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Undergraduate Geography

2021 Spring Term

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4 Units

INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY

Geography 120

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the processes that are responsible for the changes in day-to-day weather patterns. The primary focus is on the physical properties of the Earth's system that control those patterns. Topics investigated include Earth's energy and water budgets, cyclone development and evolution, severe weather, and a basic understanding of climate systems.


5 Units

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Geography 210

A study of selected physical aspects of our geographic environment. Emphasis is given to the origin and characteristic features of topographic, climatic, vegetative and soil regions of the earth and to their interrelationships. The ultimate objective is to provide a foundation upon which to build a better understanding of human interrelationships with the physical environment. Field trips are normally taken.


3 Units

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Geography 230

A systematic study of human land relationships highlighting the diversity of the elements that make up the cultural landscape in various regions.


3 Units

GEOGRAPHY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE UNITED STATES

Geography 232

The course takes a geographical approach to the study of ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Native American, African American, Latino/a American, and Asian American groups are studied systematically. Major topics include mobility, culture regions, the cultural landscape created by the various ethnic and racial groups, immigration, segregation, and their associated politics.


3 Units

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Geography 252

An introduction to environmental problems and their complexities. Attention is given to alternative solutions to such problems and the implications these alternatives have for the total environment. The course emphasizes the evaluation of the interrelationships between the environmental resource demands of people and the actual resource base of the earth.


3 Units

GIS I: MAPPING OUR WORLD

Geography 270

Time to get "spatial." Geographic. To see the world in terms of relationships between places and things, patterns and processes. Students will learn how use geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze spatial patterns and communicate through maps. Issues, problems, and examples will be used from a variety of natural resources, social science, and business fields.


3 Units

WATER RESOURCES

Geography 323

Class will investigate the pathways and processes of water transfer and storage in the many reservoirs on earth, along with the impact of human activities on water quality and fluxes. Detail is given to shallow groundwater monitoring and soil indicators of saturation for wetland delineation, anthropegenic effects on streams, and land use issues related to water quality. Field trips normally taken.


3 Units

URBAN GEOGRAPHY

Geography 344

The intraurban consideration of various land-use and population characteristics of cities, their patterns, interrelations and changes is followed by the interurban study of locations, size, spacing, types and functions of urban settlements. Field trips are normally taken.


3 Units

GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Geography 361

A study of contemporary and historical interrelationships between the natural environment and the economic, political and cultural activities in South and Southeast Asia. Countries studied include: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Phillipines.


4 Units

GIS II: APPLICATIONS AND DATA

Geography 370

The basic principles and operations of geographic information systems (GIS) are presented, including the capture, storage, management, analysis and display of geographic referenced data and their attributes. Laboratory exercises provide extensive hands-on experiences with a number of GIS software packages, including both raster and vector systems.


3 Units

REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Geography 377

An introduction to the images, sensors, and techniques used to gather and process data on the Earth, including aerial photography, electro-optical scanners, and radar systems. The course will focus on the fundamentals of utilizing remotely sensed data in studying both natural and human induced processes impacting the Earth's surface. Computer applications will be extensively utilized.


3 Units

CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOVISUALIZATION

Geography 380

With the growing use of maps on the web, cartography is experiencing a modern-day renaissance. Our class goals are to learn the principles of map design and apply them to create production-quality maps. We'll also explore advanced techniques for thematic maps and experiment with tools to create interactive web maps. By the course's end, students will have a portfolio of professional maps to share with employers and friends.


1 Units

CAPSTONE IN GEOGRAPHY

Geography 400

Capstone in Geography prepares students for future options within the various fields of Geography/Geology. Portfolio preparation and presentation is emphasized as an essential element of making the transition to careers in both the public and private sector, as well as graduate studies.


3 Units

CLIMATE CHANGE: THE SCIENCE AND IMPACTS

Geography 420

This course examines the topic of climate change from many perspectives. First, the science behind climate change is explored to determine the various natural and man-made influences on climate change. Second, the impacts are explored and how they are related to climate change; these topics range from the economic, political, cultural, and ecological.


3 Units

TOPICS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Geography 455

In-depth examination of a specific issue or theme in human geography. Topics covered will typically focus on emerging national and global issues with a particular emphasis on current research. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours (under different subtitles)


3 Units

APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE GIS

Geography 470

This course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize GIS for solving applied environmental analysis problems. Specifically, the course is designed to 1) identify and resolve environmental and natural resource problems in terms of spatial analysis, 2) explore a conceptual understanding of GIS, 3) provide students with technical instruction in current GIS software.


1-3 Units

INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY

Geography 493

Students will be placed in an outside private or governmental agency where they will utilize geographic techniques in approaching practical problems relevant to the agency's mission. An on-campus seminar with fellow interns and the supervisory instructor is required.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY

Geography 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable one time for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Geography 498R

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable one time for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.

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