Geography Course Offerings

GEOG 120 Physical Geography – GS 4
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GEOG 140 World Regional Geography – GS 3
This course introduces geographic themes and topics of increasing relevance in our global society and enhances awareness and appreciation of other people and places in the world. Through this regional survey of lands and life, students gain a better grasp of differences and commonalities among the world’s physical and human landscapes and what these mean in our lives here in the U.S. Regional profiles include aspects of the physical environment, population distribution, cultural landscapes and selected historical, political and economic issues – all from a spatial point of view. This regional approach consistently emphasizes map work.

GEOG 225 Social Geography – GS 3
This course provides an introductory survey of geographic themes and concepts of social and cultural relevance in our fast-changing world. The course also offers an opportunity to raise understanding and appreciation for geographic realities in the lives of people across the globe – past, present and future as well as in our own daily existence. Topics include population dynamics, migration, ethnicity, gender, language, religion, urbanization and the political landscape. Geographic aspects of these social issues are examined on a variety of scales in diverse locales. Map work is emphasized. One full-day urban field trip is conducted.

GEOG 238 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
This lecture/lab course introduces the basic theory, tools and skills of Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) in a hands-on computer lab setting. G.I.S. integrates hardware, software and data to capture, manage, analyze and display all forms of spatially-referenced information. G.I.S. has revolutionized the ways in which we can question, interpret, and visualize data – across a wide range of disciplines. Students will be introduced to the spatial thinking upon which G.I.S. is built – and how to apply this knowledge to real-world, interdisciplinary scenarios. The course will build students’ ability to understand, visualize, analyze and solve geographic problems.

GEOG 354 Geography Field Study
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GEOG 363 Global Urbanization – GS 11
This course focuses on the development of the present global urban system – primarily, but not exclusively, from a geographic perspective. Topics include the origins and evolution of cities in both the developed and developing world (non-industrial to post-industrial – with special attention to U.S. urban growth); models of internal structure of cities; and the recent growth of both “world cities” (those power centers that dominate the global economy) and of the developing world’s fast-growing “megacities.” Both the enduring promise and the persistent problems of urbanization across the globe are addressed. The functions and meanings of cities will be explored from various cultural perspectives.

GEOG 489 Special Topics
Examination of selected topics of interest to faculty and students, such as demographics, political geography, maps and map-making, advanced Geographic Information Systems, cultural landscapes, in-depth regional analysis or other topics.