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Geography Course Descriptions

GEOG 2301 Social Relations and Spatial Organization (3 semester hours) An introduction to concepts and types of spatial organization, and to relationships between environment and behavior. An examination of ideas of space and place is followed by discussion of the relationships between social relations and spatial arrangement, and of the nature, functions, and types of territoriality. Systems concerns of spatial analysts are contrasted with behavioral concerns of environmental psychologists to permit a focused assessment of designers’ concepts of territory, image and milieu, public and private spaces, etc. Among the related ideas reviewed are those of proxemics, mental maps, topophilia, and time space budgets. The course concludes by classifying and exemplifying various modes of spatial organization: space contingent, space forming and space transforming. (3-0) T
GEOG 2302 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) Considers how the key concepts of place and space can be used to understand the spatial character and interactions of history, culture, economics and the environment in 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 2304 The Human Mosaic: Culture and Space (3 semester hours) Provides an introduction to human geography by examining human diversity and the spatial variations among cultural groups. It analyzes the ways ethnicity, language, religion, economy, government and social phenomena vary or remain constant from one place to another and the consequent spatial patterns of demography, agriculture, industry, urbanism, politics, folklife, and popular culture. (3-0) Y
GEOG 3301 Cultural Ecology (3 semester hours) Human communities adapt to their environments by means of their technologies and organizations, which in turn reshape the environment, in on going cycles. Cultural ecology, closely related to human ecology and cultural geography, is the study of such relationships. This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of cultural ecology, with particular emphasis on the relations between land and the human population it sustains and the differentiation of urban and rural society. (3-0) T
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) T
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 demographic, economic and marketing analysis, transportation studies, land use for cadastral, zoning and engineering applications, spatial statistics in the context of criminology, and environmental/geological applications. Industry standard GIS software tools are used to apply these methods. (Same as SOCS 3323 and ISSS 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 ECO 3331) (3-0) T
GEOG 3341 Politics, Place and Space (3 semester hours) Examines the question: does location matter in this era of increasing globalization? As an introduction to political geography, this course examines the assumption that "globalization" makes entities such as the nation-state increasingly irrelevant. It provides a nuanced understanding of different social struggles and social conflicts, and the different geographical scales at which they occur. Political behavior in a spatial context is examined through a wide range of themes, from international affairs, international law and peace building, geopolitics, and development of territorial states to the geography of elections to local political struggles of non-governmental organizations. (Same as GOVT 3341) (3-0) T
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 ECO 3370) (3–0) T
GEOG 3373 Transportation and Logistics (3 semester hours) Explores the geographic and economic elements of transportation science. 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. The focus of the course is on the methods for decision making in transportation science based on both geographic and economic factors. Prerequisite: ECO 2302 or equivalent. (Same as ECO 3373)
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 ECO 3375) (3-0) Y
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) 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. ([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, but no more than 6 hours may be taken by a student under this number. ([1 6] 0) S

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