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U416-120 Global Physical Environments

This course explores the breadth and complexity of Earth’s environments within a framework of the four environmental spheres (atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere). Examples of specific topics include the structure of the atmosphere, the flow of energy in the Earth-atmosphere system, tornadoes and hurricanes, the distribution of terrestrial climates, geographic distribution of flora and fauna, internal processes and plate tectonics, denudation processes, soils and water resources, as well as aeolian and glacial processes that shape arid and postglacial landscapes. The course also discusses a variety of human impacts on the natural world including global climate change, air pollution, acid rain, and desertification. Numerous animations supplied in the CD accompanying the textbook provide invaluable help in exploring the dynamics of the many phenomena discussed in the course.

Course Syllabus

Course Information
PrerequisitesNone; Appropriate for advanced high school and first-year or higher college students
Credits3 undergraduate credits
Assignments & ExamsSee Syllabus
Delivery MethodOnline
Course Start DateDate payment received
Course End Date6 months after start date
Registration DeadlineNone
Course Tuition*$981
Administrative Fee$75 (nonrefundable)
Total Tuition and Fees$1056 (not including materials)
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Course Materials
Ice Age Deposits of Wisconsin, map
freely available at

Landforms of Wisconsin, map
freely available at

Physical Geography, with CD
(ISBN: 0132239019) Edition: 9th

Quadrangle of Big Falls Dam, Wisc., map
(ISBN: 0607584815)
Available for free. See syllabus for download instructions.

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