Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


GEO 102 World Geography-Maps & Media
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is an introduction to world regional geography for elementary education majors. It will examine different world regions based upon their human and physical characteristics and their economics and political organization. A major topic for each region is the general relationship between people and land that reflect cultural traditions and preferences of the people living there and the ways in which the land is used. Regional issues will be addressed. Information will be presented through textual materials, slides, film, video, and atlas study guide activities designed to enhance learning about the characteristics of places and regions. Corequisite: Must be enrolled as an elementary education major.

GEO 109 Earth Science Elem Teacher I
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This inquiry-based course is designed for prospective elementary teachers. Students will develop an understanding of key earth science concepts and their interrelationships; use problem solving that facilitate insight in the nature of science as an intellectual activity, explore concepts of scientific phenomena, and develop more positive attitudes about science and increase their confidence in their ability to do science. Study will include the sciences of meteorology, physical geography, cartography, and geomorphology (landscape development).

GEO 110 Physical Geology
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is an introductory course in Physical Geology that explores Earth as a dynamic planet. Includes discussion of physical processes and the subsequent phenomena associated with them: plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, mountain building, weather and erosion, glaciations, stream patterns and ground water flow. Laboratories offer experience in earth material identification, map reading, structural geology and surface processes. PREREQUISITE: Minimum ACT Writing score of 25 or COMPASS score of 95 or ENG 110 and minimum Reading ACT score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 REQUIRED. Minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra test score of 44 or MATH 094 recommended.

GEO 120 Physical Geography
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a one-semester course in Physical Geography. The course will systematically analyze the principle 'spheres' of man's physical environment, namely the Atmosphere, the Lithosphere, Biosphere, and the Hydrosphere. PREREQUISITE: Minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 25 or COMPASS score of 95 or ENG 110 and minimum ACT Reading Skills score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 REQUIRED. Minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094 recommended.

GEO 209 Earth Science Elem Teacher II
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This inquiry-based course is designed for prospective elementary teachers. Students will develop an understanding of key earth science concepts and their interrelationships; use problem solving that facilitate insight in the nature of science as an intellectual activity, explore concepts of scientific phenomena, and develop more positive attitudes about science and increase their confidence in their ability to do science. Study will include the earth sciences of geology, hydrology, astronomy, seismology, and volcanology.