Geography

GEOG 110 Regional Geography of the Pacific Rim (3 units)

The Pacific Rim is characterized by a wide range of climate zones and physical landscapes that create unique environments, challenges, and opportunities for humans and wildlife.This course provides students with an introduction to geographic concepts and perspectives from both physical and human geography while exploring the five major regions along the Pacific Rim: North America, Central and South America, Australia and Oceania, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.Topics covered include the physical environment, environmental issues, human patterns over time, economic and political issues, and sociocultural issues.

GEOG 250 Physical Geography (4 units)

Physical Geography is the science of our environment and how this environment provides opportunities and challenges for humans.The course will cover the three major subject  areas: (1) atmosphere and weather, (2) biogeography, and (3) geology and landforms. The goal of this course is to develop a thorough knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our Earth.

GEOG 350 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 units)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer system for storing, managing, and displaying (mapping) the locations and attributes of spatial features. These features can come from any discipline and could represent people, towns, rivers, countries or any other human or physical information. Due to its versatility, GIS is used in a wide range of applications such as resource management, city planning, transportation, business, property management and crime hot spot analysis. This course will introduce students to this powerful software through lectures in GIScience and hands-on labs with ArcGIS.

GEOG 400 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 units)

This advanced course provides instruction in Geographic Information Science, ArcGIS, and Python. Course topics include projections, geometric transformations, attribute data management, cartography, vector and raster data analysis, terrain mapping, viewsheds, watersheds, spatial interpolation, geocoding, network analysis, and modeling.

Prerequisite: GEOG 350 or similar course.

GEOG 440 Biogeography (4 units)

Biogeography is the science of the distribution of plants and animals and the patterns and processes responsible for these distributions.This course introduces students to the discipline of biogeography and its major topics such as island biogeography, speciation and extinction, diversification, and conservation from a more geographical perspective emphasizing large scale patterns through space and time.