Academics

Course Descriptions

Geography (GEOG)


GEOG 120  Introduction to Physical Geography  (5)
Analyses the physical structure of the earth’s surface, including landforms, weather, climate, and biogeography. Emphasizes understanding of what makes each point on Earth unique and how humans interact with physical systems in multiple ways. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. RECOMMEND: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
GEOG 123  Globalization  (5)
Examines globalization from a geographic perspective, including the cultural and economic effects of rapid communication and transportation networks. Topics include the globalization of popular culture, economic systems, trade agreements, and arguments both for and against globalization. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

GEOG 190  Geographic Exploration  (5-10)
Field course designed to allow students to study the components that make up and contribute to the character of various selected, distinct landscapes while in the field. Skill training (kayak, glacier climbing, scuba, wilderness camping) and subject briefing sessions are usually a part of this course. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
GEOG 201  World Regional Geography  (5)
Study of the world’s regional structure; analysis and interpretation of the worlds cultural, economic, and resource patterns. RECOMMEND: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

GEOG 205  Environmental Geography  (5)
Studies the relationship between humans and the natural world. Topics include population, consumption, resources, pollution, agriculture, and sustainability. Emphasizes global climate change and the environmental systems of the Puget Sound bioregion. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and MATH& 141. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
GEOG 210  Mountain Geography  (5)
Provides a geographic overview of mountains including the importance of mountain regions to humans, the formation, geomorphology, weather, climate, and biology of mountain regions. May include a one day field trip on a Saturday. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

GEOG 298  Independent Study-Geography 1  (1-5)
Permits students to individually pursue a special field of interest under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: GEOG 100, 120, or equivalent; and instructor's permission.
GEOG 299  Independent Study-Geography 2  (1-5)
Permits students to individually pursue a special field of interest under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: GEOG 100, 120, or equivalent; and instructor's permission.

GEOG& 100  Introduction to Geography  (5)
Survey of elements, major concepts, and methods of the field of geography. Topics include weather, climate, soils, wild vegetation, settlement, population, agricultural systems, and other selected topics. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
GEOG& 200  Human Geography  (5)
The spatial study of cultural phenomena on earth. Examines the distribution of diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, religions and economies at a global, as well as regional, scale. Analyzes current geographic problems in the context of migration, population growth, ethnic and religious identities, the colonial legacy and the growing forces of globalization. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.