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GEOG 105 is a General Education course within the Nature and Technology Knowledge Domain and is part of the Natural Environmental Systems track of the undergraduate BA and BS degrees in Geography and the BS degree in Meteorology. There are no prerequisites. Students who wish to enroll in this course should consider also enrolling in its companion laboratory, GEOG 106.

What will students learn in this class?

This course provides a basic understanding of the sciences of the atmosphere: meteorology and climatology. Course content includes atmospheric composition and structure, clouds, precipitation, and atmospheric motion and winds. The course content also includes organized weather systems, including air masses, fronts, and severe weather. The science of climatology includes a discussion of global climates, circulation, wind systems, and climate change. The broad student learning outcomes focus on introducing the following skills: communication, information technology literacy, interdisciplinary understanding, quantitative reasoning, and scientific methods reasoning.

Questions we might ask in class:

  • Why do some thunderstorms produce tornadoes and others do not?
  • How can it be snowing in Chicago, and raining and 60 degrees in Carbondale?
  • Why are weather forecasts so often wrong?
  • How are societies impacted by climate change?

Course format:

  • Mixture of lecture, online and in class quizzes, discussion, and assigned readings.

What students are saying about this class:

  • "He talked about his experiences with storm chasing and showed pictures & kept the class interesting."
  • "The instructor is an excellent professor. Possibly the most enthusiastic Gen Ed teacher I've ever had."