Geography Course Descriptions

GEG100 Exploring Geography
Introduces the discipline and tools of geography, including careers in geography, what geographers study, how they think, and how knowledge of geography is helpful in any career field. Also examines basic geographic concepts and themes. F, W, Sp, Su
1 Credits

GEG105 Physical Geography
Focuses on the physical subsystems of the earth (atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere), with emphasis on human-environment relations. Includes basic map skills, latitude/longitude, weather, climate, biogeography, volcanism, erosion, and desert landscapes. F, W, Sp
4 Credits

GEG106 Cultural Geography
Introduces the cultural elements of geography, including the study of human population, migration, language, religion, cultural landscapes, and geopolitics. Emphasizes the unequal distribution of power in the U.S. with regard to religion, ethnicity, and language. F, W, Sp; CL
4 Credits

GEG107 Dev/Resources/Sustainability
Introduces economic aspects of cultural geography worldwide, including the study of development, agriculture, industry, services, settlement, urban landscapes, and natural resource issues. Special emphasis is placed on the unequal distribution of power in the U.S. with regard to employment, income, settlement patterns, urban land use, and natural resource management. Sp; CL
4 Credits

GEG140 Map Reading & Interpretation
Introduces basic concepts in reading, interpreting, and analyzing diverse social, cultural, and physical information from a variety of maps. Topics include map projections, map misuse, propaganda maps, grid systems, map scale, route planning, Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS), contour reading, satellite imagery, and computer-based mapping. Offered as needed
4 Credits

GEG190 Geography of Natural Hazards
Studies the causes, characteristics, and geographic distribution of natural hazards, as well as societal responses to natural hazards affecting the Pacific Northwest, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, debris flows, landslides, floods, wildfires, and drought. Offered as needed
4 Credits

GEG201 World Reg Geog:Developed World
Introduces the physical and cultural geography of the developed world (Europe, Russia, Japan, North America, and Australia). Emphasizes major geographic themes and concepts, including population change, natural resource use, environmental concerns, economic development, geopolitical conflicts, and cultural perceptions. F, Sp
4 Credits

GEG202 World Reg Geo:Developing World
Introduces the physical and cultural geography of the developing world (Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South, East, and Southeast Asia). Emphasizes major geographic themes and concepts, including population change, natural resource use, environmental concerns, economic development, geopolitical conflicts, and cultural perceptions. W, Su
4 Credits

GEG206 Geography of Oregon
Examines the geography of Oregon, including its settlement by Europeans, various geographic regions, diverse physical environments, important natural resources, and varied population and economy. F, W, Sp
4 Credits

GEG207 Geography of US & Canada
Examines the natural and cultural environments of the U.S. and Canada, including climate, vegetation, landform regions, natural resource issues, population and settlement patterns. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GEG220 Geography of the Middle East
Examines the physical and cultural environments of the Middle East, including climate, landforms, natural resources, livelihoods, ethnic groups, languages, population, and settlement patterns. Emphasizes recent geopolitical disputes in the Middle East, giving special attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the formation of a Palestinian state. Offered as needed
4 Credits