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Geography Department 

Geography is the study of place and space. Geographers are interested in examining where things are located on the earth, why they are located where they are and how places differ. Geographers are also fundamentally interested in the interactions between people and the spaces they occupy. There are two primary branches of geography: human and physical geography. Human geographers examine the spatial aspects of human existence: how people use their space, how they modify space, how human activities are distributed across space. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism and international business.

Physical geographers study patterns and distributions of the physical processes of the earth, such as climate, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. Physical geographers work in areas of climatology (weather forecasting), land and water resource management. Many human and physical geographers have skills in cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Geographers also study the linkages between human activity and natural systems. According to the American Association of Geographers (AAG), "geographers were, in fact, among the first scientists to sound the alarm that human-induced changes to the environment were beginning to threaten the balance of life itself." Geographers study the impact of issues such as global warming, desertification, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, groundwater pollution, and flooding.

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Student Learning Outcomes

    • Geography SLOs

       Geography 1 & Geography 1H:  Physical Geography
      SLO 1:  Examine the physical forces and processes which operate within the natural environment. 
      SLO 2:  Recognize and identify how physical processes differ from place to place on the globe. 
      SLO 3:  Apply geographical methodology in the interpretation of spatial relationships involving distance, area, and direction on the earth's surface.
      SLO 4:  Evaluate the impact of science in our daily life.

      Geography 2 & Geography 2H:  Human Geography
      SLO 1:  Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world
      SLO 2:  Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research.
      SLO 3:  Evaluate the relationship of humans and the environment.

      Geography 1L & Geography 1LH:  Physical Geography Lab
      SLO 1:  Interpret maps.
      SLO 2:  Construct maps using cartographic principles.
      SLO 3:   Evaluate the impact of science in daily life.

      Geography 30 & Geography 30H:  California Geography
      SLO 1:  Analyze the relationship between humans and the environment of California.
      SLO 2:  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.

      Geography 5:  World Regional Geography
      SLO 1:  Explain the geographic tools used in regional analysis. 
      SLO 2:  Evaluate the geographic situation, problems and prospects for each world region.
      SLO 3:  Analyze the spatial variation of human activities and physical processes in distinctive world regions

      Geography 10: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
      SLO 1:  Perform simple spatial data analysis using appropriate software.
      SLO 2:  Apply principles of geographic data display to GIS problems.
      SLO 3:  Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of GIS analysis through appropriate maps, documents and web pages. 

What is GIS?

    • GIS Defined

      A Geographic Information System uses computers and software to leverage the fundamental principle of geography – that location is important in people’s lives. It is a tool for managing information according to where it’s located. There is currently a shortage of qualified professionals to fill GIS related positions ranging from engineers to telecommunications experts. GIS is one of the most important components in approaching global problem solving. It helps us look for patterns in both the man-made and natural worlds. People in business, government, education, and natural resources are using GIS to analyze markets, manage parcels of land, conduct research, and protect natural resources. 

Our Professors

  • Elizabeth Lobb
    Department Chair
  • Dafna Golden

Geography Department

Elizabeth Lobb, Chair

Tuesdays & Thursdays:  7:30am-8:00am, 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
Building 26D-2481L
(909) 594-5611

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