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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

GEOGRAPHY (GEO)

GEO 101    Atmospheric Processes and Patterns    3 cr   

Introduces students to the natural science branch of geography. Emphasizes Earth-Sun relationships, weather and climate. Core Course. Co-requisite: GEO 101L.    

GEO 101L    Atmospheric Processes and Patterns Laboratory    1 cr   

Laboratory exercises associated with GEO 101. GEO 101 must be taken concurrently. Together, GEO 101 and GEO 101L count as one laboratory science course, partially fulfilling general education requirements. Fee.    

GEO 102    Landscape Processes and Patterns    3 cr   

Introduces students to the natural science branch of geography. Emphasizes spatial patterns and processes related to natural landscape regions and landforms. Core Course. Co-requisite: GEO 102L.   

GEO 102L    Landscape Processes and Patterns Laboratory    1 cr   

Laboratory exercises associated with GEO 102. GEO 102 must be taken concurrently. Together, GEO 102 and GEO 102L count as one laboratory science course, partially fulfilling general education requirements. Fee.    

GEO 114    Introduction to Human Geography     3 cr   

This course introduces students to the social sciences branch of geography. Emphasis is placed on the location, spatial arrangement, and spatial interaction of the human environment which includes: population, culture, geopolitics, economic activity, and settlements. Core Course.   

GEO 115    World Regional Geography     3 cr   

A survey of the major regions of the world, excluding North America, and the interrelationship of environmental, cultural, economic and political factors that characterize each. Core Course.   

GEO 201     Geography Orientation    1 cr    
This 1 credit hour course will cover topics that are important to geography students, such as: which geography courses to choose, the major sub-disciplines of geography, and career choices available for geography majors. You will meet the Geography faculty as they give brief overviews of the courses they teach and their research interests. Field trips, which will generally take place during the class time, are included in the course and will showcase examples of the research interests of faculty members. Pre-requisite: GEO 101, GEO 102, or GEO 114. Core Course.    
GEO 310    Environmental Earth Science    3 cr   

A spatial perspective on major global environmental problems. Topics include population pressure; loss of biodiversity; ozone depletion; global warming; water, energy and mineral resources, food supplies, waste disposal, geologic hazards, and political/economic forces (identical to GY 310). Pre-requisite: At least one of the following - GY 111, GEO 101, GEO 102, permission of instructor.   

GEO 312    World Economic Geography (C, W)    3 cr   

Emphasis is placed on the location, spatial distribution, and spatial interaction of economic activities within a global context. Topics covered include population, natural resources, primary, secondary, and tertiary activities, development and international trade and aid. Students will write technical reports using word processing and spreadsheet software. Pre-requisites: GEO 114 and EH 102 or EH 105.    

GEO 313    Geography of U.S. and Canada     3 cr   

An analysis of the environmental, historical, cultural and economic factors that create the spatial patterns, development processes and distinctiveness of Canada and the United States. Pre-requisite: At least one of the following - GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 114 or GEO 115.    

GEO 314    Geography of Europe     3 cr   

An analysis of the environmental, historical, social and economic factors that create the diversity of countries and their unique spatial characteristics on the subcontinent of Europe. Pre-requisite: At least one of the following - GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 114, or GEO 115.    

GEO 315    Geography of Latin America     3 cr   

A systematic survey of Latin American landscapes. Attention is directed to natural resources, human activities, and regional differentiation. Pre-requisite: At least one of the following - GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 114, or GEO 115.    

GEO 320    Alabama Geography (W)     3 cr   

Spatial study of physical and human features in Alabama. Includes geomorphology, climate, vegetation, agriculture, development, population, and environmental issues within the state. Pre-requisites: EH 102 or EH 105 and at least one of the following - GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 114, or GEO 115, or permission of instructor.   

GEO 321    National Parks Conservation (W)     3 cr   

An analysis of the motives and processes for establishing national parks and nature reserves, the primary conservation and preservation issues they have, and the influences of ecology, politics, and culture on their planning and management. US national parks are emphasized. Pre-requisites: EH 102 or EH 105 and at least one of the following - GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 114 or GEO 115.    

GEO 331    Computer Graphs and Maps - C     4 cr   

Introductory review of the application of computers to the production of graphs and thematic maps for geographical analysis. Pre-requisites: GEO 102 and GEO 102L,and CIS 150, or permission of instructor. Fee. Core Course.    

GEO 332    Remote Sensing I     4 cr   

Interpretation of maps, air photos and satellite images (identical to GY 332). Pre-requisite: GEO 102 and GEO 102L or permission of instructor. Fee. Core Course.    

GEO 341    Climatology (W)     3 cr   

Analysis of global climate as aggregate weather. Component elements, factors controlling distribution, resulting area patterns, and climatic classification are studied (identical to MET 341). Pre-requisite: GEO 353 or MET 353. Minimum grade of "C" needed in course Pre-requisite. Fee.   

GEO 342    Severe Weather     3 cr   

A study of the causes, structure, and impact of tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and severe weather systems (identical to MET 342). Pre-requisite: GEO 353 or MET 353. Minimum grade of "C" needed in course Pre-requisite.   

GEO 353    General Meteorology     4 cr   

An overall view of the field of meteorology for science majors and minors. This course uses a quantitative approach to study the composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric processes, global circulation, and storm development. Laboratory exercises pay particular attention to hands-on analysis of meteorological charts (identical to MET 353). Pre-requisites: MET 140, MET 140L and MA 112 or higher. Minimum grade of "C" needed in course Pre-requisites. Fee.    

GEO 365    Urban Geography (C)     3 cr   

Concentrates upon the evolution, and function of the urban spatial system and upon the internal spatial structure of an urban area's residential, commercial and industrial land use. This course also introduces basic concepts and strategies of urban and regional planning with a focus on the domestic realm. Pre-requisite: GEO 114 or GEO 115, or special permission.    

GEO 370    International Tourism    3 cr   

The study of the components of the tourism industry, their spatial distribution, the environmental and cultural effects of tourism, and the requisites and techniques for planning tourism development. Pre-requisite: At least one of the following - GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 114, GEO 115.    

GEO 381    Cultural Geography    3 cr   

Study of the development and differentiation of cultural landscapes and the economic, political, technological and cultural processes that shape them. Pre-requisite: GEO 114 or GEO 115.   

GEO 410    Biogeography    3 cr   

Analysis of spatial patterns of life on Earth. Biogeography emphasizes the influence of the physical environment, paleogeography, and past and possible future climate change on biomes and biogeographic realms. Pre-requisite: GEO 101 or permission of instructor.   

GEO 411    Soils    3 cr   

A review of soil formation, processes and properties (identical to GY 411). Pre-requisite: GEO 102 or permission of the instructor.   
GEO 412     Physiographic Regions of North America (W)     3 cr    
The study of the major and minor natural regions of the North American continent, from Alaska to the Mexican border, including the Caribbean area. The course will focus on the different physically defined regions of North America, studying the homogenous variables that make each region distinct, including the topography, vegetation, soils, surface features, and past climates. Pre-requisites: EH 102 or EH 105 and GEO 102 and GEO 102L or GY 111 and GY 111L.   

GEO 420    Geostatistics    3 cr   

Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in geography, geology, and meteorology; parametric and non-parametric procedures in correlation, regression, analysis of variance, etc. Time series analysis, trend surface analysis, kriging and analysis of spatial (map) data (identical to GY 420). Pre-requisite: ST 210 or MA 125.    

GEO 435    Research Methods in Geography (C)    3 cr   

This course serves as an introduction to geography as a research discipline. Emphasis is placed on geographic problem solving, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. Micro computer oriented statistical and mapping packages will be used to analyze geographic data. Pre-requisites: Junior Standing, CIS 150, ST 210. Fee. Core Course.    

GEO 440    Coastal Zone Management    2 cr   

A review of ecological features and of management policies for coastal communities with a description of relevant federal and state programs. Taught only at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.   

GEO 441    Coastal Climatology     2 cr   

Study of the controlling factors and features of the world's climates, with particular attention to coastal areas, and application and interpretation of climate data. Taught only at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.   

GEO 442    Remote Sensing II     4 cr   

Analysis of remotely sensed digital data for detection and mapping of Earth resources (identical to GY 442). Pre-requisites: GEO or GY 332. Minimum grade of "B" needed in course Pre-requisite. Fee.    
GEO 460     Introduction to GIS     4 cr    
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems technology, including software functionality (ArcGIS), data processing, cartography and spatial analysis (identical to GY 460). Pre-requisite: CIS 150 with a grade of "B" or better or passing computer proficiency exam. Fee.    

GEO 461    GIS Applications I - Environment     4 cr   

Application of Geographic Information Systems to studies of the natural environment (identical to GY 461). Pre-requisites: GEO 460 or GY 460 or permission of instructor. Minimum grade of "B" needed in course Pre-requisite. Fee.    
GEO 462     GIS Applications II - Business and
Social Sciences     4 cr    
Application of Geographic Information Systems to Business and the Social Sciences. Pre-requisites: GEO 460 or GY 460 or permission of instructor. Minimum grade of "B" needed in course Pre-requisite. Fee.    

GEO 480    Field Work in Geography (W)     4 cr   

This course trains students in the collection and interpretation of field data. Information collected by measurements, observations, and interviews is integrated into a final written project report dealing with a specific local environmental problem. Pre-requisites: EH 102 or EH 105 and Senior standing. Fee. Core Course. This course serves as a capstone class for Geography majors.    

GEO 490    Special Topics    2-4 cr   

Geographic topics not covered in current geography courses. May be repeated when content varies for a maximum of 8 credit hours.    

GEO 492    Seminar    1-3 cr   

Departmental seminar investigating a selected field of geography. May be repeated when content varies for a maximum of 3 credit hours.   

GEO 494    Directed Studies     1-4 cr   

Independent research under the direction of a member of the geography faculty. No more than 8 hours of Directed Studies is allowed.   

GEO 496    Internship in Geography    1-4 cr    

On-the-job learning through occupational or professional work with an approved firm or agency. Open only to geography majors. No more than 4 hours of Internship credit is allowed.    

GEO 542     Remote Sensing II    4 cr    
Analysis of remotely sensed digital data for detection and mapping of Earth resources. Credit for both GEO 442 or GY 442 and GEO 542 is not allowed. Pre-requisite: GEO 332 or GY 332. Special project required. Fee.    
GEO 560     Introduction to GIS     4 cr    
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems technology, including software functionality (ArcGIS), data processing, cartography and spatial analysis. Credit for both GEO 460 or GY 460 and GEO 560 is not allowed. Pre-requisite: CIS 150 with a grade of "B" or better or computer proficiency exam. Special project required. Fee.    
GEO 561     GIS Applications I - Environment     4 cr    
Application of Geographic Information Systems to studies of the natural environment. Credit for both GEO 461 or GY 461 and GEO 561 is not allowed. Pre-requisite: GEO 560 or GEO 460 or GY 460 with a grade of "B" or better or permission of instructor. Special project required. Fee.    
GEO 562     GIS Applications II - Business/Social     4 cr    
Application of Geographic Information Systems to Business and the Social Sciences. Credit for both GEO 462 and GEO 562 is not allowed. Pre-requisite: GEO 560 or GEO 460 or GY 460 with a grade of "B" or better or permission of instructor. Special project required. Fee.    
GEO 590     Special Topics    1-6 cr   

An in-depth course for advanced students in geography. Topics and titles will be selected to examine the subject matter in an area of current interest to students and in an area of particular faculty expertise. Includes specialized topics not currently listed in the Bulletin course offerings.   
GEO 594     Graduate Directed Study Geography     1-4 cr    
Independent research in Geography at the graduate level. May be used to learn new techniques or explore research questions of special interest under the direction of a member of the Geography graduate faculty. May be repeated, no more than 8 hours of directed studies is allowed.    
Department of Earth Sciences
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