Geography Courses (GEO)

Freshmen and sophomores may not register for 500-level courses.

GEO 102 The Historical Geography of the Western World

A study of the geographical factors which combine to form the major cultural regions of North America, Europe, and Australia-New Zealand.

3

GEO 103 Introduction to Earth Science

Survey of basic concepts and processes integrating the nature of the earth's three primary physical systems: the solid earth and continents; the ocean basins and the oceans; and the atmosphere's weather.

3

GEO 104 World Regional Geography

Geographical criteria that define the major cultural and functional world regions. Emphasis on regional methods of geographical study, with applications to current world events and situations.

3

GEO 105 Cultural Geography

Introductory project-oriented course concerned with the geographical characteristics of population, political systems, settlement patterns and livelihoods.

3

GEO 106 Geosystems Science

The earth's atmosphere, hydrological, and tectonic systems. Includes applications to natural resources management and environmental planning.

3

Corequisites

GEO 106L

GEO 106L Geosystems Science Laboratory

Laboratory exercises to accompany GEO 106, which must be taken concurrently. Topics include atmospheric data analysis, topographic map interpretation, and hydrological measurements.

1

Corequisites

GEO 106

GEO 110 Introduction to Geography

Changing interaction of man and his environment and the resultant human and economic patterns in various parts of the world.

3

GEO 111 Physical Geology

Survey of tectonic and erosional processes, mountain building, rivers, glaciers, deserts, and coastal landform development.

3

Corequisites

GEO 111L

GEO 111L Physical Geology Laboratory

Laboratory demonstrations and map interpretation exercises to accompany GEO 111, which must be taken concurrently.

1

Corequisites

GEO 111

GEO 121 Introduction to Geographic Information Science

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of geographical information science (geographic data acquisition, representation, analysis, and interpretation). Technologies reviewed include topographic mapping, global positioning systems, aerial photography, and satellite remote sensing.

3

GEO 205 Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact

Environmental changes related to human use of land, water, soils, minerals, and natural amenities. Planning for sustained use or preservation of land-based natural resources.

3

GEO 301 Urban Geography: Global Patterns

Urbanization processes and the development of mega-cities and urban hierarchies emphasizing the differences between cities from across the world.

3

GEO 302 Urban Geography: Land Use

Internal structure of cities, including the role of transportation systems, socio-economic development, and the physical environment. Emphasis on differences within cities.

3

GEO 303 World Population Problems

Major world population problems, trends, and significant policy and action alternatives for the future. Impact of various geographical factors on problems and trends.

3

GEO 304 Introduction to Transportation Analysis

Transportation systems as they affect human behavior and urban patterns, primarily within a North American context.

3

GEO 305 Environmental Hazards Assessment

Nature and geographical distribution of short-lived environmental hazards including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Factors contributing to increased hazard potential. Alternative human responses to short-lived hazards.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 103 or equivalent

GEO 306 World Economic Geography

Characteristics and location of the world's resources, theory of industrial location, world patterns of industry.

3

GEO 311 Weather and Climate

Introduction to the nature, origin, processes, and dynamics of the atmosphere. Consideration also of human modification of the atmosphere and of climatic change.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 103 or equivalent

Corequisites

GEO 311L

GEO 311L Climatology Laboratory

Laboratory work to accompany GEO 311.

1

Corequisites

GEO 311

GEO 312 Geomorphology of North America

A survey of the various landscape regions of the North America. Emphasis on the relationships between the geologic, erosional, and climatic processes occurring in each region.

3

GEO 313 Natural Resource Regions of North America

Regional natural resource use and associated human interaction with the natural environment. Instruction takes place during an extended field trip across portions of North America.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 103 or GEO 314 and permission of instructor

GEO 314 Physical Geography: Landscape Processes

Examination of the processes responsible for the development of the earth's varied terrain characteristics. Analysis of environmental problems involving human impact on landscape and river systems.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 103 or equivalent

Corequisites

GEO 314L

GEO 314L Physical Geography Laboratory

Laboratory demonstrations and map interpretation exercises to accompany GEO 314, which must be taken concurrently.

1

Corequisites

GEO 314

GEO 315 The Geography of World Affairs

Contemporary problems and issues of and between nations of the world as they have evolved in their geographical settings.

3

GEO 320 Tourism Planning and Development

Geographic distribution of tourist development. Emphasis on the spatial dimension of origin-destination flows, economic geography of the travel industry, socio-economic and environmental impacts. Emphasis on tourism planning issues.

3

Cross Listed Courses

Same as CTR 320, STH 320.

GEO 322 Research Methods in Geography

Use of the scientific method, data collection, spatial analysis, and technical writing. Development of fundamental research and quantitative skills in geography.

3

GEO 330 Elements of Hydrology

Introduction to the origin, properties, occurrence, circulation of the waters of the earth, including the application of hydrologic techniques for the evaluation of regional water budgets and problems relating to the conservation of water resources.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 103 or GEO 311 or GEO 314, or permission of instructor

GEO 331 Sustainable Tourism and Transportation

Explores transportation networks utilized by the global tourism sector; their social, economic, and environmental dimensions, associated trends, associated negative impacts and resource usage and opportunities for planning sustainable transportation networks.

3

Prerequisites

STH 102

Cross Listed Courses

Same as STH 331.

GEO 333 Geography of Europe

Examination of human and physical characteristics of the European region. Topics include settlement patterns, landscape evolution, patterns and spatial variation of economic activity, urbanization, and political divisions.

3

GEO 338 Regions of Latin America

Geographic distinctiveness of Latin American regions, with an emphasis upon the physical foundation, bases of past development, and recent transformation. Major consideration given to Mexico/Central America, Peru/Bolivia, and Brazil.

3

GEO 340 Geography of East Asia

Examines dynamic economic, sociocultural, and political changes in East Asia by using geographical criteria to study physical and human resources influencing rapid modernization within an ancient framework.

3

GEO 344 Geography of the United States and Canada

Study of the human and physical characteristics of the United States and Canada, with emphasis on the former.

3

GEO 357 Principles of Cartography

The science of cartography with an emphasis on the use of maps as descriptive and analytical tools. Laboratory work introduces computer mapping, compilation, design, and symbolization.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 121

GEO 358 Geographic Information Systems

Provides basic concepts and methods for capturing, storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying geospatial data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

3

Prerequisites

GEO 121 or permission of instructor

GEO 359 Remote Sensing

Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of digital and photographic imagery. Emphasis on use of satellite and aircraft imagery for classification and monitoring of the earth's physical and cultural landscape.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 121

GEO 421 Geographic Information Science

Principles and use of geographic information; emphases are on data acquisition and techniques of spatial analysis and display. Requirements include a substantial applied research project.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 121, GEO 357, GEO 359

GEO 490 Special Problems in Geography

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study of field research of special interest.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of faculty member with whom student wishes to work and at least 3 s.h. of previous work in geography

GEO 491 Current Topics in Regional Geography

Seminar dealing with major national and international topics in their current geographical context.

3

GEO 493 Honors Work

3–6

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

GEO 495 Internship in Geography

Practical experience in a professional setting related to the student's main topic of interest. Includes a research paper linking the topic to the experience.

3

Prerequisites

Written permission required before registering for the internship

GEO 502 Urban Planning

Experiences in planning and primary concepts and procedures utilized by planners in city and local government agencies for improving the quality of the urban environment.

3

GEO 504 Political Geography

A systematic overview of relationships among space, place, and politics at multiple geographic scales. Topics include boundaries, geopolitics, nationalism, resource distribution, means of controlling space, and the spatiality of globalization.

3

Prerequisites

Junior level or permission of instructor

GEO 510 Biogeography

Study of the geographic distribution of organisms and the factors/processes accountable. Emphasis on the increasingly important role humans play in influencing biogeographic processes.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 311 or GEO 314 or BIO 301 or admission to graduate program in geography or permission of instructor

GEO 511 Advanced Weather and Climate—Synoptic Climatology

Exploration of atmospheric dynamics and general circulation patterns throughout the world. Emphasis on cyclogensis, surface-upper atmosphere links, tropospheric waves, vorticity, and forecasting.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 311 or admission to graduate program in geography or permission of instructor

GEO 522 Seminar in Population and Urban Studies

Advanced study of population processes and urban concepts from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Emphasis on accessing and interpreting data from the U.S. census and other sources.

3

GEO 533 Regional Economic Development

Theories of location of economic activity; techniques to assess impact of types of economic activity; policy and institutional issues related to local, state, and global economic development.

3

GEO 557 Advanced Cartography

Advanced instruction in cartographic production techniques and introduction to cartographic research. Students will learn to evaluate academic literature and to implement research ideas using state-of-the-art technology.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 357 or permission of instructor

GEO 559 Advanced Remote Sensing—Imaging

Remote sensing of the environment using scientific visualization and digital image processing techniques.

3

Prerequisites

GEO 359 or permission of instructor

GEO 560 Seminar in Regional Geography

Case studies of regionalism and the regional method in geography.

3

GEO 570 Applied Physical Geography

Applications in physical geography. Topics include field experience in hydrology, dendrochronology, geomorphology, climatology, and mapping.

3

GEO 589 Experimental Course: Geophysical/Archaeology Remote Sensing Field School

Geophysical and archaeological remote sensing field methods. The use, analysis, and interpretation of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Magnetometer, and Global Positioning System (GPS) data collected in situ.

3

 

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