This course is intended for students who are planning to complete a major or minor in Geography or other discipline in which a practical and applied knowledge of Earth systems in beneficial. Physical Geography is the study of the physical components and processes operating within Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. This course will introduce basic geographic concepts and examine a variety of these systems in a spatial context through a combination of lecture and hands-on laboratory instruction. Topics discussed include location, coordinate systems, maps and map projections; remote sensing and GIS and GPS technology; solar energy and radiation balances; weather and climate; volcanism, earthquakes and plate tectonics; weathering and mass movements; fluvial, eolian, coastal, and glacial landforms and processes; soils; ecosystems; and biomes.
3 lecture hours per week, 3 laboratory hours per week, one term.
- Instructor: Jamie Spinney