1. You are responsible for the content of all the lectures, reading assignments and class handouts. Assignments and handouts are distributed via the course home page on the Geography Dept’s web site ( and in class, NOT ON BLACKBOARD. The textbook has a glossary of important terms and concepts. Each chapter has a list of key terms.
  2. Hunter College-CUNY rules and regulations are strictly enforced including those governing the grades CR/NC, INC, and WU. Consult college and university web pages for specifics.
  3. Attendance is important.  Historically, there has been a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor grades.  Readings supplement lectures. Some lecture topics are not found in the textbook.
  4. All exams must be taken and required assignments submitted. Failure to do so by the end of the semester will result in a reduced grade unless arrangements are made with me in advance. Then an IN (incomplete) grade may be given. Late written presentations will be penalized. Do not schedule your travel plans to begin before the date of the final exam! See calendar below.
  5. Extra credit assignments are optional. Your final grade will not be adversely affected if you choose not to do them. The deadlines associated with them are firm. Late submissions will not be graded.
  6. Approval is required prior to beginning any research project. The topic of your extra credit research or discussion paper must be approved in advance to make sure the topic is manageable. Any student planning to do the research or discussion paper extra credit option must submit in writing a proposal with a justification showing your interest in the topic proposed and an outline of major points to be covered. It is important that your proposal be narrow in scope and focused on a topic.
  7. Lateness penalty. There will be a penalty for lateness of assignments with specific due dates including missed exams. This will reduce the grade earned by either 5 points or one +/- letter grade
  8. Neatness counts. All graded work must be organized, typed, printed and presented neatly. On exams, if I cannot read your writing, it is wrong. Consult the Hunter College Reading and Writing Center for citation and bibliographic formats (
  9. Academic Dishonesty. Cheating and plagiarism are grounds for failure and disciplinary action by the College. Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures. The Internet is a resource for information, NOT a source of verbatim script. Every person has a unique writing style and use of grammar. It is so obvious! Do not cut and paste text found at an Internet web site into your write-ups, research paper or project without proper citation. Any assignment may be randomly scanned by a search engine seeking key words. Plagiarism comes with an automatic failure for the assignment and referral to the Dean of Students for appropriate action. Don’t do it!
  10. Office of AccessABILITY. In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (emotional, medical, physical and/ or learning) consult the Office of AccessABILITY located in Room HE1124 to secure necessary academic accommodations.  For further information and assistance please call (212-772-4857)/ TTY (212- 650- 3230). You must be registered with the Office of AccessABILITY to qualify for the accommodations.
  11. Hunter College Policy on Sexual Misconduct. In compliance with the CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Hunter College affirms the prohibition of any sexual misconduct, which includes sexual violence, sexual harassment, and gender-based harassment retaliation against students, employees, or visitors, as well as certain intimate relationship. Students who have experienced any form of sexual violence on or off campus (including CUNY-sponsored trips and events) are entitled to the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights for Hunter College.
    1. Sexual Violence: Students are strongly encouraged to immediately report the incident by calling 911, contacting NYPD Special Victims Division Hotline (646-610-7272) or their local police precinct, or contacting the College’s Public Safety Office (212-772-4444)
    2. All Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct: Students are also encouraged to contact the College’s Title IX Campus Coordinator, Dean John Rose ( or 212-650-3262) or Colleen Barry ( or 212-772-4534) and seek complimentary services through the Counseling and Wellness Services Office, Rm HE 1123.
    The CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct Link is:

Calendar for Spring 2019:

This class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:10 – 12:25 PM in Room 1036HN.
All class material, including study guides and atlas extra credit, are found on the course home page (not on BlackBoard):

Friday Jan 25       First class meeting
Tuesday Feb 12   No classes scheduled - college closed
Tuesday Feb 26   Tentative date EXAM I
Friday Apr 05   Tentative date EXAM II
Tuesday Apr 09   Last day to submit required essays without late penalty
Friday Apr 19   No classes scheduled - Spring recess
Tuesday Apr 23   No classes scheduled - Spring recess
Friday Apr 26   No classes scheduled - Spring recess
Tuesday May 14   Last class lecture.
Last day to submit extra credit essays or project.
Tuesday May 21   FINAL EXAM: 9 AM-11 AM in Rm. 1036HN   >>   NOTE THE EARLIER TIME!



I. Introduction: What is Geography?   I. Text: Ch. 1
II. Geographers' Tools   II. Same
***E X A M 1 will cover Topics I and II from Chapter 1 and the power point slides***


III. Introduction to Physical Environment

  III. Text: Ch. 2

IV. Earth-Sun Relationship

  IV. Text: Ch. 2
V. Earth Systems: Oceans   V. Text: Ch. 2
VI. Earth Systems: Weather and Climate   VI. Text: Ch. 2
VII. Earth Systems: Landforms   VII. Text: Ch. 3
VIII. Biosphere and Human Impact   VIII. Text: Ch. 4
IX. Earth Resources   IX. Text: Ch. 5

***EXAM TWO will cover Topics III- IX, chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and the power point slides***

X. Introduction to Human Geography   X. Text: Ch. 6

XI. Living on the Earth: Population

  XI. Text: Ch. 6

XII. Cultural Geography

  XII. Text: Ch. 7 and 8

XIII. Economic Geography: Location Analysis and Development  

  XIII. Text: Chapter 9 and 12
XIV. Urban Geography     XIV. Text: Ch. 10
XV. Political Geography   XV. Text: Ch 11

**EXAM THREE (the Final) will cover Topics X- XV, Chapters 6-12 and the power point slides**

Last updated January 15, 2019 .