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GEOGRAPHY (GEOG)
College of Liberal Arts
Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
 
GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography (GLOBAL PER, LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Geography of human groups in diverse settings. Emphasis on cultural diversity, regional development, and human and environmental forces shaping regional patterns and processes. Geographic analysis of selected regions and countries.



GEOG 1304 - Human Geography (SOC SCI, LE CAT6, LECD CAT06)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Ecological basis of human existence. Human population patterns and cultural diffusion. Agricultural geography. Political geography. Geography of language, religion, and ethnic groups. Effects of urbanization; economic geography.



GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography (NAT SCI, SUSTAIN, LE CAT4)
(4.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Earth-sun relations, maps and globes, and major factors of the natural environment, including water resources, landforms, weather and climate, natural vegetation, and soils. (3 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)



GEOG 2305 - Geography of Cultural Diversity (CDIVERSITY)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 2405; A-F only, spring, offered periodically)
Culture is ubiquitous as it is ambiguous in social science research. Cultural geography overlaps into all other sub disciplines, along with current approaches, issues and debates in contemporary research. It defies any clear, satisfying definition. Consequently, the numerous philosophical, theoretical, methodological and ethical issues pertaining to the investigation and representation of culture in academia will be the focus.



GEOG 2306 - Environmental Conservation (SUSTAIN, LE CAT8)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Integrated study of physical, economic, social, and political aspects of natural resource management. Emphasis on identifying environmental problems and evaluating alternatives for resolution, including planning, regulation, market incentives, and mitigation activities.



GEOG 2313 - Economic Geography (SOC SCI, LE CAT6)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, every year)
Contemporary geographic pattern analysis of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Development of geographic theories and models that attempt to explain spatial variations of economic activities such as agriculture, manufacturing, and trades and services.



GEOG 2360 - Geography of Religion (GLOBAL PER, LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07)
(4.0 cr; A-F only, spring, offered periodically)
This course is an introduction to the geography of religion. Topics covered include the origins and distribution of sacred places in all major world religions, the geography of holy men and women, religious pilgrimages, and contested religious spaces.



GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information (LOGIC & QR, LE CAT2)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
This course will define a map and consider maps as tools for communication. Students will explore the effects of scale, projection, cartographic symbolization and generalization on the mapping process and resulting digital databases. Students will be introduced to spatial data models, types of spatial data and representation, and will study alternative or non-tradition map representations provided by GIS and Remote Sensing.



GEOG 3167 - Cultural Geography of Iceland
(3.0 cr; =[02252]; Prereq-Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.; A-F or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Taught in Iceland this course explores the changing cultural & political geography of Iceland and its relationship to the complex processes of globalization, regional politics and local economies. It examines the history of Iceland as a Viking settlement, a colony of Denmark, and an independent nation with a focus on the political and economic connection between Iceland and other places have influenced the country. Students will examine Icelandâ¿¿s position as part of the European Economic Community but not of the common currency or the European Union, contributed to the 2008 economic crisis and the responses to that crisis. Student will consider how geographic context, national culture and political economy impact the cultural geography of Iceland and is designed to give an intercultural experience with contemporary economic and political issues through a geographic perspective. Students will apply geographic theories of cultural difference, political economy, and resistance to develop an understanding of the multiple sites and scales of Icelandic identity, culture and politics.
Effective: Summer 2015


GEOG 3205 - Conservation and Cultural Preservation: Mapping in Belize
(3.0 cr; =[FORS 3205]; Prereq-Admission to an approved study abroad program. Required consent from the International Education Office.; A-F only, summer, every year)
Taught on site in Belize. Novice mappers to the geospatially proficient students will be exposed to a meaningful field experience and lab practicum where field data and satellite imagery will be combined to render valuable information about the Maya Gold landscape. Students will utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote sensing techniques to create informative and cartographically derived outputs; a map. Through this international experience, students will be exposed to a unique cultural experience where they will learn what is important to Mayan culture by observing the dynamics of this landscape. Time spent in Belize will expose each student to the eclectic mingling of Mestizo, Mopan and Kekchi Maya, Garifuna, Creoles, Lebanese, East Indian and Chinese peoples.



GEOG 3334 - Urban Geography
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, every year)
As the world becomes more urbanized there seems to be less distinction between global problems and urban problems. Analysis of the relationship between urbanization and other aspects of our modern world such as economic globalization, increased levels of international migration, and warfare. Examine how global dilemmas can be seen in the national and international issues. Pay particular attention to the everyday struggles that occur in the households and neighborhoods of cities as people attempt to care for themselves and their families in this rapidly changing world.



GEOG 3335 - Urban Planning
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F only, spring, every year)
Urban planning explores the purpose, practice, and theories of modern community planning for the promotion of social and economic well-being. The causes of urban problems, and the tools planners can use to solve them will be investigated. Special focus will be paid to citizen participation and how the voices of community members can be heard in the planning process.



GEOG 3370 - Geographies of Development
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F only, fall, offered periodically)
Focuses on the theories of development, development in practice, and the spaces of development. Specifically considers theories of development and their interpretations, strategies of development and developing nations, and interconnections and globalization and development.



GEOG 3401 - Weather and Climate
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1414, minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Atmospheric composition, structure, and motion; precipitation processes, air masses, fronts, cyclonic storms, and general weather patterns. Global distribution and classification of climates.



GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1414, minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Geography of natural hazards. Human-physical environment interrelationships under extreme geophysical conditions; causes, characteristics, and consequences of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and drought; human adjustment to these events.



GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Spatial distribution and uses of global natural resources addressed through models of resource management, focusing on energy, non-fuel minerals, population, food, and technology. Theoretical approach and political perspective applied to trade, international economic development, and environmental issues.



GEOG 3481 - Urban Ecology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to theoretical, practical and policy aspects of urban ecology. Discusses methods of sustainable cities and ecologically responsible planning. Includes study of relevant field techniques and policy issues, including public participation in planning process and development of sustainable growth strategies.



GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2552 or instructor consent; Stat 1411 recommended; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Thematic mapping of qualitative and quantitative data. Data measurement levels and their relationships to geographic phenomena and map symbols. Appropriate treatment (both statistical and representational) of map data. Designing and creating maps using computers. (2 hrs lect, 4 hrs lab)



GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Considers the social, physical and political landscapes of Latin America and the Caribbean before, during and after the European invasion and colonial times. Examines contemporary dynamics in the region from a political ecology perspective.



GEOG 3800 - Grassroots Activism in India
(4.0 cr; =[02244]; Prereq-Minimum 2.5 GPA, minimum 30 credits and instructor consent. Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.; A-F or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Taught in Bangalore, India where students will examine the process of social change in Bangalore and witness firsthand how disempowered groups such as tribal communities and religious minorities are advocating for their social and economic rights. Bangalore has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, as the city has become the center of India's technology economy; however, the benefits of this growth have not been equally distributed. Students will examine the causes of disenfranchisement (including gender, caste, and colonialism) as well as how city has changed as a result of globalization and the liberalization of the Indian economy. This course has three goals: (1) Students understand the notions of community employment as theorized by scholars such as Paulo Freire, M.K. Gandhi, R.J. Ambedkar, as well as more contemporary Indian thinkers; (2) Students visit and learn about the cultural and historical forces that have shaped India, and (3) Students interact firsthand with activists and disenfranchised communities involved in struggles for human rights/empowerment.
Effective: Summer 2015


GEOG 3991 - Independent Study in Geography
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
For students interested in doing advanced work in selected fields of geography.



GEOG 3995 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Topics in geography of current and special interest to students that are not offered in regular department curriculum. Topics may involve specialties of staff or visiting faculty.



GEOG 3997 - Internship in Geography
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-Geography major, 60 credits or instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Scheduled assignments with direct supervision in public agencies or relevant private firms.



GEOG 4393 - Political Geography
(3.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits including or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of political geography past and present. Environmental-political theories, German geopolitics, territoriality, nation-states and nationalism, boundaries and frontiers, jurisdictional organization and reorganization, locational conflicts, electoral geography, locality studies, and urban politics.



GEOG 4446 - Water Processes and Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1414, no grad credit; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to the components of surface water processes and water resources management, including precipitation, runoff generation, channel processes, spatial and temporal variations in water distribution, aspects of water quantity and quality, and basin management problems.



GEOG 4451 - The Geography of Soils
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1414 or Geol 1110 or grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, every year)
Examines soil formation and processes in varied environments, with emphasis on soil as a dynamic system, integral to all terrestrial ecosystems. Human impact and use of soils is examined with regard to land degradation and soil erosion.



GEOG 4612 - Field Techniques
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Geographic survey of physical and cultural aspects of selected urban and rural landscapes, including basic methods of observation, measurement, recording, analysis, and presentation of field data. Chiefly field training.



GEOG 4803 - Geographic Thought
(3.0 cr; Prereq-60 credits or grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, every year)
Development and significance of geographic concepts and thought. History and intellectual roots of contemporary geography, geographers, and geographic institutions.



GEOG 4990 - Geography Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Geography major and minimum 90 credits; no grad credit, credit will not be granted if already received for Geog 5999.; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Presentation and discussion of current geographic research, including but not limited to human/physical geography, environments and sustainability, urban geography and planning, and GIS applications.



GEOG 4999 - Honors Project Geography
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 90 credits, approval by department honors program director; no grad credit; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Advanced individual project in any area of Geography, GIScience, Urban and Regional Studies, or Environment and Sustainability demonstrating sound theoretical and research foundations and resulting in a written report.



GEOG 5991 - Independent Study in Geography
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Maximum 4 credits can be applied to graduate program; instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Independent problems for postbaccalaureate students interested in doing additional work in selected fields in geography.



GEOG 5995 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; maximum 8 credits to grad program; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Topics of current and special interest to students that are not offered in regular curriculum. Topics may involve specialties of staff or visiting faculty.



 
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