Geography & Geospatial Analysis

Courses

The following is a list of courses offered in this program at Western. The official University Catalog contains more detailed and specific information about degree requirements for this major.

 GEOG 110 - WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY GSS2 (3 credits)

A survey of the major regions of the contemporary world-defined according to acombination of biophysical, cartographic, cultural, religious, linguistic, political, andeconomic criteria. Emphasis is given to understanding regional characteristics andprocesses, and to relationships between events and processes occurring in differentregions. 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 340 - INTRO GEOGRAPHIC INFO 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.

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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Scholarships

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 Western Presidential Scholars Award

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

Application Process

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status.  Completed applications must be received by April 1st of each year.

Renewal Criteria

  •          Must enroll in and successfully complete 12 credits each semester (24 credits each year)
  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

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 211