Department of History and Geography

Geography Courses

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

GEO 121. Global Physical Environments (4 sh)
Students will examine the processes which control the spatial distribution of climate, vegetation, soils and landforms. Topics include earth-sun geometry, global energy balance, hydrology, tectonics, weathering and mass wasting, climatic classification and climatographs, arid land, coastal and fluvial geomorphology. Focus will be on the Earth as the home of humans and the impact of humans on their environments. Offered fall.

GEO 131. The World's Regions (4 sh)
This survey of the regions of the world emphasizes place names and environmental and human characteristics which provide both the common traits and the distinctive characteristics of different places. Students analyze change, problems, potentials and alternative futures and use traditional and electronic data sources, atlases and methods of data presentation. Offered fall and spring.

With the continual advancement of location – tracking smart phones, on-line mapping tools and navigation systems, it is clear that we are living in an increasingly spatial world. This course will combine the exploration of a variety of spatial technologies – ranging from GPS to Google Earth to Geographic Information Systems – with an on-going discussion of how these spatial technologies are changing the way we interact with each other and with the broader world. The course will involve hands-on exercises and readings in order to give the student an introductory level understanding of spatial technologies and a deeper understanding of our increasingly connected world. Offered second half of fall and spring semesters. 

GEO 250. Introduction To Geographic Information Systems (4 sh)
In this course the student will be introduced to the concept of visualizing, exploring and analyzing data geographically. Through hands-on lab exercises and research projects, students will gain broad experience with analysis and mapping using the latest ArcGIS software. Examples from environmental management, public administration, business and other disciplines are covered. Cross-listed with management, public administration, business and other disciplines are covered. Cross-listed with management, public administration, business and other disciplines are covered. Cross-listed with ENS 250.

GEO 310. Development And The Environment In Latin America, Africa, and Asia (4 sh)
This course is concerned with environmental issues primarily in "developing" countries. This course will provide a forum for discussing and analyzing the geo-politics of international environmental conservation programs often devised in wealthier countries but applied in the "third world" as well as the social and environmental consequences of large-scale and small-scale development projects.

This course focuses on the role that water plays in human and environmental systems by examining the cycling and spatio-temporal distribution of water, exploring the importance of water to biological 93 German Studies processes and human use of the land, and evaluating water policies, laws and economics. Using case studies, field visits, and applied exercises, students will gain a broad exposure to the challenges of natural resource management in the 21st century. Satisfies the Society requirement of the Core Curriculum program. No prerequisites. Cross-listed as ENS 340.

GEO 345. Global Environmental Change (4 sh)
This course explores the physical and human geographical aspects of global environmental change, focusing on the effects of past climatic changes upon present landscape, historic short-term fluctuations in temperature and precipitation, possible explanations for climatic change over time, the impact of human action on the Earth and its environmental systems, and the projection of future environmental changes. This course will also seek to provide students with an understanding of the latest scientific investigations and technology in environmental studies.

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunami, earthquakes, volcanoes and floods can occur almost anywhere and reoccur in the same area, making it important to learn how to prepare for them. This course provides an introduction to the types of natural disasters people face. It explores the types, frequency, geographic distribution, physical processes that cause those hazards, their effects on human society and how humans evaluate and respond to minimize losses from natural disasters. Offered summer.

GEO 356. Introduction To Remote Sensing (4 sh)
Remote sensing is the science and art of collecting and interpreting information about the earth's surface through non-contact methods. This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and processes of remote sensing. It covers the principles of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with the atmosphere and surface, interpretation of aerial photographs, basic photography, the principles of satellite data interpretation, the fundamentals of digital image processing , and the applications of global positioning system (GPS). Significant hands-on exercises are included.

This upper-level survey course examines the major physical, biological, cultural, political and economic patterns across Canada and the United States as a basis for exploring the interrelated connections between the natural world and its human inhabitants. Through readings, multi-media exercises, case studies and individual research, students will receive an overview of both physical and human geography as well as experience in geographic reasoning and map analysis. No prerequisite. Offered once per year.

GEO 481. Internship In Geography (1-4 sh)
Internship is limited to 4 semester hours credit toward geography minor. Prerequisites: GEO 121, 131 and permission of instructor.

GEO 491. Independent Study (1-4 sh)

GEO 499. Independent Research (1-4 sh)
Students may engage in research in the field of geography in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Prerequisites: sophomore, junior, or senior standing: a minimum 3.0 GPA; and instructor permission.

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