COURSE RATIONALE: Geography 101 is designed for non-science students including diverse majors such as liberal arts and business. The course offers a broad overview of the weather, climate, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, soils, rivers, glaciers, wind, and waves. Covering these topics provides students with basic knowledge of the environment allowing them to engage in civil discourse on local, national, and global issues, ultimately supporting a healthy democracy. This course will satisfy the lab science requirement at SC4. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: GEO 101: Earth Science. The course offers a description of the physical environment and a broad overview of the weather, climate, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, soils, rivers, glaciers, wind and waves. Students will discover where these natural features exist and why they are located where they are. Features of the natural landscape will be described with emphasis not only on identification, but also on the significance of location. This course is structured as a science course for non-science majors that wish to take a lab science course designed for the liberal arts, education or business major.