Independent Learning: Geography
Our distance learning program in Geography offers you the flexibility and convenience of taking a Geography class at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.
Geography courses are a requirement of many degree programs and are a popular elective. The flexible pace of our distance education history courses allows you to fully absorb the material and enjoy the experience. Geography courses may earn up to 3 university-level credits (seek pre-approval from your department or institute). Classes are available online.
Global Physical Environments (Online, 3 Credits)
This course explores the breadth and complexity of Earth’s environments within a framework of the four environmental spheres (atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere). Examples of specific topics include the structure of the atmosphere, the flow of energy in the Earth-atmosphere system, tornadoes and hurricanes, the distribution of terrestrial climates, geographic distribution of flora and fauna, internal processes and plate tectonics, denudation processes, soils and water resources, as well as aeolian and glacial processes that shape arid and postglacial landscapes. The course also discusses a variety of human impacts on the natural world including global climate change, air pollution, acid rain, and desertification. Numerous animations supplied in the CD accompanying the textbook provide invaluable help in exploring the dynamics of the many phenomena discussed in the course.
Environmental Conservation (Online, 3 Credits)
This introductory course in environmental science explores issues arising during the interactions between the natural world (biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere) and cultural world (demographics, economics, politics, and technology). Students examine such topics as air and water pollution, global climate change, energy alternatives and energy efficiency, solid and hazardous waste, loss of biodiversity, human health, food resources, effects of urbanization, and the management of public lands. Strong emphasis is placed on evaluating potential solutions to identified environmental problems.