Upcoming Courses

Spring 2024 

SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability
Provides a foundation for sustainability knowledge and problem-solving. Explores the relationships between people and natural systems, examines pressing global challenges, and outlines leadership solutions to wicked challenges. Consideration of the most urgent concerns tied to living out of balance with the planet that sustains life.

GEOG 210 Planet Earth - People and Place
Introduction to our earth as home to people and place through geographic approaches that analyze cultural, societal, economic, political, and environmental change. Topics include: human dimensions of climate change; sustainability; spatial analysis techniques and theories; population distributions and migration; cultural geographies; global economic development and its distribution; urbanization; political geography; and human-environment relations. (Same as Global Studies 210.)

  • Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSSA)

GEOG 250 Planet Earth: Wind, Water, Fire
Basic concepts of earth systems science and physical geography. Topics include introduction to mapping, GIS, and remote sensing; weather and climate; drought, floods, and environmental hydrology; earthquakes, volcanos, landforms, and geomorphology; and the interactions of all of the above with humans and the earth's biota. Climate change and the spatial inequalities in environmental pollution and resources are emphasized. (Same as Environmental Studies 250.)

  • Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNB)

GEOG 260 Foundations of Geospatial Analysis
Introduces the data and technology underlying quantitative spatial analysis. Covers foundational concepts of geospatial data (raster, vector, coordinate systems, map projections, scale, symbology, and metadata) and introduces students to geospatial technology (GIS, GPS, remote sensing, web and mobile mapping). Uses spatial data from multiple national and international data platforms (e.g. USGS, Census Bureau, CDC, UN) to create maps and perform basic spatial analysis. Introduction to concepts of map reading and design.

GEOG 280 Environmental Geology
This course is an introduction to the study of geology, including topics such as plate tectonics, volcanology, earthquakes, rocks and minerals, structural geology, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, topographic maps, glaciers, groundwater, stratigraphy, Earth’s history, and geologic hazards. (Same as Environmental Studies 364.)

GEOG 345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature
Applies geography's human-environment tradition to examine environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development. Examinations into foundations and theories behind the concept of sustainable development, discussions and debates about its real-world applicability, and explorations into case studies addressing relationships and contradictions between human desires for material well-being, environmental protection, and maintenance of cultural and/or social traditions. (Same as Sustainability 345.)

GEOG 360 Environmental Remote Sensing
Concepts of image acquisition, image interpretation, and satellite remote sensing. Includes electromagnetic spectrum concepts, acquisition of image data, visual characteristics of vegetation and landforms, image interpretation, classification and transformation, and integration of remotely sensed imagery into other spatial analysis systems. Student research projects.

GEOG 365 Advanced Spatial Analysis
Advanced topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) theory and application. Topics include use of the Spatial Analyst, 3-D Analyst, raster data sets, the Idrisi Software System, projects in environmental location analysis, retail site location, and application of GIS techniques to biological, environmental, and social science issues.