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Geography

All Geography classes include environmental and/or urban studies material in the course content.

GEOG 1, Introduction to Natural Environment    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course surveys the distribution and relationships of environmental elements in our atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, including weather, climate, water resources, landforms, soils, natural vegetation, and wildlife. Focus is on the systems and cycles of our natural world, including the effects of the sun and moon on environmental processes, and the roles played by humans. *Maximum credit allowed for Geography 1 and 5 is one course (four units).

2168   8:00a-9:20a TTh   MC 11   Young B C

2169   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 11   Young B C

4212   6:45p-9:50p T   HSS 252   Patrich J G

GEOG 2, Introduction to Human Geography    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is a study of humanity and its planetary home of distinctive places, spaces, landscapes, and environments. The course systematically considers geographic patterns, processes, and issues, beginning with the basic questions of Where? and Why There? Specific topics examined include human population change and migration; agriculture and food systems; urban-economic development; cultural and environmental change in an age of globalization, with specific attention paid to language, religion, ethnic identity, and biodiversity; and international geopolitics.

2170   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 251   Morris P S

2171   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 155   Morris P S

NEW 3149   12:45p-2:05p MW   BUS 119   Abate A

GEOG 3, Weather and Climate    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None.

This course is a survey of the earth’s atmosphere, with special reference to the causes and regional distribution of weather and climate. The nature and causes of winds, clouds, precipitation, and severe storms are studied. Students will learn techniques of local weather observation and prediction.

2172   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 251   Selby W A

2173   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Kranz J

Above section 2173 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

GEOG 5, Physical Geography with Lab   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None.

This course surveys the distribution and relationships of environmental elements in our atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, including weather, climate, water resources, landforms, soils, natural vegetation, and wildlife. Focus is on the systems and cycles of our natural world, including the effects of the sun and moon on environmental processes, and the roles played by humans. Laboratory work emphasizes the practical application of concepts presented in lecture, introduces the student to some of the tools and methods used in Physical Geography, and may include field study opportunities. Students may receive credit for either Geography 1 or 5 but not both. *Maximum credit allowed for Geography 1 and 5 is one course (four units).

2174   9:30a-12:35p MW   HSS 251   Selby W A

Above section 2174 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

2175   2:15p-5:20p MW   HSS 251   Hackeling J

2176   2:15p-5:20p TTh   HSS 251   Drake V G

Above section 2176 is recommended for the SMC-UCLA Science Research Institute program (STEM). For more information please refer to STEM at SMC.

4213   6:45p-9:50p MW   HSS 251   Kranz J

GEOG 7, Introduction to Environmental Studies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This introductory course will use an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with a broad perspective on environmental problems and solutions. Students will be introduced to the strategies used by scientists, economists, political analysts, and other writers and researchers to investigate and analyze environmental and urban issues, human/nature relationships, natural and built environments, and environmental citizenship.

Geography 7 is the same course as Environmental Studies 7. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

4214   6:45p-9:50p T   HSS 263   Selby W A

GEOG 8, Introduction to Urban Studies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces students to the multi-disciplinary study of urban society and space. Cities are examined both as complex social-economic groupings of people, and as material landscapes of buildings, pathways, and public and private spaces. Attention is paid to what cities are and have been (the evolving urban experience of the past and present) as well as to ever-changing ideas about what cities should be (urban planning and design for the future). While the overall perspective of the course is global, its primary focus is on the cities of North America and, in particular, the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This emphasis is evident both in the classroom and in field trips or other assignments that ask students to apply classroom ideas to our local urban setting.

Geography 8 is the same course as Urban Studies 8. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

2177   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Morris P S

Above section 2177 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

GEOG 11, World Geography: Introduction to Global Studies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4E (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course introduces Global Studies through a survey of the world’s major geographic regions. Students will encounter core concepts related to processes of global connection and change, while also developing basic geographic literacy in the distribution of human and natural features on Earth. Students will examine and discuss significant issues--cultural, social, political-economic, and environmental--impacting humanity today as both problem and possibility. In particular, this course considers the diverse localized impacts of globalization as a continuing story of peoples and places isolated and connected by imperial, colonial, and international systems of the past and present.

Geography 11 is the same course as Global Studies 11. Students may earn credit for one but not both.

2178   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 251   Morris P S

Above section 2178 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

2179   2:15p-3:35p MW   BUS 119   Abate A

GEOG 14, Geography of California   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course surveys the physical and human geography of California and the process shaping its landscapes. Topics include natural features and resources, such as geology, climate, plants and animals, and hydrology. Historical and current trends in human population, migration, and settlement patterns are considered, including a review of the state’s major cultural groups. Primary and advanced economic activities are examined within modern rural and urban settings. Emphasis is on the profound connections between these topics, on California’s unequaled diversity, and the rapid change that is transforming our people and its landscapes.

2180   11:15a-12:35p MW   DRSCHR 207   Drake V G

2181   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 252   Selby W A

GEOG 20, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None.

GIS are computer-based systems used to collect, store and analyze geographic information. This course will present the concepts and applications of GIS using ArcGIS software designed to operate on Personal Computer (PCs). Other related technologies, such as map reading, remote sensing and basic cartographic skills will also be explored.

Geography 20 is the same course as GIS 20 and CIS 20. Students may earn credit for one course only.

2182   Arrange-5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Drake V G

Above section 2182 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

GEOG 35S, Geography Field Studies    1 unit

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course combines classroom and laboratory studies with actual field studies in geography. Field experiences are designed to apply basic geographic concepts and techniques in the study of diverse landscapes and the processes shaping them.

2183   4:00p-7:05p F   HSS 251   Selby W A

Above section 2183 has two on-campus, required Friday meetings on Feb 15 and May 17, 4-7:05 p.m. in HSS 251. There are also two required field trip weekends that may include coastal, mountain and desert locations March 29-31 and May 3-5.

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