The courses cover the characteristics of the people in a location, such as language, predominant religion and ethnic/racial groups, education, life style, architecture, foods, clothing, etc.



Instructor Biography: In the growing awareness of our environment, we have become conscience of both preserving the Earth and achieving sustainability. We are continuously presented with challenges ranging from global to local issues, each require our involvement. Our decisions today will effect tomorrow. Your understanding of the material presented in this class will provide insight to Earth's systems and processes enabling a positive contribution to change. The nature of the subject matter hopefully initiates discussions and questions, which are strongly encouraged during class, outside the classroom or during office hours. As each new class starts, I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for learning, participating in your acquiring knowledge, applying newly gained information to everyday life and sharing my life’s experiences with each of you.

The following course satisfies general education transfer requirements in area B1 for CSU transfer and area 5A for UC transfer.

GEOG 118 – Physical Geography
Course Description: GEOG 118 is a survey of the basic elements of physical geography including maps, seasons, weather, climate, soils, natural vegetation, internal and external geologic processes, land forms and their relationships and distribution across the face of the Earth. This 3 unit course includes lecture, in-class and take home assignments, reading assignments, movies, group presentations and class activities, which will assist in your understanding of the subject matter.

Course Objectives
1. Describe the nature of the Earth and recognize its place in the universe.
2. Compare current theories concerning the origin of the planet.
3. Identify and compare meteorological phenomena.
4. Identify and compare geologic features.
5. Read a topographic map.
6. Understand the dangers of severe weather.
7. Explain the relationship between internal and external processes of the Earth.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Express an understanding of the Earth’s processes that created and currently shape, both internal and external features of Earth through classroom discussions, written/oral assignments and exams using scientific vocabulary.
2. Critically analyzing field data, photographic data, and/or other data for identification of geologic and oceanic features, differentiate between weather and climate, and Earth’s processes; synthesize these data through classroom discussions, written/oral assignments.
3. Predict what geologic features and hazards can be expected for a region based on Earth’s history, uniformitarianism, and underlying geologic, meteorological, oceanographic and atmospheric processes. Synthesizing this information, develop decision making processes addressing their impact to our environment. Assessment: classroom discussions, quizzes and exams.
4. Critically examine the ramifications and potential hazards to the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere as a result of human impact on these spheres. Assessment: classroom discussions, assignments, quizzes and exams.
5. Analyze and critically review information describing Earth’s various processes and apply to real life situations in order to develop an appreciation of how these processes affect societies and societal choices relative to urbanization and development. Assessment: classroom discussions, assignments, quizzes and exams.




Instructor Biography: Hello, as a geographer I am fascinated and passionate about the earth and about culture. I have a BA and MA in Regional and International Geography from Cal State University Northridge and experience in the mapping industry. My entire career has been dedicated to the study of geography and I have been teaching at local community colleges since 2006. I have also worked in the digital mapping industry with experience in spatial analysis and field data collection and like to include modern technology in my classroom. My goal is that every student I teach becomes interested in geography and science and benefits from their experience in class.

The following course satisfies general education transfer requirements in area D5 for CSU transfer and area 4E for UC transfer.

GEOG 102 – Cultural Geography
Course Objectives: This course examines the spatial aspects of human cultures, in particular the relationship between human societies and their natural environment, the distribution and diffusion of important cultural elements such as language, religion, population and the distribution of wealth in the global economy. Students will engage and interact with culture and experience foreign perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Students will critically examine whether any given landscape is natural or cultural
2. Analyze how far the ecological balance of the natural landscape has been disturbed by man's intervention and evaluate whether such intervention is justified
3. Synthesize world problems such as pollution, over-exploitation of the soils, over-population, the problems faced by underdeveloped countries, and urban growth