GEOG 100 Physical Geography (3 units)

An overview of the Earth’s physical environment and natural systems. The different natural processes that create the distribution of lifeforms, climate patterns, temperatures, and landforms on our planet. Includes studying the Earth-Sun relationship, global temperatures and circulation, water and humidity, ecosystems, plate tectonics, and other processes that shape landforms on the surface of the Earth. Also includes how humans are affecting these systems, and some of the tools geographers use to understand these relationships (like maps, and geospatial technologies).

GEOG 101 Physical Geography Lab (1 units)

Practical application of the basic concepts of Physical Geography. Students will use the tools of geography, such as maps and field observations, to enrich their understanding of the Earth’s physical processes. Topics include Earth-Sun relationships, weather, climate, landforms, water, ecosystems, and their spatial relationships.

GEOG 106 Weather and Climate (4 units)

Introduction to the study of Earth's atmosphere as a system, with an emphasis on the physical processes that change our atmosphere in the short term and throughout Earth's history. Topics include: atmospheric structure and composition, energy balances, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, storm systems, climate and climate change. Also listed as GEOL 106.

GEOG 110 Cultural Geography (3 units)

A survey of major world cultural patterns, resources, population, and the changing relationships of people and the physical environment.

GEOG 150 World Regional Geography (3 units)

A basic survey of geographic regions of the world. The location of physical and cultural regions such as mountain ranges, climatic regions, population centers, urban-economic concentrations, and political divisions. There will be an emphasis on historical influences and future trends in the changing world.

GEOG 300 Geographic Information Science (3 units)

An introduction to the rapidly expanding field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the broader discipline of Geographic Information Science. Includes both theory and software training, and provides a framework to understand how spatial data is gathered, integrated, interpreted, manipulated and analyzed.