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141 The Natural Environment (4) The earth’s physical landscapes, vegetation patterns, weather, and climate; emphasis on the dynamic interactions among climate, landforms, vegetation, and soils. Fonstad, Gavin.

142 Introduction to Human Geography: Our Globalized World (4) Ways in which various cultures live and use their environments. Discussion of the changing distributions of major cultural elements. Meehan.

181 Our Digital Earth (4) Exploring the emergence of geospatial data and technologies that are pervasive in our everyday lives and how they are shaping society.  Bone, Kohler.

196 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–2R)

199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)

201 World Regional Geography (4) Introduction to the world’s cultural regions. Study of the cultural and environmental factors that make different parts of the world distinct.

202 Geography of Europe (4) Physical and cultural processes that have shaped the rural and urban landscapes of Europe. Murphy.

204 Geography of Russia and Neighbors (4) Natural regions, major population groups, and the economic development of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

205 Geography of Pacific Asia (4) Physical, cultural, and economic processes that have shaped the rural and urban landscapes of Pacific Asia. Buck, Su.

208 Geography of the United States and Canada (4) Historical and geographical analysis of the physical and human geography of the U.S. and Canada. Topics include physical regions, settlement patterns, economic development, and urbanization.

209 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa (4) Physical and cultural processes that have shaped the rural and urban landscapes of the Middle East and North Africa. Cohen.

214 Geography of Latin America (4) Physical, cultural, and economic processes that have shaped the rural and urban character of Latin America.

GEOG 281. The World and Big Data. (4) Explores technical foundations and social and economic applications of big data along the “5V” dimensions of volume, variety, velocity, veracity, and visualization.

321 Climatology (4) Energy and moisture in the atmosphere, atmospheric circulation, controls of regional and microclimates, applied climatology, climatic variations, past and future climates. Special fee. Prereq: GEOG 141. Bartlein.

322 Geomorphology (4) Landforming processes with emphasis on mass movements, rivers, eolian, glacial, and coastal processes. Special fee. Prereq: GEOG 141 or GEOL 102 or 202. McDowell.

323 Biogeography (4) Relation of plants and animals to the environment, distribution of individual species, historical changes in plant distribution. Prereq: one from GEOL 103, 203, GEOG 141, BI 370. Gavin.

341 Population and Environment (4) Patterns of population growth over history and place, current policies and programs, and impacts and trends in U.S. and international contexts. Includes method and theory. Cohen.

342 Geography of Globalization (4) Historical and geographical dimensions of globalization; emphasizes economic and social factors. Topics include multinationals, trade agreements, sustainability, global inequalities, and racial and gender divisions of labor. Buck.

343 Society, Culture, and Place (4) Examines ways in which geographical context reflects and shapes cultural and social processes. Importance of place and territory in human affairs. Su.

360 Watershed Science and Policy (4) Physical and biological processes of watersheds; problems of land use, water quality, riparian zones, aquatic ecology; scientific basis of watershed management and policy. Special fee. Prereq: GEOG 141, or GEOL 102 or 202, or BI 130 or 213. McDowell.

361 Global Environmental Change (4) Natural and human-induced environmental changes and their impact on different environmental systems. Not available to those who have taken GEOG 143. Prereq: GEOG 141. Bartlein.

399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)

401 Research: [Topic] (1–21R)

403 Thesis (1–12R)

405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–21R)

406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–6R)

407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)

408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–16R)

409 Practicum: [Topic] (1–21R)

410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–4R) Topics are listed in the class schedule each term.

421/521 Advanced Climatology: [Topic] (4R) Topics in climatology, including physical climatology, dynamic and synoptic climatology, and paleoclimatology. Prereq: GEOG 321. R when topic changes. Bartlein.

423/523 Advanced Biogeography: [Topic] (4R) Selected topics in biogeography including relation of plants and animals to their environment, historical changes in plant distribution, and palynological analysis. Special fee. Prereq: GEOG 323. when topic changes. Gavin.

425/525 Hydrology and Water Resources (4) Emphasis on surface water including precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface runoff, and stream flow. Understanding and analysis of processes. Management for water supply and quality. Special fee. Prereq: GEOG 321 or 322 and MATH 112. Fonstad.

427/527 Fluvial Geomorphology (4) Hydraulics and hydrology of stream channels; channel morphology and processes; drainage network development; fluvial deposits and landforms; field and analytical methods. Required field trips. Special fee. Prereq: MATH 112; one from GEOG 322, 425, GEOL 334. McDowell.

430/530 Long-Term Environmental Change (4) Evolution of the physical landscape during the Quaternary period. Elements of paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and geomorphology. Required field trips. Special fee. Prereq: GEOG 321 or 322 or 323. Bartlein, Gavin.

432/532 Climatological Aspects of Global Change (4) Role of the climate system in global change, the Earth’s climatic history, and potential future climatic changes. Prereq: GEOG 321 or 322 or 323. Bartlein.

433/533 Fire and Natural Disturbances (4) Wildfire and other landscape disturbance processes, historical and current patterns of fire, use and management of fire. Prereq: BI 307 or GEOG 323 or BI 370. Offered alternate years. Gavin.

441/541 Political Geography (4) Spatial perspectives on global political patterns and processes. Relationship of political territories to resources, ethnic patterns, and ideological communities. Impact of political arrangements on landscapes. Junior standing required. Murphy.

442/542 Urban Geography (4) Urbanization throughout the world, the structure of urban settlements; cities as regional centers, physical places, and homes for people; geographic problems in major urban environments. Special fee. Junior standing required. Cohen, Meehan.

443/543 Global Migration (4) Explores political, economic, and sociocultural dimensions of labor migration. Topics include capitalism and colonialism; state territoriality; urbanization; globalization; race, gender, and citizenship. Junior standing required. Hardwick

444/544 Cultural Geography (4) Patterns of culture as a force in human affairs; dynamics of identity, place, and power; the creation of culture at different scales. Junior standing required. Cohen.

445/545 Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (4) Relationship of ethnic groups and nationality to landscapes, perception, and cultural geographic phenomena. Distribution of ethnic and national groups. Junior standing required.

448/548 Tourism and Development (4) Tourism-related concepts and practices associated with tourism planning, development, marketing, and impacts in different geographic contexts. Su.

461/561 Environmental Alteration (4) Human alterations of the earth’s major ecosystems. Consequences of human activity at different times and places with respect to soils, atmosphere, vegetation, landforms, and water. Junior standing required. Kohler.

463/563 Geography, Law, and the Environment (4) Values underlying American legal approaches to environmental issues; the role of laws in reflecting and shaping human understanding and use of the environment. Special fee. Junior standing required. Murphy.

465/565 Environment and Development (4) Critical analysis of development concepts. Economic activity and environmental impacts. Sustainable development. Development projects and landscapes in the industrializing world. Junior standing required. Hindery.

466/566 Gender and Environment (4) How gender shapes understandings of and interactions with nature. Gender, science, and nature in Western thought; global environmental justice; population debates; feminist political ecology. Junior standing required.

467/567 International Water Policy (4) Examines problems in water policy and governance in a global context. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives, compares case studies, and analyzes institutions. Meehan.

468/568 Contemporary Food Systems: [Topic] (4) Explores contemporary food systems at local, national, and global scales. Emphasis on the political economy and sociocultural dynamics linking agriculture, food industries, and consumption. Buck.

471/571 North American Historical Landscapes (4) Examines the origin and evolution of cultural landscapes in North America through historical and contemporary sources, and draws upon the local region for student projects. Junior standing required. Holtgrieve.

475/575 Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions: [Topic] (4R) Examination of the settlement patterns, regional economies, political organization, and character of the landscapes of selected major regions of the non-European and American world. Junior standing required. R when region changes. Buck, Su, Walker.

481/581 GIScience I (4) An introduction to geographic information science, geographic information systems (GIS), the current population survey (CPS), remote sensing, and cartography. Sequence with GEOG 482/582, 491/591. Prereq: GEOG 181. Bone, Kohler, Lobben.

482/582 GIScience II (4) Spatial data collection, spatial data models, database design, data editing, geographic information system (GIS) project management, and advanced topics in geographic information science. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 491/591, 493/593. Prereq: GEOG 481/581. Bone, Kohler, Lobben.

485/585 Remote Sensing I (4) Introduction to remote sensing science including its physical basis, instruments, platforms, data, processing methods, and applications. Sequence with GEOG 486/586. Prereq: GEOG 481/581. Fonstad, Kohler.

486/586 Remote Sensing II (4) The use of digital electromagnetic data for classification, mapping, and monitoring biologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, geologic, and human processes and environmental change. Sequence with GEOG 485/585. Prereq: GEOG 485/585. Fonstad, Kohler.

490/590 GIScience: [Topic] (4R) Advanced topics on geographic information systems science including spatial analysis and modeling, data visualization, cartography, volunteered geographic information, GIS programming. Prereq: GEOG 481/581.

491/591 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4) Socioeconomic analysis with geographic information systems (GIS) and the U.S. census, network modeling, 3-D models of natural and urban landscapes, web-based GIS and programming. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 482/582. Prereq: GEOG 482/582. Bone, Kohler, Lobben.

493/593 Advanced Cartography (4) Map design and production methods; use of color, cartographic visualization, graphing, data graphics theory, and integration of geographic information systems (GIS) and graphics tools. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 482/582. Prereq: GEOG 482/582. Meacham.

495/595 Geographic Data Analysis (4) Analysis and display of geographical data by traditional data-analytical methods and by scientific-visualization approaches. Prereq: GEOG 481/581. Bartlein.

497/597 Qualitative Methods in Geography (4) Explores conceptual and practical dimensions of qualitative research. Includes linking theory and method; research question formulation; project design; ethics; data gathering, analysis, and presentation. Prereq: GEOG 341, 342, or 343. Nelson.

503 Thesis (1–16R)

601 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)

602 Supervised College Teaching (1–5R)

603 Dissertation (1–16R)

605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–16R)

606 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–16R)

607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)

608 Workshop: [Topic] (1–16R)

609 Practicum: [Topic] (1–16R)

610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)


611 Theory and Practice of Geography I (4) Introduction to professional practice in geography and the development of geographic concepts and theories from ancient times through the mid-20th century. Sequence with GEOG 612 and 613.

612 Theory and Practice of Geography II (4) The development of geographic concepts and theories from the mid-20th century to the present. Students learn to refine effective geographic research questions. Sequence with GEOG 611 and 613. Prereq: GEOG 611.

613 Research Design (4) Examines main components of research design, including research questions, methodological approach, institutional review boards, funding programs, proposal writing, and application. Sequence with GEOG 611 and 612. Prereq: GEOG 612.

631 Progress in Physical Geography (1R) Recent developments in climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, and biogeography. Lectures, readings, and presentation of faculty and student works in progress. R for maximum of 12 credits. Bartlein, Gavin, Marcus, McDowell.

632 Progress in Human Geography (1R) Recent developments in cultural, economic, environmental and political geography. Lectures, readings, and presentation of faculty and student works in progress. R for maximum of 12 credits. Buck, Cohen, Hardwick, Meehan, Murphy, Nelson, Su, Walker.

633 Progress in Geographic Information Science (1R) Recent developments in cartography, GIS, remote sensing, data analysis, and visualization. Lectures, readings, and presentation of faculty and student works in progress. R for maximum of 12 credits. Lobben.