Laney Geography/Geology

Earth and Human Sciences Department


We are all geographers in that we interact in meaningful, impactful ways with the natural world and its landscapes. Academic geography involves the study of the earth’s forms and processes and also how humans, past and present, have utilized and impacted the earth’s surface, air, and water features. How we live, eat, travel, and consume significantly affect the planet, and conversely the constant processural change in the earth’s systems of water, weather, and crust intimately affect humans. Hurricanes, heat waves, and earthquakes are a few examples.  Through courses in physical and cultural geography, students will develop an understanding of the character of particular regions (e.g. California) and will learn learn about the interrelationships between biological, physical, and human systems and the consequences they engender on the global environment.  Overall, geography courses at Laney College offer a wide range of information about surface and spatial variations associated with both natural and human phenomena such as climate, vegetation, landforms, resource development and utilization, cultural diversity, and much more.

Courses offered:

Introduction to physical geography lecture (traditional and online — Geog 1), Physical geography laboratory (Geog. 1L), Introduction to cultural geography (traditional and online — Geog. 2), World regional geography (Geog. 3), Introduction to mapping (Geog. 6), Climate change (Geog. 19), California geography (Geog 18).

Contact Info:

Mark Rauzon: mrauzon@peralta.edu

Greg Schwartz: gschwartz@peralta.edu

          Greg (left) and Mark (right)