World Regions (GEOG 2)

An examination of the interdependency, connectivity and diversity that characterizes world regions. The course explores the interactions of processes of global change with the environmental and social identities of individual landscapes, cities and peoples.

Oceans and Atmosphere (GEOG 3A)

Dickey, Siegel, Still.

Introduction to the oceans and atmosphere and their role in the Earth’s climate and its weather patterns. Focus on the flows of solar energy through the ocean and atmosphere systems. Human impacts of the Earth’s climate are also introduced.

Land, Water and Life (GEOG 3B)

Chadwick, Roberts, Smith,Still.

Study of the interactions among water, landforms, soil, and vegetation that create and modify the surface of the Earth. Impacts of physical environment on human societies and humans as agents of environmental change.

People, Place and Environment (GEOG 5)

Carr, Montello, Sweeney.

Survey of spatial differentiation and organization of human activity and human interaction with the Earth’s biophysical systems. Sample topics include human spatial decision-making behavior, migration, population growth, economic development, industrial location, urbanization, and human impacts on the natural environment.

Living with Global Warming (GEOG 8)


Overview of global warming and climate change processes. Description of complex relationships between scientific, technological, economic, social, political, and historical facets of global warming and climate change. Introduction to the concept and practice of climate modeling.

Energy, Water, and Climate (GEOG 7)


Oil and water are two key strategic resources dominating the international scene. This class provides an overview of global distributions of oil and water resources and analyzes some of the social, economic, and geopolitical ramifications of these distributions.

Intense Mock Environmental Summit (GEOG 35S)

Gautier. Concurrently offered with Geog 135S. Quarters usually offered: Summer. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units but only 4 units may be applied to the major. Summer course only. This intensive course is taught for 3 weeks during summer quarter.

Mock summit in which students act as representatives of different countries participating in environmental treaty negotiations. This three-week course immerses students in the topic of global change and its associated policies thereby mimicking the pressures and intensity that exist at a real environmental summit.

Transportation Futures (GEOG 101)

Church. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Geography 5.

Introduction to transportation problems involving energy, the environment, congestion, infrastructure, and future trends. Historical perspective on transportation innovations and their impacts on urban form. Reviews current problems, including the movement of freight and the development of transit-oriented neighborhoods.

Climatic Change and Its Consequences (GEOG 119)

Michaelsen. Prerequisite: Geography 3A or Geography 8 or consent of instructor.

Mechanisms and processes which produce climate change. Methods for reconstructing paleo-climates. Impacts of past climate change on human societies.

Earth System Science (GEOG 134)

Gautier; King. Prerequisite: Geography 3A or Geography 8. Two prior upper-division courses in physical geography.

Description of various components of earth system: climate and hydrologic systems, biogeochemical dynamics, ecological dynamics, human interactions, and global change with an emphasis on the climate components. Observations and modeling of earth system.

Mock Environmental Summit (GEOG 135)

Gautier. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units but only 4 units may be applied to the major.

A mock summit in which students act as representatives of different countries participating in environmental treaty negotiations. Students work in teams of four or five to prepare a presentation and discussion of environmental issues of concern (energy, greenhouse gasses, etc.).

Environmental Impacts in Human History (GEOG 140)

Roberts. Prerequisites: Geography 3A or 3B; and Geography 5.

Interactions between human history and the environment are explored. Example topics include early Earth history, long term climate change, the origin of agriculture, short term climate change, the origin of importance of disease and invasive species.

Population Geography (GEOG 141A)

Carr. Prerequisite: Geography 5 or equivalent course.

Various geographic dimensions of human population dynamics: fertility, mortality, and migration. The concepts and language of demography are introduced. The causes and consequences of population dynamics are investigated, including links among population, environment, and development.

Population and Development (GEOG 141B)

Sweeney. Prerequisite: Geography 141A.

A survey of global and regional patterns of demographic change and their connection to significant economic development issues. Basic methods of demographic analysis are introduced to study historical and current issues in population and development.

California Population Analysis and Policy (GEOG 141C)
Sweeney. Prerequisite: upper-division standing only Geography 141A.

Introduces methods of demographic analysis used in local/regional policy analysis and planning. Course modules focus on population policy issues in California; such as, immigration, K-12 enrollment planning, affordable housing/land preservation, and planning for an elderly population.

(GEOG 142?)

Form, Process, and Human Use of Rivers (GEOG 144)

Keller; Loaiciga. Prerequisite: Mathematics 3A-B or 34A-B. Same course as Environmental Studies 144. Physics 1 or 6A-AL or Geology 117, Geography 3B.

Basic understanding of fluvial (river) hydrology. In-depth evaluation of channel form and fluvial processes and impact of human use on rivers.

California (GEOG 148)


The unique landscapes of California and the physical, cultural, and biotic processes which have produced them.

The California Channel Islands (GEOG 149)

Still. Prerequisite: MCDB 1A-1AL and EEMB 2; or MCDB 20 or EEMB 20 or Geography 3A or 3B or Geology 2 or Environmental Studies 2. Same course as Environmental Studies 111.

Discussion of biological, geological, ecological, anthropological, and oceanographic characteristics of the Channel Islands area as well as the management and human uses of this region. Emphasis on islands and ocean waters off Southern California.

Geography of the U.S. (GEOG 150)

Estes, Montello.

Intensive study of the physical and cultural processes that have shaped and are shaping the landscapes of the United States.

Introduction to Marine Resources (GEOG 158)

Siegel. Prerequisite: Geography 3A-B. Geography 104.

Introduction to the marine resources of the California coast. The interplay of oceanographic, climatic, biogeochemical and geologic factors and the influences of humankind will be addressed. Topics include: climate, circulation, biogeography, fisheries, marine mammals, petroleum, pollution and exploration history.

World Agriculture, Food, and Population (GEOG 161)

Cleveland. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Same course as Anthropology 149 and Environmental Studies 149.

Evolution, current status, and alternative futures of agriculture, food and population worldwide. Achieving environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food systems; soil, water, crops, energy and labor; diversity, stability and ecosystems management; farmer and scientist knowledge and collaboration; common property management.

Environmental Water Quality (GEOG 162)

Loaiciga. Prerequisites: Geography 3B, lower-division biology and chemistry. Same course as Environmental Studies 162A.

Study of the physio-chemical and biological characteristics of natural waters, analysis of water pollution and treatment, water-quality regulations. The laboratory: independent research and supervised research of water pollutants and water treatment, quantitative analysis of water-quality data and one-day field work.

Biotechnology, Food, and Agriculture (GEOG 171BT)

Cleveland. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Same course as Anthropology 166BT and Environmental Studies 166BT. Course offered every other year. Geography 161 or Environmental Studies 149 or Anthropology 149.

Social, cultural, ethical, biological, and environmental issues surrounding biotechnology (BT) and food systems. Includes theory and method of BT; scientific, social, and political control of BT; effect of BT on genetic diversity, small-scale farmers, environment, food supply, consumer health.

Small-Scale Food Production (GEOG 171FP)

Cleveland. Prerequisite: Geography 161 or Environmental Studies 149 or Anthropology 149. Same course as Anthropology 166FP and Environmental Studies 166FP.

Biological, ecological, social, and economic principles of small-scale food production and their practical applications. Includes each student cultivating a garden plot; lab exercises, field trips to local farms and gardens.

Environmental Issues and Location Decision Making (GEOG 185B)

Church. Prerequisite: Geography 3A or 3B or 5 or Environmental Studies 135A. Taught spring quarter every year.

Introduction to decision-making techniques with regard to land use allocation and planning. Emphasizes addressing conflicts involving environmental concerns and multiple objectives. Examples include water resources development, corridor location (rights-of-way), preservation of endangered species, and power plant siting.