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SCI300 Geography

Lead Faculty: Dr. Dzung T. Nguyen

Course Description

Integration of human cultural and physical geography, and the connections among the physical, biological and human realms. Examination of the relationships between the surface features of the earth, climate, ecosystems and human cultures (e.g., politics, languages, economics). Includes students' interactions with the world in which they live.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concepts of map scale and projections, ordinal directions, latitude and longitude, the equator, the prime meridian, and time zones.
  • Understand how to interpret different types of maps and how to effectively use an atlas.
  • Gain some historic perspective in the history of human mapping and exploration of our universe and our world.
  • Identify and interpret major geographical features of the earth's surface, including continents/land masses, mountain ranges (including oceanic ranges), bioclimatic zones, and major bodies of water (including oceanic, freshwater, and groundwater).
  • Understand the tools and technologies that geographers use to gather, process, and report information from a spatial perspective. These include the compass, aerial photographs, satellite imaging, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, and computer graphics and image processing.
  • Explain the origin and formation of the universe, the development of the theory of plate tectonics, the tectonic and gradational processes that shape the geomorphology of the earth, factors affecting the earth's climate, the classification of climate, and the complexities of long-term climate patterns and predictions.
  • Learn the geological time scale, the various geologic dating methods, binomial classification system, the distribution patterns and diversity of life on earth. Understand the destructive impacts
  • Understand the destructive impacts of acid rain, ozone depletion, soil erosion, deforestation, desertification, waste disposal, pollution, and threats to biodiversity as a result of human activities.
  • Understand how history, culture, and geographic location can determine economic success or failure, political strength or fragmentation of a state.
  • Understand the development and the diffusion of language and religion; and the circumstances under which language and religion can unify or divide humans as a group.