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Geography - Spring 2014

GEOG 101S  01:  Cultural Geography
4 Credits
Limoges, Lane

Pre-requisites:  None
GEOG 101S introduces the student to the breadth of human geography and in particular how populations influence the way the environment is developed and utilized by people and the subsequent patterns they create on the landscape.  Topics will include: the spatial organization of human activities, ways in which social processes and structures can be understood through a geographic lens, geographic perspectives of human/environment interactions, patterns of economic activity, the relationship between political States and cultures, and the impact of globalization.  The course will follow a lecture/discussion format to enhance critical thinking and writing abilities.  The overall objective of the course is to provide the student with the analytical skills necessary to think critically about contemporary geographical patterns and processes while cultivating the student’s own geographical imagination. 


GEOG 222B 01:  Weather and Climate
5 Credits
Lenz, Ralph

Pre-requisites:  Minimum Math Placement 22
Climate patterns pose fundamental limits to ecosystem development, and therefore control the ways people can interact with their environment.  Global weather and climate patterns are the focus of this course, and there are two main goals.  In the first part of the course, we will seek an understanding of the processes responsible for climate through study of atmospheric dynamics that create weather patterns across the globe.  In the final unit we will consider climatic classifications, seeking to understand regional variations in global climate patterns.  Laboratory work is scheduled for Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.  Ten lab exercises and five exams will be the basis for evaluation. 


GEOG 240S 01:  Economic Geography
4 Credits
Limoges, Lance

Prerequisite:  None
Geography 240S introduces students to the study of economic geography. In particular, this course will explore how geographic and economic conditions affect the products, industries, commerce and resources of the world in general, and the United States in particular. The course begins with an examination of population and resources, followed by a thorough study of basic location theory for primary, secondary and tertiary industries. Then we will move on to study
the role of geography in the modern global economy, particularly as it relates to spatial patterns in local, regional, national, and international economic growth and business development.


GEOG 250S&C 01:  China’s Geography
4 Credits
Lenz, Ralph

Prerequisite: None
Despite many parallels between China’s physical environment and that of the USA, there are some notable contrasts.  With a geographic area extending from deserts of Central Asia to the Pacific Ocean, environmental diversity within the region is pronounced.  This regional course will examine environmental impacts on cultural and economic patterns.  China offers a surprising amount of cultural diversity, and cultural and economic contrasts between the Han and various minority populations, a topic not covered in most East Asian Studies classes, will be emphasized.  As China undergoes a tremendous economic transition, huge disparities between the interior of the country and its coast have resulted.  Demographic, agricultural, and urban patterns will be examined.  Evaluation will be based on exams and quizzes, a project, and an oral presentation about one of China’s sub regions or minority groups. CLAC option available for this class.


GEOG 380 01:  Remote Sensing
4 Credits
Limoges, Lance

Prerequisite:  A 100 level Biology or Geology or GEOG 120S, GEOG 220N, GEOG 222B, GEOG 380 Map Interpretation, GEOG 390, or permission
Geography 380S introduces the student to the scientific study of the earth using images and data captured from satellite or aircraft-borne sensors, with emphasis on issues of acquisition, photogrammetric interpretation, spatial analysis, and application. The fundamentals of the applications for these research tools will center on an earth’s resource perspective. Emphasis will be on turning remotely sensed data into spatial, geological, environmental, biophysical or socio-economic information utilized in the decision making processes.  


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