Physical Geography Lab
Mondays 2:00 – 3:50 PM
Professor Lisa Schmidt
Professor Lisa Schmidt
(909) 652-7090 Voice Mail
(760) 440-8977 Text or Voice Mail
Office Hours: By Appointment
About This Class…
• Physical Geography Lab is field
observation and analysis of the
physical environment designed
to accompany Physical
Geography (Geography Four).
– The course consists of in class
labs an on-site interpretation of
climate, soils, landforms, plant
distribution, and more.
• On-site interpretation means field trips.
• Geography Four (Physical Geography) is
a prerequisite for this course.
• You must be currently enrolled in or
already completed Geography Four to be
eligible for this course.
• If you drop Geography Four or earn a D or
an F, you may receive an incomplete in
• SLOs or Student Learning Outcomes for
– 1) Recognize geographic landforms in the
field such as alluvial fans and volcanoes.
– 2) Students will be able to use GPS to orient
themselves in the field.
– 3) Students should be able to read and
interpret topographical maps.
Wed. Jan. 15
Wed. Jan. 29
Wed. Feb. 5
Wed. Feb. 26
Wed. Mar. 5
Saturday March 8
Fri-Sun April 4, 5, 6
Wed. Apr. 30
Wed. May 21
Field Trip One
Field Trip Two
• You are required to attend ALL field trips.
• Missing a field trip will result in a failing
Possibility of Changes
• ALL DATES ARE TENTATIVE AND
SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON
WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS.
In Class Labs
• Lab One Feb. 3
– Longitude, Latitude, and Time
– You will need your atlas.
• Lab Two Feb. 24
– Earth Sun Relationships, Topographic Maps,
– You will need your California Road Map and
• Saturday March 8
– 9:00 AM to approximately 7:00 PM
– Mormon Rocks/Mojave Desert
• Friday-Sunday April 4, 5, & 6
– 9:00 AM April 4 to approximately 4:00 PM
– Northern Owens Valley/Mono Lake
– Attendance at all class meeting and field trips
is required. If you do not attend all class
meetings and field trips, you may be dropped
from the class and you may receive and F.
• Photo Journal
– You are required to turn in a photo journal for
– If you do not turn in a photo journal, you will
receive an F.
• Motel Reservation
– You must make a room reservation or
arrangements to share a room for the second
– Your accommodation arrangements must be
made by March 5, 2014.
• Food and Money
– You must bring money or food for your field
– You will be gone all day for the first field trip.
– You will be gone for two and a half days for
the second field trip.
• Plan to feed yourself.
• Bring your own food or money for food.
• The motel rooms have microwaves and
Strenuous Activity Warning
• This class requires strenuous physical activity.
• If you have any medical/physical condition which
may impair your full participation, check with
• Field Trip One requires approximately 2 miles of
walking on a rough trail.
• Field Trip Two requires approximately 4 miles of
walking on several types of trails, especially up
• If you are under 18 years old, your
parent or guardian must give written
permission for you to go on the field
• Drop Policy
– If you decide to drop the class, you must do
– Failure to drop in a timely manner will result
in a grade of an F.
• Late Work
– Assignments are due at the end of class or
on the stated date and will not be accepted
• Academic Honesty
– Plagiarism includes using someone else’s
– If I see duplicate pictures in photo journals, I
have no way of knowing who the original
– Duplicate photos will result in a score of zero
for all parties involved.
– Please refer to Chaffey College’s policy on
• If you have or think you might have a disability
which might impair your performance in this
course, contact the Disability Services Program
office immediately at (909) 652-6398.
• If you need any accommodations made, you
must talk to me about them immediately.
• Accommodations will Not be made after
February 5, 2014.
• I do not have office hours.
• The best way to reach me is by
• My email address is listed at the
top of the syllabus
• You may text me or leave voice
mail at (760)440-8977
• Graded Work
– It is your responsibility to pick up graded work.
– It will be held for 30 days after the end of the
semester and then discarded.
• Honors Contracts
– Requests for honors contracts must be
completed by Feb. 5th.
Field Trip Rules
• Motel Reservations
– Make reservations to check in on Friday April
4th and check out Sunday April 6th.
– Make your reservations as soon as possible.
– You do not have to pay for the room when you
make the reservation, you can make the
reservation without a credit card.
• I will require five volunteers to drive.
• You must have a valid drivers license.
– Drivers will meet on Jan. 29th at the
Human Resources office on the main
campus to fill out forms.
– If drivers do not show up to this meeting,
they will be dropped.
Field Trip Rules
• STRONG WARNING: You may be removed from this
class and left at field trip sites if you violate Chaffey
College's rules while on field trips. All of Chaffey
College's rules apply when we are out in the field.
California Road Map
Hard Cover 1-inch, 3-ring binder OR
Optional: Internet Access for Digital Journal
– Recommended but not required: A physical
– See syllabus for materials required to complete
the photo journal.
– A handout will be given that lists what should be in
your photo journals.
Class Web Page
• A web page has been created for this
• All course documents will be posted.
• Other important information is posted
Digital Photo Journals
• I encourage the use of technology for your
• You may make your photo journal digitally,
but you must do it the way I want it.
– Posted to www.slideshare.net
– See syllabus and web page for more details.
• Our field trips will leave from the main
• You must be on time.
For Your Success
• If you want to be successful in this course:
– You will not use your cell phone in class, remember
when we travel in the vans, that is your MOBILE
classroom, and when were are at field stops, that is
also your classroom.
– You will pay attention to lectures at field trip stops. I
will refuse to repeat myself continuously and you will
have to rely on other students to help you if you do
not pay attention.
– You will actively participate and you will have a good
• Remember people come from all over the world to see the
places you will be going, you are lucky to see them AND get
college credit for it.
• I would like to be able to reach all of
my students by e-mail or phone.
• This is just in case there are any
problems such as weather or road
conditions that might prevent us from
making our scheduled trips.
• Please list your phone number and
e-mail address on the contact
information page of the syllabus
provided for you and let me know
which is the best way to reach you.
– Make sure to hand that page in!
• Plagiarism includes using someone
else’s photographs in your journal.
• Students are not to share photos.
• If I see duplicate pictures in photo
journals, I have no way of knowing who
the original photographer is.
• Any incidences of plagiarism will be
reported to the dean.
• Should you use ANY photographs or
images in your journal that are not your
own, the source MUST be cited.
• You must reserve a room or make arrangements
to share a room by March 5th.
• At the March 5th, class meeting you are required
to have a motel reservation.
– We will be staying at Bristlecone Motel
101 North Main Street (US HWY 395)
Big Pine, CA, USA 93513
Phone: (866) 609-3785
• This course is designed to
– At each stop there will be many
points of interest that relate to
• We will travel to different climate regions:
– Mojave Desert
– Sagebrush Desert
– Alpine Regions
• We will also see evidence of past climate
– Fossil Falls
– Mormon Rocks
– Mono Lake
• We will study the distribution of plants and
animals in Eastern California.
• We will travels through different biomes:
– Mojave Desert Biome
– Sagebrush Biome
– Alpine Biome
– Riparian Areas
• We will travel across the San Andreas
• We will travel across the Garlock Fault.
• We will see tectonic landforms such as
tilted fault blocks at Mormon Rocks and a
sag pond at Diaz Lake.
• We will travel to the
Coso Volcanic Field.
• We will see lava flows,
cinder cones, and
many other volcanic
• We will also travel to a
geothermal area, Hot
• The southernmost glacier on
the planet, The Palisades
Glacier, is on our route.
• Glaciers shaped the Sierra
Nevada Mountain Range.
• We will study the landforms
left by the glaciers.
• Manzanar is on our route and we will stop
• A trip through the high desert also provides for
a lesson in suburban sprawl, and leapfrog
• No trip to the Eastern Sierra Nevada would be
complete without a lesson on imported water.
Expectations for Photo Journals
You will be given a list of objects to photograph. Your
journal must include ALL of them or you will not
receive full credit.
You will be given instructions for your journal, you
MUST follow them or you will lose points.
Photo Journals are required to be typed and must look
When you are asked to write one-page about a topic in
your journal, if you do not have one page, you will lose
As an alternative to the ‘paper’ photo journal, you may
create a digital photo journal-but it must be exactly as