Courses in Geography

Elements of Geography

GEOG 100     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
The course will answer the question "What is Geography?" Therefore, this course provides students with an introduction to the basic themes of geography. The scope and nature of geographic inquiry is used to explore topics about the physical and human characteristics of the Earth's surface. Special emphasis is placed on the significance of humans, environment, and cultural processes in the organization of space on the earth's surface. Natural and cultural landscapes are very important components of this course and students will examine physiographic regions, climates, demography, and urban areas. Also, different environmental issues will be discussed. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 8: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Global Perspective)

Introduction to Physical Geography

GEOG 101     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to physical geography that systematically examines the spatial patterns and interrelationships among physical elements at the earth's surface. Students will study the earth's physical environment, its systems, and the physical processes that drive them through study of weather, climate, natural vegetation, soil, and landforms. However, these topics are not just discussed independently since the course concentrates on understanding the integration of these areas of the natural world. Geography focuses on human activities, and so the course will highlight some of the basic interactions between human activity and the natural environment. Current issues will be discussed and a scientific foundation provided for understanding global warming and other critical environmental issues. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3, 10: Natural Sciences, People & the Environment)

Introduction to Cultural Geography

GEOG 103     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to cultural geography through the study of global patterns of many aspects of human culture, including population, migration, folk and popular culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, development, agriculture, industry, services, urban patterns, and resource issues. Students will examine all of these and several other issues during the semester. Students will stress the variation in the cultural landscape and critically analyze several current problems facing modern society, such as overpopulation and differences between societies. Cultural geography is focused on those things that are human-created. Therefore, the basic theme addressed throughout the course will be to discover where and why human activities are located where they are found. Students will participate in the discussions and will exchange ideas that will help them to better understand the diversity of the cultural landscape and the similarities and differences between different social groups. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 8: History & the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Global Perspective)

Introduction to Weather and Climate

GEOG 104     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will serve as an introduction to the basic atmospheric processes described as weather. Topics including atmospheric pressure, winds, temperature patterns, humidity and precipitation, and severe weather phenomena will be examined. The spatial distribution of global climates and climate change will also be explored. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3, 10: Natural Sciences, People & The Environment)

World Regional Geography

GEOG 105     3.00 Credits
This course will allow students to examine the political, economic, cultural, and physical differences between the world's major regions. These differences will help foster a better understanding of how world citizens interact in the global age. Place-location literacy will be emphasized to enable students to apply information learned in this course beyond the confines of the classroom. Map and data interpretation skills will also be learned. An appreciation of world current events will be developed throughout the semester. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 8, 10: Global Perspective, People & The Environment)

Special Topics in Geography:

GEOG 200     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will explore a region to learn its unique characteristics and how its physical geography and human geography are closely linked within that region. The focus will be on real-world and hands-on activities that will use an inquiry-driven approach to learning. When applicable, geographic tools, such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), remote sensing, and map skills, will be presented. The course will have a research component. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5: History & Social & Behavioral Sciences)