ACADEMICS

  • Geography Courses

    GE 102 Human Geography
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Introduction to human geography, emphasizing globalization, human-environment relations and spatial patterns of
    population, development, economics, politics, urbanization and culture.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 110 World Regional Geography I
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Analysis of the physical, cultural and economic regions of Eurasia.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 111 World Regional Geography II
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Analysis of the physical, cultural and economic regions of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 130 Introduction to Energy Studies
    Foundation concepts in energy studies. Overview of environmental and societal implications of energy systems – past, present and future.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 193 Special Topics in Geography or Earth Science for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 195 Special Topics
    Introductory course to be offered on a trial basis. Topic to be announced in advance
    1-6 credits.

    GE 210 Geography of North America
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GE/GL 102, GE/GL 111, HI 111, HI 112, SO 100, UR 101 or permission of instructor
    Analysis of the physical and human geography of North America.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    GE 240 Energy Conservation
    Concepts, technologies and policies for energy conservation. Inefficiencies of current systems; technical and social
    changes for energy efficiency.
    Offered every year. 3 credits

    GE 250 Urban Geography
    LASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: GE/GL 102 or UR 101 or permission of instructor
    World urbanization; location and central place concepts; economy of cities; land use patterns; urban environmental problems.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 255 Geography of Africa
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GE/GL 102, GE/GL 111, GL 150, SO 100, SO 110, UR 101 or permission of instructor
    Analysis of the physical and human geography of Africa.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 258 Global Environmental Change
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GE/GL 102, GS 101, GL 150, NS 150, UR 101, CH 106 or permission of instructor
    Introduction to the science, political economy and ethics of global environmental change.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 285 Sustainable Communities
    LASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GE/GL 102, GL 150, EC 110, EC 120 or permission of instructor
    Exploration of changes in U.S. and global economic landscape, 1970 to present. Approaches to sustainable
    economic development.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 299 Special Topics
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    Intermediate level course to be offered on a trial basis. Topic to be announced in advance.
    1-6 credits.

    GE 307 American Public Lands: Environmental Issues
    Prerequisite: GE 258 or permission of instructor
    Exploration of environmental management issues on U.S. public lands such as national parks, national forests,
    BLM lands.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    GE 308 Environment and Development
    Prerequisite: GE 258 or permission of instructor
    The global ecology of rich and poor. Environmental implications of poverty, economic development, mass consumption, globalization and demographic change.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    GE 312 Sustainable Food Systems
    Prerequisite: GE 102 and any 200 level GE, GS, SO or UR course or permission of instructor
    Overview of the structure, evolution, costs and benefits of the global food system. Exploration of local and global
    alternatives.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    GE 315 Geographic Research Methods
    Prerequisites: GE 102, GS 101, GS 140, GS 216
    Overview of the research process; research design in human, physical and environmental geography; quantitative,
    qualitative and cartographic methods.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 341 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
    Prerequisite: GE 130 (formerly NS 110) or GE 240 (formerly NS/GS 260) or permission of instructor
    Analysis of renewable energy concepts, policy and politics. Technologies and methods for renewable energy capture,
    storage and distribution.
    Offered every year. 3 credits

    GE 342 Sustainable Housing
    Prerequisite: GE 130 (formerly NS 110) or GE 240 (formerly NS/GS 260) or permission of instructor
    Principles of green design with an emphasis on building construction. Material and energy flows, choice of materials,
    designing for sustainability.
    Offered every year. 3 credits

    GE 359/UR 360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy
    Prerequisite: Environmental Studies concentration status
    Examination of urban ecosystems, focusing on land uses designed to effectively utilize water, open space and
    other natural resources.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    GE 400 Geography Seminar
    Prerequisites: GE 102, GS 101, GS 140, GS 216, GE 315 and senior standing (or permission of department chair)
    Capstone course for geography majors. Students conduct independent research projects and present their findings.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GE 410 Independent Study in Geography
    Opportunity for advanced students to pursue a topic of special interest involving extensive reading, experimentation,
    and research.
    1-6 credits.

    GE 450 Readings and Directed Research
    Prerequisites: All department requirements for major fulfilled.
    Directed study on selected topics; open to senior majors.
    3 credits.

    GE 460 Geography Internship
    Prerequisites: All department requirements for major fulfilled.
    Students assigned to various government and private agencies under joint supervision of agency and faculty.
    1-6 credits.

    GE 470 Selected Topics in Geography

    Topic or subject to be announced in advance; topic to be relevant to student needs and interests and subject to
    availability of professor.
    1-6 credits