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Geography (GEOG) Courses

Lower-Division

GEOG 100 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLS). A survey of Earth environments, basic concepts and techniques used in geography, and the utilization of natural resources.

GEOG 102 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLS). A study of the distribution and character of cultural activities throughout the world with emphasis on human landscapes.

GEOG 200 THE GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD (3-0-3)(F,S). Geographic investigations of the relationships, interactions, and diversity in and between the world’s cultural, political, economic, and physical regions.

GEOG 213 METEOROLOGY (2-2-3)(F). A study of weather phenomena in terms of origin, distribution, and classification. Instruments and research methods are also investigated. PREREQ: GEOG 100 or GEOS 100 or GEOS 101.

Upper-Division

GEOG 321 SUSTAINABILITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES (3-0-3)(F/S). Historical and modern geography of natural resource distribution and consumption. Economics, population characteristics and dynamics, social implications and cultural perceptions, attitudes, and character of resource identification and utilization. PREREQ: GEOG 100 or GEOG 102.

GEOG 331 CLIMATOLOGY (3-0-3)(S). Atmospheric processes, global heat and moisture balance, radiation budget, and world climate zones. Applied climatological concepts, evaporation, soil water conditions, regional and global climactic trends, climate change, and climate modification. PREREQ: GEOG 213 or GEOS 100 or GEOS 101.

GEOG 350 (GEOS 350) GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY OF NATIONAL PARKS (3-0-3)(F)(Even years). Systematic examination of the distinguishing physical environments and issues that define and face national parks. Learning goals include improved skills in scientific literature research, and written and oral communication. PREREQ: GEOG 100 or GEOS 100 or GEOS 101 or GEOS 102.

GEOG 360 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2-2-3)(F/S). Concepts and principles underlying the operations of geographic information systems (GIS). Cartographic fundamentals, global positioning systems, data collection, data entry, data management. Competency in Windows and spreadsheets is strongly recommended. PREREQ: MATH 254 or MATH 361.

GEOG 361 REMOTE SENSING (2-2-3)(F/S). Fundamentals and applications of single frequency (including LiDAR), multispectral, and hyperspectral remote sensing for physical, natural, engineering, and social sciences. Emphasis on acquiring, processing, integrating, and interpretation of imagery. Completion of one year of college physics strongly recommended. PREREQ: GEOG 360.

GEOG 370 (GEOS 370) VOLCANOES AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F)(Odd years). Impact volcanic eruptions on human societies in the past and ways that potentially dangerous volcanoes are being studied and monitored today. Aimed at teachers and others interested in the topic; no background in geology is required. This course may be taken for GEOG or GEOS credit, but not both.

GEOG 460 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ANALYSIS (2-2-3)(S). Operations and spatial analysis capabilities of a GIS. Problem identification, GIS project design, development, and implementation. PREREQ: GEOG 360, and MATH 254 or MATH 361.

GEOG 470 (GEOS 470) EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE AND GLOBAL WARMING (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of interactions among physical biogeochemical processes involved in climate and climate feed back. Explore global warming scenarios for the next century and their reliability. May be taken for GEOG or GEOS credit, but not both. PREREQ: GEOS 201 or GEOG 331.

Geography Programs