Geography Courses

GEOG-100 Topics in Geography

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in geography. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

GEOG-120 Physical Geography

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: GEOG 110)

This course considers the physical environment of the earth, including the earth in space and map projections; the evolution, distribution, and current ecological factors of the earth’s landform features and water bodies; world climate and weather patterns, soils and vegetation; and the significance of all these on man.

GEOG-120L Physical Geography Laboratory

1 Unit: 18 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: GEOG 111)

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of GEOG-120

This course is a complement to GEOG-120. It will explore in the laboratory environment what GEOG-120 covers in the lecture format.

GEOG-126 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: GEOG 155)

This course is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for spatial analysis. The course will cover GIS concepts, techniques and methodologies. Lab activities will be used to reinforce lecture concepts. The course will prepare students for advanced university level courses in spatial analysis or for entry level positions in GIS related fields.

GEOG-130 Cultural Geography

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: GEOG 120)

This course examines the interrelationships of man with his environment. It examines the major regions of the world and the component nations from the perspectives of location, natural environment, population, resources, economy, potentialities, and problems.

GEOG-150 California Geography

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: GEOG 140)

This course provides a study of the natural and cultural environment of California, with special emphasis on the effects of climate, topography, resources, and locations upon the social, political and economic development of the state. These studies are detailed historically, with special emphasis on the contributions and effects of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, African American, and other United States cultures. California is also viewed as part of the western United States and the Pacific Rim.

GEOG-160 World Regional Geography

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LG, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: GEOG 125)

This course provides a study of the world’s regions and realms using the framework of cultural geography. This geographic view of the world will be divided between the 12 major geographic realms and the many regions contained within them. Human cultures will be studied spatially, developing an understanding of the interconnectedness of the world.

GEOG-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in geography under the direction of an instructor.

GEOG-300 Field Studies

.1-4 Units: 1.5-18 hours of lecture and/or 5-198 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in field experience in various disciplines. In all cases, field classes will be oriented toward direct involvement by the student in some outside activity which should supplement the classroom experience. Petition to repeat for maximum units.