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*GEOG 120. Introduction to World Geography. 3 credits.
A study of the geography of the major cultural regions of the world, giving attention to important individual countries within each cultural region. Pertinent background material on systematic physical and cultural geography is presented at appropriate places in the course.
GEOG 136. Geography of North America. 3 credits.
A geographic study of the regional similarities and differences in the United States and Canada. Special attention is given to changes taking place in urban and rural areas.
GEOG 185. Introduction to Aerial Imagery Interpretation (1, 2). 2 credits.
Introduction to techniques and methods of interpreting aerial imagery. The student will utilize the instruments of the photo interpreter, (e.g., computerized graphics and high power stereo optics.) Includes an understanding of data collection and reporting of military facilities using photo interpretation keys.
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography. 1 credit.
Introduces geography majors to the basic concepts and theories that define geography as a discipline. Attention is paid to the various traditions and major academic advancements of geography.
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar. 1 credit.
A systematic review and study of geographical literature in selected subfields of geography. Sources in cognate disciplines are also included. Prerequisite: Open to geography majors only.
GEOG 210. Physical Geography. 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 240. Geography and Resource Use. 3 credits.
Emphasis on the basic principles of resource use and management. How elements of the environment become resources and the man/land relationships involved in utilization of resources are examined. The ecology of selected natural resources; the geographic, socioeconomic, and political process; and conservation of natural resources are included.
*GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography. 3 credits.
The theme of this course, as an introduction to cultural geography, is to foster understanding of humans as occupants of Earth. Concepts of cultural perception and diffusion will be presented and utilized in an analysis of processes of cultural differentiation, among language, religion and livelihood types.
GEOG 285. Aerial Photograph Interpretation (2, 3). 4 credits.
Study of the characteristics, quality, geometry and physical properties of aerial photographs. Data collection and interpretation of the relationship between physical and cultural geography will be emphasized.
GEOG 295. Population Geography. 3 credits.
A study of the spatial character of population with emphasis on density, growth, decline, migration, age structure and economic characteristics. Appropriate measurement techniques are introduced in studying both the geographic distribution of population characteristics and the processes involved in the formulation of the pattern.
GEOG 301. Cartography (2, 3). 4 credits.
Methods of projection development, map drafting and reproduction are presented. Modern methods of topographic and thematic map preparation are presented by lectures, demonstration sessions and laboratory work.
GEOG 302. Advanced Cartography (2, 3). 4 credits.
Advanced methods in map construction for reproduction. Techniques in statistical graphic representation, map construction from aerial photographs and satellite imagery are presented. Modern techniques in scribing are also presented. Prerequisite: GEOG 301.
GEOG 303. Computer Cartography. 3 credits.
An advanced course in geographic data handling and display, utilizing the computer and various graphic output devices. Special topics include geographic data bases, world projection alternatives, package software characteristics and choices, editing and preprocessing of geographic data, and choropleth mapping. Prerequisite: GEOG 301 and three credits of computer science or computer programming language.
GEOG/GEOL 310 A-D. Environmental Impact. 2-3 credits, repeatable to total of 6 credits.
Focuses on a selected environment realm. The course will examine the interface between human activities and environmental systems. It will address the impacts of social, economic and political activities on the environment. GEOL/GEOG 310 A-Atmosphere (air pollution); B-Biosphere (vegetation/wildlife); C-Hydrosphere (water); D-Lithosphere (geologic hazards/land issues). Prerequisite: GEOG 210, GEOL 100 or GEOL 110.
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography. 3 credits.
To expose the student, by field work in geography, to the operational techniques of observation, interviewing and collection of data necessary for problem solving in geography.
GEOG 335. Geography of Africa. 3 credits.
The physical environment, natural resources and human geographic patterns of Africa.
GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America. 3 credits.
Analysis of physical and cultural environment, resource base, and economic development of Latin America. Attention focused on assets, liabilities and geographic foundations of political stability.
GEOG 345. Economic Geography. 3 credits.
A systematic economic-geographic survey of primary, secondary and tertiary production. Emphasis will be placed on mining, manufacturing, trade and agriculture.
GEOG 346. Geography of Europe. 3 credits.
Geographic assessment of regional and national characteristics of the European nations.
GEOG 348. Geography of U.S.S.R. 3 credits.
Deals with the natural environment of the Soviet Union and the regional distribution of its basic resources and economic activities.
GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia. 3 credits.
An analysis of the physical and cultural environments of China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and the countries of Southeast Asia, and an evaluation of the resources available for economic development.
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 world-wide distribution of climate types.
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 475. Introduction to Political Geography. 3 credits.
The study of the state as a feature of the earth's surface, its territory, population, organization and resources. Geographical aspects of conflicts between states. Law of the sea, foreign trade, political geography of rivers. Territorial behavior.
GEOG 485. Remote Sensing of the Environment (2, 4). 4 credits.
The study of the characteristics and qualities of non-conventional remote sensing imagery as it applies to the inventory and assessment of various environmental conditions. Prerequisite: GEOG 285.
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. (Admission by recommendation of the instructor and permission of the department head.)
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. Prerequisite: Geography major of junior or senior standing, with permission of department coordinator.
GEOG 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
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James Madison University