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. Lab activities may 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-A-F. 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. Understand how the theory of plate tectonics can be used to explain the origin and distribution of features such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountains. (GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6 and PG1, PG2)
2. Relate the gradational processes of weathering, mass wasting, and erosion to the formation of landscapes such as the Grand Canyon. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2, PG3)
3. Using the Koeppen classification system, students will learn the distinctions among, and the distribution of, selected climates. (GE2, GE3,GE6, PG1, PG2)
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, GE3, GE6, PG2, PG3)
5. Locate and use print, digital, and online maps and geographic software to analyze and present topographic and geologic aspects of specific landscapes depicted by maps, such as glaciated, volcanic, fluvial, or arid environments. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, GE5, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)
6. Use math concepts in lab exercises to reach conclusions in physical geography. (GE2, GE3, PG2, PG3)
7. Effectively synthesize variables that characterize a region, such as topography, hydrography, climates, and geology, making it distinct from other regions. (GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

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

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