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Smith, N.J.H., Chair; Binford, M.W.; Caviedes, C.N.; Comenetz, J.; Fik, T.J; Golant, S.M.; Goldman, A.C.; Lamme, A.J.; McDade, B.E.; Mossa, J.; Sloan, J.L., II; Southworth, J.; Thrall, G.I.; Waylen, P.R.; Undergraduate Coordinator: J. Mossa; Graduate Coordinator: A.C. Goldman

GEA 2210 Geography of the United States and Canada.

Credits: 3.

A comprehensive systematic survey of the physical, economic and social character of the geographic regions of the United States and Canada and their significance in the economic and political affairs of the world.

GEA 2270 Geography of Florida.

Credits: 3.

The geographic conditions and human adjustments in the major regions in Florida. The natural environment, population, routes of communication, industries, resources and strategic location in their geographical and historical aspects. GR-E

GEA 3223 Historical Geography of the United States.

Credits: 3.

A survey of the cultural geography of the American past. Characteristics of colonizations, settlement patterns, resource development and culture groups in the evolving regional pattern. (H)

GEA 3410 Geography of South America.

Credits: 3.

A comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions, and potentialities of South America; the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. GR-E

GEA 3500 Geography of Europe.

Credits: 3.

A comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions and potentialities of Europe; the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. (I, S)

GEA 3600 Geography of Africa.

Credits: 3.

A comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions, and potentialities of Africa; the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. (I, S) GR-E

GEA 4465 Amazonia.

Credits: 3.

The biophysical basis of natural resource management, cultural diversity and economic development in Amazonia are explored. Appreciating the complexity and variability of soils, vegetation, aquatic ecosystems and climate in the region offers clues for understanding human settlement and development as well as the potential and limitations of the rich natural resource base. (I, S)

GEO 1010 Geography for a Changing World.

Credits: 3.

The spatial organization of society. Emphasis is placed upon the political regions of the world. (I, S)

GEO 2200 Physical Geography.

Credits: 3.

A study of the development and distribution of landforms, climates, minerals, soils and water resources. Interrelationships among the physical environment and regional patterns formed by these elements are analyzed against the mans utilization of them. (P)

GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory.

Credits: 1; Prereq or Coreq: GEO 2201 or GEO 2200.

Laboratory in physical geography. Available for laboratory science credit. (P)

GEO 2201 Physical Landscapes.

Credits: 3.

A study of physical landscapes with emphasis on the United States. Considers the materials and processes creating and fashioning landscapes, and the resources and influences of physical landscapes on society. (P)

GEO 2410 Social Geography.

Credits: 3.

Introduction to geography as a social science. Various social concepts presented from a spatial perspective. (S)

GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography.

Credits: 3.

An introduction to cultural geography with an emphasis upon the development and spatial arrangement of the major societies of the modern world. (I, S)

GEO 2426 Pop Music and Culture: A Geographic Perspective.

Credits: 3.

An examination of the geographic origins, development, and diffusion of contemporary pop music and the regional dynamics of pop music culture from the 1950s to present.

GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies.

Credits: 3.

This course highlights contemporary perspectives, themes and research in economic geography, focusing on issues and problems associated with regional and global economic and demographic change. Regional variations and disparities in growth and development are analyzed and policy implications discussed. (S) GR-E

GEO 3151 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems.

Credits: 4; Prereq: 2000-level human geography course, GEO 2200, and GEO 3162C.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the technology for the creation, modification, display and analysis of spatial information. Knowledge of GIS, competence in geographic databases and familiarity with computer software and hardware.

GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers.

Credits: 4; Prereq: STA 2023 or STA 2122 or permission of instructor.

Introduces the student to elementary geographical data analysis including spatial measurement, spatial statistics and spatial forecasting. Students apply statistical concepts and the use of spreadsheet computer software. (P)

GEO 3250 Climatology.

Credits: 3; Prereq: Introductory atmospheric science or physical geography, or permission of instructor.

Genesis of regional climates and their global distribution. Emphasis on world regional climatology; secondary topics: applied climatology and climate change. (P)

GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or permission of instructor; Coreq: GEO 3162C.

Examines the effects of physical geography on the land-based portion of the hydrologic cycle at the regional and basin scales. Includes discussion of precipitation, infiltration and runoff. (P)

GEO 3315 Geography of Crop Plants.

Credits: 3.

Study of the biological structure, means of survival, propagation and distribution of plants, with emphasis on their relationship to the culture and diffusion of man throughout the world and his part in their development and improvement.(B)

GEO 3370 Conservation of Resources.

Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

A survey of natural resources and a study of wise and wasteful practices of these resources. Course satisfies resource certification for social studies teachers.

GEO 3424 Geography of Jewish Population.

Credits: 3.

The magnitude, spatial distribution and composition of the Jewish population in the U.S. and the world. Change over time will also be addressed with a focus on regional variation. (S)

GEO 3427 Plants, Health and Spirituality.

Credits: 3.

Review of issues and controversies surrounding organic food, genetically-modified crops, medicinal plants, plants used to achieve altered states of consciousness, and the importance of ornamental plants as inspiration for artists and in worship.

GEO 3430 Population Geography.

Credits: 3.

Geographical analysis of populations; population description, distribution, change and characteristics; demographic processes; consequences of development, conflict, population control disease. (S)

GEO 3442 Housing, People and Places in a Spatially Diverse America.

Credits: 3.

Examination of the housing, people and places that comprise the diverse contemporary human settlement patterns in the U.S. Topics focus on the quality of life found in the housing and neighborhoods of these urban and rural landscapes.

GEO 3502 Economic Geography.

Credits: 3.

A comprehensive geographical survey of major economic activities such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, manufacturing and commerce. Emphasis will be upon the study of the characteristics of distribution and the regional patterns of these activities. (S) GR-E

GEO 3541 Globalization and New Technology.

Credits: 3.

Traces technology and multinational firms as the driving forces of the global economy, and their effects on patterns of consumption, production, and economic development at local, regional, national and global scales.

GEO 3602 Urban and Business Geography.

Credits: 3; Prereq: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

An empirical and theoretical spatial analysis of the various economic, population and social facets within and between urban settlements. (S) GR-E

GEO 3930 Special Topics.

Credits: 3.

GEO 4100C Maps and Graphs.

Credits: 4.

Analyses of cartographic problems with exercises in techniques of presentation. Map projections and symbols. Problems in statistical representation by graphic methods.

GEO 4120C Air Photo Interpretation.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200, or permission of instructor.

Principles of aerial photography; identification and interpretation of physical and cultural features; sketching and simple map-making and uses of aerial photography.

GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3162C or equivalent.

This course surveys various multivariate techniques commonly used to analyze geographic data. Emphasis on hypothesis testing, inference, multiple regression, analysis if variance, cluster analysis, and introduction to time-series regression, and grouped estimation procedures, factor analysis, probit/logit modeling and trend-surface interpolation. GR-E

GEO 4201C Advanced Physical Geography.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200.

Analysis of environmental systems and processes. The significance of geographical factors in man-environment interactions. Problems of environment quality in a geographic context. (P) GR-E

GEO 4221 Coastal Morphology and Processes.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C or consent of instructor.

Examines the nature and variety of coastal processes and the origin and modification of coastal landforms; includes discussion of environmental changes along coasts and human activities in the coastal zone. (This is the same course as GLY 4734) (P).

GEO 4281 Fluvial Morphology and Processes.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C or consent of the instructor.

Examines the nature and variety of fluvial processes and the origin and modification of fluvial landforms; includes discussion of environmental changes in rivers and human activities in drainage basins. (This is the same course as GLY 4571)(P).

GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology.

Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3280 and GEO 3162C or STA 3032; Coreq: GEO 4167C.

An investigation of the numerical and computational techniques available for the extraction of geographic information from hydrometeorologic data. GR-E

GEO 4431 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly.

Credits: 3; Prereq: One social or behavioral science course.

The course examines the strengths, weaknesses, and demand for housing and care alternatives addressing the needs of both active and frail American elderly persons.

GEO 4554 Regional Development.

Credits: 3; Prereq: Junior or senior standing.

The problems of regional development and regional growth within the context of economic, political and spatial relationships. (S) GR-E

GEO 4620 Business Geography Integrating Theory.

Credits: 3; Prereq: Introduction to Human or Social Geography, Microeconomics or City Planning.

Develops and then applies to public policy analysis the production and consumption theories of land rent. Topics covered include zoning, tax burden, public goods and comparative city systems. (S)

GEO 4905 Individual Work.

Credits: 1 to 5; for undergraduates only. Prereq: 9 semester hours of geography and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content up to a maximum of 15 credits.

Qualified students and the instructor concerned may choose a particular topic or problem for study.

GEO 4930 Senior Seminar.

Credits: 1; Prereq: Senior standing; majors only.

Integration of geographic concepts for graduating seniors; provides introduction to professional geography for students entering the job market.

GEO 4938 Selected Topics in Geography.

Credits: 1 to 4; may be repeated with change of content up to a maximum of 8 credits.

GEO 4944 Internship.

Credits: 1 to 10; Prereq: Senior standing.

Experimental learning in position with city, county, regional and state government agencies.

GEO 4970 Honors Thesis.

Credits: 3; Prereq: Senior standing and participation in departmental honors programs.

Completion of an honors thesis, meeting departmental specifications, during the semester in which the student is enrolled.

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