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GEOG 253. Theories and Concepts in Geography

Credits: 3
Department: Geography
Description: Philosophy, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques in the study of geography; recommended for Minnesota social studies teacher certification.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF
Additional Information: This course is offered on campus and online. Online course information is available at

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Synthesize map components and map types: grid systems, projections, thematic maps, topographic maps.
2. Demonstrate global patterns of tectonic and gradational forces.
3. Identify and map factors influencing global patterns of air temperature and pressure, and subsequently the various climatic types and their locations.
4. Identify and map global patterns of renewable, nonrenewable and perpetual resources.
5. Identify and map global patterns of factors influencing population growth such as; birth rates, death rates, and the demographic transition.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of spatial interaction in its various forms.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of global patterns of political boundary types, centrifugal and centripetal forces impacting states.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of global patterns of primary, secondary and tertiary economic activities.

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