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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

GEO 100 - Introduction to Geography

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This course meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Requirement.

Focus on the geographer’s view of the interaction of people with their physical and human environments.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe basic concepts of geography
    • Distinguish between absolute location and relative location.
    • Differentiate between formal, functional and vernacular regions.
    • Describe the main elements of a spatial distribution.
    • Describe the process of spatial diffusion.
  • Describe the main visual tools of geography
    • Describe the earth grid of latitude and longitude.
    • Distinguish between maps and globes.
    • Differentiate between large-scale and small-scale maps.
    • Identify the main types of map projections.
    • Describe the types of map symbols.
    • Discuss GIS as a technological tool.
  • Describe weather and climate as main elements of physical geography
    • Discuss temperature as a main weather element.
    • Describe moisture as a main weather element.
    • Describe pressure and circulation as a main weather element.
    • Describe air masses and storms as a main weather element.
    • Discuss climate change.
    • Identify major global climate patterns.
  • Discuss landform forces as a main element of physical geography
    • Distinguish between endogenic and exogenic landform processes.
    • Discuss the theory of plate tectonics.
    • Describe the process of volcanism.
    • Describe the process of diastrophism.
    • Describe weathering and erosion as gradational forces.
  • Discuss the biosphere as part of the earth system
    • Describe the components of the hydrological cycle.
    • Identify the components of the water budget.
    • Discuss main features of ecosystem.
    • Describe important properties of soils.
    • Describe global patterns of vegetation.
  • Evaluate population as a main element of human geography
    • Identify global population distribution and density patterns.
    • Describe the components of natural population change.
    • Describe the process of migration.
    • Evaluate important populations issues.
  • Discuss culture as a main element of human geography
    • Describe cultural concepts and change.
    • Distinguish between folk and popular culture.
    • Describe features of ethnic groups and their patterns.
    • Identify important language concepts.
    • Describe global patterns of language.
    • Describe global patterns of religion.
  • Discuss resources and energy
    • Identify the main factors that affect resources.
    • Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources.
    • Evaluate energy quality and energy efficiency.
    • Evaluate the pros and cons of fossil fuels.
    • Evaluate the pros and cons of synthetic fuels.
    • Evaluate the pros and cons of nuclear fuels.
    • Evaluate the pros and cons of renewable fuels.
  • Discuss important aspects of global pollution
    • Describe important examples of air pollution.
    • Describe important examples of water pollution.
    • Evaluate the process of deforestation.
    • Describe the process of desertification.
  • Discuss urban geography as a main element of human geography
    • Identify important urban concepts.
    • Describe the urban economy.
    • Discuss urban settlement hierarchies.
    • Describe urban internal structure and growth.
    • Evaluate important urban issues.
  • Discuss political territories as a main element of human geography
    • Identify important forms of political territoriality.
    • Discuss the concept of geopolitics.
    • Distinguish between centripetal and centrifugal forces.
    • Identify important state shapes and boundaries.
    • Discuss the process of gerrymandering.
    • Identify important supranational organizations.
    • Evaluate essentials of global terrorism.
  • Discuss economic geography as a main important element of human geography
    • Describe the process of economic development.
    • Identify economic, social and demographic indicators of development.
    • Distinguish between types of economic systems.
    • Identify the stages of economic growth.
    • Evaluate industrial location factors.
    • Evaluate the links between population and economic development.
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 2 Technology Fluency Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking