2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

GEOGRAPHY

GEOG 1     
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
(4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN GEOG 6. CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3. Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Geography 1 is a general introductory Physical Geography course.  Focus is on the spatial relationships and interrelations of matter, energy and systems on or near the earth's surface.  Class content will focus on geodesy, cartography, hydrology, geomorphology, meteorology, climatology, soil science, biogeography and their integrated patterns of world distribution.  Intensive use is made of maps and field trips. (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOG 2A  
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY I
(3)

Class Hours: 3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement:  D5, D63. Strongly Recommended Preparation of ENG 51A or equivalent.

Geography 2A is a systematic examination of four major world regions.  Special emphasis is given to basic geographic concepts as they apply to physical, economic and human patterns.  Geography 2A covers Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Republics, North America and South America. (This course is recommended for prospective or current elementary and secondary teachers.) (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOG 2B  
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY II
(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture.  CSU General Education Requirement: D5, D6 Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Geography 2B is a systematic examination of five major world regions. Special emphasis is given to the basic geographic concepts as they apply to physical, economic and human patterns.  Geography 2B covers North Africa and the Middle East, Asia, sub-Sahara Africa, Middle America and the Pacific. (This course is recommended for prospective or current elementary and secondary teachers.) (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOG 3     
CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CAN GEOG 4, CSU General Education Requirement:  C2, D5

Geography 3 is an introductory course in the study of human geography.  The course focuses on the spatial elements of culture, population distribution, settlement and land use patterns, technology, economics, race, language and cultural heritage.  Included is some fieldwork in the local area. (This course is recommended for students planning to teach.) (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOG 4     
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATIONS        (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory. Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Geography 4 provides an in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Concepts covered include history of maps, scales, coordinate systems and computer cartographic design and layouts.  Applications of GIS technology used in science, business and government will be presented.  This course will feature extensive hands-on experience in working with spatial data, map features and attributes and manipulation of data bases, and the presentation of data as professional quality maps using Arc View software. (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOG 10   
GEOGRAPHY OF URBAN LOS ANGELES
(1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC.

Geography 10 is a one-unit field course with a focus on the problems, promise and patterns of America's second largest urban area.  The emphasis is on topics such as the economy, transportation, recreation, the arts, housing, ethnic neighborhoods and other characteristics indigenous to the region. (AA, CSU)

GEOG 11   
DEATH VALLEY FIELD COURSE
(1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 48 Laboratory CR/NC. Strongly Recommended Preparation: Hiking skills

Geography 11 is a one-unit field course.  It is estimated that the course will require the student to spend $100.00 during the field experience.  The course will focus on the geography (physical and human) geological features and history of the Trans-Sierra region specifically the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. (AA, CSU)

GEOG 12   
GRAND CANYON
FIELD COURSE (1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC. Strongly Recommended Preparation: Hiking skills.

Geography 12 is a one-unit field course.  It is estimated that the course will require the student to spend $125.00 during the field experience.  The course will focus on the geography (physical and human), geological features and history of the Colorado Plateau Region.  Specifically Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks. (AA, CSU)

GEOG 13   
SAN FRANCISCO
URBAN GEOGRAPHY FIELD COURSE (1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC

Geography 13 is a one-unit field course with a focus on the problems and patterns of the San Francisco Bay area.  The emphasis is on topics such as the economy, transportation, recreation, the arts, housing, ethnic neighborhoods and other characteristics indigenous to the region. (AA, CSU)

GEOG 18   
GEOGRAPHY OF
CALIFORNIA (3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, D1, D5 Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or Equivalent.

Geography 18, through lectures and field trips, provides an opportunity to study the physical and cultural regions of California and their relationships.  Emphasis is on the geographic factors that will broaden a student's knowledge of the California environment. (This course should be of particular interest and value to prospective or current elementary and secondary teachers.) (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOG 30/60 
GEOGRAPHY EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
S (.5-3)

Class Hours:  18 lecture or 54 laboratory hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit departments to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility. A required course description identifies each course subject. These courses may be taken for CR/NC.

GEOG 49/99 
DIRECTED STUDY COURSE
(1-2)

Class Hours:  54 laboratory for each semester unit.  No more than 2 units per semester per 49/99 series.

Geography 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a particular field. Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgment, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study. (AA, CSU)

GEOG 51   
MODERN GEOGRAPHY (3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture

Geography 51 is a general education social science course which uses the geographic approach or perspective to study a group of contemporary problems (energy, planning, population, hunger, international relations, etc).  The issues begin at the local scale and proceed towards a global perspective.  The topics are designed to give the students as many "hands on" activities as possible and to emphasize basic skills of writing, reading, library skills, map reading and mathematics.  This approach stresses geography concepts through a wide variety of classroom activities and exercises, including a number of field trips. (AA)

GEOG 59   
GEOGRAPHY FIELD EXPERIENCE (.5)

Class Hours:  1 Lecture, 23 Laboratory or 2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC.

Geography 59 is a short-term course designed primarily for the non-traditional student, and is built around a series of one-day field trips.  Examples:  Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, the Delta, etc. (This course may be taken for a maximum of one unit for degree credit.) (AA)

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