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GEOG 300
Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in GEOG 301 (Physical Geography Lab) is suggested. GEOG 301 meets the UC and CSU transfer requirement for a 1-unit science lab.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course investigates the interrelationships between Earth and humans, with an emphasis on natural systems (solar energy balance, weather and climate, water resources, landforms, natural hazards, vegetation, and soil). Relevant application of these elements to today's world is stressed to help students better understand Earth's physical environment as well as human-environment interaction. A field trip may be required to relate class discussions to the real world. (C-ID GEOG 110)
GEOG 301
Physical Geography Laboratory
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300; GEOG 300 may be taken during a previous semester. Grade of "C" or better required if taken previously.
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course provides "hands-on" study of the basic principles and concepts involved in understanding Earth's environment systems. Labs feature observation, collection, analysis and display of data related to the study of Earth's energy balance, weather and climate, vegetation, tectonic processes, landforms, and natural hazards. Additionally, labs involve geographic methods and technology, including interpretation of maps and other geographic imagery, weather instrumentation, navigation equipment such as a compass and the Global Positioning System (GPS), and other relevant computer and Internet applications. A field trip may be required. (C-ID GEOG 111)
GEOG 302
Environmental Studies & Sustainability
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D5; CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4E; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This introductory course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the major environmental problems confronting society and explores solutions directed toward producing a more sustainable future. Course topics include an introduction to environmental issues, and related values, ethics and politics; a primer on Earth system science — the interconnected nature of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere; a global survey of natural resources and exploitation; changing global climates; the world water crisis; the demography of human population, and contrasts between less- and more-developed countries; agricultural and food supply challenges; renewable and nonrenewable energy resources; and land use patterns and related issues. Throughout the course, human impacts on the environment, environmental impacts on human societies, and the sustainability of economies and practices at local, regional, and global scales are investigated. A field trip may be required to relate class discussions to the real world.
GEOG 305
Global Climate Change
3 Units
Same As: BIOL 351
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This interdisciplinary course explores the natural and human factors causing the Earth's climate to change. Students will be provided with the scientific tools to analyze evidence that climate change is a looming threat. Through lectures, readings, discussions and projects, students will examine the Earth's present and past climates as well as the influence of climate on the geographical distribution of plants, animals and human societies.
GEOG 306
Weather and Climate
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 30; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to atmospheric processes including energy and moisture exchanges, atmospheric pressure, winds, and global circulation. Severe weather conditions such as hurricanes and tornadoes are also studied. World, regional, and local climates are investigated. Student work will include weather observations and analysis of atmospheric data using charts, weather maps and radar and satellite imagery from the Internet and other sources. (C-ID GEOG 130)
GEOG 310
Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D5; IGETC Area 4E
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course investigates the diverse patterns of human settlement, development, and movement on earth, which evolved as a result of cultural and environmental factors. Emphasis is placed on understanding global population and migration patterns, language, religion, ethnicity, political and economic systems, development issues, agriculture and urbanization. (C-ID GEOG 120)
GEOG 320
World Regional Geography
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D5; IGETC Area 4E
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a global survey of the world's major geographic realms: their physical environments, cultures and economies; their origins, interactions and global roles. Geographic concepts and ideas are used to study and compare cultures, landscapes, resources, livelihood and land use across Earth. Explanation for the globalization of culture and economy, the widening gap between rich and poor countries, and ethnic diversity in the United States and abroad is stressed throughout the course. A major goal of this course is to improve each student's "mental map of the world." (C-ID GEOG 125)
GEOG 322
Geography of California
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D5; IGETC Area 4E
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course investigates California's physical, cultural, and economic environments, analyzing cardinal changes resulting from both natural and human interaction. The emphasis is on cultural diversity, human alteration of the landscape, and contemporary problems resulting from accelerated competition for natural, financial, and human resources. Some field trips may be required. (C-ID GEOG 140)
GEOG 331
Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 50 hours LEC; 12 hours LAB
Maps are the most effective way to communicate spatial information. This course introduces students to the quickly changing world of maps (both hardcopy and digital) and geographic techniques and technologies such as map and aerial photograph interpretation, spreadsheet operations, basic statistics, cartography, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Internet mapping, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that aid in data collection, analysis and presentation. (C-ID GEOG 150)
GEOG 335
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Applications
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 302
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based mapping programs that analyze spatial data. This course provides the foundation for using desktop GIS software. A conceptual overview along with hands-on experience will be used to explore basic GIS software functionality. Emphasis will be placed on display characteristics, attribute querying, database exploration and management, spatial analysis, data creation, and cartographic presentation. This course is not open to students who have received credit for GEOG 335.1, 335.2, and 335.3. (C-ID GEOG 155)
GEOG 353
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 16 hours LEC; 6 hours LAB
This course introduces the Global Positioning System (GPS). Topics include basic concepts of GPS including hands-on operation of the technology, real-world applications, computer interfaces, GIS and other mapping software. A field trip may be required.
GEOG 390
Field Studies in Geography
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC; 144 hours LAB
This course involves the study of geographic principles and processes in the field. Course content will vary by destination but may include topics in physical geography (e.g., plant and animal communities, climate and weather, geology and geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental impacts, etc.), human geography (e.g., cultural landscapes, economic activities, transportation issues, land use patterns, etc.), and/or introduction to tools and techniques used for geographic field research (e.g., map and compass use, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). Field trip(s) are required. (C-ID GEOG 160)
GEOG 391
Field Studies in Geography: Mountain Landscapes
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 6-24 hours LEC, 36-144 hours LAB
This course involves the study of geographic principles and processes in mountain environments. The course content will vary by destination but may include topics in physical geography (e.g., plant and animal communities, climate and weather, geology and geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental impacts, etc.), human geography (e.g., cultural landscapes, economic activities, transportation issues, land use patterns, etc.), and introduction to tools and techniques used for geographic field research (e.g., map and compass use, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). Field excursions are required.
GEOG 392
Field Studies in Geography: Coastal Landscapes
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC; 144 hours LAB
This is a field studies course of the geography of coastal landscapes. Physical and cultural processes, characteristics and landscapes will be observed and analyzed. Specific content will vary by geographic region. A field trip is required. (C-ID GEOG 160)
GEOG 393
Field Studies in Geography: Arid Landscapes
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 6-24 hours LEC, 36-144 hours LAB
This course involves the study of geographic principles and processes in arid environments. The course content will vary by destination but may include topics in physical geography (e.g., plant and animal communities, climate and weather, geology and geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental impacts, etc.), human geography (e.g., cultural landscapes, economic activities, transportation issues, land use patterns, etc.), and introduction to tools and techniques used for geographic field research (e.g., map and compass use, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). Field excursions are required.
GEOG 394
Field Studies in Geography: Volcanic Landscapes
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC; 144 hours LAB
This course involves the study of geographic principles and processes in volcanic environments. The course content will vary by destination but may include topics in physical geography (e.g., plant and animal communities, climate and weather, geology and geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental impacts, etc.), human geography (e.g., cultural landscapes, economic activities, transportation issues, land use patterns, etc.), and introduction to tools and techniques used for geographic field research (e.g., map and compass use, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). Field excursions are required.
GEOG 481
Honors Seminars: Nature & Culture
3 Units
Same As: HONOR 382 and HUM 484
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; CSU Area D5; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 4E
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This seminar examines multicultural interpretations and use of the environment from the Native American era to modern day using various geographic regions as case studies. Interdisciplinary in approach, this course draws upon the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to explain how the physical environment has been interpreted, utilized, and impacted differently by various cultures through time. Two field trips are required as part of this seminar. This course is intended for academically-accomplished students, regardless of major. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 382 and HUM 484, and only one may be taken for credit.
GEOG 482
Honors Seminar in Geography
1 Unit
Same As: HONOR 384
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 9 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
Honors Seminars in Geography are special one-unit intensive courses for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. In these seminars, students will study advanced topics from the area of Geography. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 384.
GEOG 495
Independent Studies in Geography
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
GEOG 499
Experimental Offering in Geography
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB