Upcoming Courses

Fall 2023 

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 Cartography/Data Visualization
A deep dive into mapping, cartography, and visualizing spatial data. Get exposure to a variety of software tools, theory, and methods, while practicing the art of telling stories with maps. Learn ESRI GIS Software, QGIS, CARTO, R / Python / HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, StoryMaps, and Dynamic Web Mapping in this interdisciplinary course.

GEOG 370 Global Climate Investment
Geographic perspectives on economic development and spatial analysis of trends in the global economy. Topics include: natural resource location and distribution; commodity flows and chains; technological change and diffusion; international trade; entrepreneurship and innovation; industrial location theory; social and cultural dimensions of development; geographies of labor; and regional development theories and trends.

GEOG 380 Protecting Health in a Changing Climate (special topic)
This course explores the impacts of recent and future climate change on health outcomes, including temperature-related illness and mortality, degraded air and water quality impacts, and vector-borne infectious diseases. Students will learn about strategies for mitigating, communicating, and adapting to the health impacts of climate change, including policy and community-based interventions. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, students will gain a deeper understanding of the inequities, challenges, and opportunities for protecting public health in the face of a changing climate.

GEOG 401 Capstone
Capstone course is the culmination of the geography major. The primary objective is to further develop students' ability to conduct geographic research through the practical application of geographic methods and theory. Students will synthesize their knowledge of geography with an individual thesis or group project.

ENVR 322 Global Impact of Climate Change
Rapid climate change is causing an increase in the temperature of the atmosphere and oceans. This is a truly global problem that requires international research and collaboration to resolve. The USA is a major producer of the atmospheric “greenhouse” gases that make a significant contribution to this global “anthropogenic” warming. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the global environmental impact of anthropogenic climate change and to challenge students to think about the possible impact of the way we live in the USA on poor, marginalized, and at-risk communities around the world