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Course Descriptions

GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID GEOG 110

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAJOR MODES OF GEOGRAPHIC INQUIRY AND TOOLS USED FOR GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS.

  • 1. Describe how the scientific method and spatial analysis are used to research topics in physical geography.
  • 2. Demonstrate how to locate places on Earth using the geographic grid (latitude and longitude).
  • 3. Discuss several methods used to collect geographic data as well as several tools used to visualize and analyze this data.
  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to interpret maps and mapped data.
  • GEOG 301 Physical Geography Laboratory

    Units: 1

    Hours: 54 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Corequisite: GEOG 300; GEOG 300 may be taken during a previous semester. Grade of "C" or better required if taken previously.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID GEOG 111

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO#1: Collect, measure, and/or analyze geographic data using common instruments.

    GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO-1: Articulate an understanding of the natural environment and human societies’ relationship to it. This includes the ability to:

    GEOG 305 Global Climate Change

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHYSICAL FACTORS AFFECTING CLIMATE AND THE RESULTING GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION OF ENERGY RECEIPT, TEMPERATURE, PRECIPITATION, AND BIOMES.

  • 1. Explain the factors responsible for the latitudinal variation in energy receipt and its effects on global temperature and precipitation patterns.
  • 2. Diagram the global energy balance, accounting for major sources of input and outputs, heat exchange and absorption.
  • 3. Describe the various layers of the atmosphere and explain their role in producing the Greenhouse Effect and anthropogenic global warming.
  • 4. Apply knowledge of meteorology as well as global oceanic circulation to hypothesize how terrestrial and marine biotic communities may be impacted by climate change.
  • GEOG 306 Weather and Climate

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Advisory: MATH 30, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID GEOG 130

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO#1: INTERPRET, ANALYZE, AND DISPLAY ATMOSPHERIC DATA.
    1. Demonstrate the ability to graph and/or map atmospheric data and explain its significance.

    GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID GEOG 120

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO1: Analyze human's role in transforming Earth's surface into a series of distinctive cultural landscapes.
    1. Explain the significance of the major stages of human cultural evolution over time (i.e. agricultural, industrial, medical, and technological revolutions).

    GEOG 320 World Regional Geography

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID GEOG 125

    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."

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO1: Recognize the diversity of peoples, places, and events globally as well as within specific geographic regions.
    1. Generalize the special combination of cultural, physical, historical, economical, and organizational qualities that characterize each of the major geographic regions of the world (such as East Asia, North America, SubSaharan Africa, etc.).

    GEOG 322 Geography of California

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID GEOG 140

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1: demonstrate understanding of California's physical and human environments, their interconnections, and the geographic processes that form and change them.

    GEOG 331 Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies

    Units: 3

    Hours: 48 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID GEOG 150

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAJOR MODES OF GEOGRAPHIC INQUIRY.

    GEOG 335 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Applications

    Units: 3

    Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Advisory: CISC 302

    Transferable: CSU

    CID: C-ID GEOG 155

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1: demonstrate an understanding of GIS technologies, theories and practices

    GEOG 353 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)

    Units: 1

    Hours: 16 hours LEC; 6 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: Demonstrate competent use of GPS technology and function

    GEOG 390 Field Studies in Geography

    Units: 1 - 4

    Hours: 6 - 24 hours LEC; 36 - 144 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    CID: C-ID GEOG 160

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: APPLY BASIC PRINCIPLES OF GEOGRAPHY TO OBSERVATIONS IN THE FIELD

    GEOG 391 Field Studies in Geography: Mountain Landscapes

    Units: 1 - 4

    Hours: 6 - 24 hours LEC; 36 - 144 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: demonstrate skill of gaining and applying learned material in a field experience.

    GEOG 392 Field Studies in Geography: Coastal Landscapes

    Units: 1 - 4

    Hours: 6 - 24 hours LEC; 36 - 144 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    CID: C-ID GEOG 160

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: demonstrate skills of gaining and applying learned material in a field experience.

    GEOG 393 Field Studies in Geography: Arid Landscapes

    Units: 1 - 4

    Hours: 6 - 24 hours LEC; 36 - 144 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: demonstrate skill of gaining and applying learned material in a field experience.

    GEOG 394 Field Studies in Geography: Volcanic Landscapes

    Units: 1 - 4

    Hours: 6 - 24 hours LEC; 36 - 144 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: demonstrate skills of gaining and applying learned material in a field experience.

    GEOG 481 Honors Seminars: Nature & Culture

    Units: 3

    Same As: HONOR 382 and HUM 484

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

    GEOG 482 Honors Seminar in Geography

    Units: 1

    Same As: HONOR 384

    Hours: 9 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

    GEOG 495 Independent Studies in Geography

    Units: 1 - 3

    Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study.