Course Abstract Details

GEOSC-110, Physical Geography

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

GEOSC-110, Physical Geography, involves the study and spatial analysis of conditions on the earth's surface, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. It will include discussion of such topics as groundwater, surface water, soils, vegetation, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, weather conditions, and climate. Emphasis will be on using place (such as Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Africa's Rift Valley, and others) as a unifying theme. Lab activities will include studying and calculating sun angle, relative humidity, reading and interpreting topographic maps and weather maps, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery, and analyzing earthquake and weather data from web sites. Field trips may be offered, but not required. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MAT-097 and READ-099 with "C" grades or better. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1. Relate effects of platetectonics (earthquakes, volcanic structures, rising mountains, oceanic ridges, oceanic trenches) to specific plate boundaries or hot spots. (GE2, GE6, PG1, PG4) 

2. Locate examples of oceanic and continental landforms and relate them to the gradational processes of weathering, mass wasting, and erosion. (GE2, GE6, PG1, PG4) 

3. Relate physical factors such as climate, hydrography, natural vegetation, soils, and underlying geology to local, national, and world regions. (GE2, GE6, PG1, PG4) 

4. Recognize the elements and controls of weather and climate and understand how they are integrated to give a comprehensive view of a location?s weather and climate. (GE2, GE6, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

5. Analyze data and reach valid conclusions from the interpretation of topographic maps, such as scale, relief, legend, and grid systems. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

6. Demonstrate effective communication skills through written and /or oral assignments, such as summarizing scientific articles, presentations, and essay questions. (GE1, GE2, GE4, GE5, GE6, PG2, PG4) 

7. Utilize math concepts in the interpretation of data, such as angle of insolation, time zones, length of daylight and twilight, relative humidity, dew points, adiabatic processes, Koeppen classification system, and map scale. (GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

8. Learn to locate significant cities, states, water bodies, countries, mountains, or other geographical locations or areas relative to course material. (GE6, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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