An introduction to the basic concepts of physical geography that will involve the examination of the physical systems and processes which create many types of landforms and shape the earth's environment. In addition to introducing students to the concepts relevant to the physical world patterns, such as those relating to the makeup of the earth, weathering and mass movement, ocean currents and wind interaction, glaciation and periglaciation, this course also helps them understand the creation of the physical world as a systematic rather than a random formation.
NOTE: All Geography and Earth Science courses are considered Social Science courses.
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography
Human Geography examines the relationships among people, culture, and space. It is the study of spatial variations among cultural groups and the spatial functioning of societies at local, regional and global scales both within the United States and throughout the world. This course focuses on describing, analyzing and comparing the ways in which human attributes, cultural characteristics and structures, including population, demographics, migration, language, religion, popular and folk cultures, race, ethnicity, gender roles, political and economic systems, levels of development, resource management, and land use and urbanization, remain constant or vary around the world. Students will learn to examine the relationships among cultural and human patterns, economic activities, and the physical environment and will also analyze and interpret information from primary sources and develop skills in writing appropriate for geography and the social sciences.
GEOG 180 - Urban Geography
Examines cities and their surrounding regions from the perspective of a geographer, a social scientist searching for order in the way people organize and use the space they inhabit, through an analysis of physical, economic and social patterns within the urban areas of the United States and the world.
GEOG 222 - World Regional Geography
This course examines the numerous physical processes which have shaped the world's landscapes, as well as various historical, political and economic forces which underlie the world's complex social landscapes. The regions covered include North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Asia and the Pacific.