Geography Courses

 

GEOG100 Physical Geography

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the physical geographical elements of the world. The earth's principal spheres (atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere) are explored through time and space as they respond to change. Major areas of study are the water cycle and budget, global soil systems, natural vegetation zones, climatic regions, earth dynamics, and ecological energetics.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG101 World Regional Geography

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines the economic, political, environmental, and cultural processes that influence the spatial interaction between less and more developed regions of the world with particular emphasis on the extent to which regions are being affected by globalization.

Prerequisite:  None


 

GEOG212 Geography Developing World

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An examination of the nature, characteristics, challenges, and possibilities associated with development in economically peripheral regions of the world.  Spatial aspects of uneven development and globalization will be addressed through analyzing environmental settings, historical circumstances, institutions, and cultural forces associated with underdevelopment and poverty.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG305 Conservation Natural Resources

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the conservation ideas from an optimistic viewpoint. Basic earth materials must be employed or converted to sustain our material culture. The basic resources are investigated and discussed. Major areas of study are water, minerals, soils, energy, forests, wildlife, pollution, and environmental quality.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG315 Political Geography

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The course is an in-depth study of how geography has influenced political phenomena throughout history. Political processes and environmental interaction at various levels of the political hierarchy are examined. Present day political problems are viewed in their aerial context.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG328 Social Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Uses a thematic and topical approach to examine issues in geography such as ethnic conflict, regional integration and separatism, regional development, sustainable development, poverty and uneven development, environmental degradation, and overpopulation (to be determined by the professor). Particular emphasis is placed on historical, political, and economic forces as they relate to contemporary issues associated with globalization.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG401 Special Problems

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

Individual research under the guidance of the Geography staff. For advanced students in Geography.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG440 Economic Geography

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This course in Economic Geography emphasizes the need for universal control of the spatially distributed natural resources. Economic Geography can be regarded as a science concerned with the rational development, and testing of theories that explain and predict the spatial distribution and location of various characteristics on the surface of the earth. These characteristics are related to the consumption, production, and exchange of goods and services. The scientific approach to the analysis of this spatial distribution and its interrelationships involves two aspects, which are equally important. The first is the collection of facts or data, and the second is the synthesis of these facts into meaningful theories of great interest to economic geographers in the quantitative analysis of spatial distributions to discern the presence and form of patterns.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

GEOG445 Geography of Latin America
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
A systematic, conceptual, methodological framework is devised as a basis to view the various regions. Included is the survey of Mexico, countries of Central American, major countries and areas of the West Indies, and all the South American countries. Emphasis is placed upon regional comparisons. The relations of Latin American countries among themselves and the rest of the world are stressed.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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