Geography

Geography

The faculty and students of the Geography Department of the Community College of Aurora study and interpret the intersections of cultures, places, and environments, to understand both difference and connection. Geography, or the study of the physical features of the earth, is a far-reaching subject as it also includes human activity, like population, resources, land use and industries. 

Contact Information:

Nikolai A. Alvarado
Geography Faculty
Nikolai.Alvarado@ccaurora.edu
(303) 340-7559

Geography Courses

GEO 105 - World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)

Indian WeddingCredit hours 45 Contact hours 

Examines the spatial distribution of environmental and societal phenomena in the world's regions; environmental phenomena may include topography, climate, and natural resources; societal phenomena may include patterns of population and settlement, religion, ethnicity, language, and economic development. Analyzes the characteristics that define world regions and distinguish them from each other. Examines the relationships between physical environments and human societies. Examines globalization, emphasizing the geopolitical and economic relationships between more developed and less developed regions.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092, (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment score.

GEO 106 - Human Geography (GT-SS2)

Refugees3 Credit hours 45 Contact hours

Introduces students to geographic perspectives and methods in the study of human societies by examining the spatial characteristics of populations, language, religion, ethnicity, politics, and economics. Examines the relationships between physical environments and human societies.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment score. 

 

 

GEO 111 - Physical Geography-Landforms with Lab (GT-SC1) 

Karst Topography in VietnamCredit hours 90 Contact hours

Introduces students to the principles of Earth's physical processes, emphasizing landforms, soils, and hydrology. Examines the formation and distribution of landforms, such as mountains, valleys, and deserts, and their shaping by fluvial and other processes. The course incorporates an integrated process of lectures, discussion, and laboratory assignments.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment score.

 

GEO 112 - Physical Geography-Weather and Climate with Lab (GT-SC1)

A Supercell over TexasCredit hours 90 Contact hours

Introduces the principles of meteorology, climatology, world vegetation patterns, and world regional climate classification. Course is conducted through an integrated process of lecture, discussion, and laboratory assignments and may be transferred to colleges and universities as a science credit.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment score

 

 

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AA degree in Geography from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Understand, explain, and describe the interconnectedness between distinctive physical and human characteristics of places and regions.
  • Understand, explain, and describe the impact of the spatial distribution of physical processes including: a. Landforms such as mountains, valleys, and deserts and their shaping by fluvial and other processes; b. Meteorology, climatology, world vegetation patterns and world regional climate classification.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the role of geographic theory and its use in understanding real-world processes.
  • Produce at least one high-quality geographic scientific research that demonstrates the following: a. Development of a testable and pertinent research question; b. Design and carry out relevant investigations; c. Effective presentation of both written and oral arguments.  
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