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Investigate the interrelationships between human behavior and the planet
In the Geography Minor, you’ll analyze the and processes that shape the earth’s surface, including weather systems, climate, landforms, and hydrology, and you’ll explore social processes such as globalization, demographics, urbanization, and cultural identities. Learn geospatial technologies like cartography, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and put theory into practice through hands-on experimentation and research alongside your professors in our GIS and earth science laboratories and in the field.
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GS-101 Physical Geography
Geographic principles of location; characteristics of landforms, soil, climate, minerals, water, flora, and fauna.
GE-102 Human Geography
Introduction to human geography, emphasizing globalization, human-environment relations, and spatial patterns of population, development, economics, politics, urbanization and culture.
GS-165 Geographic Information Systems I
Introduction to the use of geospatial technologies including geographic information systems and GPS.
GE-200 Geography Literature Seminar
Geography majors will attend research seminars, conduct literature searches; identify relevant primary literature; read and take notes on primary literature; compile annotated bibliographies; create written syntheses.
GE-210 Geography of North America
Analysis of the physical and human geography of North America.
The study of landforms and the processes that form them. Labs focus on interpretation of maps and aerial photographs. Three-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory.
GE-214 Critical Cartographies: Digital Mapping and Spatial Data Visualization
This course introduces the fundamental theories, art and science of map making using web-based platforms. It provides an interdisciplinary approach for students to learn both practical and conceptual skills to collect, interpret and present data in the form of online, interactive maps and data visualizations.
GS-217 Spatial Data Methods
Introduction to the methods used in GIS programming and quantitative geospatial analysis.
GS-218 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the use and analysis of remotely sensed images such as aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
The principles of physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography.
The distribution patterns of plants and animals, processes affecting this distribution, and how these patterns change in space and time.
GS-235 Contemporary Climate Change
The global climate system, factors influencing climate, recent climate change and the role of human activity.
GS-240 Coastal Environments
Summer session course examining the physical geography of coastal environments including human impacts. Includes field trips.
GE-240 Energy Conservation
Concepts, technologies and policies for energy conservation. Inefficiencies of current systems; technical and social changes for energy efficiency.
GS-245 Planetary Geology
Solar system formation and evolution with emphasis on planetary interiors and surface features.
GE-250 Urban Geography
World urbanization, location, and central place concepts, economy of cities, land use patterns, urban, physical, and societal environmental problems.
Hydrologic processes, their estimation and measurement. Includes precipitation, evaporation, runoff, groundwater and water resources management.
GE-255 Geography of Africa
Analysis of the physical and human geography of Africa.
GE-258 Global Environmental Change
An introduction to the science, political economy and ethics of global environmental change.
GS-260 Introduction to Soil Science
The study of the formation, processes, classification and composition of soils with emphasis on environmental applications, including watershed delineation.
GS-270 The Sedimentary Record
Theoretical, laboratory, and field investigations of modern sedimentary processes, depositional environments, the sedimentary record of earth history, principals of stratigraphy. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab.
GE-285 Sustainable Communities
Exploration of changes in U.S. and global economic landscape, 1970 to present. Approaches to sustainable economic development.
GE-307 American Public Lands: Environmental Issues
Exploration of the environmental management issues on U.S. public lands such as national parks, national forests BLM lands.
GE-308 Environment and Development
The global ecology of rich and poor environmental implications of poverty, economic development, mass consumption, globalization and demographic change.
GE-312 Sustainable Food Systems
Overview of the structure, evolution, costs and benefits of the global food system. Exploration of local and global alternatives.
GS-318 Geographic Information Systems II
Advanced production of digital choropleth maps on PCs using a GIS vector-oriented software.
GS-328 Digital Landscape Analysis
Computer based methods of representing, storing and analyzing landscape features. Explores technologies such as LiDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for gathering landscape data and the use of geospatial tools to analyze and represent landscape features. 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab.
Underground water and its movement. Aquifer identification and test; wells, contamination and remediation, ground water as a geologic agent.
GS-338 Atmospheric Sciences
Atmospheric Science introduces students to the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere and examines the science behind current issues such as global climate change, air pollution, and reductions in stratospheric ozone. Atmospheric physics includes both weather (clouds, rain, winds) and climate (weather averaged over longer timescales, as well as trends in climate over time). Atmospheric chemistry investigates processes controlling the chemical composition of the atmosphere, including related processes in the and biosphere, as well as anthropogenic pollution (smog, stratospheric ozone loss, etc.)
GE-341 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
Analysis of renewable energy concepts, policy and politics. Technologies and methods for renewable energy capture, storage and distribution.
GE-342 Sustainable Housing and Techniques
Principles of green design with an emphasis on building construction. Material and energy flows, choice of materials, designing for sustainability.
GS-348 Fundamentals of Earth Data Analytics
The theory and practice of data analytics using remote sensing and in-situ earth observations and communicating the science.
GE-360 Middle East: Changing Environ
The Middle East: geography, society, economics and political structure.
GS-365 Climate Change Over Earth History
A record of climate change on Earth; methods used to reconstruct past climates; relevance of past changes to the current climate.
GS-370 Lakes & Environmental Change
Modern physical, biogeochemical, and sedimentary processes in lakes. Lake sediments as archives of past climate and environmental change. Includes fieldwork.
GE-408 Directed Study: Geography
Directed study offers students the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with the agreement of a faculty member.
GE-410 Independent Study: Geography
Opportunity for advanced students to pursue a topic of special interest involving extensive reading, experimentation, and research.
1 to 6 credits
GE-420 Advanced Geoscience Research and Fieldwork
Lab and or field-based research on a specific geoscience topic under supervision of a faculty member.
1 to 6 credits