UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

Courses

GEOG 101. The Physical Environment (3)

Study of the natural environment—nature, distribution and relationships of climate, landforms, vegetation, hydrology and soils. (Available for General Education, Natural Sciences.)

GEOG 102. Physical Geography Lab (1)

Corequisite: GEOG 101 or equivalent. Observations, experiments and demonstrations designed to familiarize students with techniques utilized by physical geographers. 2 hours lab. (May be used to satisfy the lab requirement in the Natural Science Section of General Education.)

GEOG 103. Weather (3)

Study of atmospheric processes. (Available for General Education, Natural Sciences.)

GEOG 105. Weather Lab (1)

Corequisite: GEOG 103. Observations, experiments and demonstrations designed to familiarize students with the nature of California’s weather and climate. 2 hours lab per week. (May be used to satisfy the lab requirement in the Natural Science Section of General Education.)

GEOG 106LRS. The Physical Environment for Liberal Studies Majors (3)

Study of the natural environment—nature, distribution and relationships of climate, landforms, vegetation, soils, water bodies and the solar system. (Available for Earth Science credit for Liberal Studies majors.) (Cross-listed with GEOL 106LRS.)

GEOG 107. Introduction to Human Geography (3)

Examines the patterns and processes of human occupance of the Earth, with a focus on the U.S. Topics such as population, agriculture, language, religion, ethnicity, politics and economics are covered using the tools, methods and perspective of the geographer. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

GEOG 108. Earth From Above (3)

This survey course will introduce basic geographic technologies such as satellite mapping, GPS and other navigational tools, online mapping, geocaching and GIS. Topics include the origin and development of earth mapping, GIS, weather forecasting, business location, environmental research, transportation, and planning. Lectures are complemented with hands-on activities and case studies. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.)

GEOG 111/L. Understanding Climate Change and Lab (3/1)

Corequisite: GEOG 111L. Severe global climate change will have disastrous consequences for Earth’s population. This course will develop the basic science behind the predictions for Earth’s climate, and explain why human activities, primarily the emission of greenhouse gases, is the main driver of global warming. Course topics include the causes of climate change, its impacts, …

GEOG 150. World Geography (3)

Geographical survey of the world’s major regions, with emphasis on those features important to an understanding of current global concerns and problems. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

GEOG 170. Water Resources of California (3)

This course examines the nature and challenges of California’s water resources. Topics include the physical attributes of water (sources, quantity, and quality), the underlying climatic and hydrologic processes that determine the surface and subsurface distribution of water, and the physical, social, economic and management issues that occur as California’s water resources face increasing pressure from …

GEOG 206/L. Introduction to Geographical Information Science and Lab (2/1)

Corequisite: GEOG 206L. Introduction to fundamental concepts of geographical information science. Course will cover technical and context knowledge for basic spatial analysis, including data gathering, analysis and display through digital methods. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to explore spatial questions about environmental and social issues. Lab demonstrates these principles through hands-on experience with …

GEOG 300. The Geographer’s Craft (3)

Introduction to geography as a discipline, emphasizing its approach to analysis and problem solving, resources for conducting geographic research, methods for answering geographic questions, and techniques for communicating insights.

GEOG 301. Cultural Geography (3)

Prerequisites: Lower division course in the social sciences; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Study of the literature, traditions and theories dealing with the human-environment relationship and an analysis of the approaches used by cultural geographers to elucidate the nature of this relationship. Major themes are the cultural landscape, cultural ecology and environmental perception. …

GEOG 304/L. Map and Imagery Interpretation (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 101 or GEOG 150. Corequisite: GEOG 304L. Introduction to reading maps and interpreting aerial imagery. Emphasis on making simple measurements from maps and imagery, techniques of interpreting the physical and cultural landscape and elementary map-making. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab.

GEOG 305/L. Maps and Graphics and Lab (2/1)

Corequisite: GEOG 305L. Preparatory: Lower division course in Geography or other relevant field. Design, use and preparation of maps and graphs. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

GEOG 306/L. Intermediate Geographical Information Science and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 206/L or instructor consent. Corequisite: GEOG 306L. Intermediate course on theories and application of geographical information science. Course will cover fundamental concepts of database management, spatial analysis and data creation. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to discover spatial relationships among environmental and social phenomena. Labs will provide an introduction to spatial …

GEOG 311/L. The Atmosphere and Lab (3/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOG 103 or ASTR 152 or GEOL 100 or GEOL 110 or GEOL 122; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Explanations of rain, wind, smog, etc. Basic principles of energy transfer. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. (Available for General Education, Natural Sciences.)

GEOG 316. Environmental Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Recommended Preparatory or Corequisite: GEOG 316L. Introduction to the principles of environmental geography with special emphasis on the connections between human activities and the physical (natural) environment. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the historical and contemporary impact of humans on the natural environment. Students using this …

GEOG 316L. Environmental Geography Lab (1)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Recommended Preparatory or Corequisite: GEOG 316. Practical exercises on spatial patterns of demographics and natural resources, air pollution, land degredation, energy use and generation, and the potential for sustainability. Students using this course to satisfy a General Education requirement in the Natural Sciences may satisfy the corresponding …

GEOG 318. Europe (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of the physical, historical, cultural, economic and political factors that have shaped the contemporary European landscapes. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

GEOG 321. United States (3)

Prerequisites: Lower division course in the social sciences; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Regional and cultural geography of the U.S. emphasizing human-environment interaction and the evolution of contemporary geographical patterns of population distribution, resource exploitation, transportation, and agricultural and industrial production. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

GEOG 322. Latin America (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Spatial and ecological survey of the environment, cultures, economies and societies of the Latin American nations. Emphasizes the changing settlement geography and pays special attention to Brazil and the Andean countries. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

GEOG 324. China (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Geographical analysis of the peoples and culture of China, emphasizing features important to an understanding of China’s cultural and regional diversity and contemporary problems. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

GEOG 326. Africa (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Geographical analysis of the peoples and cultures of Africa, emphasizing features important to an understanding of Africa’s cultural and regional diversity and contemporary problems. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

GEOG 330. California (3)

Prerequisites: Lower division course in the social sciences; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. An exploration of the diverse physical and human landscapes of California. The course examines the state’s environmental context (climate, landforms, water, vegetation, wildlife, minerals); human imprints on the natural landscape (population, agriculture, industry, urbanization); and the physical and human challenges …

GEOG 334. Geography of Oceania (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Cultural and regional geography of Oceania, including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific nations, territories and protectorates. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

GEOG 340. Economic Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Lower division course in Geography or ECON 160 or ECON 300. Principles governing spatial organization of society. Theoretical and empirical approaches to location of urban and rural settlement and economic activities. Spatial structures, their interrelationships and changes in organization.

GEOG 345. The Geography of Tourism (3)

Prerequisites: Lower division course in the social sciences; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of the spatial patterns of the various forms of tourism and its impact on select world regions. Topics covered in this course include host-guest relations, the cultural and economic impacts of tourism, the cruise ship industry, urban tourism and …

GEOG 350. Metropolitan Los Angeles (3)

Prerequisite: Lower division course in geography; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Geographical analysis of the Los Angeles urban area, with emphasis on physical, economic and cultural aspects of its development. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

GEOG 351. Urban Geography (3)

Prerequisites: Lower division course in the social sciences; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Geographical analysis of past and current patterns of world urbanization. Emphasis on city origins, growth, development and current problems. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

GEOG 365/L. Geomorphology and Lab (3/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOL 101; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Corequisite: GEOG 365L. Analytical and descriptive study of physical processes responsible for development and evolution of Earth’s surface features. Aspects of local geomorphology will be observed on field trips. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours field activity. (Available for General Education, Natural Sciences.) …

GEOG 366/L. Geography of Environmental Hazards and Lab (3/1)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Observations, experiments and demonstrations designed to familiarize students with the scientific investigation of environmental hazards. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. (Available for General Education, Natural Sciences.)

GEOG 370. Water, Society, and the Environment (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. This course critically examines the complex relationships between human societies and water. A broad understanding of the coupled natural and human systems and their dependence on water will be examined. Topics include the global distribution of water, hydrological cycle, water supply and demand, water policy and law, …

GEOG 402/L. Physical Geography Techniques and Lab (2/1)

Corequisite: GEOG 402L. Preparatory: GEOG 311 or GEOG 364 or GEOG 365. This techniques course in geomorphology, climatology and biogeography includes the principles of field surveying and mapping, water sampling, stream velocity and sediment transport measurement, basic weather station instrumentation, programming and deployment, and sampling designs for vegetation and soil analysis. The course will include …

GEOG 404A-Z. Field Studies in Geography (1-3)

Prerequisite: 6 units in Geography. Preparatory: GEOG 300. Techniques of field observation, recordings and analysis through mapping and written reports. Field studies may be repeated for credit. Available for graduate credit. Course Title GEOG 404A Los Angeles GEOG 404B Foreign GEOG 404E Environmental GEOG 404J Cultural GEOG 404K Tourism GEOG 404T Urban GEOG 404U Physical …

GEOG 406/L. Advanced Geographical Information Science and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 306 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: GEOG 406L. Course will cover advanced topics in geographical information science. Students will investigate geographic data structures, advanced concepts in database design, algorithms for spatial data analysis, web-based mapping applications, customized applications, and implementation and management issues associated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Lab will demonstrate these …

GEOG 407/L. Remote Sensing and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 304/L or GEOG 305/ L or GEOG 306/L or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GEOG 407L. Theory and practice of remote sensing by satellites and aircraft in visible, infrared and microwave portions of the spectrum. Problem-oriented course emphasizing the application of image processing software and techniques to digital satellite imagery. 2 hours lecture, …

GEOG 408A/L. Human/Cultural Applications in GIS and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 306/L or permission of instructor. Advanced applications of geographical information systems. Includes analysis of crime patterns, patterns of disease and healthcare delivery, population and housing characteristics, voting behavior and redistricting, market area analysis, utility management, transportation. Students taking GEOG 408A/L are also eligible to take GEOG 408B/L for credit. This course meets the …

GEOG 408B/L. Environmental/Physical Applications in GIS and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 306/L or permission of instructor. Advanced applications of geographical information systems. Includes analysis of environmental hazards, animal and plant species distributions, distributions of archeological sites, mineral exploration, forest inventory and management, navigation, hydrology, climatology, geomorphology. Project may result in the development of customized applications of software. Students taking GEOG 408B/L also are eligible …

GEOG 408C/L. Geospatial Project Management and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 206/L or permission of instructor. This course exposes students to ideas and concepts in geospatial project management by covering concepts in system organization, design and analysis, as well as the interpersonal factors which influence professional interaction and that are specific and unique to projects in geospatial science and technology. Students will learn to think …

GEOG 408D/L. Spatial Database Management and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 206/L or permission of instructor. Advanced concepts in spatial database management. This course explores the management and design of spatial datasets and their association with Geographical Information Systems. Students will be introduced to concepts such as the principles of spatial database planning, design, implementation, and administration. Final projects will result in the development …

GEOG 408E/L. GIS Automation and Customization and Lab (1/2)

Prerequisites: GEOG 306/L or permission of instructor. This course exposes students to GIS automation using industry standard programming systems. Basic programming concepts and methodologies for customizing and/or extending the available functions in ArcGIS are introduced. Available for graduate credit. 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab.

GEOG 408F/L. WebGIS and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 206/L or permission of instructor. Introduction to the design, development, and implementation of interactive and accessible customized web-based GIS applications. The course provides an overview of conceptual and theoretical backgrounds of WebGIS system architecture and offers programming concepts and skill sets underlying development and implementation of distributed geographical information on the Internet. Available for …

GEOG 408G/L. GIS and Decision-Making and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 306/L or permission of instructor. Introduction to the principles of integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial decision analysis methodologies with examples drawn from public and private sector organizations using a collaborative approach. The course focuses on multiple criteria evaluation techniques and their integration with GIS, and also introduces optimization methods capable of …

GEOG 408H/L. GIS in Water Resource Management and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 306/L or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. The course introduces the principles of hydrology and the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in hydrologic modeling and water resource management. Selected GIS-based techniques will be applied in practical sessions. The main focus of the course will be on the use …

GEOG 409/L. Digital Cartography and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: GEOG 305/L. Corequisite: GEOG 409L. Advanced design, use and presentation of maps and information graphics. Course will explore computer-assisted cartography in theory and practice. Topics will include cartographic communications, data acquisition and design for computer generated mapping. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Available for graduate credit.

GEOG 414. Hydroclimatology (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 311. Details of the hydrologic cycle, emphasizing cloud physics, precipitation, evaporation and runoff. Nature and causes of rainfall variability in time and space. Cloud seeding. Irrigation and water supply problems. Field studies.

GEOG 416. Global Warming (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 103 or GEOG 311. Analysis of Earth’s changing climate throughout geologic time. Includes consideration of the mechanisms of climate change, techniques of climate reconstruction and analysis, and the chronology of climate change. Examines the issue of global warming, climate data, climate models and predictions. Considers the environmental impact of global warming.

GEOG 417. California for Educators (3)

Prerequisite: Limited to members of Multiple Subject Credential Program. Examination of California, focusing on its political, social and economic growth, its settlement, its population patterns, resource exploitation and human-environment interaction. Spatial and temporal variation of these factors is emphasized. (Cross-listed with HIST 417.)

GEOG 452. Urban Land Use Planning (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Principles and techniques of land-use planning in urban areas. Regular written assignments are required. (Cross-listed with URBS 452.)

GEOG 460/L. Spatial Analysis and Comparison and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 360 or equivalent. Corequisite: GEOG 460L. Statistical analysis of quantitative data by areas. Measurement of aggregation and concentration, description of a real distribution and gradients, and significance of similarities and differences. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

GEOG 465/L. Fluvial Geomorphology and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 365. Corequisite: GEOG 465L. Role of water in landform development—weathering, overland flow, open channel characteristics, drainage pattern evolution and drainage basin characteristics. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours field activity.

GEOG 467/L. Arid Lands Geomorphology and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 365. Corequisite: GEOG 467L. Landform development in deserts—origin of deserts, erosion and sedimentation in dry climates, morphology, and aeolian processes. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours field activity.

GEOG 468/L. Coastal Geomorphology and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: GEOG 365. Corequisite: GEOG 468L. Concepts and theories of beach and coastline development—near shore oceanographic processes, sea level fluctuations, coastal morphology, and problems of classification. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours field activity.

GEOG 470. The Geography of Aquatic Ecosystems (3)

Prerequisites: GEOG 101; Instructor consent required for graduate students. This course focuses on the geographic study of aquatic ecosystems, including lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands, the biogeography of aquatic organisms, and on the methods and techniques used by geographers to study ecosystems including GIS and remote sensing. Available for graduate credit.

GEOG 472. Water Transfers in the American West (3)

Prerequisites: GEOG 370 or GEOG 365/L or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. This course examines the scientific foundations of water transfers across the American West, with special emphasis on California. The course examines the nature and implications of climate variability over the past 200 years and then, after California’s accession to …

GEOG 473. Water Quality in the Managed Environment (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 370 or GEOG 365/L or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. This course examines the nature of water-quality management including baseline properties of natural water, sources of surface and subsurface pollution, state and national policies on water quality, and the type and effectiveness of treatment processes in practice today. Specific …

GEOG 474. Water in Dryland Environments (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 414 or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. The purpose of the class is to provide an understanding of the hydrologic cycle and its relationship to climate in dryland environments. Details of the hydrologic cycle, emphasizing precipitation, evapotranspiration, and runoff will be covered. The nature and causes of rainfall variability …

GEOG 476. Principles of River Restoration (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 365/L or GEOG 465/L or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. Introduction to the principles of river restoration integrating the fundamentals of water science, technology, and practice in projects designed to improve and restore fluvial environments. The course focuses on the hydrologic, morphologic and ecologic principles needed for understanding and …

GEOG 482. Population Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Lower division course in geography. Geographical analysis and study of the distribution, composition, migration and growth of world population.

GEOG 483. Transportation Planning (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor consent. The course primarily focuses on the interrelated systems of urban transportation and urban land use and their effects on the growth, development and future of human settlements. The course will provide fundamental core competencies for students seeking employment in transportation planning in the public or private sectors. Four …

GEOG 486. Medical Geography (3)

Prerequisites: Lower division course in geography; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of the spatial distribution of human diseases at world, regional, national and local scales. Special emphasis on understanding the physical and cultural factors associated with patterns of disease.

GEOG 486SOC. Social Science Career Internship (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing in a social or behavioral science major; Appropriate methods course as specified by the department; Consent of instructor. Social and behavioral science principles will be applied to the workplace. At least 9 hours per week of supervised fieldwork is required. Students will complete learning contracts and submit written reports related to …

GEOG 490. Senior Project (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 300 or consent of instructor. Preparation of a research proposal and writing of a senior paper under close faculty supervision. Available for graduate credit.

GEOG 494. Internship (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG major with senior standing. Upon prior approval of the Internship Coordinator, a student may earn 3 units of credit in the major for professional service as a geographer in a public agency or private organization. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major. Academic Internship course.

GEOG 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Appropriate upper division course in Geography. Selected topics in Geography, with course content to be determined. Topics may be repeated for credit.

GEOG 497A-F. Senior Seminar in Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Appropriate upper division course in geography. In a seminar setting, students are guided in reading, research and writing on selected topics within one of the major subdisciplines of geography. Each seminar focuses on a particular subject within the designated subdiscipline. Subjects will vary and be determined each semester. Seminars in the same subdiscipline may …

GEOG 600. Geographic Thought, Analysis and Research (3)

Introductory seminar designed for first-year graduate students. Analysis of the trends in the theories, methods and problems pertinent to contemporary geography, including a review of the skills required for geographical research, analysis and writing.

GEOG 610A-G. Geomorphology (3)

(A) Fluvial, (B) Glacial and Periglacial, (C) Arid Lands, (D) Coastal, (E) Special Topics in Geomorphology.

GEOG 620A-G. Climatology (3)

(A) Boundary Layer, (B) Bioclimatology, (C) Hydroclimatology, (D) Air Pollution, (E) Paleoclimatology, (F) Climatic Change, (G) World Climate.

GEOG 630A-F. Environmental Studies (3)

(A) Environmental Geography, (B) Biogeography, (C) Special Topics in Environmental Geography, (D) Ecosystem Studies, (E) Human Impact on the Environment, (F) Natural Resources.

GEOG 650A-D. Urban Geography (3)

(A) Special Topics in Urban Geography, (B) Housing and Community Development, (C) Urban Social Geography, (D) Metropolitan Los Angeles.

GEOG 660A-D. Cultural Geography (3)

(A) American Cultural Landscapes, (B) Cultural Ecology, (C) Special Topics in Cultural Geography, (D) Social/Ethnic Studies.

GEOG 670A-G. Global Studies (3)

(A) Population Geography, (B) Medical Geography, (C) Economic Development, (D) Tourism, (E) International Trade, (F) Globalization, (G) Political Geography.

GEOG 690A-J. Geographic Information Science (3)

Selected topics in digital mapping with course content to be determined. Can be taken twice for 6 units. Course Title GEOG 690A Special Topics in GIS GEOG 690B Spatial Statistics GEOG 690C Digital Cartography GEOG 690D Remote Sensing GEOG 690E WebGIS GEOG 690F GIS Automation and Customization GEOG 690G Applications in GIS GEOG 690H Spatial Database Management …

GEOG 696. Directed Graduate Research (3)

To be taken near the end of the student’s graduate program and prior to GEOG 698. Supervised research leading to the development of a thesis topic, preparation of a preliminary bibliography and a formal thesis proposal, and selection of a faculty thesis committee.

GEOG 697. Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 696. Focused readings followed by comprehensive exams under the direction of the student’s committee. Only one enrollment permitted.

GEOG 698. Thesis (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 696. Researching and writing the master’s thesis, under the supervision of the student’s faculty thesis committee. Only one enrollment permitted.

GEOG 698D. Graduate Project (3)

Prerequisites: GEOG 696. Classified graduate students in Geography/GIS option. Researching and completing a GIS project in collaboration with faculty. Only one enrollment permitted.

GEOG 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, graduate coordinator and department chair. Maximum of 3 units may be applied to the student’s program and only to the elective requirement in the Option 1 Program.