GEOG 130: Introduction to Physical Geography is a study of the natural processes which occur at/or near Earth’s surface in the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. Emphasis is placed on our local and regional physical geography as we examine: weather, climate, ocean currents, climate change; biogeography, soils, hydrology, and the development of slopes and fluvial landforms. An important component of the course is the integrated aspect of these natural processes and the influence of human activities on our landscapes. Throughout the course students will develop skills reading and interpreting data from maps, remotely sensed images, tables, graphs and text. Students will use this information to recognize patterns and solve problems. Students will practice making field observations and taking field notes.
Pre-calculus 11, Foundations 11, Principles of MATH 11 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair.