Geography (GEO)

GEO 100  World Geography     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A systematic and regional analysis of the world's diverse cultural realms emphasizing the five themes of geography (location, place, interaction of people and the physical environment, movement, and region).

GEO 160  Physical Geography     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Analysis of Earth's physical systems, Earth-Sun relationships, weather and climate, soils and landforms, fluvial processes, global vegetation, exercises involving data collection, aerial photography and map interpretation, and data analysis. Three hours lecture and two hours lab.

GEO 210  Geography of the United States and Canada     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A systematic and regional analysis of the contemporary physical, cultural, and economic geography of the United States and Canada. Examination of environmental influences on people and the ways people change the environment as evidenced in agriculture, religion, industry, and urban areas. LAS Computer Literacy.

GEO 250  Introduction to GIS     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems and applications; raster and vector data models; exercises involving data collection, GPS usage, database management, editing databases and shapefiles, querying and analyzing data, and cartographic design using ArcGIS@ and Google@ software. Three hours lecture and two hours lab.

GEO 320  Geography of Europe     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A systematic and regional analysis of the contemporary physical, cultural, and economic geography of the nations and regions west of Russia; trends of development as affected by changing political structures and the European Union. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): A course in geography or European history.

GEO 330  Globalization, Labor, and Resources     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Patterns of distribution, production, and consumption of the world's resources; theories of geographic location related to agricultural, industrial, and service activities; globalization and internationalization; population and migration impacts on the economy; the role of the state in the economy; theories of development and underdevelopment. Prerequisite(s): ECO 260 or GEO 100.

GEO 340  Sustainable Energy     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Basic concepts of development and sustainability as they relate to energy usage. Implications on human population, weather and climate, global climate change, and agriculture will be discussed. Course will focus on energy conservation, fossil fuel energies, and alternative energy strategies, including, but not limited to, solar, wind, water, nuclear, geothermal, and biofuels. Class is in both lecture and seminar format. Prerequisite(s): A course in geography or BIO 305, or departmental approval.

GEO 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. May be repeated with departmental approval for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.