Geography

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Dean: Silvia Nadalet, Ed.D.

Department Chair: Grant Miller, M.S.

Office: 60-126, (619) 482-6344

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Geography is a science that seeks to analyze the physical environment as well as study human influences to and interactions with the environment. Thus, this discipline examines the various physical forces that help shape the landscape and the role that humans play in the alteration of the landscape. Geography is a spatial and temporal science. A geographer will study the spatial and temporal distribution of vegetation across the globe, the physical forces leading to earthquakes and volcanoes, the historical and future arrangements of human societies across the planet, and the reasons behind differing climates from one part of the world to the next—presently, historically, and predicatively. The field is strongly interdisciplinary with roots in the physical and cultural sciences.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the geography major. A few of these require an associate in science degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: geographer, high school or college instructor, cartographer, weather observer, demographer, land use planner, geographic analyst, aerial photo interpreter, remote sensing specialist, land economist, climatologist, environmental scientist, geographic information system specialist, site researcher, urban planner, and soil conservationist.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Geography (SB1440) 01775
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Geography 01770
Certificate of Achievement
Geospatial Technology Technician A1772
Certificates of Proficiency
Geographic Information Science - Continuing Students and Working Professionals 01771

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Ken Yanow, M.A.
kyanow@swccd.edu

GEOG 100

INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY---PHYSICAL ELEMENTS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Focuses on the physical forces that help shape the landscape. Analysis of Earth's interior and exterior characteristics, including oceanographic, climate, pedologic, and biographic patterns. Includes map reading and interpretation. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 110]

GEOG 101

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: GEOG 100 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory exercises to solidify concepts learned in physical geography. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 111]

GEOG 106

WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Surveys the world's regions and nations, including physical, cultural, and economic features. Emphasizes regional similarities and differences in human ethnicity, language, religion, urban systems, and political organizations. Includes cultural and historical influences on population growth, transportation networks, and natural environments. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 125]

GEOG 107

REMOTE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Equips students with knowledge about the regulations and procedures governing the safe and legal operation of small remotely operated aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as "drones." Coincides with the knowledge areas in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Part 107 knowledge test for a Remote Pilot Certificate with a sUAS rating, and is intended to prepare students for the FAA written examination required for students to become commercial sUAS pilots. [D; CSU] (Same as: AERO 107;NC 327)

GEOG 108

INTRODUCTION TO DRONE TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Introduces remotely operated aircraft systems (drones), including applications, safety, maintenance, mission planning, flying, and data acquisition (multispectral images, photos, and videos). [D; CSU] (Same as: AERO 108;ART 188;FTMA 108;NC 328)

GEOG 110

INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Introduces the physical, chemical, biological, and geological foundations of the global ocean system. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: GEOL 110;PHS 110)

GEOG 120

INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL ELEMENTS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Surveys the world's regions and nations, including physical, cultural, and economic features. Emphasizes regional similarities and differences in human ethnicity, language, religion, urban systems, and political organizations. Includes cultural and historical influences on population growth, transportation networks, and natural environments. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 120]

GEOG 130

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the Earth's atmosphere: topics include atmospheric structure and composition, solar radiation and energy balances, temperature, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, clouds and fog, precipitation, air pressure, winds, air masses and fronts, cyclones, weather forecasting, climate and climate change. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 130]

GEOG 145

INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, and spatial analysis. Includes assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). [D; CSU; C-ID GEOG 155]

GEOG 150

EXPLORING OUR WORLD-MAPS AND GEOSPATIAL SCIENCE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: MATH 60 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Introduces fundamental concepts of geospatial analysis and map interpretation. Includes technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography, remote sensing, geovisualization and interpretation, Internet mapping, and spatial statistics. Explores how geospatial technologies and tools are used in data collection, analysis, presentation, and problem solving. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 150]

GEOG 152

GIS PROJECT DESIGN AND APPLICATIONS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Focuses on the diverse applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Covers a series of GIS tutorials and assignments using industry leading GIS software, culminating in a larger GIS project of their choice. Includes GIS project design and development, data acquisition, spatial analysis and modeling, cartography, and project presentation. [D; CSU]

GEOG 153

GIS INTERNSHIP

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: GEOG 152 or equivalent.

Laboratory 9 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom instruction to real-world GIS problem-solving by working with a government or private agency. Requires supervision of an instructor from the college and an advisor from the agency. [D; CSU]

GEOG 154

INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: MATH 60 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes, RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL

Introduces fundamental concepts of electromagnetic radiation and its interactions with various media. Explores commonly used sensors and techniques of remote sensing. [D; CSU] (Same as: PHS 154)

GEOG 155

INTRODUCTION TO IMAGE ANALYSIS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Introduces principle concepts related to processing, analysis, enhancement, correction, and interpretation of images. Includes photogrammetry, information extraction, and scientific visualization. [D; CSU] (Same as: PHS 155)

GEOG 160

GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a detailed study of the physical and cultural elements of California focusing on California's diverse physical and human landscapes. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOG 140]

GEOG 190

INTRODUCTION TO DRONE SAFETY AND APPLICATIONS

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Surveys the regulations governing small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations and safety considerations. Covers existing and emerging trends of sUAS applications in various industries. [D; CSU]

GEOG 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of geography of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.