• geoscience and geography

Courses and Content

  • Geoscience/Geography

    Undergraduate Catalog 2007-2010  

    Course Descriptions  

    Geography Courses 

    GEOG 111 Physical Geography (3) 

    This course presents an introduction to the influence of the natural environment on human’s activities. This is accomplished through the study of world climate patterns, landforms, soils, natural vegetation and water. Map-reading techniques are also strongly emphasized. 

    GEOG 112 Cultural Geography of the Developing World (3) 

    A study of present-day cultures and their physical environment, with emphasis on economic development, technology levels, and population is the main focus in this course. Emphasis is primarily placed on the developing world.

    GEOG 113 Human Impact on the Environment (3) 

    This course offers an examination of human impact on the environment with particular emphasis on the processes of ecological change, the immediate and extended effects on the environment, and the trends in time and space of these processes and effects.

    GEOG 114 Problems of Modern Cities (3) 

    A study of present-day cultures and their physical environment, with emphasis on economic development, technology levels, and population is introduced in this course. Emphasis is especially placed on the study of mature industrial countries.

    GEOG 211 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (3) 

    A survey of conservation and management of resources is presented in this course. Special attention is directed at food production, mineral shortages, pollution, water management and soil potentials, along with the energy crisis, the how ancient plate geometries can be inferred and how global tectonic processes have operated in the past. 

    Prerequisite: GEOS 112 Introduction to Geology or GEOS 115 Introduction to Oceanography

    GEOG 240 Climatology (3) 

    Presented in this course is an examination of the elements and controls of climate, the distribution of climatic regions, and the influence of climate on human activity. 

    Prerequisite: GEOG 111 Physical Geography or GEOS 114 Introduction to Meteorology

    GEOG 250 GIS I: Contemporary Applications of GIS (3) 

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computer technology allows one to store, retrieve, map, and analyze different types of data (scientific, political, cultural, and economic). GIS skills are utilized in a variety of job settings. This course presents the basic theory behind GIS and its applications in various disciplines. 

    Prerequisites: Basic computer proficiency and AUR Math, or permission of instructor 

    GEOG 330 Cartography (3) 

    This is a laboratory course in the basic principles of graphing, symbolic representation, and map interpretation. It involves the compilation and design of maps. 

    GEOG 350 GIS II : Contemporary Analysis with GIS (3) 

    This course builds on the skills developed in GEOG 250, where students learn how to use Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to acquire and map data. This course trains students in techniques needed to analyze these data. Computer lab exercises provide practical, hands-on experience. 

    Prerequisite: GEOG 250 GIS I: Contemporary 

    Applications of GIS, or permission of instructor