Why does the United States have a per capita Gross Domestic Product of $55,000, while many countries in Africa have per capita GDPs of $5,000 or less? What accounts for poverty in American cities, and what can be done to foster more equitable outcomes? What is a population pyramid and how can it help us to understand rates of population growth, the impact of traumatic events on a community’s population, and more?
GES 102: Human Geography explores the distributions of human activities such as population, economic activities, resources, agriculture, and settlements and how they affect human systems and behavior. GES 102 also serves as a gateway course in the Geography Environmental Studies department and sets up students for success in courses that delve into ecology, cartography, and the geography of health in greater detail.
This course satisfies the Social Sciences GEP requirement and the Culture requirement for undergraduates.