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Discipline: Humanities & Social Sciences: Geography
Course Name Course Number
Physical Geography - Honors GEOG 1H
  • Examine the physical forces and processes which operate within the natural environment.
  • Recognize and identify how human and physical processes differ from place to place.
  • Apply geographical methodology in the interpretation of spatial relationships involving distance, area and direction on the Earth’s surface.
  • Define geography as an integrative discipline using examples of the Earth’s four spheres.
  • Describe common patterns of temperature and temperature inversions, high and low pressure, ocean and land winds, global winds, rain and desert patterns.
  • Compare and correlate the Earth’s major climates and biomes.
  • Locate major physical features of Earth on a series of world maps.
  • Distinguish between internal, mountain-building processes and external, landform-shaping processes.
Cartography GEOG 12
  • Employ an appropriate geographic referencing system (datum, projection, coordinate system) for a given purpose.
  • Select and apply ethical and appropriate data model, map scale, map elements, symbolization and color to produce maps that effectively communicate quantitative and qualitative geographic data.
  • Categorize and describe different types of maps (thematic, reference…) and be able to give examples of how they are used.
  • Describe the components of a map (map elements).
  • Critique maps for appropriate use of cartographic design principles.
Geography of California GEOG 30
  • Analyze the relationship between humans and the environment of California.
  • Recognize and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state of California.
  • Describe the physical processes that shape the natural environments of California.
  • Explain patterns of urban development in the state and distinguish current trends in urban development in California.
  • Explain the origins and development of agriculture and industry in California.
  • Analyze the influence of varying cultural and ethnic groups in the shaping of the cultural landscapes of California.
  • Analyze the use of natural resources in the state, particularly the role of water in the development of both the economic and social landscape of California.
Geospatial Concepts GEOG 9
  • Outline the development of cartography and mapping techniques
  • Describe the size, shape and other geophysical properties of Earth.
  • Categorize map projections based on their ability to preserve map conformality and equivalence
  • Compare and contrast commonly used locational systems and datums
  • Measure distances and areas from maps based on indicated scale
  • Utilize the tools and methodologies used in navigation
  • Interpret topographic representations on maps to identify physical geographic features and land forms
  • Differentiate map feature generalization operations and evaluate their potential consequences
  • Justify the use of certain map types for particular geographic applications
  • Identify and interpret spatial patterns and relationships
  • critique a map on its ability to communicate qualitative and quantitative information through its use of \nsymbolization, color, layout, orientation, scale, texture, classification schemes, and other cartographic elements\n
  • Assess how maps can be used to mislead, entice, restrict, control, and propagandize
  • Outline the key components and uses of a geographic information system (GIS)
  • Distinguish among characteristics of remotely sensed data, sensing platforms, and aerial image analysis
Human Geography GEOG 2
  • Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world.
  • Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research.
  • Evaluate the relationship of humans and the environment.
  • Describe the scope of the discipline of geography and the tools used by geographers to study human processes on the earth.
  • Analyze the spatial expression and cultural impacts of contemporary globalization.
  • Describe the distribution of humans globally and explain the tools used by geographers to evaluate human population change.
  • Synthesize theories of human migration to explain historical and contemporary patterns of human mobility.
  • Explain spatial variation of and describe patterns of cultural and social expression including language, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, political processes, urbanization, development, agriculture, manufacturing and service economies.
  • Describe human impacts on the environment including impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
Human Geography - Honors GEOG 2H
  • Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world.
  • Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research.
  • Describe human impacts on the environment including impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
  • Synthesize theories of human migration to explain historical and contemporary patterns of human mobility.
  • Explain spatial variation of and describe patterns of cultural and social expression including language, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, political processes, urbanization, development, agriculture, manufacturing and service economies.
  • Evaluate the relationship between humans and the environment.
  • Describe the scope of the discipline of geography and the tools used by geographers to study human processes on the earth.
  • Analyze the spatial expression and cultural impacts of contemporary globalization.
  • Describe the distribution of humans globally and explain the tools used by geographers to evaluate human population change.
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GEOG 10 (VOC)
  • Analyze case studies of geographic problems and the procedures used to solve them.
  • Perform simple spatial data analysis using appropriate software.
  • Construct simple spatial databases.
  • Describe the fundamentals of cartography and the importance of map projections in constructing effective maps.
  • Manipulate geographic data and the fundamentals of geographic data structures
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of GIS analysis through appropriate maps, documents and web pages.
  • Apply principles of geographic data display to GIS problems.
Physical Geography GEOG 1
  • Examine the physical forces and processes that operate within the natural environment. \n
  • Identify how physical processes differ from place to place on the globe.
  • Apply geographical methodology in the interpretation of spatial relationships involving distance, area, and direction on the earth's surface.
  • Describe common patterns of temperature and temperature inversions, high and low pressure, ocean and land winds, global winds, rain and desert patterns.
  • Students will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives
  • Define geography as an integrative discipline using examples of the Earth’s four spheres.
Physical Geography Laboratory GEOG 1L
  • Interpret maps.
  • Construct maps using cartographic principles.\n
  • Evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives
  • Construct and interpret maps using cartographic principles.
  • Apply principles of earth-sun relationships to concepts of time, seasonal variations in solar energy receipt and overall climatic patterns on earth.
  • Perform functions of temperature and pressure change using lapse rates.
  • Relate the distribution of vegetation to biomes and soil types.
  • Analyze landform features through an understanding of tectonic processes as well as exogenic processes such as erosion and deposition.
Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors GEOG 1LH
  • Interpret maps.
  • Construct maps using cartographic principles.
  • Students will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives
  • Construct and interpret maps using cartographic principles.
  • Apply principles of earth-sun relationships to concepts of time, seasonal variations in solar energy receipt and overall climatic patterns on earth.
  • Perform functions of temperature and pressure change using lapse rates.
  • Relate the distribution of vegetation to biomes and soil types.
  • Analyze landform features through an understanding of tectonic processes as well as exogenic processes such as erosion and deposition.
Urban Geography GEOG 8
  • Analyze the spatial variation of urban patterns around the world.
  • Describe the tools and theories used in research related to urban geographies.
World Regional Geography GEOG 5
  • Describe the physical, social, economic, political and cultural relationships between distinctive world regions.
  • Explain patterns of physical processes in distinctive world regions including climate and landform evolution.
  • Explain patterns of human processes in distinctive world regions including demographics, migration, language, religion, ethnicity, political processes, development and economic activities.
  • Explain the geographic tools used in regional analysis.
  • Evaluate the geographic situation, problems and prospects for each world region.
  • Analyze the spatial variation of human activities and physical processes in distinctive world regions.
  • Define the concept of region in geographic analysis.
  • Identify the location of the world’s countries, major urban centers, bodies of water, and other landform features.