GEOG 112 - Physical Geography: Surface of the Earth

The major geomorphic processes will be considered. The resultant land forms will be discussed. The course will emphasize glacial and fluvial processes, and the management of the natural landscape. Laboratory work will be required.


Credits: 3


Hours: 75 (Lecture Hours: 3; Laboratory Hours: 2)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Introduction, Mapping
- Earth Surface, Evolution, Relief and Structure
- Materials of the Crust; Minerals, Igneous Rocks Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
- Rock Cycle and Geologic Time
- Tectonic and Hydrological Systems
- Plate Tectonics
- Crustal Deformation: Folds, Faults
- Evolution of Continental Crust and Ocean Floor
- Earth's Seismicity and Earthquakes
- Volcanism and its Landforms
- Evolution of Landforms
- Weathering, Erosion and Mass-movement
- Mass Wasting
- Fluvial Systems
- Stream Erosion and Deposition
- Groundwater Systems
- Glacial Systems
- Alpine and Continental Glaciation
- Periglacial Processes
- Glaciation in the Peace Region
- Coastal Systems
- Aeolian Systems
Lab Topics
- Introduction; mapping
- Airphotos and geological time scale
- Volcanism and Earthquakes
- Hydrology and Fluvial Systems
- Glaciation
- Research Paper


Learning Outcomes:

- To introduce physical geography as a science;
- To explain the principles of geomorphic and hydrological processes;
- To analyze the resulting landforms, specifically fluvial and glacial landforms; and
- To discuss the impact of human activity on the natural landscape.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
- Labs:
   Every week two hours will be spent on lab instruction, which deals with the practical aspects of the material covered.
   The specific focus will be on observation, measurement and interpretation.
   Details about the labs will be provided during the course.
   Some labs involve fieldwork. Lab periods may also be used for (a) fieldtrips (b) discussion and advice for assignments and projects, and (c) seminars and informal discussion.
- Lab/assignment due date and late policy:
    Lab assignments are to be completed by the due date and to be handed in at the beginning of lab.
   Late assignments are to be handed in to the instructor personally, or at the front desk for date stamp and initials.
   Late assignments are subject to a deduction of one percent of the final course mark for each day late.
   Assignments more than 7 days late will not be accepted and receive a zero grade, unless explicit instructor’s permission is obtained.
- Important Notes:
    Regular lab attendance, completion of all assignments and a 50 % lab standing are prerequisites to write the final exam and to receive credit for the course.

    A lab standing of less than 50% and/or an exam standing of 50% will result in a failing grade for the course.


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.