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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): Involves the systems of livelihood of the industrial nations and of the Third World peasant economics. Forsaking the traditional commodities approach, this course employs the life-systems method. The geographical aspects of world food and population dynamics and of economic systems are investigated.

GEOG 400 – Geography of Latin America (3 cr): Focuses upon pre-colonial Latin America, the colonial impact, and modern Latin America, with its multitude of cultures, environments, and civilizations. The geographical context of current social, economic, and ecological problems will be viewed.

GEOG 401 – Geography of Europe (3 cr): Will explore the continent of Europe and its people, with emphasis upon the rich ethnic diversity of European people and their environment. The effect of environmental changes since the Pleistocene Age upon human patterns of livelihood is examined. Folk ethnographies and informal reports will familiarize students with local regions and with topics of individual interest.

GEOG 402 – Geography of U.S. and Canada (3 cr): A conventional approach to the study of the cultural and physiographic provinces of Canada and the United States. Special topics involved will include agglomeration, development of megalopolis, and matters of interregional circulation and interaction.

GEOG 403 – Geography of the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (3 cr): A study of the diverse Russian people and their state-planned economy within a geographical context. Concentration will be upon the economic planning regions, agriculture, industry, and transportation development.

GEOG 407 – Geography of Asia (3 cr): A survey of Asia, excluding the Soviet Union, the East and South Asian cultures, and the Arab states. The physical environment, cultures, and nations’ problems and potential are given balanced emphasis.

GEOG 408 – Geography of Africa (3 cr): A survey of the more than 40 nations of Africa, their environment, cultures, problems, and prospects