 2
Science, Grade 10, Academic
Credit Value

This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyse techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and material affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.

SES4U is based on Earth and Space Science, The Ontario Curriculum, Grade 12, Ministry of Education, 2009. It is comprised of six units, each of which has from eight to eleven activities. The first five units are term work; the final unit is the culminating task and exam.

  • Unit 1: Planetary Science (Science of the Solar System)
  • Unit 2: Astronomy (Science of the Universe)
  • Unit 3: Recording Earth’s Geological History
  • Unit 4: Geological Processes
  • Unit 5: Earth Materials
  • Unit 6: Final Summative Evaluation