For Your Consideration:
GEOG 441/541 will be offered in Spring 2016. This is the only
Geography of Mars class available anywhere on Earth! The course counts in the
Geography major in the physical and environmental geography track or the
GIScience track. It also counts as an elective for Environmental Science and
Policy majors. It is open to any interested upper-division or graduate
student, however, as long as you have basic background in the physical
geosciences (e.g., courses in physical geography, general geology,
climatology, or environmental science).
The course is ultimately aimed at deepening understanding and appreciation of
Planet Earth by the contrast in fate with its neighbor, Mars. You will acquire
a mental map of martian places and encounter its many breathtakingly gorgeous
landscapes. Everywhere you look, you see landscapes that evoke processes
familiar to you on Earth ... yet Mars often works completely differently from
our terrestrial expectations. This often leaves us wondering if we actually
do understand our own planet!
So, there's a lot to learn about our unfamiliar neighbor and, through it,
about our own taken-for-granted home planet. This semester, Pluto may
even make a guest appearance! For more information, please feel free to
contact me at email@example.com. I'm in PH1-
233, or you can leave a message in PH1-210. I look forward to taking another
band of explorers to Mars!
Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOG 130 or 140 or GEOL 102 and GEOG 280 or consent
of instructor. Introduction to the geography of Mars, providing a physical
regionalization of the Martian surface and climate and an understanding of
underlying tectonic, geomorphic, and meteorological processes. The course
reviews remote sensing fundamentals and data sources for geographical analysis
of Mars. Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours seminar, 2 hours activity).