A survey of the world's primary regions and the human and physical geography that shape them. Interactions between natural environment, cultural geography, geopolitics, history, land use, and economic geography are highlighted.
The systematic subdivisions of human geography are surveyed, including urban, cultural, political, economic, historical, agricultural, and population geography. Within each subdiscipline, applications of geographic concepts and processes are emphasized.
This course is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with a focus on both the conceptual foundations and applications of GIS software. Topics covered include spatial data models; cartographic design; coordinate systems and map projections; address geocoding and GPS data; spatial analysis; Internet GIS applications; and GIS modeling. Laboratory assignments give students experience using GIS in thematic areas such as demographic analysis, market research, and urban environmental change.
An analysis of the human and physical geography of a specific region. Examples of regions include Texas, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe. Regional characteristics investigated may include economic, political, historical, and cultural components as well as topography, climate, and natural resources. May be repeated for credit provided the specified region changes.
An exploration of the human and physical geography of the United States. Areas of the country, such as the Pacific Northwest and New England, will be surveyed, analyzing the physical, historic, cultural, and economic characteristics that embody their unique regional identities.
An exploration of the human and physical geography of Latin America. This course analyzes Latin America from a geographical perspective and addresses topics such as landforms, climate, environmental hazards, indigenous peoples, culture, ethnicity, religion, agriculture, political geography, population, cities, and economic production.
An exploration of the human and physical geography of Western Europe. Countries and regions of the realm will be surveyed, analyzing their economic, political, language and religious characteristics as well as topography, climate, and natural resources. Themes may include the impact of population trends, environmental problems, trade and economic development, interactions between ethnic groups, and geopolitical change.
Concepts, principles, patterns, and processes associated with a specific subdiscipline in geography. Examples of topics include Economic Geography, Geopolitics, Medical Geography, and Physical Geography. May be repeated for credit provided the specified subdiscipline changes.
Urban Geography is the geographical study of cities. Examples of topics include: urban ecosystems; the role of physical geography in the origins and growth of cities; theoretical models of urban size, location, and land use structure; the internal geography of urban economic and social activity; and international and historical variation in the form, functions, and degree of urbanization.
Cultural Geography is the study of human culture from the perspectives of its five geographic themes: culture region, diffusion and migration, cultural ecology, cultural landscape, and cultural integration. Each theme is applied to a variety of topics, which may include religion, language, cultural conflict, folk culture, popular culture, and demography.