Geography Course Descriptions & Outlines

GEOG 1101 | Physical Geography | Credits: 3

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Interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, not limited to an examination of patterns of natural disaster, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tsunami, landslides and drought. Patterns of natural occurrence and their effect on human institutions is a cornerstone of this course. How government agencies, private business, interest groups are embedded within the human response to such events is analyzed. Understanding the range of human responses (i.e. political, legal, social, economic, etc.) is explored in context of ethics and civic responsibility.

GEOG 1104 | World Regional Geography | Credits: 3

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Students learn and apply geographic skills in the analysis of selected world regions. The course examines the diversity of cultures, physical patterns, environmental issues and political/economic challenges facing such areas. Emphasis is on analyzing issues at the regional scale and their importance in global context.

GEOG 1108 | Cultural Geography | Credits: 3

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Geographic analysis of the population mosaic. Foster an appreciation for human diversity while examining ethnicity, language, religion, population, economics, politics, health and inequality from a geographic perspective. Students learn to interpret cultural landscapes developed over time from the interrelationships between people and their natural environment.

GEOG 1201 | Map Use, Analysis & Interpretation | Credits: 3

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Students learn the principles governing mapping systems and how to research, interpret and utilize maps. Students analyze and interpret both thematic and topographic maps to discern physical, cultural, economic, political and environmental patterns. Mapping capabilities of geospatial technologies (GPS, GIS, Remote Sensing) are introduced.

GEOG 1204 | Principles of GIS | Credits: 3

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This course examines principles, capabilities and limitations of GIS. Students independently apply GIS software to analyze selected natural resources, forestry, environmental, social, economic and/or physical issues and complete a self-directed spatial analysis project. Applications and ethical implications of using GIS software are discussed.

GEOG 1206 | Cartography | Credits: 3

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This course focuses on concepts and techniques in Cartography, and the design and preparation of maps using GIS software. Ethics, statistical analysis, data measurement levels, classification, conceptual and cartographic generalization, symbolization/visualization are addressed through the construction of a variety of quantitative and qualitative thematic maps.

GEOG 1300 | Weather & Climate | Credits: 3

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Meteorology is a broad based course that explains the spatial distribution of the Earth’s dynamic systems such as atmosphere, weather, and climate. Attention is given to investigating the interactions between humans and this environment in the areas of global warming, acid deposition, El Nino/Southern Oscillation, natural disasters, ozone depletion, monsoon geography, and their impacts to global hydrologic cycles, soils and terrestrial biomes.

GEOG 2104 | Modeling Techniques in GIS | Credits: 3

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Students apply modeling techniques to address cross discipline scenarios using vector/raster data structures. Self-directed projects are completed involving advanced geoprocessing, surface modeling, networks, geo-coding or equivalent. External models are used in conjunction with GIS software. Sensitivity analyses are conducted and modeling alternatives critically analyzed.

GEOG 2107 | Remote Sensing | Credits: 3

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Students learn the principles of remote sensing and digital image processing to provide background for utilizing remotely sensed imagery with GIS software. Methods of image acquisition, photogrammetry, classification, interpretation and accuracy assessment are addressed. Imagery from a variety of passive and active sensors is analyzed.

GEOG 2201 | Internship | Credits: 1-3

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The internship provides students with up to 135 hours of on-the-job experience in geospatial technologies. With input from the internship coordinator, the site supervisor organizes a schedule for the student, which allows a variety of tasks to be performed. Upon completion, the student will have had the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the program & to gain a perspective of the various aspects of geospatial technologies.