Geography

Student Learning Outcomes

Course Number Course Outcome
GEOG 1HElements of Physical geography - Honors^ Apply geographical methodology in the interpretation of spatial relationships involving distance, area and direction on the Earths surface. ^ At this time, the department is not offering GEOG 1H because of low enrollments. When the course is offered again, we will collect data on outcomes. ^ Compare and correlate the Earths major climates and biomes. ^ Define geography as an integrative discipline using examples of the Earths four spheres. ^ Describe common patterns of temperature and temperature inversions, high and low pressure, ocean and land winds, global winds, rain and desert patterns. ^ Distinguish between internal, mountain-building processes and external, landform-shaping processes. ^ Examine the physical forces and processes which operate within the natural environment. ^ Locate major physical features of Earth on a series of world maps. ^ Recognize and identify how human and physical processes differ from place to place.
GEOG 1Elements of Physical Georgraphy^ Apply geographical methodology in the interpretation of spatial relationships involving distance, area, and direction on the earth's surface. ^ Compare and correlate the Earths major climates and biomes. ^ Define geography as an integrative discipline using examples of the Earths four spheres. ^ Describe common patterns of temperature and temperature inversions, high and low pressure, ocean and land winds, global winds, rain and desert patterns. ^ Distinguish between internal, mountain-building processes and external, landform-shaping processes. ^ Examine the physical forces and processes which operate within the natural environment. ^ Locate major physical features of Earth on a series of world maps. ^ Recognize and identify how physical processes differ from place to place on the globe. ^ Students will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives
GEOG 30Geography of California^ Analyze the influence of varying cultural and ethnic groups in the shaping of the cultural landscapes of California. ^ Analyze the relationship between humans and the environment 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. ^ 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. ^ Identify and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and be able to analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state 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.
GEOG 30HGeography of California - Honors^ Analyze the influence of varying cultural and ethnic groups in the shaping of the cultural landscapes of California. ^ Analyze the relationship between humans and the environment 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. ^ 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. ^ Identify and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and be able to analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state 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.
GEOG 2Human Geography^ Analyze the spatial expression and cultural impacts of contemporary globalization. ^ Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world. ^ Describe human impacts on the environment including impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources. ^ Describe the distribution of humans globally and explain the tools used by geographers to evaluate human population change. ^ Describe the scope of the discipline of geography and the tools used by geographers to study human processes on the earth. ^ Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research. ^ Evaluate the relationship of humans and the environment. ^ 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. ^ Synthesize theories of human migration to explain historical and contemporary patterns of human mobility.
GEOG 2HHuman Geography - Honors^ Analyze the spatial expression and cultural impacts of contemporary globalization. ^ Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world. ^ Describe human impacts on the environment including impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources. ^ Describe the distribution of humans globally and explain the tools used by geographers to evaluate human population change. ^ Describe the scope of the discipline of geography and the tools used by geographers to study human processes on the earth. ^ Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research. ^ Evaluate the relationship between humans and the environment. ^ 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. ^ Synthesize theories of human migration to explain historical and contemporary patterns of human mobility.
GEOG 10 (VOC)Introduction to Geographic Information Systems^ Analyze case studies of geographic problems and the procedures used to solve them. ^ Apply principles of geographic data display to GIS problems. ^ Assess procedures necessary for spatial problem solving through the implementation of a method or tool. ^ Communicate the results of GIS analysis through appropriate maps, documents and web pages. ^ Construct and maintain computer GIS files. ^ Construct simple spatial databases. ^ Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of GIS analysis through appropriate maps, documents and web pages. ^ Describe the fundamentals of cartography and the importance of map projections in constructing effective maps. ^ Explore GIS career opportunities in a discipline specific field. ^ Manipulate geographic data and the fundamentals of geographic data structures ^ Perform simple spatial data analyses using appropriate software. ^ Perform simple spatial data analysis using appropriate software. ^ Perform simple spatial data analysis using appropriate software. ^ Use desktop GIS software.
GEOG 1LHPhysical Geography Laboratory - Honors^ Analyze landform features through an understanding of tectonic processes as well as exogenic processes such as erosion and deposition. ^ Apply principles of earth-sun relationships to concepts of time, seasonal variations in solar energy receipt and overall climatic patterns on earth. ^ Construct and interpret maps using cartographic principles. ^ Construct maps using cartographic principles. ^ Interpret maps. ^ Perform functions of temperature and pressure change using lapse rates. ^ Relate the distribution of vegetation to biomes and soil types. ^ Students will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives
GEOG 1LPhysical Georgraphy Laboratory^ Analyze landform features through an understanding of tectonic processes as well as exogenic processes such as erosion and deposition. ^ Apply principles of earth-sun relationships to concepts of time, seasonal variations in solar energy receipt and overall climatic patterns on earth. ^ Construct and interpret maps using cartographic principles. ^ Construct maps using cartographic principles. ^ Evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives ^ Interpret maps. ^ Perform functions of temperature and pressure change using lapse rates. ^ Relate the distribution of vegetation to biomes and soil types.
GEOG 8The Urban World^ Analyze the spatial variation of urban patterns around the world. ^ Describe the tools and theories used in research related to urban geographies.
GEOG 5World Regional Geography^ Analyze the impacts of colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa. ^ Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior. ^ Analyze the spatial variation of human activities and physical processes in distinctive world regions. ^ Define the concept of region in geographic analysis. ^ Describe the physical, social, economic, political and cultural relationships between distinctive world regions. ^ Evaluate the geographic situation, problems and prospects for each world region. ^ Evaluate the primary causes of deforestation in Southeast Asia. ^ Explain patterns of human processes in distinctive world regions including demographics, migration, language, religion, ethnicity, political processes, development and economic activities. ^ Explain patterns of physical processes in distinctive world regions including climate and landform evolution. ^ Explain the geographic tools used in regional analysis. ^ Identify the location of the worlds countries, major urban centers, bodies of water, and other landform features.