The Natural Environment
GRG 301C, Spring 2017
Dr. K. Young (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lecture: PAI 3.02, TTh 9:30-11 AM (Must also attend one weekly lab section)
Office hours: T 11 AM or by appointment, CLA 3.422
This course will provide an introduction to the study of the Earth, and in particular to the physical and biological factors that create the biosphere in which we live. Physical geography includes aspects of all the earth sciences. As a result, you will be exposed to the vocabulary used by earth scientists and to the processes that control climate, the distributions of plants and animals, and the dynamics and development of landforms and soils of the Earth.
R. W. Christopherson et al. 2016. Geosystems Core. Pearson Education, NJ.
This is “Christopherson, Geosystems Core Plus MasteringGeography with e-text -- Access Card Package, 1/e; ISBN: 9780321949554” Contains: 1) Geosystems Core (bound text), 2) MasteringGeography with Pearson e-text – Value Pack Access Card -- for Geosystems Core
Based on 400 total points: three exams worth 100 points each, and the laboratory assignments collectively worth 100 points. The tests will consist of multiple-choice questions and some short essay questions based on the lectures, the textbook, and the laboratories. No makeup exams, except with an excused and documented medical emergency. Final letter grades for the course are assigned by percentages of the 400 possible points: >92%=A; 90-91.99%=A-; 88-89.99%=B+; 82-87.99=B; 80-81.99=B-; 78-79.99%=C+; 72-77.99%=C; 70-71.99%=C-; 68-69.99%=D+; 62-67.99%=D; 60-61.99%=D-; <60=F. Any form of academic dishonesty will be punished severely.
The exams are based on the assigned textbook chapters, but the questions also will be drawn from material covered in class and in the laboratories. So taking good notes is critical, as is reading and understanding the textbook and other materials.
Date Topic Textbook chapters Laboratory
17-19 January Introduction Introduction none
24-26 January Energy & Atmosphere 1 23-27 Jan., Lat./Long.
31 Jan-2 Feb. Energy & Temperatures 2 30 Jan.-3 Feb., Maps
7-9 February Circulation 3 none
14-16 February Water 4 13-17 Feb., Water cycle
21 February Water resources 5 none
23 February EXAM 1 none
28 Feb.-2 Mar. Global climates 6 & 14 27 Feb.-3 March, Climates
7-9 March Climate change 7 6-10 March, Adaptation
14-16 March SPRING BREAK
21-23 March Tectonics 8 20-24 March, Rocks 1
28-30 March Weathering 9 27-31 Mar., Rocks 2
4 April EXAM 2
6-13 April Rivers 10 none
18-20 April Coasts 11 17-21 Apr., Coasts
25-27 April Glaciers 12 24-28 Apr., Glaciers
2-4 May Ecosystems 13 & 14 1-5 May, Biomes
16 May EXAM 3 (9 AM-Noon)