William Kirkham

Physical Geography examines the physical landscape of the world and answers the questions of why these landscapes have come to be where they are. We will examine both pattern (where are the world’s temperate rainforests?) and process (what are the various geological, climatic and biological factors that cause temperate rainforests to be where they are?). All landscapes are the products of the geologic forces that create the foundation of rock in an area, the climatic and tidal forces that weather and erode the bedrock, and the life forms that inhabit the area. To understand the pattern and process of the world’s landscape, we will examine the Earth’s lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and the energy (solar and gravitational) that drives these systems. We will also study specific landscapes, such as arid landscapes, glacial landscapes and fluvial (river) landscapes to see how the variety of the Earth’s systems create many diverse landscapes.

Required Text Books:

Christopherson,Robert W. and Ginger H. Birkeland. 2015. Geosystems. 9th ed. Boston: Pearson.

 

Proctored Exam Dates:  

Fall 2015

GEOG – 1 – A4 – 41016

Exam 1 is offered on both October 26 or October 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in Room C113 on the College of Alameda Campus. Students only need to attend on one of the dates.

Exam 2 is offered on both December 17 and December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in Room C113 on the College of Alameda Campus. Students only need to attend on one of the dates.

 

GEOG – 1 – A5 – 41416

The Final Exam is offered on both December 15 and December 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in Room C113 on the College of Alameda Campus. Students only need to attend on one of the dates.