Geography (GEOG)

GEOG-101  Physical Geography  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course studies the physical environment of the earth's surface and human interaction with that environment. Emphasis is given to global patterns of climate, ecosystems, hydrology, plate tectonics, and various processes of land formation. Controversial topics, such as climate change, introduce students to concerns we have as inhabitants of this planet. A field trip is required.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 110

IGETC Area(s): 5A

CSU Area(s): B1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

GEOG-102  Cultural Geography  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course offers students an understanding of global cultural diversity and humans as agents of change with emphasis on cultural elements of the human habitat. Students are introduced to the geographical aspects of population distribution, socio-economic conditions, rural and urban settlement patterns, cultural landscapes, and local ecosystems. Global patterns of distinct cultural characteristics, such as language, religion and political organization, are presented. A field trip is required.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 120

IGETC Area(s): 4E

CSU Area(s): D5

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

GEOG-103  Field Studies in Geography  

2-4 Units (LAB 48-108, LEC 16-36)

This course offers field studies in physical, cultural, historic geography and Geographic Information Systems. It provides an opportunity to explore Geography and GIS concepts in the real world. Field studies may be conducted at various locations that represent the diversity of California through its mountains, deserts and beaches. Field applications using GPS and GIS enhance student understanding of spatial-temporal processes. Pre-trip homework assignments, orientation class and overnight camping are required.

Transfers to CSU only

C-ID: GEOG 160

GEOG-104  Physical Geography Lab  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This laboratory course focuses on application of the principles of physical geography. Laboratory exercises include basic map skills, weather and climate, earth materials, geomorphology, fluid agents and erosion.

Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOG-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 111

IGETC Area(s): 5C

CSU Area(s): B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

GEOG-105  Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces students to the cartographic principles necessary for spatial analysis. Topics covered include the history of map making, symbolic standards, layout aesthetics, geographic coordinates and projections, map scales, map accuracy, map interpretation and reading, way finding, aerial and satellite imagery and computer assisted mapping. Students will create hand drawn and digital maps. Cartographic skills are useful to students preparing for degrees in the natural, physical, social and behavioral sciences.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 150

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

GEOG-106  Introduction to Weather and Climate  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces students to Earth's atmosphere. Topics include atmospheric structure and composition, solar radiation and energy balances, temperature, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, clouds and fog, precipitation, air pressure, winds, air masses and fronts, cyclones, weather forecasting, climate and climate change. Controversial topics, such as climate change, introduce students to potential consequences of a climate and weather system out of balance. A field trip is required.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 130

IGETC Area(s): 5A

CSU Area(s): B1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

GEOG-107  Urban Geography  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course involves the study of cities, their origin, growth and sustainability. Students are introduced to several topics including problems of urbanization in less developed countries, urban architectural form, segregation and integration, neighborhoods and ghettoes, and the politics and policies of urban change.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4E

CSU Area(s): D5

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

GEOG-108  World Regional Geography  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a global survey of world cultural regions. It presents students with basic geographic concepts for studying and comparing cultural traditions, resources, economies, landscapes, and origins. The interaction of countries and regions, their global roles, issues of globalization and the conflicting pressures of cultural diversity are discussed. Contrasts between developed and underdeveloped countries are explored.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 125

IGETC Area(s): 4E

CSU Area(s): D5

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2, AA/AS F

GEOG-111  Geography of California  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces students to California's regional, physical and cultural diversity, the interrelationships between California's regional, physical and cultural landscapes, and the evolving human-environment interface and impact to landscapes. A thematic approach to the state's issues, processes and topics relevant to geography include climate, landforms, natural vegetation, water resources, cultural landscape, ethnic diversity, urban and agricultural regions, and the economy.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 140

IGETC Area(s): 4E

CSU Area(s): D5

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

GEOG-115  Introduction to Geographic Information Science  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course prepares students with the geographic concepts necessary for technical application of Geographic Information Science (GIS). Topics include data structure, acquisition, integration and manipulation. Through practical applications in GIS students use scientific methods of inquiry to analyze tabular and spatial data for geographic trends, patterns and relationships.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: GEOG 155

GEOG-520  Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-120)  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course prepares students for advanced geographic analysis. Spatial statistics, topology and surface modeling are emphasized. Advanced tools, techniques and software applications for modeling surfaces, such as spatial, network and 3-dimensional terrain analysis are explored. Both qualitative and quantitative techniques for spatial analysis are explored in the context of various scientific methodologies. (formerly GEOG 120)

Prerequisite: GEOG-115 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-525  Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-125)  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course enhances professional potential in a geospatial career. Advanced topics include geodatabase methods, topology, customized and automated processes, and cartographic representation. Legal and ethical issues, geospatial certification, professional presentation, online collaboration and networking at GIS events prepare students for entering a GIS profession in many discipline related fields. Exploration of scientific models and methods for advanced analysis prepare students for independently planning, implementing and producing deliverable of a real-world GIS project. (formerly GEOG 125)

Prerequisite: GEOG-520 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-549  Cooperative Work Experience: Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-149)  

0.5-8 Units CWE Paid 75-300/Unpaid 60-240

This course is supervised employment extending classroom-based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the students' educational or occupational goal (Title 5 section 55252). Students may earn a maximum of (8) semester credit hours during one enrollment period. Students may earn up to a total of 16 semester credit hours for all Cooperative Work Experience Education. Offered as pass/no pass only. (formerly GEOG 149)

Other Enrollment Criteria: Each student must be enrolled for the full semester and have completed one course in the discipline. A training agreement must be completed prior to registration. Please refer to the Cooperative Work Experience Student Handbook for specific information.

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-582  Programming for GIS (formerly GEOG-082)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course prepares students with the concepts necessary for technical application for programming within the framework of GIS. Topics include variable management, branching and looping, reading and writing from GIS tabular and spatial data, custom tool creation, and tool manipulation. Through practical applications, students will use programming methods to customize and streamline GIS data management and analysis. (formerly GEOG 082)

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-583  Spatial Database Design and Management (formerly GEOG-083)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course prepares students with geographic concepts and skills necessary for GIS spatial database design and management. Students learn about various GIS data types and formats that are compatible or may be converted, exported or imported. Students design and create spatial databases for a specific application involving project management and complex data analysis. Real world challenges of spatial databases used for solving problems, spatial query language, decision support strategies and system integration are emphasized. (formerly GEOG 083)

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-584  Water Management with GIS (formerly GEOG-084)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course enhances professional potential in the water industry. Water Science topics include hydrology concepts and common GIS applications. This course covers hydrology networks of rivers, streams, drainage basins and flooding. Legal and ethical issues of water management are discussed. Professional certification, project collaboration and presentation, and networking at GIS events prepare students for entering a GIS profession in water-related industries. (formerly GEOG 084)

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-585  GIS for Catastrophes (formerly GEOG-085)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course provides students with an introduction to the use of GIS in emergency management, natural hazard assessment and public safety. Students learn about GIS applications to various types of emergency response, natural hazards and homeland security scenarios for which GIS is commonly used for making quick and critical decisions. Emphasis is placed on analytical techniques for mitigating disasters, allocating emergency resources, identifying hot spots for crime or analyzing potential homeland security threats. (formerly GEOG 085)

Transfers to CSU only

GEOG-586  GIS for Web Applications (formerly GEOG-086)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course prepares students with the geographic concepts and skills necessary for designing and developing geospatial content for web applications, internet interfaces and web environments. Students will learn web based concepts, internet fundamentals, web architecture and practices as they design and create geospatial data for online data analysis, interactive mapping, and map publishing via web applications. Students will use real world challenges and problem solving solutions for interoperability, customizing and sharing web services. (formerly GEOG 086)

Transfers to CSU only