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GEOG 2302 (GEOL 1305) The Global Environment (3 semester hours) An introduction to the physical aspects of the world's geography emphasizing the interrelationships between the earth and its climate, vegetations, soils, and landforms. Provides a global perspective on the physical environment and the interactions between global systems to produce regional differences. (Same as GEOS 2302) (3-0) T
GEOG 2303 People and Place: An Introduction to World Geographic Regions (3 semester hours) Provides an introduction to the human geography of the world by examining how the key concepts of place and space can be used to understand the character and interactions of major regions of the world including Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Middle America, the Caribbean, the Pacific World, North America, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. (3-0) Y
GEOG 3304 Tools for Spatial Analysis (3 semester hours) An introduction to the primary methods used in geographic analysis. Topics include spatial statistics, cartography, and geographic information systems (GIS). This course is designed to provide a foundation for all other upper-level Geography courses. Prerequisite: SOCS 3305 or STAT 1342. (3-0) Y
GEOG 3323 Geographic Information Systems (3 semester hours) Provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems, a software technology for the storage, analysis and display of spatial information. Specific GIS methods are covered for use in a variety of different applications areas and disciplines, including public administration, criminology, demographic, economic and marketing analysis, transportation studies, and environmental/geological applications. Industry standard GIS software tools are used to apply these methods. (Same as PA 3323 and SOCS 3323) (3-0) Y
GEOG 3331 Urban Growth and Structure (3 semester hours) Deals with the economic and spatial processes underlying urban growth and regional development, and with the structural and demographic characteristics of urban areas as well as the social and psychological dynamics of urban life. (Same as ECON 3331) (3-0) T
GEOG 3341 Politics, Place and Space (3 semester hours) Provides an introduction to political geography by asking the question: does location matter in this era of increasing globalization? Examines political institutions and behavior in a spatial context through a wide range of themes, from international affairs, international law and peace building, geopolitics, and the development of territorial states to the geography of elections to local political struggles of non-governmental organizations. (3-0) R
GEOG 3357 Spatial Dimensions of Health and Disease (3 semester hours) Examines the spatial dimensions of health, disease and the public health and health care systems. Provides an introduction to spatial epidemiology and a bridge to the terminology of medical and health care professionals. (Same as SOC 3357) (3-0) R
GEOG 3358 Population: Concepts and Issues (3 semester hours) Introduces the key measures, data sources, concepts and theories to document and understand the variation of fertility and mortality, interregional migration, population distributions and their compositions in space and time. Historic, present and future population trends are discussed and analyzed in relation to biological principles and environmental challenges as well as diverging societal organizations and economic constraints. (Same as SOC 3358) (3-0) R
GEOG 3370 The Global Economy (3 semester hours) Considers the changing relationships of population, resources, and the economy; the transformation of classical spatial economics; and the processes producing increasing globalization. Particular attention is paid to technological change and to the dynamics of world trade and investment. (Same as ECON 3370) (3-0) T
GEOG 3372 Population and Development (3 semester hours) Examines the relations between population, development, and the environment. Essential components of demographic analysis lay the foundation for a critical evaluation of demographic transition theory. Other topics include public health, population structure and life chances, cultural differences and women's status, aging, environmental impacts, and population policy. (Same as ECON 3372 and SOC 3372) (3-0) T
GEOG 3373 Transportation and Logistics (3 semester hours) Focuses on concepts and methods for decision making in transportation based on both geographic and economic factors. Considers the relationships between location and cost in the context of the classic transportation problem and other location models in transportation. Examines project cost/benefit evaluation, urban travel demand modeling, transportation pricing, and issues of accessibility and economic opportunity. Prerequisite: ECON 2302 or equivalent. (Same as ECON 3373) (3-0) R
GEOG 3375 Transportation and Cities (3 semester hours) Explores the relationship between urban areas and transportation systems. Examines economics of transportation in cities, transportation and urban form, highway congestion, environmental impacts of transportation, public transit, transportation and labor markets, and political influences on transportation planning. (Same as ECON 3375) (3-0) R
GEOG 3377 Urban Planning and Policy (3 semester hours) Explores important substantive areas and concepts in the field of urban and regional planning and current urban planning and policy issues and debates. Topics include: forces that have historically guided and are currently guiding U.S. urbanization; land use, growth management, transportation and traffic congestion, economic development, housing and community development, environmental planning; legal, environmental, governmental contexts. (Same as PA 3377 and SOC 3377) (3-0) Y
GEOG 3381 Africa, South of the Sahara (3 semester hours) Africa is a complex, cosmopolitan continent with a long history of politics, conflict, products and people. This course provides a broad survey of Africa, focusing especially on current political, economic and social conflicts. Topics to be covered include: historical patterns of trade, migration, and regional integration; the impact of colonialism; nationalism and revolution; the impact of the "Development Decades"; contemporary patterns of agrarian change, urbanization, and industrialization; changing gender relations; contemporary environmental challenges; political struggles and democratization; regional conflicts and cooperation; and the impact of HIV/AIDS as a social-economic crisis. (3-0) R
GEOG 4380 Spatial Concepts and Organization (3 semester hours) Examines the recurring patterns of physical and human objects on the Earth's surface, the flows or circulations among them, and the spatial concepts and theories which have been advanced to help understand and explain these spatial arrangements. Provides a fundamental understanding of spatial processes, concepts and theories. (3-0) Y
GEOG 4396 Selected Topics in Geography (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (3-0) R
GEOG 4V97 Independent Study in Geography (1-6 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. ([1-6]-0) S
GEOG 4V98 Internship (1-6 semester hours) May repeat for credit up to a total of six semester credit hours. Consent of instructor required. This course can only be taken Credit/No Credit. ([1-6]-0) S
GEOG 4V99 Senior Honors in Geography (3 semester hours) For students conducting independent research for honors theses or projects. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) S