Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Standard; Urban Development and Planning; Geotechnology; or Nature-Society Studies.
EARTH'S PHYSICAL LANDSCAPE: LITHOSPHERE, HYDROSPHERE, BIOSPHERE
An introduction to the spatial aspects of the Geosystem consisting of the inter-related systems of the Atmosphere (air), Lithosphere (solid earth), Hydrosphere (water), and the Biosphere (living organisms).
The course explores the evolution of urban forms and structures in the United States from the perspective of geography. In addition to studying the historic emergence of the American urban system, the course covers processes and phenomena associated with the spatial organization of housing, transportation, commercial and industrial land-use planning, as well as urban poverty, local governance, and issues of race, gender and sexuality.
EARTH'S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
An examination of how people, through their cultural processes, change the earth's landscapes and how places look. Students are challenged to think critically about culture, space and place. They are introduced to the ways cultural geographers explore a diverse range of topics such as colonialism, commodification, production and consumption of places, diasporas, and constructions of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. Topics span local to global locales.
How do artists depict different locations? How do television portrayals of New York City compare and contrast between situation comedies and drama series? How do lyrics and music portray a sense of place and local identity? This course will analyze how places are represented and understood through arts, music and literature. Students will develop the theoretical skills to examine the cultural geography both of the United States and elsewhere.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
An introductory-level course covering the fundamentals of GIS. Topics include GPS, remote sensing, data models (vector and raster), coordinate systems, and map design. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS.
LSP 120 or HON 180 or (MAT 130 or above) is a prerequisite for this class.
THE NATURE OF GEOGRAPHY
An exploration of the social construction of knowledge through the historic evolution of geographic thought.
An in depth exploration of modern debates within geography. Students prepare their own geographic research project and participate at a regional conference.