NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

GEOG 1000    Geography of the United States     Credits  2         Goal Areas  07     View Course Outline

This course provides a broad overview of those factors, cultural and physical, that identify the United States. Topics covered include climate, topography, population, language, history and regionalism. Students will gain an introductory knowledge of United States history, economics, politics, physical landscapes and culture. This course is recommended for international students or those new to the United States.

GEOG 1010    Physical Geography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This course will provide an introduction to the physical processes that are at work at all times on the surface of the earth. This course provides an introduction to the processes that influence the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Topics covered include earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, blizzards, winds, precipitation, the Hydrological Cycle, vegetation and soil. This course includes a basic understanding of how these systems interact and how the physical landscape interacts with the human landscape. Included in this will be discussions about environmental concerns such as acid precipitation, ozone depletion, soil degradation, desertification and rainforest destruction. This course includes lab-like coursework/exams that will enhance a student's ability to make observations, form questions, pose hypotheses, make predictions and critically evaluate scientific data and results.

GEOG 1040    Human Geography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  07,08     View Course Outline

This course surveys occupancy and use of the earth. The great diversity of this human experience as well as the nature of the people/land relationship are examined in terms of distinctive culture realms which have manifested varying degrees of technological and sociological development in time and space. Essential to this examination is a comparative review of the contemporary geographies of race, language, religion, political ideologies, economic activity, settlement, and population.

GEOG 1100    World Geography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  08     View Course Outline

This course is a region-by-region study of the world. It includes the identification of physical and human place locations, along with emphasizing whatever best explains the character of each country. This may be population, economics, resources, or any aspect of nature or humanity that gives an insightful understanding of each country.

GEOG 1190    Area Studies     Credits  3         Goal Areas  08,10     View Course Outline

This course provides the opportunity to use the geographic foundations of spatial relationships and apply those with concentration to specific topics. Spatial relationships will be studied using the standard geography methodology of examining phenomena--the locations of, descriptions of and interrelationships of that phenomena on the surface of the earth. Topics will include economics, politics, religion, population, flora, fauna, language and regions. This concentrated study will includes an examination of the human/land relationship.

GEOG 1990    Geography Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.