Course Detail
Course Components:
Enrollment Information
Enrollment Requirement:
Prerequisite: GEOG 1000 or instructor's consent.
Requirement Designation:
Physical/Life Science Exploration
Meets with GEOG 5200. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5200 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. Why does Utah look different than Kansas? How did the Grand Canyon form? This course explores Earth's surface systems to see how landforms are created and modified over time. These systems include mountain building, and erosion and deposition by rivers, glaciers, landslides, wind, and shoreline processes. Analysis of landforms and processes will be directed towards understanding how the surface of the Earth got to be the way it is, and how it is changing. Comparison of different landforms will be used to illustrate how different processes operate. For example, mountain valleys carved by glaciers are significantly different than those carved by rivers. This course offers explanations for differences such as this, and explores reasons for changes that take place in landforms. Field trips will provide an opportunity to see local examples of different processes and their resulting landforms.