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Geography Courses

GEOG 105 – World Cultural Geography (3 cr): A survey of human populations in their natural environments by the study of physical and cultural geographic components such as climate, landforms, culture, migration, settlement, economic activities, and global interconnectedness. Emphasis on geographic skills development through the use of maps, models, and satellite imagery.

GEOG 201 – Physical Geography (3 cr): Focuses on the Earth’s place in the solar system; continental drift theory; global energy-flow patterns; the causes and characteristics of climate, including atmospheric pressure, air and water circulation, air masses, and storms; landforms; biogeography; and climatic-biotic soil-forming processes.

GEOG 202 – World Regions (3 cr): In-depth analysis of world regions including physical and cultural geographic elements, human-land relationships, economic patterns, transportation and communication, urban systems, political patterns, and contemporary issues. Emphasis on geographic skills development through the use of maps, data, and comparative case studies.

GEOG 301 – World Economic Geography (3 cr): A topical geographical approach to world resources, including resource extraction and systems of production, distribution, and consumption. Topics include food production and food scarcity, technological and industrial change, post industrialism, the service sector, measures of development, globalization, human impacts on the environment, sustainability, and economic ties between countries and regions with the context of a global economy.

GEOG 307 – Population and Development (3 cr):The study of human populations and their interactions with physical environments from a geographic perspective. Focus is on demographic trends, health issues, and socio-economic development at the local to global scales. Changes in population size, composition, and distribution are intricately intertwined with development issues. The course introduces students to basic demographic data and procedures through a variety of methods and resources, including hands-on exercises. Students may not receive credit for both this course and SOCI 307.

GEOG 400 – Geography of Latin America (3 cr):A regional geographic approach to the human and physical characteristics of Middle and South America and the Caribbean, with topics including colonial history and its legacies, landforms and climate, population, languages and religions, agricultural systems, urban and industrial development, ecological issues, and the integration of countries and regions into the global economy.

GEOG 401 – Geography of Europe (3 cr): A regional geographic approach to the human and physical characteristics of Europe excluding Russia, with emphasis on regional differences and interrelationships. Topics include landforms, climate and hydrology; population trends and policies; languages and religions; rural and urban settlement patterns; environmental challenges; regional economic integration and the global economy; and ongoing issues of European integration. Students will use and critically evaluate hard copy resources as well as online interactive maps, images, and databases.

GEOG 402 – Geography of U.S. and Canada (3 cr): A regional geographic approach to the human and physical characteristics of the U.S. and Canada, with emphasis on population patterns and trends, cultural landscapes, resource development, human-land relationships, and regional differences and interrelationships. The course utilizes comparative case studies on regions and topics and online geographic tools such as interactive maps and databases in the study of patterns, processes, and relationships.

GEOG 403 – Geography of Russia (3 cr):A regional geographic approach to the human and physical characteristics of Russia, with topics including its physical regions, climate types and challenges, Soviet legacies, the Russian core and periphery, ethnic diversity, political geography, relationship to neighbor countries, systems of production, ecological challenges, and place in the global economy.  Previously titled Geography of the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

GEOG 407 – Geography of Asia (3 cr): A regional geographic approach to the human and physical characteristics of East and South Asia, excluding Oceania, with topics including colonial history and its legacies, landforms, Pacific Ring of Fire, climate and climate hazards, rural and urban settlements, population issues and policies, languages and religions, economic systems, agricultural production, human-land impacts, and the integration of countries and regions into the global economy.

GEOG 408 – Geography of Africa (3 cr):A regional geographic approach to the human and physical characteristics of the African continent, with topics including colonialism and its legacies, landforms and climate, ethnic diversity, languages and religions, economic systems, urban development, water and food scarcity, sustainable agriculture, health issues, and the integration of countries and regions into the global economy.