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Geography 1000/1005 – Earth’s Natural Environments: Physical Geography and labFall Semester 2018Instructor: Dr. Paul R. LarsonOffice Hours: 9-10 dailyONLINE SECTIONOffice:SC 116(or by appointment)Phone: 865-8244e-mail:[email protected]or email through CanvasCatalog DescriptionA geographic analysis of the processes and distributions of the elements of Earth’s natural environment, i.e.atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in thiscourse before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course.Course DescriptionGeography 1000, Physical Geography,provides an introduction to the Earth's surface environments. We will discussthe processes that occur within the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere (air, water, plants, rocks, andlandforms), and theirinterrelationships. This is one of the most exciting aspects of geography, and we hope you willleave the course with a deeper appreciation of the Earth and its natural environment.Physical geography is a true interdisciplinary science.One major emphasis of the course concerns theinterrelationships of all of earth’s physical systems.Weather, climate, landforms, soils, and biota do not existindependently of one another.Following a discussion of each we also discuss the relationships among and between eachof these systems and the sciences that study them.Course ObjectivesGeneralized Course Objectives:1. Gaining Factual Knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)2. Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories.3. Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions)Specific Course Objectives:By the end of the course, the student will know and understand:1. The dynamics of the four basic components of Earth’s physical systems, including the atmosphere, biosphere,lithosphere, and hydrosphere.2. The interactions of Earth’s physical systems, and3. The spatial variation in the consequences of physical processes across Earth’s surface.Therefore, the student will be able to:1. Describe how physical processes affect different regions of the world,2. Explain Earth’s physical processes, patterns, and cycles using concepts of physical geography,3. Explain the various interactions resulting from Earth-Sun relationships, and4. Describe ways in which Earth’s physical processes are dynamic and interactive.SUU Essential Learning OutcomesThroughout their academic careers, students should prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining knowledgeand skills in several areas.At SUU, these areas are identified as the Essential Learning Outcomes.We address many ofthese outcomes in this course.For the purpose of accreditation, we assess two of these outcomes, Inquiry and Analysisand Problem Solving.Your performance in these areas will be assessed through homework assignments andexaminations.For more information, go to .

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