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1000. Introduction to Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles, concepts and methods of modern geography are developed both in general form and specific case studies. Examples pertaining to both the human and physical environment will be discusssed. CA 2. SM-10/14/13

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1070. Natural Disasters and Environmental Change

Also offered as: GSCI 1070

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, 1055.

Grading Basis: Graded

Climate change, global warming, natural hazards, earth surface processes, and the impact these have on human populations now and in the past. CA 3. Students who complete both GSCI 1070 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1070 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.

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1200. The City in the Western Tradition

Also offered as: URBN 1200

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A broad discussion of the role and structure of the city in the western tradition from the Classical period to contemporary America. Special emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms by which cities and ideas about them have been diffused from one place to another and on the changing forces that have shaped the western city. CA 1.

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1300. Climate, Weather, and the Environment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interactions between weather and climate and the human and natural environment. Emphasis on understanding the linkages between natural processes and societal/environmental issues.

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1302. GIS Modeling of Environmental Change

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to environmental processes and patterns, especially assessing change in environmental systems using spatial analysis techniques. Students will map field sites using Global Positioning System technology and aerial photographs, collect field data on various environmental systems, and build and test a Geographical Information System-based environmental model. CA 3-LAB.

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1700. World Regional Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of geographic relationships among natural and cultural environments that help to distinguish one part of the world from another. Analysis of selected countries as well as larger regions, with specific reference to the non-western world. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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2000. Globalization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Globalization as a complex-multidimensional process. Linkages and interconnectedness between spatial processes and social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental change around the world today. Theory and impacts of economic, social, political, and cultural globalization through case studies at the local, regional, national, and international scales. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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2100. Economic Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the relationship among economic, cultural, and geographic processes which affect the patterns, structure, and growth or decline of economic activities. The global extent of the agricultural, manufacturing, and service sectors is presented with particular emphasis on the interdependency of non-western and western economies. CA 2.

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2200. Introduction to Human Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Geographic perspectives on the relationships between human behavior/activities, and the physical, economic, and cultural environments.

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2300. Introduction to Physical Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credits after passing GEOG 4300.

Grading Basis: Graded

The physical elements and processes of the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere are considered in relation to one another and to the distribution of the world's environments. Emphasis on the basic concepts and theories of physical geography. CA 3.

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2310. National Parks Unearthed: Geology and Landscapes through Time

Also offered as: GSCI 2310

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Geologic processes that shape the Earth's landscapes and interior through the study of National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores. Plate tectonics, climate and biotic change, natural hazards and resources, and environmental conservation.

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2320. Climate Change: Current Geographic Issues

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The science, impacts, and politics of climate change from a geographic perspective. Examination of physical mechanisms, extreme weather events, impacts on water, food and energy systems, impacts on polar regions, energy strategies and solutions, policy and negotiations, and mitigation and adaptation strategies. CA 2.

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2400. Introduction to Sustainable Cities

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pathways to make cities more sustainable from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. Topics include sustainable transportation, renewable energy, recycling of waste, and green infrastructure in contemporary metropolitan areas in developed and developing nations. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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2410. New Digital Worlds of Geographic Information Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of geospatial technologies in science and society; how these technologies address environmental issues; how further development of these technologies may impact lives in the future. Provides a strong conceptual and scientific foundation for further coursework and includes discussion of career opportunities in GIScience. CA 3.

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2500. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Also offered as: CE 2500

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental principles of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include history of the field, components of a GIS, the nature and characteristics of spatial data, methods of data capture and sources of data, database models, review of typical GIS operations and applications. Laboratory exercises provide experience with common computer-based systems.

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2505. Applications of Geographic Information Systems

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500.

Grading Basis: Graded

Applications of geographic information systems. Particular attention to land use planning and resource management.

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2510. Visualizing Geographic Data

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of methods for representing geographic data in tables, graphs, and maps emphasizing proper application, integration, and interpretation of methods in data visualization.

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3000. Race, Sex, Space, and Place

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on cities, sexualities, and race relations through a study of racial segregation in American cities; emergence of gay neighborhoods; globalization; migration; and human rights.

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3110. Location Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: GEOG 2100

Grading Basis: Graded

The study of issues and approaches in location analysis. Topics include location, theory and models, impacts of locational choice, systems analysis, evaluation of service areas, land use allocation, accessibility and locational conflict. Implications for planning and public policy are stressed.

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3200. Urban Geography

Also offered as: URBN 3200

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the growth, distribution, and functional patterns within and among Western cities. Application of urban geographical concepts to city planning problems.

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3340. Environmental Planning and Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: GEOG 3410.

Grading Basis: Graded

The basic elements of the conflict between human environments and natural systems are considered, along with the methods of analysis and resolution of problems caused by that conflict. Emphasis on public policy related to environmental issues.

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3400. Climate and Weather

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Rec Prep: GEOG 1300 or 2300

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of atmospheric processes giving rise to weather systems and climatic patterns. The dynamic integration of atmospheric systems is emphasized.

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3410. Human Modifications of Natural Environments

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A geographical and historical interpretation of the changing relationships between culture and environment. Emphasis on the modifications of the biophysical environment by preagricultural, agricultural and urban societies in Europe, southwest Asia, and North America.

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3500Q. Geographic Data Analysis

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: 1000 level STAT course.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the use of quantitative methods in conducting research, with particular emphasis on the processing and analysis of geographic data.

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3510. Cartographic Techniques

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A laboratory-oriented introduction to computer-based map design and compilation. Concepts of scale, symbolization, map balance, and layout are emphasized for both general and thematic mapping. -GEOC

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3600. Global Dynamics of the Shipping Industry

Also offered as: MAST 3600

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the global shipping industry and the essential role it plays in the conduct of world trade and the growth of the global economy.

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3700. The American Landscape

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey and analysis of contemporary U.S. and Canadian landscapes, including consideration of the environmental, social, political, and economic forces that generate them.

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4000W. Capstone Seminar in Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to junior or higher Geography majors, others by instructor consent. Prerequisite or corequisite: one Geography course at the 3000 level or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques for, and practice in, research, writing, citation, and data presentation in geography.

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4001W. Writing in Geography

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: One Geography course at the 2000 level or higher; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to junior or higher Geography majors. Corequisite: One Geography course at the 3000 level or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques for, and practice in, research, writing, citation, and data presentation in geography.

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4090. Internship in Geography: Field Study

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Must be taken with GEOG 4091; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

A fieldwork internship program under the direction and supervision of the geography staff. Students will be placed in agencies or industries where their academic training will be applied. One 8-hour work day per week (or its equivalent) for the host agency during the course of the semester will be necessary for 3 academic credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory.) May not be repeated for credit. Hours by arrangement with hosting agency, not to exceed 16 hours per week.

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4091. Internship in Geography: Seminar

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Must be taken with GEOG 4090; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Description, analysis, and evaluation of the fieldwork portion (GEOG 4090) of the internship. Written reports are required.

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4095. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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4095. Special Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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4098. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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4099. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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4099. Independent Study

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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4230. GIS and Remote Sensing for Geoscience Applications

Also offered as: GSCI 4230

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2300; or GSCI 1050 or both GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1010 or 1051 or 1055 or 1070 or GEOG 1070.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and image interpretation to problems in geoscience. Data acquisition, processing and analysis of Digital Elevation Models and satellite imagery. Geologic materials, processes, landforms and landscapes.

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4300. Advanced Physical Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2300 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Problems involving the application of physical processes in our changing environment.

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4515. Web GIS

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500, 2505 and consent of instructor

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to Internet GIS. The basics of system architecture, geospatial web services, mashups, key elements of mobile GIS solutions, the functionality of geoportals and web technologies, web mapping interoperability using universal data standards such as OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) web services, and the current state of e-business and e-government web mapping interests.

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4516. Fundamentals of Spatial Database Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500, or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The theories and principles behind the Spatial Database Systems. Students will learn how to design and implement spatial databases.

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