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The following Geography courses are offered:

GEOG 300     Physical Geography: Exploring Earth’s Environmental Systems    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 301
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
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
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 physical environment.  Lab topics include observation, measurement and analysis of Earth’s energy balance, weather and climate, vegetation, landforms, and natural hazards, as well as topographic map reading, interpretation, and navigation skills. Field trips and spatial data collection activities may be required. 

GEOG 306     Weather and Climate    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
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.  Because this course involves the use of some quantitative concepts, students are encouraged to have fundamental algebraic skills prior to enrolling in the course. 

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. 

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 is a study of the natural and cultural environments of California, with special emphasis on the interaction of people with landforms, climate, natural vegetation, soils and resources.  Historical, political, and economic development within this diverse environment is presented.  The diversity of cultures which make up the state’s expanding population are studied and compared.  Analysis of relevant issues of the day including those based on ethnic and cultural differences form an integral part of this course. 

GEOG 330     Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 300
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based data processing tool used to manage and analyze spatial information. Applications of GIS include environmental assessment, analysis of natural hazards, management of municipal networks, business and industry site analysis, resource management and land-use planning. This course introduces the concepts, techniques, and tools of GIS including spatial data capture, management and analysis, as well as cartographic output through hands-on experience using GIS software. (C-ID GEOG 155)  
 
GEOG 331     Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies    
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 300; CISC 300 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 45 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB 
This course introduces students to the exciting world of maps (both hard-copy and digital) and the geographic techniques and technologies that are utilized in the creation of modern cartographic documents.  The examination of cartographic constructs, basic statistics, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Internet mapping, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will shed light on this interesting and rapidly changing area of spatial inquiry. 

GEOG 332.1     Introduction to Desktop GIS    1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which are systems of computers and people used to integrate spatial data in order to make a decision. Topics may include analysis of environmental, economic, political, social, health care, and transportation data.  Using desktop GIS software (such as ArcView) students will learn GIS skills including identifying zones, measuring distances, calculating areas, integrating spatial data and displaying output. This course will also cover basic software functionality, database construction, and management. This course is the first of a two-part series.
  
GEOG 332.2     Intermediate Desktop GIS    1.5 Units
Prerequisite: GEOG 332.1 with a grade of “C” or better
Advisory: CISC 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC  
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based mapping programs that analyze spatial data. This course builds on the conceptual and practical foundations covered in GEOG 332.1 by further exploring the capabilities and functionality of desktop GIS software.  Emphasis will be placed on GIS software functionality, address geocoding, beginning spatial database construction, spatial data management, spatial analysis, and cartographic presentation.
   
GEOG 344     Spatial Analysis and Modeling in GIS    3 Units
Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of “C” or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides a survey of the various concepts, approaches, and tools involved in the analysis and modeling of spatial data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis is on the investigation of spatial distributions and relationships, and the methods used to answer spatial questions and solve spatial problems. Specific topics include statistical and spatial analysis, geoprocessing, spatial modeling, and map algebra. Additional topics include distance and density surfaces, cluster analysis, surface interpolation and resampling, hydrologic analysis, 3D display/animation, and regression analysis.
 
GEOG 350     Data Acquisition in GIS    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is an introduction to the techniques, theory, and practical experience necessary to acquire, convert, and create digital spatial data. Topics include acquisition of existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, metadata, formatting and conversion of GIS data, creating data utilizing digital cameras and scanners, the utilization of remotely sensed data, and use of the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

GEOG 390     Field Studies in Geography    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC ; 144 hours LAB 
This course covers the field study of geographic principles and processes of specific areas (mountains, deserts, seashore, etc.).  Course content will vary by destination.  Topics may include physical geography, human geography, and/or geographic techniques such as the application of 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. For specific details, see the course description listed in the schedule.  Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging (or camping equipment) and meals.  At a minimum it is recommended that students be prepared to spend a full day in the field. This may require a day-pack, water container(s), food, foul weather gear, field notebook, clipboard, whistle, and personal safety gear (warm clothing, medications, cell phone, GPS, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking shoes, and a hat). 

GEOG 495     Independent Studies in Geography    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

GEOG 499     Experimental Offering in Geography    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 6/11/14

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