Physical Geography: The Atmopshere
Louisiana State University
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.
Entry Level:Physical Geography Course Size
less than 15
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs
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?
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?
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.
What are the main features of the course that help students achieve these goals?
- Students learn the difference between weather and climate.
- Basic knowledge of energy is distributed in the Earth systems.
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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