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Physical Geography Courses

Physical geographers study the Earth as a system, made up of four major subsystems- the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the biosphere. The patterns and processes that shape the planet are both natural and anthropogenic, and a better understanding of these complex and changing processes is important for solving many environmental and economic problems.
A foundation in physical geography can be obtained through two introductory courses:
  • GEOG 1112 & 1112L: Introduction to Weather & Climate
  • GEOG 1113 & 1113L: Introduction to Landforms

and continued at the upper level with a variety of other more specific offerings:
  • GEOG 4080: Environmental History
  • GEOG 4112: Advanced Weather & Climate
  • GEOG 4120: Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 4130: Wetland Environments
  • GEOG 4400: Resource Use
  • GEOG 4450: Environment & Society
  • GEOG 4710: Biogeography
  • GEOG 4740: Environmental Conservation



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Resources and Research

Georgia College is gifted with many campus and local resources that serve our physical geography program. The physical geography instruction lab is equipped with a large collection of analog and digital instruments, including:

  • Fluid and digital thermometers
  • Radiometers
  • Aneroid barometers
  • Psychrometers
  • Compasses and measuring tapes
  • Global Positioning Satellite receivers
  • Stereoscopes
  • Abney levels
  • Tree ring borers
  • Soil augurs and testing kits
  • Soil texture sieves and scale
  • Stream flow meters
  • Rain gauge

The lab also holds a large collection of instructional posters, videos, software, maps, and aerial photographs. These resources are available for students in geography classes or working on independent study.
The campus and Milledgeville area are rich with resources that support instruction in physical geography. Our classes visit many local areas, both for research and learning. These are just a few of the more important sites:

Physical Geography Web Links

The science of physical geography is very rich and diverse. To learn more, please visit the essential web links below.



Geography Program
Campus Box 047 | Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-5215 | Fax 478-445-4009
For more information: doug.oetter@gcsu.edu
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