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 ISGEOG 201. Fall, Spring.
This course analyzes multiple facets of contemporary human geography including global patterns of culture, population, economy, environmental change and geopolitics. It also focuses on how cultures change and respond to the pressures of globalization. Fall, Spring.
This course examines the dynamic processes that shape the planet’s dramatic landscapes. Topics include external forces such as glaciers, rivers, and oceans, as well as internal forces such as volcanoes and earthquakes, and how these lead to earth’s widely varied landforms. Special attention is given to map interpretation. 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. Fall.
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.
This multidisciplinary course examines natural and anthropogenic hazards through perspectives from Environmental Geography, Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Earth Science. Students will scientifically investigate dynamic earth processes and how they interact with social factors to create catastrophes. Students will also analyze cultural and political aspects of apocalyptic stories. Prerequisites: Take 24 credits of ISP, including ITW 101 and QL.
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 INGEOG 204, and IQL 101 or MATH 171.
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.
This course provides a fundamental analysis of the connection between sustainability and land use planning. The means by which geographers and planners engage in creating more equitably, environmentally, and economically sustainable communities are explored. Focus is on tools planners use to steer communities to a more sustainable and resilient future. Fall, even years.
Thinking spatially is fundamental to geography with applications across disciplines. Using the spatial perspective, students will explore various topics through the geographic lens. Course content and topics focus on spatial thinking, spatial literacy, spatial cognition, graphicacy and the processes and skills needed to pose spatial questions and find solutions. Prerequisites: 24 credits in the ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall.
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: INGEOG 204, INGEOL 151, IIENST 150, or IIENST 151. Fall, Spring.
Builds on existing skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as students research and analyze statistical data to design and produce maps. The class emphasizes graphic design principles that support effective visual communication as well as appropriate statistical skills for working with large data sets. Prerequisite: GEOG 324. Fall.
Field-based course in which students learn to use sophisticated surveying equipment to support accurate mapping of small areas, such as field study areas, construction sites, etc. Class emphasis is on using equipment in the field. Prerequisite: GEOG 324. Spring.
Students utilize common Geographic Information Systems software to explore specific applications in urban planning, environmental modeling, outdoor recreation and education. Subject matter will build on fundamental GIS skills in vector and raster data analysis and incorporate theoretical contributions in the subject application. Prerequisite: GEOG 324. Occasionally.
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: 4 credits in Geography or Environmental Studies. 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: 8 credits in Geography and/or Environmental Studies. Spring.
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: Take 8 credits in Geography or Environmental Studies. Fall.
As one of the largest economic activities on Earth, tourism has significant impacts on individual livelihoods as well as on the landscapes of whole cities and regions. Using critical geographic perspectives, this course analyzes the cultural, economic, and environmental impacts of tourism, and discusses theories for developing tourism sustainably. Prerequisites: 4 credit hours of either Geography or Environmental Studies.
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.
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 GIScience theory, software tools for analyzing vector, raster, and network data, as well as the fundamentals of remotely-sensed image processing and classification. Emphasis on spatial data creation, editing, modeling, and programming. Prerequisite: GEOG 324. Spring.
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: 20 credits in Geography, and permission of instructor. 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.