Geography

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

GEOG 130. Geographic Tools and Techniques. 3 credits.

An introduction to the primary software packages used in the geographic information science. Students will be introduced to the application of word processing, spreadsheet, statistical and Internet software tools to geographical problems and data. An introduction to digital cartography, digital imaging processing and geographic information systems will also be included.

GGEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension. 3 credits.

This course promotes global understanding through the study of humans, their institutions and processes and the resulting interactions between humans and the environment. The course will include the study of western and non-western peoples and their social, cultural, political and economic relationships.

GEOG 210. Physical Geography (2, 2). 4 credits.

The physical aspects of man’s environment. World distributions of land forms, weather and climate, natural vegetation, soils, minerals and the interrelationships between these factors. Also considered are earth-sun relationships and map projections.

GEOG 215. Map Reading and Interpretation. 3 credits.

An introduction to a wide variety of maps used by the educator, layman and public official with critical analysis of various cartographic techniques used to represent and present information.

GEOG 230. Spatial Analysis. 3 credits.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of spatial analysis. Research methods and quantitative techniques used in geographic analysis are presented. Topics include quantitative research design, the nature of spatial distributions, the use of maps as spatial models, univariate and bivariate analysis, spatial autocorrelation, index number development, point and area pattern analysis, shape and density measurement, the use of census data, and unobtrusive measures in geography.

GEOG 240. Natural Resource Conservation. 3 credits.

Examines the basic principles of resource use including geographic, economic, social and political processes. Explores concepts underlying such issues as resource consumption and conservation, environmental perception, resource and environmental conflict, population growth and control, carrying capacity and the evolution of the environmental movement.

GEOG 244. Introduction to Global Positioning Systems. 1 credit.

The course will provide basic training in the use of Global Positioning Systems. It will include instruction in the use of GPS field units, creation and use of data dictionaries, preplanning fieldwork, and post-processing of field data. This course is designed primarily for non-majors and will focus on the basics of using GPS so that students will be able to apply this knowledge and equipment in their own projects and independent studies within their own major.

GEOG 245. Global Positioning Systems. 3 credits.

The course will provide basic training in the use of Global Positioning Systems. It will include instruction in the use of GPS field units, creation and use of data dictionaries, preplanning fieldwork, and post processing of field data. The course will also include actual field projects and the use of mapping software.

GEOG 250. Agricultural Systems and Global Food Production.  3 credits.

This course concentrates on the geographic study of various agricultural systems and emphasizes how social, cultural and economic behavior and the physical environment influences global food production. Issues on the interconnection between world hunger, the place-to-place differences in farming practices, agricultural policies and the environment will be covered.

GEOG 265. Thematic Cartography (2, 2). 4 credits.

Thematic cartography introduces each student to basic cartographic theory and computer mapping techniques. Emphasis is placed on using maps for spatial analysis and geographic research. Using computer mapping software, students examine basic concepts of thematic map development, elementary cartometrics, map evaluation and map publication. Prerequisite: GEOG 130.

GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography. 3 credits.

The course themes are human culture, cultural variations over the face of the earth and how these variations are related to selected global issues. Topics covered include world demographics, world religions and languages, patterns of human migration, political systems and human conflict, agricultural systems and impact on the physical world.

GEOG 285. Remote Sensing (2, 2). 4 credits.

The Remote Sensing class involves the study of the characteristics, quality, geometry and digital properties of remotely sensed aerial imagery. Methods of data collection, analysis, enhancement and presentation are discussed. Both the physical and cultural aspects of the imagery are examined. Prerequisite: GEOG 130.

GEOG 300. Population Geography. 3 credits.

An introduction to population measurement, sources of population data and modern population problems. Topics include distribution, the changing age structure and migration issues affecting the U.S. At the global scale topics include distribution, global migration patterns, the refugee crisis and prospects for feeding the rapidly increasing human population.

GEOG/GEOL 310. Environmental Issues. 1-4 repeatable credits, no limit.

Courses cover environmental issues such as air pollution, forest and wildlife management, water, resource management, soils and land use, and energy and the environment (among other topics). Courses examine the interface between humans and environmental systems while addressing the impact of social, economic and political systems and activities on the environment. May be repeated as course content changes.

GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography. 3 credits.

This course exposes students to the methods and techniques commonly used by geographers while conducting fieldwork. The course will cover identifying and defining a researchable project, designing and testing data collection methods, and different methods of collecting, recording and presenting data. Students will also become familiar with various types of field equipment.

GEOG 311. Endangered Environments. 3 credits.

In this course an investigation is made of a selected number of environmental problem areas around the world. Some examples include the temperate rainforest of Valdivia, South America, the tropical rainforests of Borneo and the Aral Sea of Eastern Europe. In the course, students will explore physical aspects of each environment and explore human impact and potential solutions to the problems.

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa. 3 credits.

The physical environment, natural resources and human geographic patterns of Africa.

GEOG 336. Geography of North America. 3 credits.

A study of the physical environment of North America followed by an analysis of the spatial structures of the area’s population and economy. The basis for the regional differentiation is considered, followed by a region-by-region analysis of each of these unique interactions of physical and cultural phenomenon.

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America. 3 credits.

A study of countries in Latin America which includes their physical landforms, weather and climate, biogeography, natural resource base, attitudes toward the physical environment, characteristics of the economy, the current  political role in international activities and population characteristics that include growth rate, distribution, migration and ethnicity.

GEOG 340. Biogeography. 3 credits.

Examines the distribution of plants and animals on Earth and the factors contributing to the existence and alteration of these patterns. The ecological and human processes shaping the natural environment are examined.

GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues. 3 credits.

An overview of the classification of economic activities, the factors involved in the location of various types of economic activities, and the regional variation in the standard of living associated with economic development. Additional topics include regional economic growth and types of economic systems and development perspectives, the roles that politics and demographics play in the economic development of a country, and the globalization of economic activities.

GEOG 346. Geography of Europe. 3 credits.

Geographic assessment of regional and national characteristics of the European nations.

GEOG 348. Russia and the Former U.S.S.R. 3 credits.

A study of the people and culture of Russia with an emphasis on their social, economic and political processes and situation. An analysis of how the interaction of geographic, social, political and economic factors affect the lives of the Russian people.

GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia. 3 credits.

A survey of the physical and cultural environments of China, Taiwan, Japan, the Koreas, Indochina and the countries of Southeast Asia. Topics covered include weather and climate, physiography, natural resources, population characteristics, political systems, aspects of the economy and the role that each country plays on the regional and world stage.

GEOG 365. Advanced Thematic Cartography (2, 2).  4 credits.

Using automated mapping techniques, statistical software and the World Wide Web, students will examine advanced cartographic design theory, thematic map construction and investigate the use of maps for conducting spatial analysis within the discipline of geography. Laboratory work will require students to reproduce a publishable-quality map for a client.

GEOG 366. Geographic Information Systems. 3 credits.

An introduction to the theory and practice of building a geographic information system. Computer-aided design is used to digitize, edit and plot spatial data. Attribute data and spatial data are combined in a GIS and fundamental GIS analysis functions are performed.

GEOG 385. Advanced Remote Sensing (2, 2). 4 credits.

The Advanced Remote Sensing class involves a continuation of the subject matter of the basic course, which is its prerequisite. The subject matters includes: advance georeferencing and orthocorrection, refined methods and applications of digital image enhancement, and image classification methodologies. These tools are applied to the inventory and assessment of various environmental conditions. Prerequisite: GEOG 285.

GEOG 390. Research Design. 1 credit.

The first in a sequence of two courses designed to involve students in research projects. This course focuses on designing a research project. It is taken as an independent study during the semester preceeding the “Capstone” course (GEOG 490, GEOG 491 or GEOG 495).

GEOG 410. Urban Geography. 3 credits.

Study of the city in its geographic setting, giving perspective of modern urban problems, origin and growth of cities and influence of location on city functions. Looks at the internal structure of cities and the influence of the internal structure on its population groups.

GEOG 415. Climatology. 3 credits.

The systematic study of the atmosphere with emphasis on such phenomena as temperature, pressure, humidity, air masses and fronts; the occurrence of these phenomena on a global basis; and a detailed survey of the worldwide distribution of climate types.

GEOG 440. Wilderness Techniques. 3 credits.

Wilderness legislation, legal mandates and wilderness issues are examined. Human impacts due to overuse or conflicting uses are studied, as are the philosophical aspects of wilderness ethics. This course is taught entirely in the field. Camping, hiking and permission of the instructor are required.

GEOG 450. Topics in Geography. 1-3 credits.

Examination of geographic topics that are of current interest. Can be repeated as course content changes.

GEOG 465. Applied Thematic Cartography. 3 credits.

Student performs and independent, client-based map project that addresses complex data visualization concepts and issues in thematic cartography. Students also explore issues such as: Responsibilities of the Cartographer to the Client, contracting Cartographic projects, cartographic communication models, cognitive issues in Cartographic Visualization, methods for disseminating Maps to Users, Modeling geographic phenomena with application to client-based problems, quality control scenarios when actualizing Cartographic projects, Legal Contract issues, and delivery issues with the completed Cartographic product. Prerequisite: GEOG 265.

GEOG 466. Geographic Databases (2, 2).  4 credits.

An introduction to digital spatial data used by industry and government. Integration of large spatial data sets into the geographic information system, data management, data exchange and the geodetic transformation of data sets are emphasized. Digital elevation models, land use data, population data, digital topographic map and street network data will be used. Prerequisite: GEOG 366.

GEOG 467. Applied Geographic Information Systems. 4 credits.

The course advances the knowledge of GIS in theory and practice. Spatial databases and complex attribute data will be created. Analytical GIS functions will be used to create new data sets. The students will apply GIS management skills in GIS projects. Prerequisite: GEOG 366.

GEOG 468. Internet Geographic Information Systems. 4 credits.

Theoretical and practical exploration of methods, standards and policies related to the development and utilization of geographic information systems on the Internet. Students will create and utilize distributed geospatial data and analytical systems using the world wide web and the Internet to address geographical problems. Prerequisite: GEOG 366.

GEOG 475. Political Geography. 3 credits.

Geopolitical conflicts and issues are examined. Concepts such as territoriality, nationalism, religious and ethnic struggle, environmental degradation and freedom and justice are discussed in the context of political unrest. Significant geopolitical theories and social and economic processes are explored.

GEOG 486. Applied Digital Image Processing. 3 credits.

This course advances the knowledge and theory of digital image processing of remote sensed imagery. Analytical functions will be applied to projects relevant to further study and issues faced by clients. Prerequisite: GEOG 285 or GEOG 385.

GEOG 490. Special Studies in Geography. 1-3 credits  each semester.

Designed to give capable students in geography an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Admission by recommendation of the instructor and permission of the department head.

GEOG 491. International Studies-Capstone. 3 credits.

This course fulfills the capstone experience requirement for students majoring in geography. Students will make arrangements for the international experience. A research project or work-study project will be designed by the student and faculty member prior to departure. The research or work will be carried out in the country of travel.

GEOG 495. Internship in Geography. 3-6 credits.

Practical experience in and observation of a public agency utilizing geographic methodology. Work experience will be supervised by an official of the agency and a faculty member. Periodic seminars and written reports are required. Prerequisites: Geography major of junior or senior standing with permission of department coordinator.

GEOG 499. Honors. 6 credits.

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