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**

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!
Do Not Make Travel Plans for the Final Exam Period!

REQUIRED TEXT: Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, 6th ed. C. T. Dahlman and W. H. Renwick; Pearson Higher Education, Boston (2014). Available as hardcover, paperback, e-text and rental. ISBN 13: 9780321843333; ISBN 10: 0321843339

ATLAS: It is strongly recommended that students should have access to a world atlas that includes thematic maps. The “Rand McNally Goode’s World Atlas” is preferred but National Geographic’s College Atlas of the World and the Student Atlas of World Geography by Allen and Sutton are also good


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  1. You are responsible for the content of all the lectures, reading assignments and class handouts. The textbook has a glossary of important terms and concepts. Each chapter has a list of key terms.
  2. Attendance is important.  There is a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor grades.
  3. All exams must be taken and required assignments submitted.
  4. Extra credit assignments are optional.
  5. Approval is required prior to beginning any extra credit research project.
Last updated January 15, 2019 .