Introduction to Geography – GEOG 200

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/08/2022

Course Description

An introduction course in the physical and cultural phenomena of the earth, stressing spatial distribution of these phenomena.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a spatial perspective of the world, utilizing a Christian worldview. The integration of human and physical characteristics of the world are reviewed in present day and historical contexts. The student equipped with a geographic perspective will be better prepared to fulfill the Great Commission in his/her vocational pursuits.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major themes and investigative concepts of geographical study.
  2. Demonstrate basic factual knowledge of locational and theoretical concepts.
  3. Explain the interaction between human and physical geography.
  4. Evaluate the trends of globalization.
  5. Analyze the impact of geospatial technologies in the study of geography and its subsets.
  6. Apply a Christian worldview to the problems and issues of geography.

Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Communication and Information Literacy Outcomes (CIL)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.

CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.

CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.

CIL 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it to various contexts.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)


Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 2 Discussions by posting a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 300 words, and the assertions in the thread must be supported with at least 1 citation in current APA format from .edu or .gov sources, journals, or books (MLO: A, B, C, D, F: CIL 1, 2, 4).


In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates' threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Geography Project Plan Assignment

The student will prepare a mission statement and develop a research-based strategy to accomplish a service project using the 5 main themes of geography as a guide. The student will develop this strategy into a 1,000–1,250-word service plan and must include a map and at least 5 scholarly sources (primary sources must come from .edu or .gov sources, journals, or books) (MLO: A, B, C, D, F: CIL 1, 2, 4).

Quizzes (13)

There will be 13 quizzes that allow the student to demonstrate an understanding of the readings and video lectures that accompany each module. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, and contain approximately 25 multiple-choice, true-false, and mapping questions, and have a 1-hour time limit (MLO: A, B, C, D, E: CIL 3).

Read and Interact (13)

There will be 13 Read and Interact activities that allow the student to practice quiz and review materials, in preparation for actual quizzes that accompany each textbook chapter. The student progresses through the activity at his/her own pace. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E: CIL 3).

Application Activities (11)

There will be 11 Application Activities that allow the student to learn how their everyday behaviors actually affect the environment. The student progresses through the activity at his/her own pace. (MLO: A, C, E: CIL 1, 3, 4).