Geography and Environment is the study of the inter relationships between the Earth and its people. It is considered both a social and natural science. It focuses on climate, land, water, space, mineral resources, population density, changes in the environment, and how man adapts to them. Geographical study encompasses human geography, economic geography, physical geography, political geography, medical geography, regional and educational geography.
Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment, and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. "(Source: National Geographic Society)."
101 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Geography 101 is a study of the basic physical elements of geography, their correlation and integrated patterns of world distribution. Special attention is given to the earth and its astronomical relationships, weather, climate, and landforms.
102 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
Geography 102 is a systematic study of the cultural variables of humankind: population, religion, language, economic activities, settlements. Emphasis upon selected cultural problems of humankind's occupance..
103 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
Geography 103 is a survey of the world's major cultural and physical regions with emphasis on those elements that are important to an understanding of contemporary global issues and concerns.
106 HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Geography 106 is a description and analysis of humanity's impact on the natural environment over time. Natural earth systems and natural climatic change are studied in the contest of geologic time, followed by systematic analyses of human impact on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Emphasis is placed on the human activities that cause environmental change, as well as potential solutions and pathways to sustainability.
107 INTRODUCTION TO THE ATMOSPHERE
Geography 107 is an introduction to the atmosphere with an emphasis on its properties and physical processes. The course focuses on the atmosphere's composition and structure, incoming solar radiation and energy balance, temperature, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, clouds and fog, precipitation, air pressure, winds, air masses and fronts, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather forecasting, El Niño, climate and climate change.
110 GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA
Geography 110 is a systematic study of the spatial distributions of California's biophysical and cultural phenomena. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of human occupancy.
111 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY
Geography 111 is the laboratory course for Physical Geography. Laboratory exercises include the observation and interpretation of weather data, statistical analysis of climate data, development of cartographic techniques, map interpretation, aerial photography interpretation, and landform description and analysis. Local field trips are required.
114 GEOGRAPHY OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
Geography 114 is a field study of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula using the geographic methodology. Emphasis is placed on the physical and cultural landscape, students are exposed to basic geographic data collection techniques and concepts, allowing for students to observe and document elements of Baja California’s climate, hydrology, wildlife, geomorphology, agriculture, economy, religion, and history.
155 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Geography 155 is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science including geographic data gathering, analysis, and display through digital methods. GIS is used to explore spatial questions about environmental and social issues. The laboratory component demonstrates these principles through hands-on experience with map making using microcomputers running ArcGIS and other GIS software.
160 GEOGRAPHY FIELD STUDIES
Geography 160 is a field-based lecture course that explores the physical and cultural geography of a selected region or regions. Physical and cultural processes, characteristics and landscapes are observed, documented and analyzed. Specific content varies by geographic region, but includes both physical and cultural components.
170 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES
Geography170 is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies, including the history of globalization, and economic, political, social, cultural and ecological developments related to the process of globalization. Students evaluate topics such as NGOs, the global economy, and transnational population trends.
171 GLOCAL ISSUES
Geography 171 introduces students to the origins, current status, and future trends of major transnational issues confronting the global community. Topics can include population trends, economic development and inequality, basic human needs (for food, water health care), human rights, international conflict and security concerns, and environmental problems. The course also focuses on global governance, including the study of collective global responsibilities.