2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jan 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog
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GEOG 205 Physical Geography (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Course Description
Physical geography will introduce you to climatology, the study of earth’s weather systems and weather patterns; geomorphology, the study of landforms their formation and change over time and biogeography, the study of natural vegetation types.

Student Outcomes
1. Articulate some fundamental relationships between the physical and cultural aspects of geography.
2. Determine the reasons for the spatial variation of solar radiation and how Earth’s climate is affected.
3. Use and appraise some of the tools and methods geographers use, e.g., computer software that links component disciplines in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
4. Construct an atmospheric pressure pattern map of the world from existing data sets and explain how these patterns are generated and in turn affect other patterns related to climate, distribution of precipitation, plants, animals, and people.
5. Describe significant fundamental relationships between climate, plate tectonics, rocks, and landforms as manifested in Earth’s stream patterns.
6. Examine significant relationships between land, water, air, and ice as components of biogeochemical cycling on Earth;
7. Identify sets of processes that govern Earth’s fundamental surface morphology.
8. Identify the spatial distribution of geohazards, e.g., earthquakes, groundwater pollution, flooding, landslides, both spatially and temporally and the role of people’s activities.

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