GEO-1010 Introduction to Geography

3 credits

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic political and cultural diversity of planet earth, as well as the geographic principals that allow us to comprehend this diversity. Students will be expected to show awareness of the countries and cultures of North and South American, Europe, Africa and Asia. However, mere listing of countries, capitals and rivers is not geography; it is the understanding of spatial or geographic processes that lead to this diversity. These include diffusion of ideas from fast centers to slow margins, endemism, cultural barriers and conduits, etc. We will also introduce geographic techniques such as Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and migration analysis using Human Genome Project data. The desired outcome of the course is a student who is aware of the world in a basic political and cultural sense but understands the methods and techniques that scholars have used to describe this planetary diversity. Meets Part II.A.2. of the GECC. (Shared course in VSC)