Physical geography lab
information about the on-line version of the lab
This on-line lab course is restricted to only those students who are truly distance learners at the University of Idaho. Entry to the course is by instructor permission only; the instructor will ascertain whether the student is truly a distance student or not, and he is not obligated to accept residential students who are simply taking on-line credits during the summer session.
Residential students, those who are matriculated at the University of Idaho and attending it during regular semesters, may take the regular Physical Geography lab course during any Fall or Spring semester on campus at any time prior to graduating. So long as both the lecture and lab credit appear on their official transcript, both will count toward the 4-credit Natural Science Core requirement.
During this first-ever offering of Physical Geography Lab in an on-line context, the enrollment is limited to a small number of students. This is due in part to the somewhat experimental nature of the course and because of pre-existing time commitments that the instructor has to other courses and other duties.
In the future, more sections of on-line Physical Geography Lab may be offered (during regular academic sessions in fall or spring) for distance learners. Once the enrollment limit has been reached, no more students will be admitted to the course this academic session (Summer 2017).
As a completely on-line course, the only real requirements that a student needs to meet are as follows:
1) Willingness to learn in an electronic environment instead of a classroom. Own or have access to a reliable computer; may need to print physical copies of materials for exercises.
2) Reliable Internet connection with a large data capacity per month. Everything in the course is web-based, and some exercises will consume a lot of bandwidth.
3) Access to a computer running a recent version of Windows and the administrative privileges to install programs on that computer. If you are running Windows in Parallels or with Boot Camp on a Macintosh (or some other VM solution), you should be OK for the class. A straight Mac won't be able to use some of the programs required for lab exercises.
4) Be a motivated self-starter with a good handle on scheduling time to meet deadlines. Must be a good and diligent communicator, especially by email and through bulletin board-style electronic communication.