Academic Catalog

Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 101  Physical Geography (GB)  (3 credits)  

Course emphasis includes basic physical elements of geography, including map reading and interpretation, as well as climate, landforms, soil and natural resources and their integrated patterns of world distribution.

GEOG 102  Human Geography (GB) (D)  (3 credits)  

This course features basic cultural elements of geography including population distribution, settlement, land use patterns and their correlation with the physical elements of the world.

GEOG 103  World Regional Geography (GB) (D)  (3 credits)  

This course is a survey of world geographical regions that examines geographic features and areas, as well as their significance.

GEOG 203  Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology  (3 credits)  

This course introduces maps as effective tools to record and communicate spatial information. Emphasis is on map scale and measurement, referencing systems, map types, and new geotechniques. Topics include earth geometry, geodetic survey, map projections, location and land partitioning systems, map measurement, symbolization, (3D) terrain representation and contour interpretation, thematic maps, and cartogram maps. Geographic exercises requiring geotechnologies, digital cartography, remote sensing, image interpretation, geographic information, global positioning, and interactive internet mapping are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 101 and (MATH 017 or MATH 018 or MATH 023 or MATH 026)

GEOG 204  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4 credits)  

This course introduces students to selected computer hardware and software for the storage, retrieval, manipulation, analysis, and display of geographic data. Practical applications of geographic information systems (GIS) are emphasized. This course is not intended to provide students with extensive training in particular GIS software. However, laboratory projects involving student use of Windows-based GIS software on desktop computers and Web-based mapping applications are required and will reinforce important concepts. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 101 and GEOG 203

GEOG 210  Remote Sensing & Global Positi  (3 credits)  

Introduction to the acquisition, interpretation and mapping of aerial and satellite images. Students will also learn to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the field, apply error correction of GPS data, and build Geospatial Information Systems using GPS technology. This course meets for 30 lecture hours and 30 laboratory hours.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 204

GEOG 220  Advanced Geospatial Info Syste  (3 credits)  

This course builds upon the concepts introduced in GEOG 204. Students will learn in-depth spatial data handling, modeling, and analysis using ArcGIS software. This course meets for 30 lecture hours and 30 laboratory hours. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 204

GEOG 230  Geospatial Project  (4 credits)  

This is a capstone course in which students will gain real world experience in the development, management, and implementation of a geospatial project. The project will be used to resolve geospatial problems in the public and private sectors, and/or in academia. This class meets for 30 lecture hours and 60 laboratory hours.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 220