Global Physical Environments

Global Physical Environments

3 Credits
Natural Sciences

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.

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Time to Complete
Up to 6 months from registration date

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Course Tuition $ 981
Administrative Fee $ 75
Total Tuition and Fees $ 1056*

* Total does not include the cost of course materials. Please refer to our Tuition and Fees page for more information.

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