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Geography Course Descriptions

GEOG 100 (World Regional Geography)

An introduction to the regions and nations of the world.  The major countries, including their population, resources, general development, and physical setting will be investigated.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Students will be able to:
1.  Discuss the historical and contemporary interactions of different world cultures.
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of current national and global issues for the world’s regions.
3.  Identify major landforms and climates for the world’s regions and discuss their impacts on culture.
4.  Compare and contrast less developed and more developed world regions based on demographic, economic, and cultural characteristics.


GEOG 100H (Honors World Regional Geography)

An introduction to the regions and nations of the world.  The major countries, including their population, resources, general development, and physical setting will be investigated.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. 

Students will be able to:
1.  Discuss the historical and current interactions of different world cultures.
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of current national and global issues for the world’s regions.
3.  Identify the major landforms and climates for the world’s regions and discuss their impacts on culture.
4.  Compare and contrast less developed and more developed world regions based on demographic, economic, and cultural characteristics.


GEOG 130 (Introduction to Weather & Climate)

Introduction to the earth's atmosphere and processes.  Topics include:  atmospheric structure and composition, solar radiation, energy budget, temperature, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, clouds and fog, precipitation, circulation systems, air masses and fronts, weather forecasting, climate and climate change.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Students will be able to:
1. 
Identify the geographic distributions of climate processes such as temperature, precipitation and weather. 
2.  Explain the processes that determine global climate patterns.
3.  Interpret weather maps and data.
4.  Analyze the causes and explain the implications of global warming.


GEOG 150 (California Geography)

A survey of California’s physical and cultural environment and patterns.  Topics will include physiography, vegetation, climate, resources, population, migration, ethnic diversity, economics, urbanization and current issues related to geographic factors.  Field trips may be required.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. 

Students will be able to:
1. Identify the major physical and cultural regions within the state.
2.  Arrange the state into major geographical regions and compare and contrast them in terms of their cultural and physical geography.
3.  Explain the historic evolution of California’s human population.
4.  Describe the relationship among climate, agriculture, economy, population and urbanization in California.


GEOG 180 (Physical Geography)

A study of the basic physical elements of geography and their integrated patterns of world distribution.  Particular emphasis is given to climate, land forms, soils, and natural vegetation.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. 

Students will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles and concepts related to weather, climate and climate change.
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of plate tectonics and its relation to the formation and distribution of landforms.
3.  Demonstrate knowledge of the gradational processes of water, wind and glaciers in reshaping the landscape.
4.  Explain the climate and soil adaptations of the earth’s biomes.


GEOG 180H (Honors Physical Geography)

A study of the basic physical elements of geography and their integrated patterns of world distribution.  Particular emphasis is given to climate, land forms, soils, and natural vegetation.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. 

Students will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles and concepts related to weather, climate and climate change.
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of plate tectonics and its relation to the formation and distribution of landforms.
3.  Demonstrate knowledge of the gradational processes of water, wind and glaciers in reshaping the landscape.
4.  Explain the climate and soil adaptations of the earth’s biomes.


GEOG 180L (Physical Geography Lab)

This course is designed to provide supplemental exercises in topics covered in Geography 180.  Lab experience will include map analysis and interpretation, weather prognostication, climate classification, landform processes and evolution, tectonics, biogeography, and habitat analysis.  Three hours laboratory.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. 

Students will be able to:
1.  Interpret, extract information from, and analyze a variety of topographic and thematic maps.
2.  Collect data and analyze atmospheric, hydrologic and soil processes.
3.  Apply cartographic skills in measuring and evaluating the earth’s physical systems such as weather and climate, biogeography, plate tectonics and geomorphology.


GEOG 185 (Cultural Geography)

A study of the basic cultural elements of geography and their correlation with the physical elements.  Particular emphasis is given to population distribution, land use patterns, and trade.  Three hours lecture.  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.   

Students will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the world’s religious, linguistic, demographic, agricultural and urban distributions and characteristics.
2.  Discuss the impact of migration and diffusion on culture.
3.  Analyze the relationship between agriculture, industry and development.


GEOG 190 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems)

Provides a theoretical basis for understanding the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in spatial analysis and decision making for a variety of applications. Learn fundamental concepts of cartographic presentation and the skills for working with spatial data, database design, data conversion, information retrieval and spatial analysis. Laboratory exercises provide students with applications from various fields including business, environmental, geography, geology, marketing and planning.  One and one-half hours lecture, two hours laboratory.  Transfer Credit: CSU. 

Students will be able to:
1.  Utilize the basic components of a GIS to produce a basic spatial analysis that creates maps with proper cartographic elements.


GEOG 198 (Regional Field Studies in Geography)

Field studies of the geography of selected regions.  Physical and cultural processes, characteristics and landscapes will be observed and analyzed.  Specific content will vary by geographic region.  May be taken four times with different content.  Transfer Credit: CSU.

Students will be able to:
1.  Interpret real-life physical and cultural environments.
2.  Document and analyze field observations.
3.  Combine knowledge of various physical and cultural elements into and integrated view of the region visited.