AP Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. The course provides a systematic study of human geography, including the following topics: Nature of and Perspectives on Geography, Population, Cultural Patterns and Processes, Political Organization of Space, Agricultural and Rural Land Use, Industrialization and Economic Development, Cities and Urban Land Use. The purpose is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also gain knowledge of the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. The course teaches the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space as well as teaching students how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models. GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images, though not required, can be used effectively. The course emphasizes spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global. All students completing the course are expected to take the advanced placement exam. Students may earn college credit with an appropriate score on the AP Exam. The intent is to challenge young students with a college level course.