Geography

Geographers study places, natural and human-altered landscapes, and processes by which people make their livelihoods and give their lives meaning and in so doing, create and modify their environments. The Geography Program at Western emphasizes the study of human geography, while providing background in sciences that improve our understanding of the natural environment through courses offered by other disciplines.

A minor in Geography complements a major in many other disciplines, including Biology, Business Administration, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geology, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

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Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 GEOG 110 - WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY (3 credits)

A survey of the major regions of the contemporary world-defined according to combination of biophysical, cartographic, cultural, religious, linguistic, political, and economic criteria. Emphasis is given to understanding regional characteristics and processes, and to relationships between events and processes occurring in different regions. Current events of major importance are incorporated where appropriate.

 GEOG 120 - INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (3 credits)

A thematic study of cultural landscapes and the processes by which people create and modify them. Topics of discussion range from ancient to modern, rural to urban, local to international, and include themes as diverse as the origins and spread of agriculture, migration and immigration, urban morphologies and social interactions, ethnicity, development and underdevelopment, and environmental concerns.

 GEOG 222 - MAP AND AIR PHOTO INTERPRETATION (3 credits)

Acquaints students with the basic principles and techniques of map making and interpretation, and with the features, methods of interpretation, and limitations of aerial photography. Emphasis is on the skilled use of topographic maps, creation and interpretation of thematic maps, and interpretation of rural and urban cultural landscapes from various forms of aerial photography.

 GEOG 250 - GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA (3 credits)

A survey of the major biophysical, cultural, and economic regions of the United States and Canada. Major themes of human geography including demography, migration, land use change, and ecological concerns are addressed in appropriate regional contexts. Prerequisite: GEOG 120 or sophomore standing.

 GEOG 340 - INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 credits)

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics covered include fundamentals of mapping, data formats, data acquisition, and quantitative analysis of spatial data. The laboratory component emphasizes practical applications of GIS to contemporary problems including but not limited to watershed analysis, land-use planning, environmental assessment, and market analysis. Prerequisites: GEOG 222 or GEOL 105; college-level mathematics requirement with a minimum grade of "C-"; junior standing or instructor permission.

 GEOG 351 - GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (3 credits)

A thematic study of the physiographic and cultural regions of Latin America and the major historical and contemporary geographic processes that characterize the region. Major topics of discussion include climate and physiography, environmental concerns and human rights, the nature of Latin American cities, pre-Hispanic and modern agriculture, and the nature of contemporary economic processes in the region. Prerequisite: GEOG 120 or sophomore standing.

 GEOG 392 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 credits)

An opportunity for detailed study and/or research by advanced students. Prerequisites: GEOG 110 and GEOG 120.

 GEOG 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS, GEOLOGY ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics (1-6 credit hours, to be determined by faculty, department and student)

 GEOG 497 - SPECIAL TOPICS, GEOGRAPHY ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics (1-6 credit hours, to be determined by faculty, department and student)

 GEOG 499 - INTERNSHIP IN GEOLOGY (1 credits)

Provides the opportunity for advanced students to apply skills and knowledge gained from course work to an applied setting typical of those in which geographers are employed. Prerequisite: junior standing and completion of all other geography requirements.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Lecturer in Geography
Phone:
Office Location: KEL 211
Professor of Geography
B.A., Trinity Western University;, M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2800
Office Location: Kelley Hall 220
Lecturer in Geography
Phone: 970.943.3021
Office Location: Kelly Hall 208