Students will gain an understanding of the physical processes which shape the earth's geographic landscape. Physical elements of the earth's systems to be studied include seasons, weather, climate, plant and animal distribution, and landforms and their formation. Effects of human activities on the environment will be stressed.
This course examines people's relationship with the environment over space and time. Students will gain an understanding of how globalization has affected and changed world order and geographical relationships. Topics include the natural environment, geopolitics, urbanization, cultural identities, and the global political economy.