Introduction to Geography – GEOG 200

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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





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. Apply a Christian worldview to the problems and issues of geography.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)


Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 2 Discussion Board Forums 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.


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

Reflection Essay

The student will observe items on a landscape of his/her choosing for the purpose of describing the 5 main themes of geography and various aspects of the culture. Then, the student will write a 600–750-word essay on his/her findings. The essay must include at least 3 scholarly sources (primary sources must come from .edu or .gov sources, journals, or books).

Geography Project Plan

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).

Quizzes (11)

There will be 11 quizzes that allow the student to demonstrate an understanding of the readings and video lectures that accompany each module/week. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, and contain approximately 30 multiple-choice, true-false, and essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Interactive Mapping Activities (11)

There will be 11 Interactive Mapping Activities that allow the student to demonstrate a basic spatial understanding of the readings and video lectures that accompany each textbook chapter. The Interactive Mapping Activities will contain one or map questions and have a 10-minute time limit.

There will be 8 Google Earth Exercises, covering Chapters 4-11, that allow the student to demonstrate a basic understanding of Google Earth.  The Google Earth Exercises will have a 2-hour time limit.