Course Descriptions

Introductory Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 2. Introduction to Cultural Geography (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. General background to cultural geography, including origins of cultural land scapes, man's modification of the natural environment, and problems of population and settlement geography. G.E. Breadth D3. (CAN GEOG 4)

GEOG 4. World Geography (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Survey of world-wide social, cultural, economic and political forces; earth's physical features; economic development; cultural and natural resources; man-land relationships. Applicable concepts and methodologies. Approach is by continents and/or cultural realms. G.E. Breadth D3.

GEOG 5. Physical Geography: Global Concepts, Weather and Climate (3)
The earth as a planet, map projections, location on the earth's surface, time, oceans, weather, and climate.

GEOG 7. Physical Geography: The Earth's Surface (3)
A survey of those elements of the physical environment at the earth-atmosphere contact. Fundamentals of landform features, soils, natural vegetation, and water bodies.

GEOG 20. Introduction to Spatial Techniques (3)
Introduction to spatial/geographical techniques, including cartography, topographical map reading, geographical information systems, and aerial photo interpretation.

GEOG 25. Critical Thinking in Geography (3)

Fundamentals of critical thinking with emphasis on evaluating claims, examining geographical and cultural influences on perception, constructing arguments, using deductive and inductive reasoning, recognizing fallacies and persuasive rhetoric, and exploring explanations. These skills are applied to select topics drawn from various geographic contexts.  G.E. Foundation.

GEOG 30. Introduction to Spatial Statistics (3)

Introduction of elementary statistical principles and techniques: probabliity, theory, sampling, descriptive statistics, spatial statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, bivariate regression, and forecasting.  (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)  (Formerly GEOG 110)

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Atmospheric Sciences(GEOG)

GEOG 111. Meteorology (3)
Prerequisite: MATH 75 (or equivalent) and GEOG 5 (or equivalent). Study of the earth's atmosphere; energy exchanges and temperature; pressure and air circulation; fog, clouds, precipitation and the hydrologic cycle; cyclonic storms and orographic processes; stability and thunderstorms; weather modification and predictions with application to agriculture, aviation, and other activities.

GEOG 112. Climatology (3)
Prerequisite: MATH 75 (or equivalent) and GEOG 5 (or equivalent). Study of various systems of climate classification. Climates as they exist throughout the world and the reasons for their occurrence.

GEOG 114. Microclimatology (3)
(Same as PLANT 134.) Prerequisite: MATH 75 (or equivalent) and GEOG 5 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor. Micrometeorological influences on local climates including natural ecosystems and varying agricultural canopies. Local climate influences on wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. Manipulation of local climate including frost protection, irrigation and wind sheltering. Microclimates of non-uniform terrain and urban environment.

GEOG 115. Violent Weather/Climatic Hazards (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area B. Studies hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, destructive winds, heat waves, drought, severe winter storms, and floods. Looks at physical laws and processes that account for their formation and behavior; examines human impacts. G.E. Integration IB.

GEOG 118. Air Quality Meteorology (3)

Examines the sources, effects, and regulation of air pollutants and the roles of meteorology in air pollution.  Topics covered include air pollution sources and sinks, atmosphereic systems and pollutant transport, and welfare and health effects of air pollution.  (Formerly GEOG 191T)

Environmental Sciences (GEOG)

GEOG 122. Introduction to Biogeography (3)

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area B and GEOG 30 (or equivalent).  Examination of the living plant and global patterns of life.  Topics covered include evolution, biodiversity, extinction, conservation, and impacts of global change on our planet's biosphere.  (Formerly GEOG 117)

GEOG 127. Global Environmental Change (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area B.  Effects of human activities on the natural world, from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on local, regional, and global environmental changes and their implications for the future.

GEOG 128. Environmental Pollution (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area B. A discussion of current environmental pollution problems involving the atmosphere, land, and water. The adverse effects of transportation, surface mining, sewage and waste disposal, noise, the use of pesticides, energy production and consumption, and related topics are examined. G.E. Integration IB.

GEOG 132. U.S. Environmental Law (3)

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D and junior standing.  Contemporary environmental problems and their inter-relationships. The conceptual, constitutional, and administrative framework for environmental protection and management.  Legislation and case law for the protection and enhancement of the environment with empasis on natural resources.  (Formerly CRP 135)

GEOG 135. Environmental Protection (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  An examination of the plight of nature; the values of nature preserved; man's attempt to preserve nature. Attention focuses on the national park movement, wilderness, endangered species, the management of lands for the purpose of preservation, and related topics.

GEOG 139T. Environmental Regions (1-3; max total 9 if no area repeated)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Systematic and regional investigation of the physical and cultural complexes of various environmental regions. Regions to be discussed include the Humid Tropics, Arid Lands, Polar Lands, Coastal Lands, Mountain Environments, Island Environments.  (Formerly GEOG 145T)

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Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GEOG)

GEOG 140. Computer Cartography (3)
Introduction to computer applications in geography. Fundamental concepts of computers, Internet, word processing, programming, database, computer mapping, remote sensing, and GIS applications. No computer and statistical experience required. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Formerly GEOG 102)

GEOG 141. GIS I: Data Display and Manipulation (3)
Prerequisite: GEOG 30 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor.  Use of computers in mapping and geographic information systems applications. Operational knowledge of boundary and attribute data manipulation, spatial query, geocoding, and layout using state-of-the-art mapping and geographic information systems software (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Formerly GEOG 101)

GEOG 142. GIS II: Data Creationand Project Implementation (3)
Prerequisite: GEOG 141 or permission of instructor. Fundamental concepts of acquisition, structure, manipulation, and analysis of GIS data. Practice in the design, management, and implementation of GIS. Specific operational knowledge may include georegistration, boundary and attribute file creation, map development, spatial query, and spatial analysis. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Formerly GEOG 107)

GEOG 143. GIS III: Spatial Analysis and Modeling (3)
Prerequisite: GEOG 142 or permission of instructor. Spatial analysis and modeling in a GIS environment. Spatial geometry, pattern analysis, terrain analysis, path analysis, network analysis, surface modeling, spatial autocorrelation, and spatial interpolation. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)  (Formerly GEOG 108)

GEOG 149. Technical Field Geography (3)
Prerequisite: geography major or permission of instructor. Gathering and analysis of data pertaining to topics in physical or human geography. Includes an on-campus seminar to discuss issues and concepts. (1 lecture, 4-8 field hours)  (Formerly GEOG 109)

GEOG 150. Map Interpretation (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation B4, MATH 5 (or equivalent), GEOG 7, and GEOG 30 or permission of instructor. Reading and interpretation of USGS-type topographic maps. Emphasis on interpretative inference concerning both physical and cultural landscapes. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)  (Formerly GEOG 104)

GEOG 151. Aerial Photograph Interpretation (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation B$, MATH 5 (or equivalent), GEOG 7, Geog 30 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor. Introduction to aerial imagery interpretation, videography, and multispectral scanner technology; computer-based digital processing; monitoring and mapping of terrain features; georeferencing (GPS); GIS applications. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)  (Formerly GEOG 105)

GEOG 152. Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Remote Sensing of Environment (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation B4, MATH 5 (or equivalent), GEOG 7, GEOG 30 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor. Introductory techniques of remote sensing, including digital image processing, and advanced GIS applications. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)  (Formerly GEOG 106)

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International Development Studies (GEOG)

GEOG 160. Urban Geography (3)

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. The city environment.  An understanding of the changing urban environments from ancient through medieval to modern times; the relationship of the urban center to its surrounding hinterland; the interdependence of its functional parts; its problems and future.

GEOG 161. Historical Geography of the United States (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Regional settlement of the United States; peopling of physiographic regions, creation of economic (cultural) regions, and geographic factors related to broad trends in American history.

GEOG 162. Political Geography (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Systematic treatment of the nature and structure of states, boundary problems, political policy for the oceans, international power, air space.

GEOG 163. World Crises (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Current major political, economic, and environmental crises occurring on either a global or a regional level.

GEOG 164. American Ethnic Geography (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Geographical analysis of selected American ethnic groups to include their cultural hearths, cultural landscapes, cultural evolutions, migrations, and current spatial distributions. Economic, social, and political correlates will be explored.

GEOG 165. Medical Geography (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Examination of spatial patterns of diseases worldwide, with special emphasis on diffusion patterns for infectious diseases. Analysis of global health care delivery systems including health care resources, accessibility, and uses.  (Formerly GEOG 155)

GEOG 166. Geography of World Economy (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  An examination of the organization of world economy and human economic activities from a geographical perspective. Discussion of contemporary economic issues may include industrial restructuring, technological innovation, foreign trade and investment, Pacific Asia dynamism, Third World crisis, new international economic order, regional inequality, and local area development. (Formerly GEOG 130)

GEOG 167. People and Places - A Global Perspective (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Contrasting characteristics of a diverse world; influence of major social, cultural, economic, and political forces on societal behavior and institutions; impacts of geographical factors including location, climate, natural resources, urbanization, diffusion/adoption of innovations, and rural/urban life styles on development. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

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Global and Regional Studies (GEOG)

GEOG 170T. Latin American Regions (1-3; max total 9 if no area repeated)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Geography of Latin America. Relationship of cultural and natural features; social and economic development; man-land relationships. Regions to be discussed include Mexico, Central America, Caribbean Islands, and South America.

GEOG 171T. Anglo-American Regions (1-3; max total 9 if no area repeated)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.Examination of the physical, economic, and cultural geographic foundations of major Anglo-American regions. Regions to be discussed include Canada, the United States, the American West, the South, the Middle West, and the North East.  (Formerly GEOG 166T)

GEOG 173. The American West (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Physical and human geography of the western continental United States. Occupance of the region, both historically and in contemporary times, by different peoples including Indians, Hispanics, Anglos, and others. Examines population, land and resource use, urban centers, and subdivision of the American West. G.E. Integration ID.  (Formerly GEOG 169)

GEOG 174. European Regions
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Geographic regions of Europe emphasizing the relation of human activities to physical factors areal in their distribution and influence. Regions to be discussed include Mediterranean lands, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Northern Europe, the British isles.  (Formerly GEOG 174T)

GEOG 175T. African Regions (1-3; max total 9 if no region repeated)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Study of major African regions relating to basic physical, cultural, economic, and political geographic conditions and problems. Regions to be discussed include Developing Black Africa, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, and Southern Africa.  (Formerly GEOG 181T)

GEOG 177T. Asian Regions (1-3; max total 9 if no area repeated)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Geographic regions of Asia emphasizing physical and cultural features. Regions to be discussed include Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, and the Far East.

GEOG 178. Geography of California (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Natural and cultural patterns of California; historical and regional geography of the state.  (Formerly GEOG 168)

GEOG 179. Geography of the Middle East (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Comprehensive study of the physical features of the Middle East and the cultural traits of its people. The area under consideration extends from the Turkish Straits to the Pamir Knot, and from the Caucasus to the Sudan.

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Urban and Regional Planning (GEOG)

GEOG 181 . Introduction to Community Planning (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Introduction to and critical analysis of theory and practice of community planning; traditional and alternative roles of planning in contemporary society; perspectives on community problems; evaluation of concepts, literature, and history.  (Formerly CRP 100)

GEOG 184. Environmental Planning (3)

Introductory course that covers the fundamental concepts of environmental planning at the federal, state, and local level.  covers the interrelationships among residents, working landscapes, and protected areas, as well as society's need to protect valuable natural resources.  (Formerly GEOG 188T)

CRP 187T. Topics in Urban Planning Techniques (1-3; max total 6)
Selected topics such as analytical techniques; means for management of urban development, including transportation, public facilities, and activities in the private sector; public policy concerning issues of local and regional significance.  (Formerly CRP 110T)

Geographic Topics, Research, and Field Trips (GEOG)

GEOG 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6)
See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

GEOG 191T.  Topics in Geography (1-3; max total 9)

Prerequisite:  G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D.  Selected topics in cultural, physical, environmental, or economic geography or in geographic techniques.  (Formerly GEOG 188T)

GEOG 192. Directed Readings (1-3; max total 6)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised readings in a selected field of geography. Combined units of GEOG 190 and 192 may not exceed 6 units. CR/NC grading only.

GEOG 195. Field Geography (1-6; max total 6)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Weekend, semester break, or summer field trips. CR/NC grading only.

 

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