Spring 2020 - GEOG 111 D100

Earth Systems (3)

Class Number: 3160

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Perkins
    Office: RCB 6231



An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included. Breadth-Science.


Atmospheric rivers, changing sea levels, and fast flowing outlet glaciers are active physical processes that have the potential to impact human behaviour. Learn how these and other systems are linked through an overview of major Earth Systems. This course serves as introduction to significant global scale issues on climate, global circulation, tectonics and geomorphology. You will interact with the dynamic relationship between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere at global to local scales and learn how the geographic sciences contribute to our understanding of these systems. Broadly, students will gain insight into how humans engage their physical environment in areas such as hazards, climate change, and ecosystem management while developing finely tuned applied skills in understanding geographic communication, working with spatial data and predicting rates of geographic change.

This course may be applied to the Certificate of Liberal Arts.
There are no labs scheduled during the first week of classes.


  • Quiz 1 15%
  • Quiz 2 20%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • Labs 40%



Required: Gervais. (2019) Living Physical Geography. 2nd Edition. Macmillan. ISBN: 9781319275365. This etext is available for purchase through the bookstore and is significantly less expensive than the physical textbook.

Required Lab Manual: GEOG 111 Lab Manual (available in the SFU bookstore).

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