Courses & Schedules

Lecture/discussion, 3 hours. An introduction to environmental studies and planning, including: humans in relation to the global ecosystem; an overview of problems of energy use, pollution, resource depletion, population growth, food supply, urbanization, climate change, and biodiversity; and the search for solutions and future prospects. Satisfies GE Area D5 (Contemporary International Perspectives).

This course presents a broad survey of how the earth works. It focuses on the processes within, and the relationships between, the four global sub-systems: the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. The course examines how physical, chemical, and biological functions create local, regional, and global climate and landscape patterns. It also explores the links between human activities and changes in climate, vegetation patterns, and landform processes. The course includes weekly two-hour lab sessions in which students participate in field-based data collection exercises and conduct scientific analyses. Satisfies GE Area B1 (Physical Science).

Lectures and workshop designed to enhance students' confidence in analytical problem solving. Essential techniques emphasizing environmental applications: translating knowledge into abstract and mathematical models, numerical estimates, basic geometry and trigonometry, dimensional analysis, unit conversions, interpreting statistical data, and graphic display of information. Conceptual introduction to calculus, differential equations, and complex numbers.

The course introduces students to a spatial perspective of cultural, economic, political, demographic, and environmental processes. We review the deep historical origins of many social processes and examine how they continue to influence our contemporary experience. We also study how these processes change as they move across geographic space and encounter other cultures and places. Satisfies GE Area D2 (World History and Civilization).

This course explores 4-5 world regions from a holistic perspective, examining their economic, political, demographic, cultural, and environmental landscapes with considerable historic depth. The course also considers how each region fits within a larger global political and economic system, and how their roles have changed, particularly with globalization. Satisfies GE Area D5 (Contemporary International Perspectives).

The course brings an historical perspective to critical analyses of changing relationships between civilizations and their environments. Following an introduction to Earth's environmental systems, course critiques several modes of understanding specific environmental problems caused by development. Course concludes with extended study of one globally important human-environment-development nexus.Meets GE Area E.

Regular weekly departmental lecture series. Outside professional speakers and GEP alumni and faculty report on topics and opportunities relating to careers in Geography, Environment, and Planning. Cr/NC only.

Selected regions of the world form the basis of study. Economic development, political problems, man-land relationships, and global issues are covered. The course uses geographical methodologies and concepts and is interdisciplinary in its observations of world regions. Satisfies GE Area D5 (Contemporary International Perspectives).

This seminar covers topics essential for professional preparation in the fields of geography and environmental studies. Topics include discussions with guest speakers on career options in governmental, private, and non-profit settings; writing highly effective resumes, CVs, and cover letters; and techniques for successful interviewing. The course will also cover preparation for future training in professional and academic fields. Grade only.

Students learn about professional research, presentation, and discourse, and attend research presentations at a professional conference. Conference and travel may include professionally led field trips. The course requires an additional fee. Course may be repeated for credit. Up to 2 units of GEP 312 in total may be counted towards the major.