You will explore the science of physical geography, particularly the interaction and distribution of the four realms: landforms and soils (the geosphere), water (the hydrosphere), the atmosphere, and the biosphere. An overall course philosophy is that understanding our natural surroundings is essential for humans to make appropriate use of the environment. By the end of the course, you should have a good understanding of the forces that produced and continue to produce the physical landscape around you.
Hydrogeography (Geog 425/525) Syllabus
Hydrology is an applied science that examines water above, on and underneath the Earth’s surface. Understanding hydrologic principles should help to better understand key factors and circumstances shaping global water issues. In this course we fill focus on water within the atmosphere, in shallow soils, deeper aquifers and within rivers. Topics addressing the physical and human dynamics of water should leave you with a holistic understand with regard to where water comes from, how it is cycled throughout the planet, and how humans utilize and interact with the resource. An emphasis will be placed on themes related to current regional and global issues.