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GEOG 205 - Physical Geography

5 Credits
Physical geography is the study of the Earth’s surface and the various physical and biological systems that interact on, and shape, its surface. Includes an overview of the Earth’s physical and environmental systems, the patterns of climate, habitats and landforms and human interactions with these systems. Particular focus on local natural hazards as they relate to physical geography. Presented within the context of a global, North American and local (Washington) perspective.


Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve Transfer, geology.
Active Date 2011-08-15

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
Week: 1 Introduction to Physical Geography 2 Global Physical Systems 3 The Global Climate System 4 Ecosystems 5 The Earth’s Biomes 6 Human-Environmental Interface 7 The Earth’s Structure & Major Landforms 8 Weathering and Landforms 9 Survey of Landforms 10 Washington/Puget Sound Landforms

Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of the tools and working terminology of the physical geographer as shown by performance on quizzes and exams.

Demonstrate knowledge of the earth’s physical and environmental systems, their scale and distribution and how they shape the earth’s surface.

Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships between humans and the environmental systems that shape the earth’s surface.

Demonstrate interpretation skills pertaining to map, graph and statistical data through homework assignments and class projects.

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