Geography

A systematic introduction to the discipline, designed to give the beginning student exposure to major topics associated with the subfields of geography. Geographic concepts and theories using real world examples will be presented in order to examine spatial information and patterns that exist on the earth. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to the geography of the world's peoples and places. Adopting a regional perspective, the course examines the homogenizing and diversifying forces inherent among the world's countries, peoples, and physical environments. Includes resource materials for teaching geography. Students may not receive credit for both ISGEOG 101 and GEOG 105. Fall, Spring.

A combination of world regional geography and its application in the K-12 classroom. Course is based on the six elements of geography and the national geography standards. Appropriate for both elementary and secondary preservice teachers. Not open to students who have completed ISGEOG 101. Fall.

Focuses on a global analysis of cultural systems, spatial patterns, and processes underlying cultural evolution, resource systems, and the impact of humans on the environment. Fall, Spring.

This course examines the dynamic processes that shape the Earth's landscapes. Special attention is given to weather, climate, maps, and landforms. Fall, Spring.

Explores the complex relationships between nature, culture, and place. Emphasis is placed on spatial aspects of human interactions with the environment resulting in serious issues, including pollution, global climate change, and resource depletion. Environmentally sustainable actions will be examined and assessed. Prerequisite: IQL 101 or ITW 101. Fall, even years.

The fundamentals of maps, map contents, and the theory of map reproduction, as well as an overview of the maps of the United States and other countries. Emphasis is on interpreting and analyzing map information and data. Spring.

Study of a selected topic in Geography. May be repeated as topics change. Occasionally.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Occasionally.

Provides a systematic introduction to the geographical dimensions of political systems, with emphasis on the physical environment, economic and cultural systems, location, resources, and political patterns. Spring, odd years.

Global demographic analysis of birth rates, death rates, and migration rates. Provides a spatial, temporal, and structural investigation of the relationship between demographic and cultural, economic, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 203 or ISGEOG 204. Spring, odd years.

Analysis of the world economy from the spatial perspective, emphasizing resources, location, trade, and development. Attention is focused on population issues; the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors; development and underdevelopment issues, environmental relationships, and the global economy. Prerequisite: 4 credits in Geography. Fall, even years.

Combines attention to urbanism, growth of cities, morphological theories of urbanization, and modern urban problems with theory and methods of land use planning. Emphasis is placed on concepts, principles, and practices of land analysis and evaluation of planning and design. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 100 or ISGEOG 203 or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years.

Exploration of geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing and their applications in the K-12 classroom. Emphasis is on geospatial technology skills and its associated K-12 pedagogy. This course is only recommended as one of the required skills courses for teacher certification candidates. Prerequisite: One course in Geography. Spring.

Fundamental and modern techniques of surveying and map making. Three-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, alternate years.

This Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course provides an introduction to the fundamental components of GIS. Lecture and lab-based instruction emphasize data input, manipulation, analysis, and map production. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 204 or GEOG 221. Fall.

Analysis of statistical geographical data is used to design and produce publishable maps with computer programs. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 204 or GEOG 221. Fall, even years.

The basics of aerial photography and remote sensing and the identification and analysis of objects. Imagery of low as well as high altitude is interpreted. Spring, odd years.

Examination of the use and management of renewable and nonrenewable resources, including patterns of assessment, conservation policies and practices, and human impact on the environment. Resources discussed include land, water, air, forests, wilderness, and recreation from an international perspective. Prerequisites: IIENST 152 and 4 credits in Geography. Fall, even years.

Spatial investigation of the social, political, and environmental consequences of water resources development and use. Case studies used to compare hydrologic conditions, social institutions, and hydropolitics in watersheds around the world. Emphasis is on emerging global change (e.g., population and climate). Prerequisite: IIENST 152 or ISGEOG 204 or permission of instructor. Spring, even years.

Examines geographic aspects of outdoor recreation including trends and resources. Emphasis will be placed on the supply and demand for recreation as well as the impacts of recreational use upon supporting environments. Recreation agencies' missions and programs will also be explored. Prerequisites: ISGEOG 204 or ISGEOG 205. Fall.

A systematic analysis of the physical, social, and economic resources of the region under study. Focuses on historical development, physical and cultural diversity, natural resources, demographic trends, spatial interaction, the environment, and prospects for growth. May be repeated as topics change. Fall, Spring.

Examines the complex mosaic of peoples and places that make up the United States and Canada. A systematic analysis of the physical, environmental, cultural, political, and economic aspects of the North American region using a geographic perspective. Spring.

Off-campus field study. Themes include aspects of physical and/or cultural Geography depending on the expertise of the instructor and the areas under observation. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits, only 8 of which are applicable toward the major in Geography. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An in-depth analysis of geographic literature and research. Stresses research methodologies and design, survey analysis, report preparation, and oral presentations of research. Develops critical analysis and critical thinking skills in Geography. Prerequisites: IQL 101 and 12 credits of Geography at the 200-level or above. GEOG 324 or GEOG 325 is recommended. Spring.

Builds on existing Geographic Information System skills to explore a range of topics using current software. Students learn tools for representing and analyzing vector, raster, network, and 3-D data, while examining the theoretical contributions of GIScience. Emphasis on spatial data creation, editing, modeling, and programming. Prerequisite: GEOG 324. Spring.

Individual study and discussion of selected topics in Geography under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: ISGEOG 203 or ISGEOG 204 and permission of instructor. Occasionally.

The capstone course stressing integration and application of geographic studies and research. Focus on quantitative and qualitative methodologies and skills necessary for pursuing a Geography-related career. Culminates with the design and implementation of a major career-oriented research project. Prerequisites: Grade C or higher in GEOG 395. Fall.

Supervised applied geography work experience with a local public agency or private organization. The internship will be designed around student's interests, academic background, career goals and position availability. Student must submit an application and gain approval of a supervising faculty member. Prerequisites: 16 credits in Geography, 2.5 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in major, junior standing, and department permission. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring or Summer.

Exploration of a major area of Geography under direction of a Geography faculty member. Topics contingent on student interest and available staff. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 100, ISGEOG 203, ISGEOG 204, and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Fall, Spring.

Off-campus field study. Themes include aspects of physical and/or cultural Geography depending on the expertise of the instructor and the areas under observation. A research project is required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.