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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. • C-ID: GEOG 110.

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).

1205   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   DRSCHR 222   Morris P S

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.

1206   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   DRSCHR 222   Morris P S

GEOG 5, Physical Geography with Lab   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None. • C-ID: GEOG 115.

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).

1207   10:15a-2:30p MTWTh   HSS 251   Hackeling J

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