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GEOG 1100 - Physical Geography

An introduction to the earth's dynamic, natural environmental systems–weather and climate, landforms, soils, ecosystems, and biomes. Credit Hours: 4.0; General Education Code: 2NS; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 1200 - Human Geography

Examination of spatial dimensions of culture, emphasizing patterns of selected cultural elements - language, religion, population, settlement, political and economic landscapes, and human/environment interactions. Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: 2SS

GEOG 1300 - World Regional Geography

Course covers economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics that form major world regions. The course addresses the interrelationships and tensions between world regions based on these themes. Course includes, but is not limited to, studies of Anglo America, Latin America, Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, Subsaharan Africa, Southwest Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Australia/Oceania. Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: 2SS

GEOG 1310 - Globalization and the Developing World

Survey of globalization and its impact on development, international relations, environment and culture in developing countries around the world. Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: 2CP

GEOG 2020 - Introduction to Weather

Experience in class and in labs in the analysis of weather maps. Particular emphasis on weather phenomena presented in the media (global warming, El Niño). Credit Hours: 4.0; General Education Code: 2NS; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 2320 - Geography of Ohio

Detailed regional study of physical geography of Ohio and its cultural landscapes, settlement patterns, and economic development. The course examines the physical and human foundations of Ohio geography by focusing on the many natural features and circumstances that make up the physical base of the state of Ohio and the cultural and economic influences of human behavior and observe the impact of human populations on Ohio's landscape. Requisites: WARNING: NOT GEOG 232; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 2400 - Environmental Geography

Geographic survey of environmental changes caused by human activities. Focus on resource availability and use, pollution of air, water, and biosphere, energy problems, interactions of humans with plant and animal communities. Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: 2AS

GEOG 2600 - Maps

This course is an investigation of the fundamental principles that make maps work: scale, geodesy, navigation, projections, and coordinate systems, and how these principles are applied in the geospatial technologies of GPS, GIS, cartography, and remote sensing. Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: 2AS

GEOG 2680 - Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences

Introduction to core concepts of geographic information science including data collection, data management, mapping, and spatial analysis. Overview of application of these core concepts in the mapping sciences of GIS, remote sensing, and cartography. Basic principles of GIS software for exploring and practicing these fundamentals. Credit Hours: 4.0; General Education Code: 2AS; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 2710 - Introduction to Statistics in Geography

Introduction to application of statistics in geography. Includes descriptive statistics, descriptive spatial statistic, normal, poisson and binomial probabilities, hypothesis testing, and inferential statistics through linear regression. Requisites: MATH 1200 or math placement level 2 or higher; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 2900 - Special Topics in Geography

Specific course content will vary with offering. Credit Hours: 1-15

GEOG 2970T - Geography Tutorial

First-year non-thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 2971T - Geography Tutorial

Second-year non-thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 2980T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 2980T - Geography Tutorial

First-year non-thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 2970T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 2981T - Geography Tutorial

Second-year non-thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 2971T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 3010 - Meteorology

General survey of meteorology with a focus on physical principles explaining weather change. Requisites: GEOG 1100; Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 3020 - Climatology

Explores the global climate features of the atmosphere and ocean, major modes climate variability, natural and anthropogenic climate change, and statistical methods in climatology. Requisites: GEOG 3010 and (2710 or MATH 2500 or PBIO 3150); Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 3030 - Meteorological Observations

Lab experience in acquisition, measurement, and interpretation of meteorological parameters. Requisites: GEOG 3010 or concurrent; Credit Hours: 1.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 3040 - Practicum in Meteorology and Forecasting

Lab experience in preparation and dissemination of meteorological forecasts. Requisites: GEOG 3030; Credit Hours: 1.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 3050 - Physical Meteorology

This course is a survey of atmospheric physics, with a focus on radiation balances, radiative transfer, cloud microphysics, and boundary layer meteorology. Requisites: GEOG 3010 and MATH 2301 and PHYS 2051; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3150 - Landforms and Landscapes

A topical approach to the study of landforms and landforming processes as fundamental elements of the physical environment. Includes landforms created by tectonism, volcanism, gravity, streams, glaciers, waves, and the wind. Requisites: GEOG 1100 or GEOL 1010; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3160 - Biogeography

An examination of historical, environmental, and biotic influences that shape spatial patterns of plant and animal distributions and community structure in the contemporary landscape.  The course also explores the role of disturbance as a shaper of biological communities, and students will be introduced to field, laboratory and statistical means of analyzing ecological data.  The role of human activities in altering biogeographic patterns is informed by our understanding  how and why biological diversity varies over the surface of the Earth. No credit if BIOS 3160/5160. Requisites: (BIOS 1700 or GEOG 1100 or PBIO 2090) and WARNING: not BIOS 3160; Credit Hours: 3.0. Taught spring semester of even years.

GEOG 3200 - American Ethnic Geography

Systematic and thematic survey of spatial and cultural patterns associated with ethnicity and ethnic groups in the United States. Emphasis on historical and spatial patterns of immigration, the experience of ethnic groups in American plural society, and ethnic contributions to American life. Requisites: GEOG 1200; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3210 - Population Geography

Survey of global population concerns emphasizing contemporary patterns of population change, fertility, international migration, and the impact of these on the environment and economic resources. Examines critiques (feminist/equity) of population change as a development problem. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3220 - Geography of Religious Space and Place

Systematic and regional survey of religious cultural landscapes of the world in comparative perspective. Emphasis on religion as a cornerstone of culture and its manifestations in the cultural landscape. Focus on sacred space and place, pilgrimage, and holy sites in selected religious belief systems. Requisites: Jr or Sr; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3250 - Political Geography

Systematic examination of basic approaches, historical development, special problems, and spatial concepts in political geography. Requisites: GEOG 1200; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3260 - Urban Geography

Geographical survey of the processes and forms of urban settlements. Examines urban origin, urban system, urban spatial structure, suburbanization, urban planning, (de)industrialization, inner-city decline, gentrification, entrepreneurial politics, cultural economy and globalization. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3270 - Social Geographies

Geographic analysis of social relations, social identities, and social inequalities. Examines the geography of social justice from the perspective of distinct groups (including race, gender, class, and sexuality) and as it relates to various geographic themes, particularly concerning the environment, urban geography, and employment. Requisites: GEOG 1200 or SOC 1000 or WGS 1000; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3290 - World Economic Geography

Geographic survey of the capitalist world economy. Examines the rise and fall of great economic powers, (under)development in the periphery, global economic restructuring, regional blocs, multinational firms and national governments. Requisites: ECON 1000 or GEOG 1200 or 1310; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3300 - Geography of Europe

Topical survey of Europe with emphasis on the geographic and cultural historical factors that influenced landscape and regional patterns in the past and today. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3310 - Geography of Africa

Course examines physical and human geographies of Africa as well as geographic approaches to human-environment interactions. Topics include sustainable resource use, health and development, rural livelihood systems, roots of conflict and Africa in the world economy. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3330 - Appalachia: Land and People

Topical and regional survey of Appalachia with emphasis on settlement and expansion, land ownership and speculation, society and culture, and the impacts of natural resource extraction. Requisites: GEOG 1200; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3340 - Historical Geography of the United States

Systematic and regional survey of past human geographies of the area that became the United States from 1450 until the present. Focus on the development of regional identity over time and space, and manifestations of regional identity in the cultural landscape. Requisites: GEOG 1200 or HIST 2000 or 2010; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3350 - Geography of Latin America

Regional survey of Latin America focusing on biophysical systems, rural development, population/migration, cultural geography and economic development. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3380 - Geography of Asia

Examines the Asian region with emphasis on intra-regional economic integration through trade, investment and labor migration flows and on inter-regional relations with other parts of the world through colonialism, political engagement and globalization. Studies issues of economic development, regional bloc, Cold War conflicts, nationalism, and urbanization in Asia. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3400 - Geography of Development

Designed to critically examine the concept of development and its critiques, to explore theories of development and examine how they have influenced development practice in various geographic contexts, and to understand rural and urban spaces of development and the relevant flows between them. Requisites: GEOG 1200 or 1310; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3410 - Geography of Hunger and Food Security

Provides students a foundation for understanding and interpreting changing global and regional patterns of hunger and food security. Environmental, political, economic, and demographic dimensions of hunger and food security are examined. Social and policy interventions aimed at reducing hunger are evaluated through examination of case studies from the developing and industrialized world.
Requisites: GEOG 1200 or 1310; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3430 - Global Issues in Environment

Refines understanding of major global environmental issues. Raises important issues of scale and the role of institutions, individuals, and communities in responding to environmental challenges. Recognizes that environmental problems are never merely environmental, but also political, economic and socio-cultural. Requisites: GEOG 2400; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3440 - Agricultural Ecosystems

Systematic analysis of agricultural systems. Emphasis is placed on contemporary agricultural systems, including their place in the global economy, and impacts on the environment. Examines the globalization of agriculture and agro-biotechnology. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3460 - Environmental Law

Legal aspects of both individual environmental and societal environmental rights and duties with respect to constitution, private property, nuisance, negligence, statutes, regulatory agencies, and court decisions. Emphasis on case study of federal, state, and local laws that shaped existing law and those that are likely to shape future legislative and administrative action. Requisites: GEOG 1200 or 2400; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3500 - Land Use Planning

Fundamentals of land use planning are explored. Examines traditional and innovative approaches to land use planning and its influence on the physical forms of our cities and environment, community development, human health, growth management, and sustainability. Reviews land-use planning tools and techniques utilized at the local, regional, and state level of government including plan-making processes, zoning, subdivision regulations, environmental management, smart growth, urban design, and land-use suitability. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3530 - Environmental Planning and Assessment

An introduction to the use of science in environmental decision-making directed toward the analysis of land development policies, the utility of assessment methods to understand environmental change and the application of management strategies to promote environmental sustainability at local and regional scales. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3580 - Environmental Hazards

Systematic introduction to the concepts, problems, and methods that guide the identification and assessment of environmental risk with emphasis on natural hazards and their geophysical dimensions. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 3600 - Cartography I

Introduction to digital cartographic design and cartographic visualization. Theory and practice of map design developed in weekly lectures and lab. Requisites: GEOG 2680; Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 3610 - Cartography II

Introduction to dynamic digital cartographic design. Theory and practice of geovisualization through animated and interactive maps developed in weekly readings, discussion, exercises, and final project. Requisites: GEOG 3600; Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 3650 - Air Photo Interpretation

Principles, techniques, and practice in visual interpretation of and making measurements from aerial photographs. For geographers, geologists, military, community planners, resource managers, engineers. Requisites: GEOG 1100 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 3970T - Geography Tutorial

Third-year non-thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 2981T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 3980T - Geography Tutorial

Third-year non-thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 3970T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 4060 - Synoptic Meteorology

An examination of the construction and analysis of models used in the prediction of meteorological phenomena, the development and maintenance of mid-latitude cyclones, and satellite meteorology. Requisites: GEOG 3040; Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 4070 - Mesoscale Meteorology

An examination of severe and unusual weather, mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric stability, and radar meteorology. Requisites: GEOG 4060; Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 4080 - Dynamic Meteorology I

Exploration of the physical forces responsible for atmospheric motions. Topics covered include the wind vector; fundamental and apparent forces; the geostrophic wind; the thermal, mechanical and thermodynamic energy equations; balanced flow; vertical motion and the thermal wind; vorticity; and the vorticity and divergence theorems.
Requisites: MATH 3400 and PHYS 3011; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4090 - Dynamic Meteorology II

Continuation of Dynamic Meteorology I, with a focus on mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics. Examines the process of a developing mid-latitude cyclone from genesis to lysis, and the interplay between vertical motion, horizontal advection, temperature, and (to some extent) moisture. An investigation of atmospheric dynamics in the planetary boundary layer, where friction must be considered, concludes the course. Requisites: GEOG 4080; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4110 - Advanced Physical Geography

A topics course of focused study on a specific physical geographic theme. Requisites: GEOG 1100 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4170 - Landscape Ecology

Landscape Ecology is an applied science that focuses on the development, consequences, and management of environmental pattern - the spatial distributions of species and the environment resources upon which they depend. This course explores the reciprocal relationship between pattern and process: how pattern is created on the landscape, its implication for populations, communities, and ecosystems, and how spatial pattern changes through time. The specific role of humans in creating and altering landscape pattern is examined. Requisites: (Jr or Sr) and (GEOG 1100 or PBIO 2090 or BIOS 2750 or BIOS 3750); Credit Hours: 3.0. Taught spring semester of odd years.

GEOG 4280 - Community Geography

Knowing the geography of one’s community, from the distribution of parks and schools to the location of healthcare and social services providers to the assessment of walkable downtowns and neighborhoods, is a hallmark of an engaged citizenry. Community Geography examines a variety of place-based challenges and opportunities that are found within and between communities through the lens of geo-spatial analysis. It engages students in real ways through documenting, evaluating and mapping the community they live in and care about. University-community partnerships are built from the bottom up around social issues such as income inequalities, food insecurity, educational disparities, limited access to transportation and healthcare, and more. This course offers a unique combination of collaborative mapping, spatial understanding of community issues, and interaction with and participation in the community from the bottom up, as engaged members of the Athens community. Students will be introduced to real-world problems and best practices, and encouraged to explore creative solutions. Community geography helps students better understand the spatial nature of these issues, how to evaluate both local and global forces which transform communities, and assists them with evaluating actionable solutions which promote sustainability at the local level. This course is designed to engage students with the Athens area, to build collaboration between students, residents and community groups, and to develop marketable skills and expand student awareness of community issues. Requisites: Jr. or Sr. and 4 hours GEOG; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4450 - Gender, Environment, and Development

Explores frameworks linking gender and the environment and examines how they have influenced the practice of development in various geographic contexts. Case studies from Africa, USA, Latin America, and Asia. Topics include gendered access to resources, health and inequality, men and masculinities, the body and the environment, non-governmental organizations, and grass root organizing. Requisites: GEOG 1200 or 1310 or WGS 1000 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4470 - Natural Resource Conservation

Themes in American environmental history, resource conservation and management, and contemporary environmentalism. Requisites: GEOG 2400 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4480 - Migration and Development

Examines migration theory, global and domestic patterns of human migration, and their implications for the environment and development. It will focus on geographic approaches to understanding the causes and development consequences of migration, including transnational and return migration. Requisites: (GEOG 1200 or 1310 or 3210 or SOC 1000) and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4550 - History of Planning

Explores the development of planning concepts, theory, and practice. It introduces urban and regional planning in the U.S. through its historical and contemporary contexts. Examines the social, economic, political, cultural, and technological factors that influence human landscapes and the profession of planning. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4560 - The City and the Environment

Examination of historical and present-day environmental impacts of urban and suburban expansion in a North American context. Requisites: (GEOG 1200 or 2400) and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4660 - Principles of Remote Sensing

Systematic introduction to the principles and application of remote sensing stressing the fundamental characteristics of electromagnetic radiation, energy-atmosphere interactions, design of remote sensing instruments, and the techniques used to extract problem-solving information from remote sensing data. Emphasis is given to digital image-processing techniques and algorithms involved in measurement, analysis, and interpretation of electromagnetic energy collected by remote sensing instruments. Requisites: GEOG 2680 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 4670 - Advanced Remote Sensing

In depth examination of advanced remote sensing methodologies and applications including object oriented image processing, hyper-spectral analysis, soft image classification, and sensor fusion, focused on their use in the environmental geosciences. Requisites: GEOG 4660 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 4710 - Quantitative Methods in Geography

An introduction to the application of advanced quantitative methods in geographic research and applied spatial analysis with a focus on statistical problem solving in both human and physical geographic contexts. Requisites: GEOG 2710 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4711 - Qualitative Methods in Geography

An introduction to qualitative research methods in geography. Covers research design, methodological approaches to research, and qualitative data collection and analysis methods used by geographers. Specific methods covered will include: interviewing, observation, document analysis, and visual analysis. Requisites: 6 Hours in GEOG and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4712 - Field Methods in Geography

Introduction to geographic field methods and techniques. Field mapping, data collection, spatial sampling, data analysis, synthesis, and reporting. Requisites: GEOG 2710 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 3.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 4730 - Principles of GIS

Systematic introduction to the procedures and techniques that guide the design, implementation, and application of geographic information systems. Complex GIS based problem solving exercises will reinforce theoretically challenging concepts. Requisites: GEOG 2680; Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 4740 - GIS Design and Application Development

Introduction to computational foundations of geographic information systems and geospatial mapping technologies. Practical introduction to GIS scripting technologies and software application development. Requisites: GEOG 4730 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 4750 - GIS and Landscape Analysis

Advanced application of GIS focusing on analytical and computer-based methods critical to the understanding and management of natural resources and the environment. Topics covered include GIS-based decision analysis, constraint mapping, landscape modeling, sustainability assessment and environmental simulation. Requisites: GEOG 4730 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 4760 - Geographic Information Analysis

In-depth examination of the methods of spatial data analysis and the utilization of GIS in analyzing geospatial information. Emphasis on explicit consideration of uncertainty in spatial data analysis and multicriteria decision making. Requisites: GEOG 4730 and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 4770 - Advanced Topics in Geoinformatics

In depth examination of emerging technologies, methods and research applications within the broad scope of GIS, Remote Sensing and Cartography. The specific content of this course will vary each time it is offered to enrich student needs and interests. Topics for the course when offered will be announced in the semester course schedule. Requisites: GEOG 2680 and Jr or Sr; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4800 - Senior Seminar in Geography

Capstone course that encourages the implementation of acquired knowledge from previous course work. Involves an examination and application of topics relating to the history and philosophy of geographic thought. Requisites: GEOG major and Sr only; Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: T3

GEOG 4900 - Special Topics in Geography

Special topics in Geography. Requisites: GEOG major or minor; Credit Hours: 3.0

GEOG 4910 - Internship

Provides qualifying students with credit for work-study experience in GIS, cartography, remote sensing, land-use planning, resource management, and other fields of applied geography. Supervised by geography faculty and evaluated by on-the-job supervisor. Requisites: Permission required and GEOG major and (Jr or Sr); Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 4930 - Independent Study

Individual or small group students will have an independent study with faculty members. Requisites: Jr or Sr; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 4970T - Geography Tutorial

Fourth-year thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 3980T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 4980T - Geography Tutorial

Fourth-year thesis tutorial for students in the Honors Tutorial College. Requisites: GEOG 4970T and HTC; Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 4990H - Honors in Geography

This course requires qualified Geography seniors to write an honors thesis, which involves a substantial amount of reading, research and writing, a synthesis of various fields of geographical knowledge, and a mixed use of research tools and methods, including maps, spatial statistics, GIScience, field research, and personal interviews. Requisites: Permission required and GEOG major and Sr only; Credit Hours: 3.0; General Education Code: T3