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GEOG 1011 Environmental Systems 2: Landscapes and Water


Dr. Steven Welter



Steve Welter received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1995), focusing on soil-landscape interactions, mountain geography, and alpine glacial stratigraphy. His dissertation research investigated relationships between soil development, erosion, and topography in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado. Dr. Welter also holds a Master’s in Geography from Portland State University (1987) where he studied the climatic significance of rock glaciers in the Olympic Mountains of Washington. His Bachelor’s degree (1983) is from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.).

Dr. Welter began teaching at the University of Colorado in 1987. He currently teaches both online and hybrid-style courses in Environmental Systems (GEOG 1001 and GEOG 1011). Through the years he has also taught courses in Climatology, Mountain Geography, Mountain Geomorphology, Global Environmental Change, and Field Techniques in Environmental Science. In his free time he enjoys hiking, gardening, keeping bees and leading backpacking and international hiking trips for the Sierra Club.


This term-based course introduces landscapes and flowing water, emphasizing the formation and geographic distribution of mountains, volcanoes, valleys, deserts, and their shaping by rivers and glaciers. It emphasizes distribution of physical features across the Earth’s surface and addresses ways in which the physical landscape has been altered by human activity, and how some earth surface processes impinge upon society.

This 4-credit course includes a mandatory laboratory component that is also delivered online. This course meets MAPS requirement for natural science (non-lab or lab), and is approved for arts and sciences CORE curriculum (natural science). There are no pre-requisites.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • explain the primary tectonic and volcanic processes, the landforms they create, and their distribution
  • define specific weathering, erosional and depositional landscape features and explain the fundamental physical and chemical processes by which they form
  • describe primary physical and chemical soil characteristics and explain how these characteristics are used to differentiate soils
  • measure and interpret information derived from topographic maps, aerial photographs, satellite images, graphs, and other forms geomorphic and hydrologic data
  • evaluate a variety of ways in which humans interact with and alter the physical landscape and how some geophysical events and processes impact society.


Christopherson, R.W., Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, 9/E. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

MasteringGeography®: This is a remote platform maintained by the Pearson Education network. This is an online homework and assessment program that is integrally linked to your textbook.
Use the course ID: MGEOGWELTER40232


Your final course grade will be based on the following:

Reading Quizzes 20%
Laboratory Exercises 25%
D2L Discussion Posts 25%
Exams 30%

** No extra credit is available for this course.


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