Geography & Geospatial Analysis Course Descriptions 2016-17


GEOG 110   World Regional Geography  3 credits
A survey of the major regions of the contemporary world—defined according to a 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. GT- SS2

GEOG 120   Introduction 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 197   Special Topics  1-6 credits

GEOG 222   Our Digital Earth  3 credits
Using primarily on-line data and sources of maps, aerial photographs and satellite images, students develop and apply understanding of basic principles and techniques of map interpretation, communication with maps, and the appropriate use and interpretation of aerial photographs and satellite images. The course emphasizes both the skilled use of these standard tools of geographic analysis and visualization and communication of data and analysis with free on-line mapping tools and location-enabled mobile phone applications.

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. GT-SS2

GEOG 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits

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 98 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; university-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 360   ‘Natural’ Disasters  3 credits
This course examines a variety of natural processes which have the potential to inflict dramatic damage and loss of life and a wide range of social, economic, political, and other factors that tend to increase exposure to those events and reduce the abilities of certain populations to respond to them—causing natural processes to become disasters. Prerequisite: GEOG 120 or instructor permission.

GEOG 392   Independent Study  1-6 credits
An opportunity for detailed study and/or research by advanced students. Prerequisites: GEOG 110 and GEOG 120.

GEOG 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits

GEOG 460   Geospatial Analysis  3 credits
Students enhance their understanding of concepts, skills, and techniques learned in an earlier GIS course by applying additional training in advanced vector and raster analysis, utilization of satellite imagery, and geospatial analysis methods to inform analysis of landscape change processes such as wildfire, deforestation, urbanization, reforestation, drought, flooding, climate change, and agricultural intensification. Prerequisite: GEOG 340.

GEOG 497   Special Topics  1-6 credits

GEOG 499   Internship in Geography  1-3 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.