GEOG105 Geography of the U.S./Canada
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Geography
Course Number and TitleGEOG105 Geography of the U.S./Canada
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionAn 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- To introduce the student to up-to-date geographic knowledge of the American states, Canadian Provinces, and North American regions
- To provide insight into Canadian-American relations
- To encourage an appreciation of the variety and complexity of American and Canadian landscapes
- To introduce students to the way in which geographers study the urban environment: patterns, trends, demographics, etc.
- 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).
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Introduction and background to the study of North America
- Demographics: Painting the population portrait of the U.S.
- The physical environment background
- Regional study: The Appalachian and Ozark Mountains
- American Megalopolis: The Mid-Atlantic Seaboard
- New England states
- Midwestern Heartland (Great Lakes)
- The American South: Tidewater, Gulf Coast, and Mississippi Valley
- Great Plains
- Rocky Mountains
- Great Basin of Nevada and Salt Lake Oasis of Utah
- Southwestern Desert
- The Pacific Northwest
- Hawaiian Islands
- Introduction to the Canadian Nation
- Atlantic Canada
- Ontario and the West
- Quebec/French Canada
- The Boreal Forest, Canada’s Mid-North
- The Canadian Arctic
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedLectures, class discussions, audio-visual presentations, and fieldwork (optional)
Review/Approval Date - 5/05