MCCCD GCU 221 - Syllabus (4 pages)

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Maricopa County Community College District
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Gcu 221 - Arizona Geography
Arizona Geography Documents

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GCU 221 GEOGRAPHY OF ARIZONA INSTRUCTOR Steven Emrick CLASS HOURS M W 5 45 P 7 00 P PHONE NO 623 845 3697 OFFICE HOURS M W 1 30 P 2 30 P OFFICE 05 138 T Th 3 00 P 4 00 P E MAIL steven emrick gcmail maricopa edu COURSE DESCRIPTION This class is intended as an introduction to the physical and cultural landscapes of Arizona Geography as a science has historically attempted to study humans and their environment in interaction It attempts to do this by describing the distribution of the natural phenomena which affect human inhabitation of the earth and the manner in which they have affected patterns of human settlement and exploitation This semester we will begin with a study of the physical geography of Arizona the environmental ecological infrastructure that supports human society We will first discuss the landforms mountains plateaus canyons valleys dry lakes volcanoes that give Arizona its incredibly diverse appearance Arizona is well known for its dry sunny skies We will investigate the causes of Arizona s hot dry weather as well as the factors that lead to the sticky humid late summer conditions known as the monsoon There is relationship between climate and the diverse landforms in Arizona An attempt will be made to elucidate the effects of elevation and mountains on temperature and precipitation The first half of the class will wrap up with a look at the various vegetation types that are found in the state Arizona contains plants that also grow in the warm forests of Central America as well as those that grow in the polar regions of Canada and Alaska This plant diversity will be linked to Arizona s diverse climates and landforms The second portion of the course will be devoted to the cultural geography of Arizona We want to emphasize how the physical geography of Arizona has had an impact on human occupation through time How have human occupations dealt with the challenges and opportunities presented by Arizona s soils minerals climate vegetation and landforms



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