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Geography (GEOG) Courses

Lower Division

GEOG 101 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY (3-0-3)(F,S)(FS). Geographic survey of the nature, distribution, and relationships between natural and human systems.

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

GEOS 104 GEOSCIENCE AND SOCIETY (3-2-4)(F/S)(FN). Introduction to fundamental concepts in geoscience and their application to personal and societal decisions. Emphasis on science practice, data collection and interpretation, sources of scientific information, and the communication of scientific ideas and results. Course is designed for non-science majors.

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 ATMOSPHERE AND WEATHER (2-2-3)(F). Introduction to circulation in the atmosphere, global heat and moisture balance, greenhouse effect, radiation budget, and world climate zones. Applied climatological concepts, weather events, evaporation, soil water conditions, regional and global climatic trends, climate change, and climate modification. PREREQ: GEOG 101 or GEOL 101 or GEOS 101 or ENVSTD 121.

Upper Division

GEOG 321 SUSTAINABILITY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE (3-0-3)(F/S). Geography of natural resource use in the “Anthropocene,” defined as the epoch of human activity leaving a lasting impact on Earth’s environments. Examination of resource scarcity in context of increasing resource consumption and demand, and best adaptive practices to sustain resource supply. PREREQ: ENVSTD 121 or GEOG 101 or GEOG 102 or GEOL 101 or GEOS 101.

GEOG 331 CLIMATES OF THE PAST (3-0-3)(S). Examination of past drivers and responses to climate change on Earth. Concepts include feedback systems, how climate change in the past is used to understand recent climate changes, and the temporal and spatial scale of climate change. PREREQ: GEOL 101 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 101 or GEOL 101 or GEOS 101 or GEOL 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 360 or MATH 361 or SPS 240.

GEOG 361 REMOTE SENSING AND IMAGE PROCESSING (3-0-3)(F). 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: MATH 254 or MATH 361.

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. May be taken for GEOG or GEOS credit, but not both.

GEOG 430 GIS DATA AND COMMUNICATION (2-2-3)(F). Concepts of spatial data evaluation and map creation with the application of visualizing spatial information for map communication with geographic information systems. PREREQ: GEOG 360.

GEOG 460 GIS ANALYSIS AND MODELING (2-2-3)(S). Operations and spatial analysis and prediction capabilities of a GIS. Problem identification, GIS project design, development, and implementation. PREREQ: GEOG 430.