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The Mission of the Earth Science Department is to offer quality educational opportunities for students by providing courses that transfer to four-year institutions and by offering associate degree courses that meet general education requirements. 

The Earth Sciences Department is comprised of geology and geography. The department provides a comprehensive general education program in the areas of Physical Geology laboratory and lecture, Geologic Hazards, and field trip experiences.

Geography Classes Offered at the El Camino College Compton Center

Geography 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Physical Geography

This course describes and explains the physical elements of geography. The topics include maps, earth-sun relationships, elements of weather and climate, vegetation patterns, soil types, plate tectonics, volcanism, tectonic activity, and related landforms, weathering and mass wasting, and the landforms created by running water, glaciers, waves, and wind.

Geography 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cultural Geography

This course surveys the geographic distribution and interrelationships of cultural elements such as population, agriculture, industry, cities, religion, language, customs, and territorial organization.



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