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GEO 111 Introduction to Physical Geography
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#:  None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Spatial and functional relationships among climates, landforms, soils, water and plants.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Application Level) Use the metric system and identify conversion factors between metric and standard measurements.
2. (Comprehension Level) Describe the face and form of the Earth.
3. (Knowledge Level) Identify Earth's place in the solar system.
4. (Application Level) Locate places on the Earth using geographic gridding systems.
5. (Knowledge Level) Identify map projections and explain their purpose.
6. (Evaluation Level) Read and interpret topographic maps using map symbols.
7. (Comprehension Level) Explain the relationship between the earth and the sun in regards to the length of days, seasons, time and solar energy.
8. (Application Level) Make time zone calculations.
9. (Comprehension Level) Identify and explain basic landform types and the basic geologic theory behind their development.
10. (Comprehension Level) Describe the classification of minerals and rocks, and identify common rocks.
11. (Comprehension Level) Describe geologic hazards such as floodplains, mass wasting zones and volcanic areas.
12. (Comprehension Level) Describe the basic weather elements.
13. (Evaluation Level) List the basic weather controls, and evaluate the effects these controls have on the weather elements.
14. (Application Level) Display on a map the geographic pattern of temperature, pressure, wind, precipitation and storms.
15. (Comprehension Level) Describe the major storm types.
16. (Comprehension Level) Explain the climatic controls.
17. (Comprehension Level) Describe the classification of world climates.
18. (Application Level) Display the world climate patterns on a world map.
19. (Application Level) Display the world vegetation on a world map, and describe the relationship between climate and vegetation.
20. (Comprehension Level) Describe soil problems.
21. (Knowledge Level) Identify the relationship between climate and soils.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
GIS/GPH Standards:
URISA (http://www.urisa.org/)

ESRI (http://www.esri.com/) &

GISCI (http://www.gisci.org/)

NCGIA (http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/) &

AZ State Cartographer's Office: https://land.az.gov/mapping-services/state-cartographers-office

USGS Water Resources Maps and GIS Data: http://water.usgs.gov/maps.html