A course exploring the fundamental characteristics of earth's physical environment. Emphasis is placed on identifying interrelationships between atmospheric processes involving energy, pressure, and moisture, weather and climate, and terrestrial processes of vegetative biomes, soils, and landscape formation and change. Fulfills elementary certification requirements in education.
A geographical study of the world by regions with a focus on the world's physical and human landscapes. Emphasis on how regions are connected to each other. Also how each region is affected by, and affects, global issues such as economic restructuring, food production, and environmental change, will be examined. Fulfills elementary certification requirement for Education and USP disciplinary social science requirement.
The geographic study of the conceptual and historical definition of regions of the world as "Non-Western." Global patterns of social, cultural, economic, and political difference between the West and Non-West as well as the processes key to the making of the Non-Western world (such as colonialism and imperialism) are discussed. In addition, selected current issues of significance to peoples in the Non-Western world, such as sustainable development, environment, human rights, and gender relations, are considered. Fulfills USP Cross-Cultural requirement.
This course addresses environmental questions of global importance, including population growth, resource consumption, environmental degradation, biodiversity conservation, toxic contamination and environmental justice.
A study of the spatial distributions of significant elements of human occupance of the earth's surface, including basic concepts of diffusion, population, migration, settlement forms, land utilization, impact of technology on human occupance of the earth. (Fulfills elementary certification requirement for Education and University Studies requirement.)
An introduction to environmental systems such as weather and climate, vegetation, land forms and soils, and how the quality of these systems is modified by human use. Resource issues discussed include: atmospheric pollution and global warming; groundwater, flooding, and flood plain management; volcanic activity and earthquakes; and biospheric processes associated with deforestation and lake eutrophication. Case studies based upon important environmental problems illustrate how human activity and environmental systems interrelate. Offered at BCTC in the Spring Semester.
Focuses on the historical development, contemporary character, and alternative futures of cities in both developing and developed regions. The spatial, social, economic, and political processes of major world cities are studied and contemporary urban problems are discussed. Offered at BCTC on even years in the Fall Semester.
Adopts a geographic approach to the study of gender relations. The role of space and place in shaping the diversity of gender relations throughout the world will be considered. Through case studies the importance of gender relations in understanding a variety of issues will be stressed. Such issues include: the design and use of urban and rural environments; "Third World" development; regional economic restructuring; changing political geographies; and migration. Offered at BCTC on odd years in the Fall Semester.
A survey of the atmospheric controls associated with local, regional, and global weather and climate variability. Includes fundamental coverage of the physics and chemistry of energy, gases, pressure and moisture, with a goal of promoting understanding of general weather analysis and forecasting, severe storms, atmospheric pollution, descriptive climatology, and global climate change.
This course focuses on characteristics of developing countries as well as solution strategies to development problems and conditions. Cultural distinctions, traditions, and institutions are recognized as keys to development condition and progress. Selected theories show how cultural variations in language and religion may e used to explain development. Numerous case studies are discussed, including Indonesia, China, India, Brazil, Kenya and Zimbabwe.