Geography & Geospatial Analysis

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 & Geospatial Analysis 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 & Geospatial Analysis 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 GSS2 (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.

 GEOG 120 - INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY GSS2 (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 250 - GEOGRPHY OF NORTH AMERICA GSS2 (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 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.

 GEOL 101 - PHYSICAL GEOLOGY GSC2 (3 credits)

An introductory class that emphasizes the environmental aspects of geology. The course covers the basic principles of physical geology, such as minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and origin of landscapes by mass wasting, rivers, glaciers, ground water, and nearshore processes. Throughout this course, focus is on the effect of geology on human society through the study of geologic hazards, energy resources, and mineral resources.

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