This course is an introductory, one-semester study of the physical, cultural, and regional patterns of the Earth's surface. The course stresses fundamental geographic concepts within a study of the relationship of the physical environment and human actions over time. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring, Summer
- Describe the physical and cultural features of the earth’s surface and their origins and interconnections.
- Explain the dynamic physical forces such as climate, plate tectonics, erosion and deposition, which have shaped the physical makeup of the earth’s surface.
- Identify the major physical and cultural regions that the earth’s surface has evolved into.
- Evaluate the evolution and geographic distribution of such phenomenon as the human population, economic activity, culture, language, and religion.
- Assess the reasons why the economic development and wealth of the world is so unevenly geographically distributed.