Geography Course Offerings

Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

GEOG 101
Physical Geography
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: High school biology, chemistry, or physics is recommended.

This course is a survey of the basic processes that determine flows of energy through the atmosphere and examines the subsequent interactions among water, landforms, soil, and vegetation that create and modify the surface of the earth. Students develop a recognition of landscape patterns, as well as an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological principles and functions that create those patterns, in order to understand the natural environment in which we live and the role of humans affecting that environment. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. CAN GEOG 2.

GEOG 102
Human Geography
3.0 Fa/Spr

Survey of human populations and activities, with an emphasis upon how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western course. CAN GEOG 4.

GEOG 102H
Human Geography — Honors
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.

A special section of GEOG 102 for students in the Honors in General Education Program. Survey of human populations activities with an emphasis on how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western course.

GEOG 105
California Cultural Landscapes
3.0 Fa/Spr

Broad overview of spatial and temporal changes in the California landscape resulting from the interaction of various cultural groups with their environment. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic course.

GEOG 106
The American West
3.0 Fa/Spr

The historical cultural geography of the American West, emphasizing how various cultural groups have each made a unique imprint on the western landscape. This is an approved General Education course.

GEOG 117
Landscapes of Chico
1.0 Fall

Introduction to the natural and urban landscapes of Chico, moving from the Sacramento River, through Chico, and into the foothills. This survey course examines the human and physical geography of Chico and introduces freshmen and other new students to their new home. Course activities include lectures, lab assignments, and self-guided field trips.

GEOG 198
Special Topics in Geography
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

GEOG 219
Maps, Images and Mapping Data
3.0 Fa/Spr

A basic introduction to essential geographic techniques, including data collection, analysis, and presentation. Techniques include aerial photo and map interpretation, computer cartography, spreadsheet operations, landscape description and analysis, descriptive statistics, and field observation. This is a basic tools course for students majoring in geography, the natural and earth sciences, and in such applied fields as planning and recreation.

GEOG 301
Global Economic Geography
3.0 Spring

A systematic survey of human economic activities. Analysis of resource exploitation and use, including agriculture, extractive activities, industry, commerce, and service functions. Recommended for business and liberal arts majors. This is an approved Non-Western course.

GEOG 303
Geography and World Affairs
3.0 Fa/Spr

Geography in the news. Analysis of current world conflicts and problem areas, with an emphasis upon examination of social, economic, political, and environmental realities. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western course.

GEOG 304
Environmental Issues
3.0 Fa/Spr

Geographic analysis of humanity's interaction with the environment. Examines natural and human systems, resources, population, energy, and pollution. Develops an appreciation of the beauty, balance, and complexity of natural systems and human success in attaining harmony with them. Enhances awareness and perception of each individual's role in and with the environment. This is an approved General Education course.

GEOG 306
Geographies of Disaster
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course provides a broad global overview of disasters resulting from natural or technological hazards. Disasters contrive to maim and kill, and property losses due to disaster have continued to increase. This course emphasizes the spatial and temporal distribution of hazards, the human impact of disaster, roles played by technology and society in creating or worsening risky situations, and policy options for disaster preparation and loss reduction. This is an approved General Education course. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 309
Geographical Research and Writing
3.0 Fa/Spr

Examination and evaluation of library research materials pertinent to geography. Practice in analysis and writing of geographical reports. Successful completion required for all geography majors before enrolling in WP course to meet writing requirement.

GEOG 313
Introductory Cartography
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.

Introduction to the compilation, design, and production of thematic maps. Emphasis is on maps as communication devices. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 314
Aerial Photo Interpretation
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.

Application of basic skills of aerial photographic interpretation to land use and environmental studies, geology, hydrology, range management, and urban studies. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

GEOG 315
Spatial Analysis
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or MATH 105 or equivalent.

This course entails application of statistical methods to geographic problems. Sudents will conduct quantitative analysis of spatial data.

GEOG 316H
Crossing Boundaries: Gender and Modernization
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Junior status at the end of semester in which course is taken and current enrollment in the Honors Program.

An overview of contemporary human geography and some aspects of women's studies, emphasizing the importance of space, movement, place, environment, and family. Primary texts such as novels, memoirs, and films will be used to explore the perspectives of a variety of culture groups. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Ethnic course. This course is also offered as MCGS 316H.

GEOG 319
Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.

This course provides an introduction to topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The course will combine a conceptual discussion of topics with practical exercises using microcomputer software. Both the theory and practice of GIS analysis will be presented. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 320
Introduction to Community and Rural Planning
3.0 Fall

Study of the theory and practice of planning. Analysis of planning processes, elements of the comprehensive plan, zoning, environmental impact of development, regional policies, and growth. Includes investigation of a practical planning problem.

GEOG 325
Geography and Tourism
3.0 Fall

Study of spatial and locational aspects of tourism, including environmental factors influencing tourism's location and character.

GEOG 342
Geomorphology
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOS 102 or equivalents, or faculty permission.

Systematic analysis of the origin and development of landforms. Emphasis is on the study of geomorphic processes using maps, air photos, and field data. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 343
Climatology
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOS 120 or equivalent.

Systematic analysis of the processes and controls of the earth's climatic systems. Use of climatic classification systems; examination of climatic regions, microclimatology, and climatic applications.

GEOG 351
California
3.0 Inquire

The Golden State — land of contrast! A regional survey with emphasis upon the Earth and its human use.

GEOG 352
The United States
3.0 Fall

A regional study of our nation in terms of the physical earth and its human use. The course includes emphasis on issues and problems related to resources, environmental concerns, and settlement patterns. Cultural and regional differences in human-environmental relationships are compared and contrasted. This is an approved General Education course.

GEOG 353
Canada: Land and People
3.0 Inquire

The Canadian people and their cultural and physical landscapes are studied in terms of perceptions, processes, patterns, and relationships.

GEOG 354
Land and People of Mexico
3.0 Fall

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social institutions and culture in terms of family, neighborhood, community, region, and nation, with specific emphasis on Mexico. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western course. This course is also offered as LAST 354.

GEOG 355
Land and People of Central America and the Caribbean
3.0 Spring

Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western course. This course is also offered as LAST 355.

GEOG 356
South America
3.0 Inquire

A survey of the physical and cultural environments of South America. Emphasis will be given to the interrelationships between the people and the land, the cultural similarities and differences of Spanish and Portuguese South America, and the resulting contemporary environment.

GEOG 360
Europe
3.0 Inquire

An analysis of an old but changing habitat that has been the focal point of much human achievement and strife. A nation-by-nation review of the homeland for half a billion people.

GEOG 365
Former Soviet Union
3.0 Inquire

A regional study of the world's largest group of nations. This course considers environment, settlement, contemporary aspects, problems, and potentials.

GEOG 370
Pacific Rim Regions
3.0 Inquire

A survey of the physical, cultural, political, population, and resource patterns, and relationships in the economic and social evolution of the regions. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

GEOG 378
Australia and the South Pacific
3.0 Inquire

Modern Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Islands, including Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and New Guinea. Cultural and physical environments are analyzed and compared in terms of perceptions, processes, landscape patterns, and problems.

GEOG 389
Geography Internship
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This internship is offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member. The internship provides service learning experience as a volunteer or supervisor in a campus or community environmental organization or agency. Each unit of credit requires a minimum of three hours of activity in the assigned role. 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

GEOG 398
Special Topics in Geography
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

GEOG 398H
Special Topics — Honors
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Junior standing and current enrollment in the Honors Program.

In a format designed for students in the Honors Program, this course will present selected topics not covered in the regular curriculum. Topics will vary from one semester to another. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

GEOG 399
Special Problems
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

GEOG 405S
Nature and Restoration
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 and GEOG 102 or equivalents.

An analysis of the complex interactions between humans, plants, and animals in the restoration process. Includes the use of maps and other graphic material as well as reading, lecture, and discussion. Emphasis on how human activities can affect the distribution and abundance of various plant and animal species in both negative and positive ways. Restoration work on the Butte Creek Ecological Reserves and other similar sites provide a focus for class projects and discussion.

GEOG 407
Earth Systems Analysis of Global Change
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 342, GEOG 343, GEOG 344.

This course brings together the fields of climatology, biogeography, and geomorphology to study earth systems science as an integrative discipline of spatially dependent earth processes with implications for human systems. Major mechanisms and processes which produce climate change are covered with an examination of the impacts of past climate change on human societies. Observations and modeling of selected earth system components at various spatial scales of analysis facilitate an understanding of spatial modeling from simple to complex systems. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 413
Advanced Cartography
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 313.

Cartographic data entry, manipulation, and analysis in a computer mapping environment. Emphasis is on geographic information processing. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 416
Locational Analysis
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of GEOG 315 or equivalent.

Examination of retail, service, and industrial location decision processes. Use of geographic information systems, quantitative methods, and field techniques to analyze and optimize business locations.

GEOG 417
Field Techniques
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Analysis of various field techniques and tools employed by geographers, and supervised application of field techniques in geography. Written and oral presentation of Field Survey. 6.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 418
Geographic Image Interpretation and Remote Sensing
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 219 and GEOG 315 or equivalents.

An introduction to the theory, techniques, data acquisition, processing, and presentation of imagery acquired through aerial photographic and satellite means of remote sensing. Application of basic skills of aerial photographic interpretation and satellite digital image processing and analysis to physical and cultural geographic phenomena. 6.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 419
Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 315 and GEOG 319.

This course examines technical issues and emerging developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include design considerations, data structures, algorithms, and problems. Both raster and vector GIS systems will be examined. Demonstration projects will require both cartographic and tabular output. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 423
Planning Methods
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: GEOG 315, GEOG 320.

Identification and analysis of the vocational skills necessary for students of planning and regional development, with emphasis on the preparation of general plans and special plan elements. 6.0 hours activity.

GEOG 424
Planning Studio
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: GEOG 309 for majors; GEOG 423 or equivalent.

Application of planning theory and skills to a variety of actual planning studies in the field.

GEOG 425
Community and Regional Development
3.0 Fall

Examination of economic, social, demographic, and political bases for regional growth, development, and planning. Case studies of local and international regional development plans. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 426
Water Resource Policy and Planning
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 304 or equivalent.

Analysis of local, regional, national, and international water resource projects, distributions, and characteristics. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 427
Environmental Impact Analysis
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 320 or equivalent.

Study of the legal antecedents to California environmental impact legislation; analysis of environmental review procedures, environmental research, preparation and evaluation of EIRs, and conditional negative declarations.

GEOG 428
Site Planning
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 219, GEOG 320, or equivalent.

Relationship of physical, biotic, cultural, and aesthetic factors to land planning. Techniques of solving site problems dealing with topography, grading, slope stability, seismicity, hydrology, vegetation, wildlife, soils, micro-climate energy use, view-shed, and functional design. Land development projects are analyzed, and plans for new development projects are prepared. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 429
Environmental and Conservation Planning
3.0 OddSp

Prerequisites: GEOG 219, and GEOG 320. Recommended: GEOG 101, GEOG 130, or NSCI 101.

This course introduces the theory and application of environmental and conservation planning. It critically examines the activities of environmental planning and the analytical approaches that can be used to direct resources toward conservation that yields the greatest return on biodiversity protection and ecosystem services sustainability. Students gain knowledge of the theories and techniques through practical experiences in planning activites, and instituional legalities of environmental and conservation planning. Using sustainability as a framework, this course presents the underlying concepts of sustainable land-use planning to best manage for abiotic and biotic resources. Focus is on the regional, local, and landscape scales.

GEOG 430
Geodemography
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Geographic foundations of political developments and events, with emphasis on the geographical dimensions of demographic processes and how they underlie political changes.

GEOG 435
Historical Geography of North America
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

A regional and topical description of North America at selected time periods, including cultural groups, land tenure systems, settlement patterns, agriculture, exploration and mapping, resource use, urbanization, population and migrations, and present-day results. This course is also offered as AMST 435.

GEOG 436
Transportation Planning
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 301, GEOG 320, or faculty permission.

An analysis of the function and distribution of the various modes of transportation and their role in urban and regional development. Techniques of planning transportation systems based on land use.

GEOG 439
American Cultural Landscapes
3.0 Fall

Analysis of the special character of North American landscapes. Examination of the historical evolution of contemporary landscapes through maps, reading, literature, field observations, and class discussion. Emphasis on comparison of regional patterns and the shaping of American landscapes by cultural and economic factors. Formerly GEOG 339.

GEOG 440
Environmental Thought and Action
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This seminar is required of students minoring in Environmental Studies and is to be taken as the culminating course in the minor. The course integrates the cross-disciplinary elements of the minor, emphasizing the interplay among the scientific, social, legal, historical, and humanistic elements of the study of the environment.

GEOG 444
Biogeography: Examination of Plant and Animal Distributions
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or BIOL 102 or BIOL 334 or equivalent. Recommended: GEOG 219.

Systematic analysis of basic ecological and environmental processes governing distribution patterns of biota. Emphasis is on biomes, ecosystems, communities, and species hierarchial levels, their functioning, and conservation planning. Students study applications of maps, remote sensing, field sampling, and data analysis to interpret distributions and historical change. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. Formerly GEOG 344.

GEOG 445
Pyrogeography
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Must have at least one from the following: GEOG 334, GEOG 405, GEOG 444, BIOL 400, BIOL 414, BIOL 450, AGRI 331, PSSC 330, PSSC 331, PSSC 334, PSSC 433, PSSC 436, PSSC 438.

Pyrogeography is a comprehensive study of the physical and cultural parameters of fire. Topics covered will include the spacial and temporal relationships of fire as an integral landscape process with an emphasis on the maintenance of North American ecosystems; the interpretation of the cultural uses of fire by indigenous communities as well as the historic and contemporary implications of fire management and polities; and, the ecological implications of fire on biotic and abiotic systems.

GEOG 450
Field Studies
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

On-site survey of the physical and cultural geography of selected California sites, or other areas and topics. GEOG 450 or GEOG 450 may be substituted. 3.0 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 450
Field Studies
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

On-site survey of the physical and cultural geography of selected California sites, or other areas and topics. 3.0 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

GEOG 460
Natural Hazards
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or equivalent.

Identification, study, and understanding of the major natural hazard systems affecting human land use, settlement, and effective natural resource management.

GEOG 489
Internship
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised work experience in applied geography or planning in public or quasi-public agencies. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units.

GEOG 490
Proseminar in Geography
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, senior standing, GEOG 309.

Proseminar on selected topics in geography. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

GEOG 498
Special Topics in Geography
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Completion of 6 units of geography.

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

GEOG 499H
Honors Research in Geography
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

An intensive 3-unit course in geographical research. See department office for details. Open only to students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the major. The course consists of a research project done under the supervision of a faculty member, a formal written paper, and a public presentation.

GEOG 600
Introduction to Graduate Research
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

A critical survey of contemporary directions and research in the major themes of geography and planning.

GEOG 601
Research Models in Geography and Planning
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: GEOG 600.

A critical survey of contemporary methodologies available for research in geography and planning.

GEOG 602
Seminar in Physical Geography
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

An examination of current research in climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, or other selected topic in physical geography. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

GEOG 603
Seminar in Human Geography
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

An examination of current research in a selected human geography topic, including cultural, economic, urban, political, social, or behavioral geography. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

GEOG 604
Planning Practice and Theory
3.0 OddFa

Explore planning knowledge, ethics, and practice at community, urban, and regional levels. Content includes communication, ethics, participation, sustainability, and diversity in planning. Planning theory is discussed through case studies.

GEOG 605
Seminar in Applied Geography and Planning
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

An examination of current developments in a selected topic of applied geographical and planning techniques. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

GEOG 606
Seminar in Special Topics
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

An investigation and analysis of a special topic in areal studies or geographic education. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

GEOG 607
Environmental Planning
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: BIOL 334, GEOG 427, and faculty permission.

Survey of environmental planning processes using concepts and principles of conservation ecology. Coverage includes legal mandates, administrative procedures, implementation techniques, and monitoring outcomes. Emphasis is on case studies and hands-on experience.

GEOG 660
Landscape Ecology
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: BIOL 350 or GEOG 344; MATH 314 or MATH 350 or GEOG 315.

This course emphasizes spatial patterning in the landscape—its causes, development, and importance for ecological and environmental processes. The course includes the study of ecological and anthropologic aspects of landscape pattern and change. The laboratory includes hands-on experience with tools used in landscape ecology. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. This course is also offered as BIOL 660.

GEOG 689
Internship
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Graduate Coordinator permission.

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised work experience. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units.

GEOG 697
Independent Study
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Graduate Coordinator permission.

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

GEOG 699P
Master's Project
1.0–6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Graduate Coordinator permission and candidacy status.

This course is offered for 1.0–6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

GEOG 699T
Master's Thesis
1.0–6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Graduate Coordinator permission and candidacy status.

This course is offered for 1.0–6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.