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Physical Geography: The Atmopshere

Kristine DeLong
http://ga.lsu.edu/labs/past/
Louisiana State University
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Summary


This course covers introductory atmospheric science including ocean circulation and the hydrological cycle. It is the the first course in the Physical Geography sequence with Physical Geography: The Land as the second. I teach large (375 student) sections and I am currently transitioning the course to an online version.

Course Type:
Entry Level:Physical Geography

Course Size:
less than 15

Course Format:
Lecture only

Institution Type:
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs

Course Context:

This is an introductory course with no prerequisites but does serve as a prerequisite for other courses in geography and geology. It is a general education science course. Typically, 90% of the students take the course to satisfy a general education requirement. We do not have a course for majors.

In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses?
No.

If students take a non-majors course, and then decide to become a major, do they have to go back and take an additional introductory course?
No.

Course Content:

Physical Geography course that focuses on Meteorology, Climatology, and Oceanography. It includes 3 weekly lectures with online weekly activities that are my version on virtual labs. Students learn the processes in the atmosphere and ocean circulation.

Course Goals:

What are the main features of the course that help students achieve these goals?

Assessment:

Syllabus:

Geog2050 Spring 2014 syllabus_DeLong (Acrobat (PDF) 129kB Mar11 14)

Teaching Materials:

Geosystems, Christopherson
That was the text the department adopted before I was hired. Not really a fan and we are looking at other options.

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