May 18, 2024  
College Catalog 2024-2025 
    
College Catalog 2024-2025

ENVI 204 - Earth and the Environment: Elements of Physical Geography

Cross-Listed as GEOG 204  
This course offers an introduction to the patterns and processes that shape Earth’s physical environments, with a focus on understanding human interactions within these systems. Topics covered include the fundamental principles of climate and weather, water resources, landforms, earth surface processes, vegetation, and ecosystem dynamics at global and regional scales. We will also learn how the spatial and temporal patterns of these processes are interpreted and understood using maps produced from Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Position System (GPS) and satellite imagery. Using selected studies we will also examine the social forces that interact with many of these systems to gain insights into the broader understanding of the socio-environmental dynamics of these physical environments. The course consists of lectures, discussions, hands-on exercises, field excursions, and exams. Every year; Spring semester. (4 Credits)