COURSE OFFERINGS

GEOGRAPHY (GEOG)

Lower Division

100. Introduction to Human Geography
Introduction to the global patterns and dynamics of such human activities as population growth and movements, politics, religion, language, urbanization, industrialization, and economic development. The course emphasizes the processes that produce regional and environmental differences. (GE=D4) (4 units)
103. Physical Geography
Systematic approach to the physical environment of man stressing the relationships between the atmosphere, land, life forms and water. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B3) (5 units)
104. Physical Geography Laboratory
Physical geography laboratory course designed to supplement a physical geography lecture course taken elsewhere without an accompanying laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination, the transferable equivalent of Introductory Physical Geography lecture, and consent of department. (1 unit)
201. Map Interpretation
Introduction to maps as a communication tool, focusing on map fundamentals, such as scale, symbols and design, as well as using maps as a practical device for navigation and spatial measurement. Participation in a weekend outdoor map reading exercise is required. (4 units)
202. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
An introduction to the fundamental principles and theories involved in working with geographic data within a geographic information system (GIS). Basic mapping concepts of scale, generalization, classification, map projections, coordinate systems, and spatial analysis are covered. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Formerly GEOG 301. (5 units)

Upper Division

300. Geography in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
Introduces liberal studies students to geography in the California/Social Science Standards. Students learn to integrate geographic principles and theories with the other social sciences. May not be counted toward fulfillment of requirements in the geography major or minor. (4 units)
302. Geography of California
Systematic and regional study of California geography stressing general geographical concepts to explain sequential human settlement patterns in relation to the natural environment. (4 units)
303. Introduction to Global Studies
Examination of the causes and consequences of globalization, including climate change, migration, cultural conflicts, and economics. Prerequisite: SSCI 165 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
304. Field Methods in Geography
Introduction to methods and techniques for the acquisition of geographic data from direct field measurement and observations. One hour lecture and six hours field activity. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: GEOG 103 and 201. (4 units)
305. Geographic Statistics and Research Methods
Introduction to basic statistical concepts and quantitative methods used in geography, including spatial analysis and the writing of geographic research reports. A computer statistical program is used. (4 units)
306. Remote Sensing of Environment
Interpretation of environmental phenomena recorded by satellite and aerial multispectral sensing systems, especially conventional aerial photography. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
307. Transportation Issues and Development
Transportation geography using both theory and applications. Topics include historical, economic, political, social and environmental aspects of road, rail, water, and air transportation. Examples will be global but will largely focus on the United States and the Inland Empire. (4 units)
308. Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Advanced study of the principles and theories involved when working with geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasis on the input, storage, manipulation, and analysis of geographic data. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Formerly GEOG 401. Prerequisite: GEOG 202 or consent of instructor. (5 units)
311. The Dynamic Earth
Tailored to students intending to teach grades K-8. A systematic survey of Earth's physical environment, including the spatial and temporal interrelationships among the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land. Students will be introduced to selected methods and tools of scientific inquiry and analysis used in the earth and space sciences. May not be counted towards fulfillment of requirements in the geography major or minor. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: a college-level chemistry course and a college-level physics course, or consent of instructor. (5 units)
312. Geography of the Developing World
Geographic exploration of the developing regions of the world, including economic, political, social, and cultural issues. Emphasis will be on comparative analysis and spatial distribution. (4 units)
313. Geography of the Developed World
Geographic exploration of the developed regions of the world, including economic, political, social, and cultural issues. Emphasis will be on comparative analysis and spatial distribution. (4 units)
315. Spatial Analysis
Concepts and applications of modern spatial analysis, information systems and spatial statistics. Prerequisite: GEOG 202 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
320. Geography of Social Issues
Description and analysis of the causes of socially derived geographic variation in the United States and the world. Emphasis is on political, economic, gender and ethnic group characteristics and interactions. (4 units)
322. United States and Mexico Border Issues
Introduction to U.S.-Mexico border issues, including the social interactions and processes that distinguish the area. Analysis will focus on the characteristics of everyday life as shaped by political, economic, and cultural issues from inside and outside the region. (4 units)
323. North America
Systematic examination of the physical and cultural geography of North America, stressing the relationships between the natural environment and human settlement and economic patterns. (4 units)
341. Military Geography
Examination of terrain, climate, and other physical geography factors that influence military operations. Formerly a topic under GEOG 390. (4 units)
350. Conservation and Natural Resources
Principles of resource utilization and ecology as they involve human development and politico-economic policy. (4 units)
360. Weather and Climate
An examination of atmospheric processes and the relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that influence local, regional and global patterns of weather and climate. Relationships between human activity, vegetation patterns, weather and climate will be discussed. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
365. Climate Change
An examination of past climates, modern climates and evidence for future climate change. Students are required to attend two weekend field trips. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or GEOL 101. (4 units)
370. Landscape Analysis
Analysis of the earth as a mosaic of varying size habitat patches. Principles of geography, ecology, and biogeography are used to examine the characteristics and processes that work within and between patches. The application of landscape concepts to land use planning will be discussed, as will methods for determining spatial patterning. Formerly GEOG 460. Prerequisites: BIOL 100 or HSCI 120; and GEOG 103; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
390. Selected Topics in Geography
Examination of selected topics of current interest in geography. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
392. Selected Topics in Geography
Examination of selected topics of current interest in geography. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (2 units)
402. Geographic Information Systems Applications
An examination of case studies in which geographic information systems (GISs) have been used to address environmental problems. Individual and/or group projects required. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: GEOG 202 or consent of instructor. (5 units)
406. Digital Image Processing
Geographic manipulation and interpretation of multispectral scanner data from satellites, radar and other digital image sources with the aid of computers. Prerequisite: GEOG 306 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
415. Urban Planning and Land Development
Comprehensive urban planning and land use controls. Emphasis on impact of urban development in North America. (4 units)
420. Geography of Economic Activity
Analysis of concepts of location, interaction and regionalization as they apply to economic activity. Special emphasis on economic growth and modernization. (4 units)
440. Understanding the City
A study of the physical and social attributes of the North American city. Emphasis is placed on urban planning and policy making. (4 units)
470. Hydrology and Water Resources
Basic principles of hydrology: relationships between atmospheric, surface and groundwater phenomena; streamflow and flood prediction; water supply and quality. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
480. Geomorphology
Landforms and the processes that create them. Multi-day field trip required. Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or GEOL 101 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
500. Senior Seminar
An assessment of academic progress, required of all geography and environmental studies majors, will be made by assembling an academic portfolio of completed coursework. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: senior standing in geography or environmental studies and consent of Geography Department. (2 units)
575. Internship in Geography
Supervised work in public or private organizations emphasizing practical applications of geographic concepts. Approximately 120 hours are required for four units of credit and at least 150 hours are required for five units of credit. May be taken only once for credit. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department. (4-5 units)
595. Independent Study
A total of eight units in GEOG 595 may be applied toward the major and graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2-4 units)

Graduate level courses can be found on Page 493.

 

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