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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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1093. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head or advisor may be required prior to the student's departure.

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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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1300E. 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. CA 3.

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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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3100. The Geography of Economic Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: GEOG 1100 or 1700 or 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of processes and patterns of economic organization and spatial change at the international, national and intra-national scales. Examines development from both linear (neo-classical) and structuralist (political economy) perspectives, and emphasizes relationships between advanced and developing economies within the context of the global economy.

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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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3220. Race and Food

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the relationship between race, geography and food/agriculture through the lens of African Americans. Topics include food and the African Diaspora, the effects of slavery on food and agriculture, migration and the spread of food traditions and growing practices, community food security, and whiteness in the alternative food movement.

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3240. Medical and Health Care Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the geography of disease and health care services.

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3310. Fluvial Geomorphology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2300 or GSCI 1050 or both GSCI 1051 and GSCI 1052; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Physical forms and processes associated with rivers. Factors controlling open-channel flow, sediment transport, channel morphology, adjustments of rivers to environmental change, and human impacts.

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3320W. Environmental Evaluation and Assessment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: GEOG 2300 or 3410.

Grading Basis: Graded

Concepts and methods of environmental analysis in contemporary geography. Emphasis on the ecological impact of human activities and on the evaluation and assessment of existing and future environments.

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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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3350. Global Change, Local Action: A Geography of Environmentalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

How global-local linkages of geographic scope and scale impact human-environment interactions.

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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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3420. Field Methods in Physical Geography

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: GEOG 2300 and 2500

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of methods for collecting geographic information in the field, identification of existing data to support field studies, and integration of these data in a geographic information system for further analysis and/or mapping.

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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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3505. Remote Sensing of Marine Geography

Also offered as: MARN 3505

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: GEOG 2300 or MARN 1002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to remote sensing applications in oceans and seas. Applications include image analysis of sea surface temperature, winds, altimetry, sea ice, chlorophyll, primary productivity, and bathymetry.

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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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3512. Introduction to Spatial Data Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500 and GEOG 3500Q, or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the fundamentals of spatial data science. Application of a high-level programming language (R) for spatial data analysis, visualization, and modeling.

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3530. Introduction to GeoComputing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500. Recommended preparation: GEOG 2505.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to GIS programming and scripting to automate GIS and spatial analyses. Students will develop geospatial models using geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS, gain fundamental programming skills in the Python programming language, and employ Python scripting to solve geospatial problems.

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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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4093. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. Consent of Department Head required prior to the student's departure.

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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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4096. Senior Thesis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One advanced seminar in geography and/or three units of independent study in geography. Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

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4096W. Senior Thesis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; one 3000-level or above course in GEOG and/or 3 credits of independent study in geography; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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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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4110W. Regional Development and Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2100 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of theory and practice in regional development and planning. Emphasis on evaluation of regional problems and public policies designed to resolve them, with a primary focus on the United States.

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4130. Geographical Analysis of Transportation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: GEOG 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of the role of transportation in global trade, spatial organization, economic development, and the natural and built environment. Application of GIS to the study of transport systems and modeling.

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4150. Applied Data Analysis in Earth Science

Also offered as: GSCI 4150

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q, GEOG 3500Q; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Multivariate spatial analysis methods and statistical inference in earth science, emphasizing how to translate conceptual understanding into computer code.

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4200W. Geographical Analysis of Urban Social Issues

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: GEOG 3200.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of socioeconomic patterns and issues within urban areas, with emphasis on applied geographical research. Policy implications are stressed.

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4210. Urban and Regional Planning

3.00 credits

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

Grading Basis: Graded

Urban and regional planning, with emphasis on (1) duties of local planners, especially land use planning, and (2) the political context for planners' work. Legal and political issues in communities and organizations.

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4220. Population Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: GEOG 1000 or 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

Composition and growth of human populations. Concepts and techniques for analyzing populations in the context of significant population issues in the United States.

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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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4518. Mobile GIS

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500 or instructor consent. Recommended preparation: GEOG 4515.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course covers how to develop, test, and publish mobile GIS web and native apps across multiple mobile platforms (Android, iOS, etc.).

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4519. Spatial Big Data Analytics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 2500 or instructor consent. Recommended Preparation: GEOG 4515.

Grading Basis: Graded

Covers the collection, analysis, and visualization of spatial big data to support better decision-making in geographic contexts.

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4700. Contemporary Europe: A Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the Europe (including the European republics of the former U.S.S.R.). Emphasis on the economic, political, and social forces both maintaining national identities and shaping a united Europe.

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4710. Geography of Latin America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An integrative study of the physical, historical, social, political and economic geography of Latin America. Particular emphasis on patterns, processes and problems of spatial economic change in the region.

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