Features investigations into the natural systems of the earth and their relationship to human activities. Includes examinations of the earth's energy, water, and nutrient balances and how these balances influence and are influenced by human activities. Examines soils, climates, hydrology, tectonic activity, landforms, and vegetation from a global as well as urban perspective. Emphasizes understanding the various natural systems and how they relate to the built environment. Equivalent to GEOG-310.