Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Geography - Courses

GEO 100 World Regions & Issues
Geography

Examines the geography of the emerging global village, especially the stress between the increasing globalization of human societies and natural habitats, and their idiosyncratic traits. Deeply rooted in today's changing world, the course surveys regions of the world and the contemporary issues facing them.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 101 Earth Systems Science
Geography

Earth Systems Science examines modern environmental problems through quantitative methods, analysis, and modeling grounded in basic and applied science and research. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the fundamental processes that dominate the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, their characteristics and complex interactions, and their impact on human life and society.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography
Geography

Introduction to thinking about human activities from a geographic perspective. While considering the "why of where," students will be exposed to the global dynamics of urbanization, industrialization, migration, economic development, international relations, geopolitics, and cultural geographies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
Geography

Examines the diverse economic systems that characterize a world economy in rapid transition. Highlights the complex processes of globalization and its impact on regions, cities, and countries. Examines the organization of economic activities and resources in the global economy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 105 Earth, Environment, and Climate Laboratory
Geography

Weekly labs will cover interdisciplinary environmental topics such as: climate change, earthquakes, fracking, species extinctions, and water resources. Students will use the scientific method to critically evaluate environmental controversies, explore the role of ethics in science, and learn to distinguish science from pseudo-science

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 106 Global Climate Change
Geography

Examines climate changes of the past, present and future. Considers the various causes of past and present climate change and how to predict future changes. Describes predicted environmental and social impacts of, and possible solutions to, future climate change.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 112 International Health
Geography

This is an introductory course in international health. The course will focus on understanding the environmental, economic, and social factors that result in health disparities within and between places. The complex relationships between economic development, population structure, migration, and disease will be examined in detailed case studies. The effectiveness of health interventions and international health aid will be evaluated. Finally, the class will address the health impacts of global environmental change.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 120 Maps: Earth From Above
Geography

Provides the knowledge required to be an intelligent map user. It is also designed to prepare students for further studies in geography, cartography, and geospatial technologies. Topics include map making and coordinate systems, issues regarding map scale and projections, navigation and way finding using maps, techniques of thematic mapping, introductions to remote sensing and geographic information systems, emerging mapping technologies and applications, and using internet mapping services.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 200 The Ocean World
Geography

Introduces oceanography and its relationship to environmental, economic, and strategic aspects. Considers the impact of humans on the ecological balance among the oceans, continents, atmosphere, and living things, as well as ports, ships and maritime law.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 201 Disasters: A Study of Hazards
Geography

Studies natural and human-induced disasters; such as storms, earthquakes, floods, fires, chemical pollution, and impact of war on the physical and social environment. Investigates risk taking, human reaction to disasters, and health-related studies of hazards. Utilizes case studies, slides, and films.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
Geography

Introduces probability as a measure of uncertainty. Addresses the use of such measures of uncertainty for describing data, and for making inferences about large populations from small samples. These descriptive and inferential aspects of statistics are illustrated using geographic examples from a wide variety of different fields.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 231 U.S. Contemporary Problems
Geography

Examines spatial structures and growth processes involving contemporary spatial dynamics of the American socioeconomic systems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 281 Web-Based Geographic Information Systems
Geography

Recent Advances in internet technology have stimulated rapid development of on-line imaging and mapping systems. This course provides a systematic introduction to these internet-based digital imaging and mapping systems in order to familiarize students with Internet-based tools and data and allow them to explore and understand the spatial distribution of natural and constructed phenomena. Through a combination of lectures and exercises, students will develop and practice the following on-line skills: using interface of on-line systems, digital map display in 2D and 3D, digital image display in 2D and 3D, flight simulation, multiple image and map management, measurements, navigation, spatial query, feature selection and buffering, and customized map making.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Co-Requisites: Student must register for GEO 281LEC and GEO 281REC in the same term.


GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business
Geography

Examines the rapidly changing dynamics of the international business environment and its impact on corporate strategies and patterns of international trade, investment and development. Covers the political, legal, technological and cultural underpinnings of the global economy. Provides students with a solid foundation for conducting international business research and making sense of current events.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 333 International Trade
Geography

Involves a theoretical and empirical study of the spatial aspects of commodity flows among countries and regions; also examines conditions leading to trade, and to barriers to the movement of goods.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 334 International Business Cultures
Geography

Introduces students to the interconnections among culture, social expectations, and international business. Covers cross-cultural communication and negotiation, cross-cultural management and alliance formation, and corporate social and environmental responsibility. The course is designed to challenge students to understand difference and to overcome stereotypes in thinking about the operation of business in different parts of the world.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 345 Water Resources
Geography

Examines the occurrence, use, management, and conservation of water and water resources in the U.S. and around the world. The course further discusses the environmental, economic, and social implications of floods, droughts, dams, water usage, and waste water, as well as current issues in water quality, water pollution, and water resource regulation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 101 Or GLY 101


GEO 347 Climatic Geomorphology
Geography

Introduces land-forming processes at work on the Earth's surface, including water, wind, waves and ice. Emphasizes the roles of climate and human impact on earth surface processes, and it considers the hazardous consequences of these processes, such as flooding, landslides, and coastal erosion.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 101 Or GLY 101



GEO 348 Landform Development
Geography

Studies plate tectonics, structure, volcanism, minerals, rocks, weathering, slope development, and fluvial and coastal geomorphology.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 350 Landform Field and Laboratory Techniques
Geography

Introduces data collection techniques in Earth Systems Science. Students will actively participate in the collection and analysis of data using a wide range of field and laboratory equipment, with all activities linked to relevant environmental and geomorphic issues. Students will develop and enhance their skills in data collection, reduction, and analysis, analytical thinking, scientific writing, and the preparation of professional reports.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 101 Or GLY 101



GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
Geography

Introduces the concepts of soil science, composition and classification of soils, and the spatial distribution of major soil categories. Analyzes soil properties, soil/plant relationships, nutrients, land management practices, and ecological and engineering problems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 101 Or GLY 101


GEO 356 Forest Ecology
Geography

Explores forests in terms of their diverse structure, composition, and function. Examines factors that control growth of individual trees, development of forest stands, and dynamics of forest landscapes. Field trips and lab work develop the ability to recognize and reconstruct forest history, using a combination of forest structure and tree-ring analysis.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 200 Or GEO 101 Or SSC 118



GEO 366 Urban Geography
Geography

Provides an introduction to the knowledge areas of urban systems and structure, and a brief overview of fundamentals and general information that one needs to build upon in order to become a professional urban geographer. The course examines the formation and growth dynamics of cities, interprets the mechanism under which the urban space functions, and observes the industrial, residential, migratory, environmental, planning and transportation aspects of urban society.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 367 Urban Social Geography
Geography

Examines human activities central to the internal working of cities in the context of globalization, fragmentation, and difference. Students will consider theories about how society and space mutually condition each other in processes of social stratification and discrimination that foster class, race, gender, and other differences and cause their expression on the urban landscape.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 381 Cartography
Geography

Introduces fundamentals of computer cartography, which is the study and practice of making map representations of the Earth. Provides practical training in the techniques for the representation, manipulation and display of spatial data using computer software.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 120


GEO 389 Business Geographics
Geography

Explores the application of GIS in business. Storage and spatial referencing of data are two processes that need to be carried out to make any business successful. GIS can help not only in these tasks, but also in identification of patterns and relationships that can save companies money and increase profit.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 103 Or GEO 120



GEO 401 GEO 401- Special Topics 1
Geography

Critically considers a selected issues in geographical studies.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 402 Special Topics 2
Geography

Critically considers a selected issues in geographical studies.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 403 GEO403- Special Topics 3
Geography

Critically considers selected issues in geographical studies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 411 Multivariate Statistics in Geography
Geography

Provides an introduction to techniques of multivariate analysis. Topics include ANOVA, simple regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, principal components analysis, and cluster analysis.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 211



GEO 412 Geography of Health
Geography

Studies human disease and health from an ecological prospective. Students gain an appreciation for the geographic variation in the rates of both infectious and chronic diseases. The effect of the environment will be examined in terms of population density, climate, socio-economic conditions, political situation, mobility, urbanization, pollution, cultural practices, and access to health care.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 418 Population Geography
Geography

Examines recent trends in population redistribution in the United States. Considers methods for producing population estimates and forecasts, and explores application of population analysis to the planning problems of government and business.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 419 Transportation and Society
Geography

Studies evolution of the U.S. transportation system. Examines contemporary transportation problems; including provision of transportation, transport networks, transport flows, urban transportation, logistics, and information technologies. Also considers transport and urban forms.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 102 Or GEO 103 Or GEO 410


GEO 420 Transportation and Spatial Information
Geography

Overview of data used in transportation, including travel behavior surveys, vehicle locations, and traffic information. The course also covers GIS and Transportation (GIS-T) data models, data accuracy, primary and secondary data collection and storage approaches, geo-processing of network data, principles of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and location-based services.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 425 Industrial/Business Geography
Geography

Industry dynamics and regional change in a globalized world. In understanding the relationship between the firm and the region, the activities of other agents of regional development (e.g., universities, government, non-government sectors, labor markets) will also be taken into consideration.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 426 Senior Geography Seminar
Geography

Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 430 Applied Urban Geography
Geography

The study of the spatial structure of urban and metropolitan areas. Among other topics, it includes: (1) a study of the changing form of urban areas over time; (2) the behavior of people that gives rise to particular urban form; (3) the ways in which the internal structure of cities affects behavior and welfare; and, (4) the various ways in which people perceive and interact with their environment.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
Geography

Examines components of biodiversity: what it is, why we like it, where it is highest, and what threatens it. Focuses on the application of spatial solutions to biodiversity maintenance in wildlands, and to biodiversity management in working landscapes (especially logged but also farmed). Case studies and a field trip are employed to explore the usefulness of the methods.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 309 Or GEO 356 Or SSC 315



GEO 444 Advanced Earth System Science
Geography

Presents and discusses concepts, theories and applications in Earth System Science investigating the complexity of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and ecosphere. Fundamental understanding of the Earth system includes emphasizing these dynamic processes and their interaction that extend over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The lecture aims to create an interdisciplinary learning environment that supports understanding and communicating with other disciplines about the complex environmental processes. Possible impact and solutions to local, regional, and global environmental problems are assessed through modeling scenarios of changes in biogeochemical cycles.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
Geography

Restoration ecology is the art and science of repairing lands that have become damaged by natural or human disturbance. Examines ecological and social reasons for restoration. Focuses on how to identify and repair the key physical, chemical and biotic components of damaged ecosystems. Case studies and a field trip help are used to develop the theories and methods.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 356



GEO 448 Stream Restoration
Geography

Examines the scientific basis for stream restoration programs in the U.S. and worldwide through a consideration of interdisciplinary themes and practices. Participants will actively discuss river processes, aquatic ecology, restoration needs and goals, restoration approaches, ecological economics, and the uncertainty and sustainability of restoration designs. Students are exposed to a variety of stream restoration concepts through lectures, seminars, and independent projects.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 345 Or GEO 347 Or GLY 312


GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology
Geography

Examines the origin, geometry, water flow, and sediment transport associated with streams and rivers, and how these processes and forms vary in time and space. Places particular emphasis on the analytic description of physical processes, the adjustment of rivers to natural and human-induced disturbances, the interactions between fluvial processes, water quality and aquatic habitat, and emerging areas of research.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 345 Or GEO 347 Or GLY 312



GEO 460 Geography of Development
Geography

Examines how regions, cities, and countries are engaged in economic, political, and institutional strategies in order to tackle problems related to poverty, underdevelopment, economic decline, and/or economic stagnation. Attention is given to the influences of local and global forces, actors, and policies on regional and national competition and development.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 103 Or GEO 330 Or GEO 333


GEO 462 Network and Location Analysis
Geography

Examines the basic theories and concepts behind transportation networks, their structure and operation as well as their need in different applications such as location theory. Approaches topics from both a theoretical and a GIS perspective. There will be a weekly laboratory to provide hands-on experience in the different topics.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 464 Mobility and Flows
Geography

Studies the human decision-making process underlying spatial mobility that results in the creation of patterns and daily routines. Covers the different environments and theories involved in the process, as well as the modeling techniques that have been used, emphasizing the application of Geographic Information Systems.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management
Geography

Introduces an integrated framework for natural resource management that addresses biophysical, social, and economic issues affecting natural resources such as water, soil, air, plant and animal communities and their use through agriculture, forestry, and fishery. The multidisciplinary approach equips the participants with the necessary tools and techniques to develop sound management policy and practice at the watershed scale from small watersheds to large basins. Outlines methods for problem definition and goal setting to elect appropriate and effective management strategies and procedures for monitoring and implementation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 101 Or GLY 101



GEO 475 Landscape Modeling with GIS
Geography

Utilizes concepts and software tools to appropriately analyze geo-spatial data and model environmental processes. The course uses exercises related to physical processes, but also presents and discusses methods and examples in the fields of environmental science, ecology and human geography.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 481


GEO 479 GIS and Environmental Modeling
Geography

Emphasizes GIS applications for environmental modeling, which is loosely defined as any study that contains an environmental element. This is an intermediate level GIS course. GIS methodology design is the primary focus of the lectures and the following topics are discussed: basic GIS methods, using statistics to test and validate GIS methods, and integrating GIS with environmental models. Case studies are used to support the discussion of method design and help students select appropriate GIS methods for a project. The hands-on laboratory exercises focus on learning advanced GIS methods in order to help students implement a GIS project of their interest.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 481



GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
Geography

Provides a general introduction to the principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). The lectures cover several fundamental aspects of GIS: (1) the basics of a GIS system, (2) GIS data and sources of data, (3) GIS analysis functions, and (4) GIS applications and related issues. The laboratory exercises are based on the leading GIS software, ArcGIS, and are designed to help students understand the lecture materials and gain hands-on experiences in GIS data acquisition, spatial database management, spatial analysis, and mapping.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 482 Locational Analysis
Geography

Surveys the basic types of geographic location problems encountered in the real world and examines basic techniques applied to solve those problems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 120



GEO 483 Remote Sensing
Geography

Introduces the principles and applications of remote sensing, and the basic techniques of digital image processing. The lectures introduce a number of fundamental topics of remote sensing: the interaction between energy and Earth surface, major sensor systems and images, basic techniques for image enhancement and image classification, classification accuracy assessment, and applications of remote sensing. The laboratory exercises are designed to help students understand and gain hands-on experiences in digital image process techniques introduced in the lectures.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 485 Cartography and Geographic Visualization
Geography

Provides an overview of cartographic design and visualization within the context of GIS and multi-media web presentation to enhance the visualization skills expected of a modern geographer. The course will cover both theoretical and practical issues associated with visual representation, cartographic design process, exploratory data analysis, data uncertainty, quality and generalization, thematic mapping, web designing, online mapping and other multi-media applications.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: GEO 120 Or GEO 381



GEO 487 Thematic Cartography
Geography

Applies formal principles of graphic design with skills of computer and manual cartographic production. Introduces principles and skills of computer-assisted cartographic production, and of photographic and digital-enhancement techniques that may be incorporated in the map production process.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 488 GIS Design
Geography

Emphasizes problems and methods for defining GIS user needs and the development cycle. Adapts methods and software engineering to the GIS planning process. Topics include product identification, data sources, system selection, and implementation scheduling.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 489 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures
Geography

Examines the data models for geographic information systems. Student programming projects emphasize alternative methods of implementing common GIS operations.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


GEO 493 Dynamic Modeling of Human and Environmental Systems
Geography

This course will provide hands-on experience in the construction and simulation of dynamic models to represent human and environmental systems. The paradigm case of such systems is diffusion over space and time: diffusion of ideas by word of mouth, diffusion of diseases by contact between individuals, and diffusion of forest fires and invasive species across landscapes. A range of modeling paradigms will be covered, from continuous representations of system dynamics to discrete interactions of individual/agent-based models. Calculus and programming experience are helpful but not required. Exercises and readings will be provided from a variety of sources reflecting current challenges that practitioners face in the multi-disciplinary field of dynamic modeling.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 496 Geographic Internship
Geography

For advanced students. Involves a work opportunity in a local governmental agency or firm. See the director of undergraduate studies for more information.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)


GEO 497 Geography Honors Program
Geography

Students who have completed at least 96 credit hours and who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in geography and overall are eligible to participate in the honors program. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more information.

Credits: 1-4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



GEO 499 Independent Study
Geography

Credits: 1-4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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