This writing- and research-intensive course guides students through an interdisciplinary investigation of climate change, including the causes, environmental and societal impacts, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies and their implementation. The class bridges the traditional human and physical branches of geography and the environmental sciences, engaging a range of methods to deepen understanding of this complex environmental issue.
This course is an overview of geographic research methods and techniques. Topics covered include: research design, field and archival data collection, statistical analysis, topographic map reading, and introduction to remote sensing and GIS. Emphasis is on practical application of the techniques, skills, and methods presented. Fall & Spring.
Bay Area Environments is an introduction to the complex nature of human and environmental evolution in San Francisco’s Bay Area. We will explore the origins of Native American & European settlement, landforms, water, weather, climate and ecosystems, anthropogenic changes across the region, and the future of the Bay Area environment.
This course is an introduction to ecological and environmental systems, processes, and problems at global, state, and local levels. Through lecture and labs we will examine ecosystems, natural resources, and earth processes and their interactions with the human environment.
Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 3 units.
Development of research project basic to projected M.A. or M.S. thesis. Formulation of research question, appropriate bibliographic search, database, analytic techniques, final thesis, description for culminating experience. May be repeated twice. CR/NC grading only.
Investigation of the development of this subfield in cultural geography with special emphasis on concepts of innovation and diffusion, emerging views on social responsibility within the discipline, and applications to contemporary life.
Training in the teaching of geography. Responsibilities include working with supervising faculty to review and prepare course materials, tutor students, conduct small discussion groups and give brief lectures/demonstrations. May be repeated for a total of 3 units.
Conceptualization, production and applications of writing in Geography and Environmental Science. Review of academic literature, research paper production, building a resume and portfolio, delivering scholarly presentations. Assignments submitted in draft, peer-edited, revised & resubmitted to departmental competency standards.