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 three related systems of the Lithosphere (solid earth), Hydrosphere (water), and 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 interactions at the urban-rural fringe.
EARTH'S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
A survey of the global patterns and processes which create our world's cultures. Several cultural realms such as language, religion, folk and popular culture, ethnicity, and the built environment serve as foci for a deepened understanding of the world and its people.
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 introduction to the epistemology of geographic thought, and the methodologies of the discipline of geography. Formerly GEO 100.
Several perspectives on geographical questioning are presented in seminar format. Geographical researchers present their work with particular emphases on the relations between theoretical frameworks and methodological paradigms.