This course introduces the general principles of Physical Geography and the Environment, emphasizing the physical world at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This course introduces the four fundamental spheres of Physical Geography: the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. It examines basic processes in the physical environment such as the seasons, layers of the atmosphere, the earths energy budget and interactions with atmospheric processes. It also investigates weather and its interplay within the hydrological cycle, the fundamentals of climatology, the three basic rock types, tectonic activity and weathering of the earths surface. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 1.5 Hours) (Distribution: Natural Science-c) (Exclusion: GEOG 1401) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Sir James Dunn Building 113.
This course develops basic skills in data collection, analysis, and presentation. It introduces basic statistical and hypothesis testing procedures, along with relevant software. (Format: Lecture/Laboratory 3 Hours) (Exclusion: GEOG 2711) Monday Wednesday and Friday 12:30 to 1:20PM Avard Dixon G10.
This course begins with a critical examination of current research techniques. Students then design, implement, complete, and evaluate a field research project in environmental science. [Note 1: This course requires attendance at an off-campus field camp and students will be liable for some field trip costs.](Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Multi-Day Field Camp)(Exclusion: GEOG 3401, 3701; GENV 3701) Friday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon G9.
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of Oceanography, covering many of the fundamental biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes in the ocean. Topics include the physical and chemical properties of seawater, oceanic box models and climate models, controls on the vertical and horizontal distribution of elements in the sea, controls on primary production, and the climate record in ocean sediments. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Wednesday 2:30 to 5:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 106.
This course focuses on the application of modern survey and paleoenvironmental methods in the assessment of environmental change and investigates bioindicator responses across time or space. The course also introduces aspects of design, analysis, and interpretation relevant to environmental science and biomonitoring programs. Topics of investigation may include the effects of climate change or shifts in water quality, and bioindicator distributions across ecological gradients. (Format: Laboratory 3 Hours) [Note 1: This course may require attendance at an off-campus field location outside of regular course hours.] Monday 2:30 to 5:20PM Flemington 219.
This course builds on the key concepts from GENS 2441 by introducing programming for automation and exploring advanced methods for producing and visualizing surfaces and data. It increases students proficiency in the application of GIS and prepares them to conduct sophisticated spatial analyses. (Format: Lecture/Laboratory 3 Hours)(Exclusion: GENS 4951 Advanced Geographic Information Systems) Tuesday 8:30 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon 115.