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.
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.
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. The student will obtain hands-on experience of display, analysis and presentation of mapping functions using the latest ArcView GIS software. Assignments will be geared toward environmental management and decision-making.
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.
GEO 340. WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 4 sh
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 General Studies 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 envoronmental studies.
GEO 346. NATURAL DISASTERS 4 sh
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 survace, interpretation of aerial photographs, basic photogrammetry, the principles of satellite data interpretation, the fundamentals of digital image processing , and the applications of global postioning system (GPS). Significatn hands-on exercises are included.
GEO 360. GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA 4 sh
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 360. Advanced GIS 4sh
This advanced level course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will build on the techniques learned in ENS/GEO 350 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) by exposing students to more advanced methods in develping and utilizing GIS data. It is designed primarily to provide students with an in-depth understanding of GIS applications, the theoretical/condeptual side of algorthims in GIS software and GIS research trends. Prerequisite: Geo 350 or permission of the instructor.
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 engage in independent research projects related to the field of geography in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Prerequisites: junior or senior status and geography program approval.
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