The curriculum in geography covers such topics as the evolution of the landscape, arrangement of urban centers, the internal structure of cities, the arrangement of industrial and agricultural activities, the pattern of movement of people, goods and ideas, and relationships between humans and the environment. The B.A. in Geography is not available at this time.
Social Science 5 Introduction to Geography. Basic introduction to geography.
5A Introduction to Human Geography (4). Human behavior in a geographical context. Spatial patterns and organization of the cultural, social, and economic activities of man as imposed on and influenced by the earth's physical setting. (III)
5B Introduction to Physical Geography (4). An introduction to the physical world we live in. Distribution and dynamics of the earth's air, water, and solid crust. Concepts and principles from climatology and geology. Selected examples from North America and beyond. (III)
5C Environment and Resources (4). Analysis of landscapes, with special attention to California and the West. Emphasis on humans as agents of environmental change. (III)
5D U.S. and World Geography (4). Provides a broad survey of general geographical principles and facts on a world scale as well as introduces students to the broad regional and resource geography of the U.S., emphasizing in particular the interactions of physical and cultural factors. (III)
Social Science 18A Evolution of Landforms (4). Introduction to geomorphology; major forces which shape the relief of the earth's surface and the forms which result from their activity. General principles demonstrated using examples from the western United States with special emphasis on California. (III)
Social Science 18C Dynamics of the Physical Landscape (4). A seminar on landscape processes and the management of natural hazards (e.g., erosion, flooding, droughts, landslides, earthquakes). Emphasis on Southern California. Students research and make oral presentations on topics determined by agreement with instructor.
Social Science 18D Models in Economic Geography (4). Economic decision making in a spatial context: the location, distribution, and dynamics of economic activities. Theories of population growth, urbanization, industrial location, interregional trade, and regional planning. (III)
Course modules emphasizing geography are assigned numbers 118 and 119.
Social Science 118 Geographical Analysis
118A Mathematical Analysis of Transportation Networks (4). Models of transportation demand; optimal utilization of transportation networks; cost-benefit analysis of network design projects; the economic impact of transportation networks. Prerequisites: Economics 20A-B-C. Same as Economics 144T.
118C Transportation Theory (4). Advanced topics in transportation systems analysis and planning; land-use and traffic generation; traffic flow and network theory; transportation impact; transportation policy. Emphasis on theoretical approaches and mathematical models. Prerequisites: Economics 20A-B-C.
118D Urban Policy (4). The first quarter of a series of urban policy issues in view of the principles of urban politics and urban administration. Special emphasis on transportation problems.
118E Urban Theory (4). Urban theory as it pertains to American metropolitan areas. Location theory, central place theory, and theories of urban land use and social areas. Prerequisite: Social Science 118D or consent of instructor.
118F Urban Analysis (4). Students participate in design of an urban research project; involves analysis of transit systems and their relationship to urban structure of metropolitan areas. Focus is on the methodology of evaluation research as it relates to public programs and public policy analysis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
118G Regional Geography of California (4). Geographical analysis of selected regions of California, in particular their geomorphological, hydrological, and climatic conditions, as well as their economic and social strengths and weaknesses. Includes discussion of Orange County on environmental, social, and residential problems.
118J Maps and Landscapes (4). Focuses on (1) the principles of map preparation, with examples and exercises; and (2) the interpretation of maps, with special emphasis on the topographic maps of the U.S. Geologic Survey, again with selected examples and exercises. Recommended prerequisite: introductory course work in physical geography or earth sciences.
118L Spatial Structure of Metropolitan Areas (4). The spatial arrangement of activities in U.S. metropolitan areas. Identification of the economic, social, and technological processes which affect urban spatial structure. The processes of urbanization and suburbanization are discussed, and the policy implications of contemporary urban spatial structure are examined. Prerequisites: upper-division status and either Economics 1 or 20A-B; Social Science 5A recommended.
Social Science 119A-Z Special Topics in Geography (4) F, W, S. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites vary.