Geography 110 Physical Geography Section 3968 & 3970 Tuesday 6:00-8:50 PM Professor Lisa Schmidt
What is Geography?
The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources.
Fields of Geography
Human or Cultural Geography
Deals with social, economic, and behavioral processes
Examines the natural processes occurring at Earth’s surface that provide the physical setting for human activities
Branches of Physical Geography
Branches of Human Geography
Tools Geographers Use
Paper representations of space showing point, line, or area data
Or more simply put, locations, connections, and regions
Aircraft or spacecraft provide images of earth’s surface
GIS or Geographic Information Systems
Powerful computer mapmaking software connected to data bases
Mathematical Modeling and Statistics
Used to understand natural and human phenomenon
What we will be studying…
Four great physical realms or spheres of Earth
The gaseous layer that surrounds the earth
The outermost solid layer of the Earth
The liquid realm of the Earth
Encompasses all living organisms of the Earth
The goal of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts in physical geography…
Since it is an introductory course, it is assumed students have little or no background in physical geography.
Emphasis is on the processes driving physical systems on the Earth, interactions between physical systems, and human interaction with the physical environment.
What we will be studying
Weather and Climate
You will gain an understanding of the geographic perspective within natural and environmental sciences, including place, space, map scale, map projection, spatial connection, and spatial diffusion.
You will better understand how to use maps, in particular, the geographic distribution of natural phenomena.
You will learn about the four environmental spheres, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, and how they interact across the surface of the Earth. In particular, you will learn the role of humankind within the environment.
Physical Geography California Edition 2 nd Ed.
McKnight and Hess
Goode’s World Atlas
Or any recent World Atlas that contains physical maps
The Geography Coloring Book
Colored Pens or Pencils
For map studies
4 Exams 100 points each = 400 points
14 Chapter Quizzes 10 points each = 140 points
5 Map Quizzes 25 points each = 125 points
1 Presentation = 100 points
100 Random Participation Points
Total Points Possible = 865
100-90% 865-778 A
89-80% 777-692 B
79-70% 691-605 C
69-60% 604-519 D
59-0% 518-0 F
Note : You must earn at least 60% to pass this class. You may be dropped for falling below 60%. Please refer to your syllabus.
There will be a quiz for each chapter in the textbook.
Quizzes will be posted on Blackboard after each lecture.
Quizzes will be due one week after they are posted by 5:30 PM.
There will be 14 quizzes.
The format will be multiple choice, true/false, and or matching.
Quiz questions may be used on exams.
You will want to take notes from your quizzes and study them.
There will be four exams.
Exams will be given using Blackboard.
The format will be multiple choice, true and false, and/or matching.
Each exam will be worth 100 points.
The final exam will be cumulative.
A study guide will be available for each exam.
We will study the physical features of Earth.
You MUST bring your atlas to class on map study nights.
Colored pens or pencils will be helpful.
You will have five map quizzes.
North America 25 points
South America 25 points
Europe 25 points
Asia 25 points
Africa 25 points
Total 125 points
You are required to give a presentation for this Physical Geography course.
You will be able to choose from a list of topics.
Presentations will be no less than five minutes but no more than ten minutes long.
Presentations MAY be done in groups WITH INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.
See the class web site for presentation details:
Some extra credit may be assigned throughout the semester.
It will be announced in class and you must be present in order to take advantage of it.
Late Work and Exams
Late work will not be accepted.
Assignments are due on their stated due dates.
No make-up exams or quizzes.
Do NOT ask to have quizzes or exams reopened after their due dates.
Absences and Tardiness
I reserve the right to drop students who miss class twice.
If you have to miss class, you should stay in contact with me if you do not want to be dropped.
You may be dropped for excessive tardiness.
This means being more than five minutes late, more than three times.
If you are going to be late, come in quietly and take a seat WITHOUT interrupting lecture.
E-mailing Assignments/My Mailbox
Assignments will NOT be accepted by e-mail.
If you cannot make it to class, take your assignment to my mailbox which is located in the Chemistry Building, C-121 .
Last Day to Turn in Work
The last day that extra credit work or late work (if it has been approved), will be accepted is December 6th.
No exceptions will be made.
If you decide to drop, you must do it formally.
If you stop coming to class, I have no way of knowing if you want to drop or receive and F.
I will give F’s, it is your responsibility to drop.
It is your responsibility to pick up graded work.
You should keep all of your graded work until you receive your final grade.
Not only for this class but all of your classes!
All graded work will be held for 30 days after the end of the semester then discarded.
Blackboard will be used for this class.
You will find PowerPoint lectures, study guides, blank maps, research assignments, and extra credit assignments, quizzes, and grades on blackboard.
If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
Any incidences of cheating or plagiarism will be reported to the deans office.
Please refer to San Bernardino Valley College’s policy on academic honesty.
Cell Phones and Texting
Use of cell phones for talking or texting during class is inappropriate .
You may be asked to leave the classroom if you are talking or texting on your phone during lecture.
Phones should be set to silent mode when in class.
Use of a cell phone for texting or talking during a quiz or exam is absolutely forbidden .
If you are caught using your phone during a quiz or exam, you will receive a grade of 0 points for that quiz or exam.
If you need accommodations for this course, please see me after class.
If you have or think you may have a disability that might affect your performance in this course, please contact the office of Disabled Students Programs and Services at (909) 384-4443.
The best way to reach me is by e-mail.
My e-mail address is: [email_address]
My mailbox is located the Chemistry building, room 121.
My voice mail is (909) 384-5221
I do not check my voice mail as often as my e-mail.