Geography


Geography is the study of the inter relationships between the Earth and its people. It is considered both a social and natural science. It focuses on climate, land, water, space, mineral resources, population density, changes in the environment, and how man adapts to them. Geographical study encompasses human geography, economic geography, physical geography, political geography, medical geography, regional and educational geography.

101 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Geography 101 is a study of the basic physical elements of geography, their correlation and integrated patterns of world distribution. Special attention is given to the earth and its astronomical relationships, weather, climate, and landforms.

102 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
Geography 102 is a systematic study of the cultural variables of humankind: population, religion, language, economic activities, settlements. Emphasis upon selected cultural problems of humankind's occupance.

103 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
Geography 103 is a survey of the world's major cultural and physical regions with emphasis on those elements that are important to an understanding of contemporary global issues and concerns.

105 ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
Geography 105 is a study of the physical and cultural elements of environment and their relation to the economic activities of humankind. Special attention is given to the climatic regions, the soils, the products and the resultant economy.

106 HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Geography 106 is a description and analysis of humanity's impact on the natural environment over time. Natural earth systems and natural climatic change are studied in the contest of geologic time, followed by systematic analyses of human impact on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Emphasis is placed on the human activities that cause environmental change, as well as potential solutions and pathways to sustainability.

110 GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA
Geography 110 is a systematic study of the spatial distributions of California's biophysical and cultural phenomena. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of human occupancy.

111 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY
Geography 111 is the laboratory course for Physical Geography. Laboratory exercises include the observation and interpretation of weather data, statistical analysis of climate data, development of cartographic techniques, map interpretation, aerial photography interpretation, and landform description and analysis. Local field trips are required.

114 GEOGRAPHY OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
Geography 114 is a field study of Mexico's Baja California peninsula using the geographic methodology. Emphasis is placed on the physical and cultural landscape; students are exposed to basic geographic data collection techniques and concepts, allowing for students to observe and document elements of Baja California's climate, hydrology, wildlife, geomorphology, agriculture, economy, religion, and history, and how these elements interact to create Baja's unique landscape and culture.

120 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Geography 120 is an introduction to the basic principles of geographical information systems (GIS), including data gathering, analysis, and display through digital methods. Students will be introduced to examples of how GIS is currently being used to answer spatial questions on environmental and social issues. Lecture/demonstrations will demonstrate these principles through hands on demonstration of a GIS package on microcomputers.

121 INTERMEDIATE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Geography 121 provides further study in the principles and application of geographical information systems (GIS), including data gathering, analysis, and display through digital methods. Students will integrate geographic concepts and techniques used in spatial analysis, network analysis and 3D analysis with both raster and vector data. GIS analysis through spatial statistics, network routing and 3D surface modeling are emphasized. Lecture/demonstrations will introduce these principles through examples and demonstrations of a GIS package on microcomputers. A student project that demonstrates map display and analysis of data is required.