GEOG105 Geography of the U.S./Canada

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Geography

I. Course Number and Title
GEOG105 Geography of the U.S./Canada
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
An overview of the human, physical, political, and economic patterns in the various regions of North America; e.g., Appalachia, New England, the Plains, and Pacific Northwest. The historical and contemporary cultural characteristics of these regions are explored. Current population movement is highlighted with the use of census data.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To introduce the student to up-to-date geographic knowledge of the American states, Canadian Provinces, and North American regions;
    2. To provide insight into Canadian-American relations;
    3. To encourage an appreciation of the variety and complexity of American and Canadian landscapes;
    4. To introduce students to the way in which geographers study the urban environment: patterns, trends, demographics, etc.; and
    5. To have students develop an appreciation of the landscape itself, both landscapes experienced and those beyond their travel experience.

    The degree to which students achieve these goals is measured by the instructor subjectively (classroom participation, discussion, student presentation(s)) and objectively [examinations, graded projects, and reports].

  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Introduction and background to the study of North America
    2. Demographics: Painting the population portrait of the U.S.
    3. The physical environment background
    4. Regional study: The Appalachian and Ozark Mountains
    5. American Megalopolis: The Mid-Atlantic Seaboard
    6. New England states
    7. Midwestern Heartland (Great Lakes)
    8. The American South: Tidewater, Gulf Coast, and Mississippi Valley
    9. Great Plains
    10. Rocky Mountains
    11. Great Basin of Nevada and Salt Lake Oasis of Utah
    12. Southwestern Desert
    13. California
    14. The Pacific Northwest
    15. Hawaiian Islands
    16. Introduction to the Canadian Nation
    17. Atlantic Canada
    18. Ontario and the West
    19. Quebec/French Canada
    20. The Boreal Forest, Canada's Mid-North
    21. The Canadian Arctic
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/05; New Core 8/2015