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Geography 100 World Regional Geography 

Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total.
The study of major world political and natural regions. The location of the regions on earth, the physical and cultural elements that lend the regions with their identities, and ways in which these elements related to the regions’ inhabitants and economies. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 100H Honors World Regional Geography 

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
Prerequisite: A high school or college GPA of 3.0 or above.
Enriched and intensive study, including seminar approach with individual written and oral presentations of major world political and natural regions. The location of the regions on earth, the physical and cultural elements which provide the regions with their identity, identities and ways in which these elements relate to the regions’ inhabitants and economies. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 101 Physical Geography 

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
Introduction to the physical elements of geography: maps, earth/ sun relationships, meteorology and climatology, natural vegetation, soils, and geomorphology. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 101L Physical Geography Laboratory 

Unit(s): 1.0 
Class Hours: 48 Laboratory total. 
Prerequisite: Geography 101 or concurrent enrollment.
Recommended Preparation: Mathematics N60
Laboratory exercises and experiments designed to explore and understand the primary areas of physical geography. Exercises and applications related to map scales and projections, stereoscopic, topographic and aerial photo interpretation, meteorological tools and models and weather prognostication, geomorphologic models and processes, and landform interpretation. Field trips may be required. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 102 Cultural Geography 

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
An introductory survey of the geography of culture, and the influences of the physical environment on culture, along with the impact of human activity on the environment, and the role of culture within societies and social groups. The course includes global patterns of population, migration, religion, language, agriculture, politics, customs, resources, and urban and rural settlement. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 130 Introduction to Weather and Climate

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
This course examines Earth’s weather and climate patterns from a geographic perspective. Students explore the basic principles of weather and climate as well as causes and effects. Emphasis is placed on understanding various elements and controls of weather and climate as well as interpreting weather maps and charts. Techniques and principles involved in interpreting weather data, weather charts and maps and weather forecasting will also be introduced. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 140 California Geography

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
A thematic approach to California’s geographical issues, processes and topics relevant to geography including climate, landforms, natural vegetation, water resources, cultural landscape, ethnic diversity, urban and agricultural regions, and the economy. This course explores the physical and human landscapes that have evolved as a result of the human-environment interface. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 150 Map Interpretation and Analysis

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
Introduction to maps, map concepts, and geographic technologies. An introduction to the principles and theory of map-making map concepts, and geographic technologies. The emphasis will be on the design of maps (both hard-copy and digital) for research and publication using advanced computer hardware and software. The course entails the creation of reproducible, thematic maps using the various computer techniques available to the cartographer. Field trips may be required. CSU/UC (C-ID)


Geography 155 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
Recommended Preparation: Familiarity with PC and Windows operating environment
This course introduces basic scientific principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as they relate to working with data that have important spatial orientation and organization. Geometric and geographic concepts and theories are used to develop scientific methods for proper communication of the data and the solution of problems that have spatial relationships. Course covers basic concepts in mapping and orientation, the development of map scales and comparison of different coordinate systems and data error analysis. (Same as Survey/Mapping Sciences 155.) CSU/UC(C-ID)


Geography 160 Regional Field Studies

Unit(s): 3.0 
Class Hours: 48 Lecture total. 
Extended field studies of the geography of selected regions. Emphasis upon field observation and interpretation of climate, meteorology, vegetation, soils, and landforms. Field trips are required. CSU (C-ID)