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1 World Regional Geography (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

Survey of the world's culture regions and nations as interpreted by geographers, including physical, cultural, and economic features. Emphasis on spatial and historical influences on population growth, transportation networks, and natural environments. Identification and importance of the significant features of regions. Use of maps and regional analysis to interpret world patterns of demography, economies, resources, religions, and languages in relationship to landforms and climate. Current world events discussed in an international framework.

2 Introduction to Weather, Climate, and Society Geography (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

Overview of the fundamentals of Earth's climate and weather, including global climate change, water and chemical cycles, outstanding features of atmospheric and ocean circulation, and feedback between different system components. Importance of climate science and prediction to society, with emphasis on science's role in identifying, quantifying, and solving/exploring environmental problems of global weather such as ozone hole, El Nino/La Nina and the rapid melting of ice sheets and retreating glaciers world-wide.

3 Geography of California (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

A thematic approach to the state’s 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.

4 Physical Geography (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

Spatial study of the Earth’s dynamic physical systems and processes. Topics include Earth-sun geometry, weather, climate, water, landforms, soil, and the biosphere. Emphasis is on the interrelationships among environmental and human systems and processes, and their resulting patterns and distributions. Tools of geographic inquiry are also briefly covered; they may include: maps, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Broadbased course with an interdisciplinary outlook.

5 Physical Geography Laboratory (1)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Corequisite: Geography 4 (may be taken previously).

Course is designed to provide supplemental exercises in topics covered in Physical Geography lecture. Lab experience includes map analysis and interpretation, weather prognostication, landform processes and evolution, tectonics, biogeography, and habitat analysis. Field trips provide the opportunity for on-site field interpretation of climate, soils, landforms, plants, and animal distribution.

6 Environmental Geography (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

Global perspectives on environmental geography. Geographical approach to the biosphere: environmental principles, economics and environment, human impact, extinction and biodiversity, food/population crises, the social environment, global tampering, global climate change and contemporary values in global environmental issues.

10 Cultural Geography of North America (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

Cultural geography of North America in time and space. The dynamics and ethnicity of North American culture is traced through discovery, exploration, settlement patterns, aboriginal patterns, national interests, economic exploitation, agriculture, commerce, ethnicity, demography, and changing attitudes. Emphasis on the origin and diffusion of North American cultural traditions.

11 Human Geography (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Class hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.

Study of diverse human populations, their cultural origins, diffusion, and contemporary
spatial expressions. Topics include demography, languages and religions,
urbanization and landscape modification, political units and nationalism, and economic
systems and development.






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