Spring 2022 - GEOG 111 D100

Earth Systems (3)

Class Number: 4740

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Perkins
    Office: RCB6231
    Office Hours: TBA



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.


Course Details:

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.

Note: There are no labs scheduled during the first week of classes.

Spring 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.


  • Participation 15%
  • Labs 40%
  • Lecture Quizzes 45%



Access to online etextbook resources (free and open-source access through your web browser).

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.