May 29, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


 

Geography

  
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    GEOG 100 - World Regional Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. Foundation course.

    Through a spatial approach, introduction to the world’s geographic realms and examination of their cultural, population and political dynamics, resources and economic development, patterns of settlement and environmental elements.

  
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    GEOG 101 - The Global Environment


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: One Foundation course
    Introduction to the Earth’s principal human-environmental relationships and biogeographic processes with a focus on how human actions impact the geography of living things from the local to the global scale.

    Same course as ES P 101 . Not open for credit to students with credit in ES P 101 .
  
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    GEOG 120 - Geography of Human Diversity in the United States


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. Foundation course.

    Examines America’s Human Diversity from a geographic perspective focusing on the spatial distribution and organization of race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality groups across the U.S.’s rural and urban cultural landscapes while emphasizing the spatial politics of inclusion and exclusion.

  
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    GEOG 130 - Geography of Weather and Climate


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: One G.E. Foundation course (One B.2. and one A.1 course recommended)
    Introduction to Earth’s atmosphere, weather processes, global climate patterns, drivers of climate change and their interactions with the biotic and abiotic environment. Analysis of how human activities affect weather and climate processes and the patterns of global climate impacts.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture, 2 hours field activity)
  
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    GEOG 140 - Introduction to Physical Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. Foundation course.

    Systematic study of the physical environment including human-environmental interaction, environmental hazards, and natural resources.

  
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    GEOG 160 - Introduction to Human Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. Foundation course.

    Geographic aspects of culture, including the past and present social, political and economic factors that are related to human perception, organization and use of the environment.

  
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    GEOG 200 - Introduction to Research Methods for Geographers


    (3 units)

    Introduction to the scientific method in geography, with an emphasis on basic quantitative and qualitative techniques and their applications.

    (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory). Not open for credit to student with credit in first course in statistics.
  
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    GEOG 280 - Introduction to Geospatial Techniques


    (3 units)

    Introduction to geospatial techniques, which include geographic information science (GIS), cartography, global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing. Students will be introduced to the geographic concepts required for spatial analysis.

    (3 hours lecture)
  
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    GEOG 301 - The Urban Scene


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Exploration courses, and upper division standing.
    Exploration courses, and upper division standing. Analysis of urban life-styles; land use and design; population trends; conflicts in the increasingly multicultural urban setting; housing and community development; suburban-central city relationships; human utilization of urban life spaces; opinions of landmark urbanists; and future trends.

  
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    GEOG 304 - California


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Completion of the GE Foundation.
    An exploration of California’s diverse natural and cultural environment with emphasis upon social and economic problems and the human response to environmental hazards.

  
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    GEOG 306 - United States and Canada


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement.
    Common social, economic and political interests of the major human use regions of the United States and Canada. Describes and interprets the culture patterns of each region in relation to the natural settings in which they have developed.

  
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    GEOG 309 - The Middle East and North Africa


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
    Human and physical settings of the Middle East and North Africa and the cultural, economic, settlement, and political relationships that characterize them stressing those factors which underlie the region’s instability and global importance.

  
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    GEOG 313 - Southeast Asia


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
    Cross-cultural examination of the characteristics and problems found across Southeast Asia, specifically, environmental and cultural patterns, historical development of the spatial organization of society, demographic and other dynamics of social change, and issues of socioeconomic and political development.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 314 - South Asia


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
    Cross-cultural examination of the various characteristics and problems found across the region of South Asia. Specific foci are environmental and cultural patterns, the historical development of the spatial organization of society, demographic and other dynamics of social change related to issues of socioeconomic and political development.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 315 - East Asia


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing.
    Cross-cultural examination of the characteristics and problems found across East Asia, specifically, environmental and cultural patterns, historical development of the spatial organization of society, demographic and other dynamics of social change, and issues of socioeconomic and political development.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 316 - Europe


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement.
    The human and physical patterns of Europe. Current cultural conditions and environmental problems.

  
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    GEOG 318 - Russia and Its Neighbors


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirement.
    Systematic and regional study of the physical, economic and cultural geography of the countries of the former Soviet Union.

  
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    GEOG 319 - International Development


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one Explorations course, upper-division standing.
    Theoretical and practical analysis of social, political, and economic development and alternative developmental models. Contemporary and historical comparisons of how “developed” and “developing” areas of the world have confronted various economic, social, and political challenges.

    Same course as I/ST 319 . Not open for credit to students with credit in I/ST 319 .
  
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    GEOG 321 - Geography of Latin America


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
    This course examines Latin America from a regional geographical perspective. Utilizing both historical and contemporary points of view, it identifies and interprets the distinguishing environmental, demographic, cultural, social, economic, and geopolitical characteristics of the region.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Not open to students who have taken GEOG 320I.
  
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    GEOG 330 - California Ecosystems


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 130  or GEOG 140  or ES P 101  or ES P 200 ; AND GEOG 200  or BIOL 260 ; or instructor consent.
    Introduction to the ecology and biogeography of natural California landscapes, including field examination of habitats, collection and analysis of environmental data, and reporting of field or laboratory findings.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture/activity, 2 hours field/laboratory) Same course as ES P 330 . Not open for credit to students with credit in ES P 330 .
  
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    GEOG 340 - Environmental Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 130  or GEOG 140  or GEOL 280 .
    Examines interrelationships between society and land and water environments. Focuses is on critical analysis of contemporary environmental issues in American West, including both physical and human factors.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 352 - Geography of Travel and Tourism


    (3 units)

    Historical and contemporary spatial characteristics and dimensions of tourism activity. Tourism, destinations, travel patterns, environmental and economic impacts, and analysis of regional tourism patterns.

  
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    GEOG 355 - International Environmental Issues


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one Explorations course, and upper division standing. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
    Examines the deterioration, destruction, maintenance and restoration of environmental systems and resources. Identifies and analyzes major environmental problems that have international dimensions. Investigates ongoing and potential efforts to resolve them.

    Same course as I/ST 355 . Not open for credit to students with credit in I/ST 355 .
  
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    GEOG 357 - Sacred Geographies


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses and upper division status.
    Comparative exploration of sacred spaces across the world. Examines the social, political, and religious processes that create places of ritual and reverence by linking the individual to the communal experience of place.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 360 - Human Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 100 , GEOG 120 , or GEOG 160 .
    Introduces breadth of research across subfields of human geography through examination of various contemporary topics, such as migration, globalization, cultural landscapes, urbanization, politics, agricultural practices, and development.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 380 - Introduction to Digital Cartography & Analysis


    (3 units)

    Introductory knowledge and skills in the creation and analysis of digital cartography for graphic communication of geographical information.

    (Lecture, problems 3 hours)
  
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    GEOG 392 - Climate Action and Sustainability at CSULB


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: Completion of the entire Foundation curriculum along with one or more Explorations courses and upper-division standing
    Students join CSULB’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality (zero net greenhouse gas emissions) and sustainability through service learning assignments working with staff, faculty and community partners. Provides opportunities for all majors to apply and develop skills through hands-on experience.

    6 hours activity. Same course as ES P 392 . Not open for credit to students with credit in ES P 392 .
  
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    GEOG 400 - Multivariate Geographical Analysis


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 200  or any introductory statistics course or consent of instructor.
    Examination of advanced multivariate statistical techniques employed by geographers in analysis of spatial phenomena and emphasis on applications in geographical research, using spreadsheet and statistical software.

    Letter grade only (A-F) (3 hours seminar, 2 hours lab) Double Numbered with: GEOG 500  
  
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    GEOG 402 - Qualitative Geographic Analysis


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    Examines qualitative geographic methodologies and methods through the theoretical frameworks that geographers employ in their research. Introduces survey, interview, and focus group techniques, textual analysis, participant observation, and ethnography. Includes a hands-on research experience.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hours discussion).
  
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    GEOG 440 - Land and Water Resources


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 200  or GEOG 340  or consent of instructor.
    Examines interrelationships between land and water as components of the human environment. Focus is on management, use and human impacts, with an emphasis on water resources.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion) GEOG 540  
  
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    GEOG 441 - The Geography of Mars


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOG 130  or GEOG 140  or GEOL 102  and GEOG 280  or consent of instructor.

    Introduction to the geography of Mars, providing a physical regionalization of the Martian surface and climate and an understanding of underlying tectonic, geomorphic, and meteorological processes. The course reviews remote sensing fundamentals and data sources for geographical analysis of Mars.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours seminar, 2 hours activity). GEOG 541  
  
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    GEOG 442 - Biogeography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite/ Corequisite: GEOG 330 /ES P 330 .

    Theories and methods of mapping plant and animal distributions, spatial interaction of species with environmental limiting factors, and the human role in temporal and spatial variation of ecosystems.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec‑problems; field experience)
  
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    GEOG 443 - Watersheds: Processes and Management


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: ES P 200  or GEOG 340  or consent of instructor.
    Basic principles of watershed hydrology, including hydrologic processes, runoff behavior, precipitation patterns and watershed models. Evaluation of water quality elements such as nonpoint source pollution. Laboratory and field exercises will include hydrologic data collection, processing and evaluation.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours Lecture, 2 hours Laboratory)
  
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    GEOG 444 - Climatology


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: ES P 200  or GEOG 340  or consent of instructor.
    Descriptive and explanatory analysis of elements and controls of climate. Climates of world emphasis on California and North America.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, problems 3 hours)
  
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    GEOG 445 - Paleoclimatology


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 330  or GEOL 240  or GEOL 300 .
    Methods and theories used in reconstructing and dating climates of the past 2 million years, using such proxies as sediment sequences, packrat middens, ice cores, tree rings, corals, and documentary data. Causes of environmental change and human interactions are analyzed.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours, lab activities 2 hours) Cross-listed with GEOL 445 . Same course as GEOL 445 . Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOL 445  
  
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    GEOG 446 - Land Use Planning


    (3 units)

    Examines land use planning, issues and responses concerning land use; coastal zones; environmental resource management; urban growth; design and aesthetics; planning parameters for residences, parks, conservation areas, shopping centers, and industrial areas; urban and regional revitalization, and transportation.

    Not open for credit to students with credit in U/ST 446
  
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    GEOG 447 - Landscape Restoration


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GEOG 330 /ES P 330 .

    Explores philosophical, political, and ecological issues associated with restoring degraded landscapes. Analysis of theoretical works, scientific research, planning documents and case studies. Examines potential for restoring natural landscapes.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 448 - Environmental Assessment


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: ES P 200  or GEOG 340  or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the policy framework and techniques for assessing impacts on various aspects of the biological and physical environment. The course is a survey of multiple topics involving various types of environmental assessment, including data collection, processing and evaluation.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture, activity) GEOG 548  
  
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    GEOG 450 - Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
    An interdisciplinary, project-based examination of environmental sustainability challenges and social justice issues. Using various methodological and theoretical approaches, course topics will include climate justice, social movements, resilience, public health, air quality, transportation, food/water security, sea level rise, and industrial contamination.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as ES P 450 .
  
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    GEOG 452 - Geography of the Global Economy


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    Examines globalization processes that create integration of world’s economic, political, and cultural systems, but operate unevenly across space and time. Focuses on impact on people and places around the world.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, problems)
  
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    GEOG 455 - People As Agents of Environmental Change


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 340  or consent of instructor.
    Examines human impact on biophysical environment from long-term and global perspective. Explores regional and global implications of these changes on people and environments. Examines different theories for explaining major human forces that drive environmental change.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)
  
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    GEOG 458 - Hazards and Risk Management


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: ES P 200  or GEOG 340  or consent of instructor.
    Broad overview of hazards and disasters, whether natural or technological, emphasizing the physical and social dynamics that interact to produce hazard, the spatial and temporal distributions of various hazards, and policy options for disaster preparation, loss reduction, and community resilience.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 558  
  
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    GEOG 460 - Population Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to geographic study of population. Includes growth and distribution of world population; results of changing births, deaths, and migration; variations in population composition; related problems such as food supplies and environmental deterioration.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 462 - Gender, Place and Culture


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or WGSS 300  or consent of instructor
    A human geography approach to examining intersections of gender, place and culture. Topics include: body spaces; geographies of sexualities; emotion, care and health; migration; environmental and social justice; feminist post-structural theories and philosophies; and feminist methodological approaches to geographic research.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 562 . Same course as WGSS 462 . Not open for credit to students with credit in WGSS 462  
  
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    GEOG 464 - Urban Geography: Sustainable Cities


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 100 , GEOG 120 , or GEOG 160  or GEOG 301  or consent of instructor; GEOG 360  recommended.
    Corequisite: GEOG 301  
    Examines the function and character of cities as locations for sustainable development related to health, transportation, and neighborhood design. Course focuses on trends in public policy, planning, and community-based activism that seek to balance economic, social, and environmental well-being.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Double Numbered with: GEOG 564  
  
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    GEOG 465 - Social Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    The geographies of society, including various methodological and theoretical approaches to social geography. Topics may include socio-spatial inequality, crime, housing, religious systems, medical and health geography, feminist geography, the geography of sexuality, the geography of race, or poststructuralist geography.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 565  
  
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    GEOG 467 - Urban Geography: Metropolitan Problems and Solutions


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    Examines geographic components of metropolitan problems with a focus on theoretical and practically applied urban planning solutions to transportation, housing, residential segregation, economic development, and community health issues.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, problems 3 hrs) GEOG 567  
  
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    GEOG 468 - World Cities/Cities of the World


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    Comparative examination of major world cities within the context of their regional and national urban systems. Compares and contrasts cities of developed and developing worlds. Explores divergent urbanization patterns and world city development in major cultural realms.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 469 - Communities, Democracy & Spatial Justice


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 301  or GEOG 360 
    Course examines theories and strategies of empowerment and sustainable community development. Topics include community-based research, civic capacities and public policy, relationship-based versus elite/bureaucratic problem solving, social capital, spatial justice and rights to the city, and community development.

    Letter Grade only (A-F) GEOG 569  
  
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    GEOG 470 - Political Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 360  or consent of instructor.
    Examines the interface between people, power and territory. We consider how societies are organized at local, national and international scales, how ideologies (including nationalism) have political implications, and how the state is changing through the agency of new state and non-state actors. We explore the consequences of these new geographies of power.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, problems)
  
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    GEOG 471 - Geographic Information Science (GIS) For Health


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 200  or HDEV 190  or PSY 110  or SOC 170  or STAT 118  or equivalent.
    An Introduction to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and systems (GIS) including concepts and skills in spatial reasoning and spatial thinking. Explores GIS in spatial query, problem analysis and decision support using health-related applications. Lecture/discussion and Laboratory

    Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours seminar, 2 hours computer laboratory) Same course as HCA 471 . Not open for credit to students with credit in HCA 471  or GEOG 485 /GEOG 585 .
  
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    GEOG 473 - Remote Sensing


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 200  or equivalent and GEOG 280  or GEOG 471  or GEOG 481 ; or consent of instructor.
    Processing and interpretation of aerial photographs and digital satellite imagery. Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, energy-matter interactions, sensor characteristics, and the acquisition, processing and interpretation of imagery for applications including the analysis of vegetation dynamics, surface hydrology and urban environments.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 475 - Geographical Applications in Remote Sensing


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 473  or consent of instructor
    Focuses on remote sensing applications. Students will be introduced to sophisticated imagery and analysis techniques, as applied to weather and fire modeling, arid lands environmental problems, or the urban environment.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Double Numbered with: GEOG 575 
  
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    GEOG 481 - Geographic Information Science for Natural Sciences


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: Junior/Senior/Graduate standing; GEOG 140  or BIOL 153  or GEOL 102 .
    Introduces fundamentals of geographic information science and systems (GIS) to non-geography students, including concepts and skills in spatial reasoning and spatial thinking. Explores GIS in spatial query, problem analysis and decision support, using biologic, geologic, and ecologic applications.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOG 280  or GEOG 485 /GEOG 585 .
  
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    GEOG 482 - Advanced Digital Cartography & GIS


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 200  or equivalent and GEOG 380  or consent of instructor.
    Advanced theories and techniques for the creation of various types of numerical thematic maps using digital cartography, GIS, and empirical data.

    Grading: Letter grade only (A-F) Double Numbered with: GEOG 582  
  
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    GEOG 484 - Enterprise GIS Development


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOG 280  or GEOG 471  or GEOG 481  or consent of instructor.
    Provides a comprehensive overview of the enterprise geographic information system development process. Focuses specifically on geospatial data acquisition, management, and dissemination methods which utilize geodatabase functionality and custom developed mapping applications.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 584  
  
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    GEOG 485 - Principles of Geographic Information Science


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 200  or equivalent AND GEOG 280  or GEOG 471  or GEOG 481 ; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamental concepts and techniques of geographic information systems and science are introduced. Emphasizes spatial analyses to address spatial questions.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 585  
  
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    GEOG 486 - Field Methods in Landscape Analysis


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 340  or equivalent and consent of instructor. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
    Introduction to field techniques, including formulation of field plans, recording direct observation, field mapping, sampling techniques, interviewing, and organizing and evaluating data for presentation.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 1 hour, supervised field work 6 hours)
  
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    GEOG 487A - Applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS): Environment and Natural Resources


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor.
    Use of Geographic Information Systems and science for spatial query, problem analysis, spatial modeling and decision support in natural resource assessment. Students with background in GIS are introduced to environmental applications. Emphasizes use of raster GIS.

  
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    GEOG 487B - Applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS): Urban and Economic


    (4 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor.

    Corequisite(s): None
    Builds on introductory knowledge of Geographic Information Systems, spatial analysis and spatial data and focuses on urban and economic applications and analyses.

    Double Numbered with: GEOG 587B  

  
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    GEOG 488 - Geographic Information Science (GIS) Programming


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor
    Corequisite: GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor
    Introduction to programming techniques for Geographic Information Sciences and applications for geography and related disciplines.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours). GEOG 588  
  
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    GEOG 492 - Applied Internship


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing. Open to Geography and Environmental Science and Policy majors only.
    Practical experience in an appropriate business, government or community-based organization to enhance professional development.

    Undergraduates may elect Credit/No Credit or letter grading; letter grading only is required for graduate students. Same course as ES P 495 . (6 hours activity/laboratory). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units; a second semester experience shall differ substantially from first semester experience. Student will work under faculty supervision.
  
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    GEOG 494 - Selected Topics in Geography


    (1-3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Application of geographical concepts and methodology to selected contemporary problems.

    May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department chair. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May not be credited toward the major in geography without written department consent in advance of enrollment.
  
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    GEOG 495 - Field Training in Geographic Techniques


    (1-6 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 140  and consent of instructor
    In this advanced applied geography course students will enhance their knowledge of various geographic and/or geospatial techniques and apply these skills to address geographic and spatial questions through a combination of intense hands-on field work and data analyses. Topics vary by instructor.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 - 18 hours Activity)
  
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    GEOG 497 - Directed Studies


    (1-3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Individually directed studies of special problems in geography.

    May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department chairperson. May not be credited toward the major in geography without written department consent in advance of enrollment.
  
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    GEOG 500 - Multivariate Geographical Analysis


    (4 units)

    Examination of advanced multivariate statistical techniques employed by geographers in analysis of spatial phenomena. Emphasis on applications in geographical research, using spreadsheet and statistical software.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours seminar, 2 hours laboratory) Double Numbered with: GEOG 400  
  
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    GEOG 502 - Qualitative Geographic Analysis


    (4 units)

    Examines qualitative geographic methodologies and methods through the theoretical frameworks that geographers employ in their research. Introduces survey, interview, and focus group techniques, textual analysis, participant observation, and ethnography. Includes a hands-on research experience.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hours discussion).
  
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    GEOG 540 - Land and Water Resources


    (3 units)

    Examines interrelationships between land and water as components of the human environment. Focus is on management, use and human impacts, with an emphasis on water resources.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion) GEOG 440 
  
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    GEOG 541 - The Geography of Mars


    (3 units)

    Introduction to the geography of Mars, providing a physical regionalization of the Martian surface and climate and an understanding of underlying tectonic, geomorphic, and meteorological processes. The course reviews remote sensing fundamentals and data sources for geographical analysis of Mars.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours seminar, 2 hours activity) GEOG 441 
  
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    GEOG 543 - Watersheds: Processes and Management


    (4 units)

    Basic principles of watershed hydrology, including hydrologic processes, runoff behavior, precipitation patterns and watershed models. Evaluation of water quality elements such as nonpoint source pollution. Laboratory and field exercises will include hydrologic data collection, processing and evaluation.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours Lecture, 2 hours Laboratory)
  
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    GEOG 548 - Environmental Assessment


    (3 units)

    Introduction to the policy framework and techniques for assessing impacts on various aspects of the biological and physical environment. The course is a survey of multiple topics involving various types of environmental assessment, including data collection, processing and evaluation.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture, activity) GEOG 448 
  
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    GEOG 558 - Hazards and Risk Management


    (3 units)

    Broad overview of hazards and disasters, whether natural or technological, emphasizing the physical and social dynamics that interact to produce hazard, the spatial and temporal distributions of various hazards, and policy options for disaster preparation, loss reduction, and community resilience.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 485 
  
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    GEOG 562 - Gender, Place and Culture


    (3 units)

    A human geography approach to examining intersections of gender, place and culture. Topics include: body spaces; geographies of sexualities; emotion, care and health; migration; environmental and social justice; feminist post-structural theories and philosophies; and feminist methodological approaches to geographic research.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 462  Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOG 462  or WGSS 462 .
  
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    GEOG 564 - Urban Geography: Sustainable Cities


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
    Examines the function and character of cities as locations for sustainable development related to health, transportation, and neighborhood design. Course focuses on trends in public policy, planning, and community-based activism that seek to balance economic, social, and environmental well-being.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Double Numbered with: GEOG 464  
  
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    GEOG 565 - Social Geography


    (3 units)

    The geographies of society, including various methodological and theoretical approaches to social geography. Topics may include sociospatial inequality, crime, housing, religious systems, medical and health geography, feminist geography, the geography of sexuality, the geography of race, or poststructuralist geography.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 465 
  
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    GEOG 567 - Urban Geography: Metropolitan Problems and Solutions


    (3 units)

    Examines geographic components of metropolitan problems with a focus on theoretical and practically applied urban planning solutions to transportation, housing, residential segregation, economic development, and community health issues.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, problems 3 hrs) GEOG 467 
  
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    GEOG 569 - Communities, Democracy & Spatial Justice


    (3 units)

    Course examines theories and strategies of empowerment and sustainable community development. Topics include community-based research, civic capacities and public policy, relationship-based versus elite/bureaucratic problem solving, social capital, spatial justice and rights to the city, and community development.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 469 
  
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    GEOG 575 - Geographical Applications in Remote Sensing


    (4 units)

    Focuses on remote sensing applications. Students will be introduced to sophisticated imagery and analysis techniques, as applied to weather and fire modeling, arid lands environmental problems, or the urban environment.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours).
  
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    GEOG 582 - Advanced Digital Cartography and GIS


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
    Advanced theories and techniques for the creation of various types of numerical thematic maps using digital cartography, GIS, and empirical data.

    Letter grade only (A-F). Double Numbered with: GEOG 482  

     

  
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    GEOG 584 - Enterprise GIS Development


    (4 units)

    Provides a comprehensive overview of the enterprise geographic information system development process. Focuses specifically on geospatial data acquisition, management, and dissemination methods which utilize geodatabase functionality and custom developed mapping applications.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 484  
  
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    GEOG 585 - Principles of Geographic Information Science


    (4 units)

    Fundamental concepts and techniques of geographic information systems and science are introduced. Emphasizes spatial analyses to address spatial questions.

    Letter grade only (A-F). GEOG 485 
  
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    GEOG 586 - Field Methods in Landscape Analysis


    (4 units)

    Introduction to field techniques, including formulation of field plans, recording direct observation, field mapping, sampling techniques, interviewing, and organizing and evaluating data for presentation.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 1 hour; Field Work 6 hours).
  
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    GEOG 587A - Applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS): Environment and Natural Resources


    (4 units)

    The use of Geographic Information Systems and science for spatial query, problem analysis, spatial modeling and decision support in natural resource assessment. Students who possess a background in GIS are introduced to environmental applications. Emphasizes the use of raster GIS.

  
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    GEOG 587B - Applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS): Urban and Economic


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor

    Corequisite(s): None
    Builds on introductory knowledge of Geographic Information Systems, spatial analysis and spatial data and focuses on urban and economic applications and analyses.

    Double Numbered with: GEOG 487B  

  
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    GEOG 588 - Geographic Information Science (GIS) Programming


    (4 units)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor.
    Corequisite(s): GEOG 485  or GEOG 585  or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to programming techniques for Geographic Information Sciences and applications for geography and related disciplines.

    Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours). GEOG 488  
  
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    GEOG 596 - Geographic Thought and Literature


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Proseminar in the history of 20th century Anglophone geographic thought with emphasis on the theoretical and subdisciplinary perspectives current in the field today.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 600 - Seminar in Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    In depth investigation of geographical issues, problems, methods and/or theories. Topics vary by instructor.

    Letter grade only (A-F) May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of departmental advisor.
  
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    GEOG 640 - Seminar in Physical/Environmental Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    In depth investigation of physical and/or environmental issues and problems. Topics vary by instructor.

    Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of departmental advisor.
  
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    GEOG 650 - Seminar in Cultural Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Systematic investigation of human occupancy in its varied environmental and regional settings.

    Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department advisor.
  
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    GEOG 666 - Seminar in Urban Geography


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Geographic concepts and techniques of research applied to specific urban areas.

    Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department advisor.
  
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    GEOG 680 - Seminar in Geospatial Science


    (3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Application of geographic concepts and methodology to selected cartographic, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analytic problems.

    Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of departmental advisor.
  
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    GEOG 696 - Seminar in Geographical Research Methods


    (3 units)

    Prerequisites: GEOG 596 , graduate standing in geography, and consent of instructor.
    Critical survey of contemporary methodologies available for framing research in geography, emphasizing the connection between research models, research questions, and the selection and limitations of particular methods, techniques, and data.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 697 - Directed Research


    (1-3 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Research in geography supervised on an individual basis.

    Letter grade only (A-F).
  
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    GEOG 698 - Thesis


    (1-6 units)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Planning, preparation and completion of thesis for the master’s degree.