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Geography

Geography is the science of studying human and physical attributes on the surface of the Earth. These attributes may be marks of human occupation, properties of some natural environment, or both. Geographers ask the questions “Where” and “Why there”, with an interest in describing and explaining the various ways in which people have made Earth their home at scales ranging from the local to the global. Geography is an integrative discipline whose interests in space and place and whose perspectives from both environmental and social sciences foster a greater understanding of the interrelationships between the human and physical worlds. The use of Geo-Spatial Technologies, including Geographic Information Science (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), are now widely used in the visualization, measurement and analysis of Earth’s physical features and human societies, as well as the interaction between them.

GEOG 1, Physical Geography 3 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU C-ID: GEOG 110. IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, non-lab) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

*Maximum credit allowed for Geography 1 and 5 is one course (4 units).

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.

Course Number:1405 Time:2:45 p.m.-4:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 251 Instructor:Liu J

GEOG 3, Weather and Climate 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: GEOG 130. 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.

Course Number:1406 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Kranz J Above section 1406 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GEOG 5, Physical Geography with Lab 4 units

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

*Maximum credit allowed for Geography 1 and 5 is one course (4 units).

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.

Course Number:1407 Time:8 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 251 Instructor:Hackeling J

Course Number:4035 Time:5:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 251 Instructor:Patrich J G

GEOG 25, Introduction to Cartography 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

This course provides a general introduction to Cartography, broadly defined as the art, science, and ethics of map making and map use. The emphases include map scale, map projection, reference and thematic map reading, symbolization and map design. A variety of modern geospatial technologies and tools are covered, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), Remote Sensing, and web mapping. The course includes both lecture and hands-on application.

Geography 25 is the same course as GIS 25. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

Course Number:4036 Time:5:45 p.m.-8:55 p.m. TTh Location:BUS 250 Instructor:Liu J Above section 4036 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 19 to Aug 09.

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