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First Year Geography Courses

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GEOG 1000-3 Planet Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science (3,0,2)(L)
GEOG 1010-3 People, Places and Landscapes: Introducing Human Geography (3,0,0)
GEOG 1100-3 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Human Interaction with the Natural Environment (3,0,0)
GEOG 1110-3 World Regional Geography (3,0,0)


GEOG 1000 Planet Earth - An Introduction to Earth System Science (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This science laboratory course introduces students to the study of earth system science by examining the interactions among the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere as well as the impact that human activity has on interactions. Topics include plate tectonics; earthquakes and tsunamis; volcanos; the rock cycle; mass wasting - including landslides; weathering; and soils. Glaciers; permafrost; and Karst landscapes, including caves, are also explored. In addition, students will be introduced to hydrology - the study of the occurrence, distribution and movement of water at or near the surface of the earth. Laboratory instruction will include landform identification using topographic maps; co-ordinate systems (latitude and longitude, UTM); map scale; basic surveying - including the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS); and graphing. Students will also be exposed to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies and will be introduced to how they assist us in our understanding of Planet Earth.
Prerequisite: None.
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GEOG 1010 People, Places and Landscapes: Introducing Human Geography (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course introduces and explores human geography concepts, issues, and processes that influence the dynamic connections among people, places and environments at different spatial scales. A wide range of themes related to the study of human geography and environmental studies is covered, including: population dynamics; culture and identity; economic patterns and uneven development; agriculture and food production; cities and urbanization; geopolitics; globalization; and the challenges of environmentally sustainable development.
Prerequisite: None.
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GEOG 1100 Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the natural and human-modified environment from a geographical viewpoint. They examine topics such as environmental worldviews, the history of the environmental movement, ecosystems, energy principles, human population dynamics, patterns of resource use, and environmental issues and ethics. Note that students cannot receive credit for both GEOG 1100 and GEOG 2100
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GEOG 1110 World Regional Geography (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course applies the core concepts of geography to interpret both the variety and distinctiveness of places and regions and to their relationships, connections, and integration. It introduces students to the academic discipline of geography as well as its professional applications by explaining geographic approaches to social issues. Students obtain an appreciation for geographic thinking, and greater understanding of the complex modern world.
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