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Courses

GEOG 101
Global Geography: Places, Landscapes, and Regions
4 credits

Expand and enhance knowledge of your world. This course uses a spatial approach to understand history, culture, and environmental concerns across the globe. Regional case studies and current events reinforce geographic concepts.

GEOG 150
Physical Geography: Understanding Planet Earth
4 credits

Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, global climate change. Learn the science behind the headlines. Understand processes and patterns in the natural environment. This course investigates a diverse set of environmental concerns on our dynamic planet including landform processes, oceans and coasts, water resources, Earth’s atmosphere, and climate dynamics. Offered: Fall and Spring. (Formerly GEOG 214)

GEOG 216
Mapping a Changing World
4 credits

Learn the art and science of mapmaking (cartography), using state-of-the-art technologies like Google Earth, Global Positioning System (GPS), remotely-sensed imagery, and geographic information systems (GIS). The course provides an opportunity to develop spatial problem-solving skills using timely and appropriate global, regional, and local case studies. Offered: Spring.

GEOG 299
Essentials of Geography
4 credits

Overview of the discipline of geography with an emphasis on developing the geographic skills necessary to investigate and solve problems in an increasingly complex world. Both traditional and emerging trends in geographic inquiry are explored with an emphasis on research, writing, and presentation abilities. Offered: Spring, on rotation.

GEOG 301
Independent Study
1-4 credits

Directed reading and/or research on a topic in geography intended to give special training or preparation in subject areas not covered in the regular geography course offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prereqs: Geography major or minor and permission of the instructor. Offered: Fall and Spring.

GEOG 305
Geographies of Economic Change
4 credits

Geographic examination of the world’s economy. Topics include global patterns of production and distribution, economic development, transportation, location analysis, and the globalization of the world’s economic systems. Offered: Spring, on rotation.

GEOG 311
Directed Teaching Experience
1-4 credits

Involves student participation as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a geography course under the supervision of a geography faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Grading is pass/fail. Prereqs: Minimum 3.5 GPA in geography courses, minimum 3.0 GPA overall, 12 hours of completed geography coursework, and permission from the supervising faculty member and the geography department chair. Offered: Fall and Spring.

GEOG 316
Applied GIS
4 credits

Builds upon content and skills acquired in GEOG 216. This course takes GIS to the next level as students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to author, map, and display geospatial data in creative and innovative ways. Prereq: GEOG 216. Offered: Spring, on rotation. (Formerly GEOG 270)

GEOG 350
Coastal and Marine Geography: Modern Marine Science
4 credits

Overview of the world’s oceans and the role they play in global geologic, climatologic, and biologic systems. The course investigates current ocean science and technologies, patterns of environmental change, and coastal dynamics. Co-listed with MARS 350. Offered: Spring, on rotation.

GEOG 360
Urban Geography: The North American City
4 credits

Geographic perspective of the past, present, and future of the American city. Topics include the historic roots of cities, development of the U.S. urban system, transportation, and the shaping of cities; social, political, and economic dynamics of urban areas; urban growth, decline, and revitalization; suburbanization; and challenges facing cities in the twenty-first century. Co-listed as POLS 360 and SOCI 360. Offered: Spring, on rotation.

GEOG 361
Bridging London
4 credits

Field-based exploration of the geography of London and its environs. Students investigate historical development, commerce, naval power, imperialism, colonialism, scientific achievement, industrial revolution, financial systems, economic frameworks, transportation, governance, urban design, community, culture, society, ethnicity, international significance, and the intersection between globalization and urbanization. In a given term, when offered, course may be co-listed as CLAS 361, HIST 361, JMC 361, POLS 361, and/or SOCI 361. Offered: Jan Term, on rotation.

GEOG 370
Suburban Nation: Gates, Golf Courses, and Ghettos
4 credits

Addresses the fundamental questions: How did the United State become such a suburban nation? How has this pervasive suburban landscape changed over time, both in design and meaning? Using a variety of sources (film, fiction, an historical essays), the course considers the evolution of the suburban landscape from the colonial to the contemporary era. Co-listed with HIST 370 and SOCI 370. Offered: Fall, on rotation.

GEOG 391
Exploring North American Landscapes: From Wilderness to Walt Disney World
4 credits

Exploration of the human and physical geographies of the United States and Canada. Drawing from diverse texts, the course explores the evolution of the North American landscape. Topics to be covered include: conversion of the New World wilderness, frontier mythologies, the evolution of the American city, and the cultural impact of suburbia. Co-listed as HIST 391. Offered: On rotation.

GEOG 392
Geographies of Africa
4 credits

Presents a geographical exploration of Africa, focusing primarily on cultural issues. A broad range of topics will be investigated including: African stereotypes, environmental crises, social geographies of gender and religion, legacies of colonialism, and the impact of development policies throughout the region. Co-listed as POLS 392. Offered: On rotation.

GEOG 395
Giants of Asia: China and India in the 21st Century
4 credits

Focuses on exploring these two giant countries and understanding their emergence as important world powers in the 21st century. The course investigates the physical environment, history, culture, economy, and politics that help shape these two countries. Co-listed as HIST 395 and POLS 395. Offered: Fall, on rotation.

GEOG 397
Andes to Amazon: Physical Landscapes of Latin America
4 credits

Study of the geographical forces that influence the landscapes of Latin America and how they change over time. This course is organized by substantive topics rather than by country. Topics include regional specific plate tectonics, weather systems, oceanographic systems, and river systems. Co-listed with POLS 397. Offered: Fall, on rotation.

GEOG 460
Geography Internship
1-4 credits

Practical work experience outside the department. Placement may be with government agencies, non-profits, industry, or other organizations. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits, but only 4 of the 8 can count towards the major. Grading is pass/fail only. Prereqs: GEOG 101, 150, and 216; declaration of a geography major or minor; and permission of the department. Offered: Fall and Spring.

GEOG 490
Special Topics in Geography
4 credits

Special topics in geography that are not normally examined in depth in the regular course offerings. Focus on research interests of faculty members, newly emerging areas of interest in geography, or current events. Courses may be offered by visiting faculty or as experimental advanced courses by departmental faculty. Prereq: Junior class standing or permission of department chair.

GEOG 499
Senior Seminar
4 credits

Specialized course intended as a synthesizing experience for the major. Course is required for graduation and consists of an independent research project in a subfield specialty involving a research component, a writing component, and a public, oral presentation of research results. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course. Offered: Fall.