Spring 2020 Courses


Spring 2020 Geography Course for Undergraduates

Concentration codes- any major can take any class and have it count as an elective, but these codes are provided to help guide your choices for fulfilling your concentration requirements. H (Human Geography), E (Environmental Geography & Sustainability, C (Climate Change and Society), I (Globalization & International Studies), U (Urban Geography), G (GIST), Methods (fulfills methods requirement for core curriculum), B (BS Upper division physical geography).

Concentration # Title Description Time Instructor
Geography Introductory Courses
(Core Curriculum) GEOGRAPH 102 Diversity, Sustainability & Globalization: Introduction to Human Geography

(4 credits)

A wide-ranging introduction to the ways people shape the world they live in. We will study the themes and concepts of human geography through the current issues and large questions which guide them. Lectures and reading will focus on the geographic aspects of cultural diversity, population issues, states vs. nations, the global economy, development, urbanization and the human transformation of the earth. We will cover major subdivisions of human geography, including cultural geography, population geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography and political geography. (Gen.Ed. DG, SB) 11:15AM- 12:05PM Toby Applegate
(Core Curriculum) GEOGRAPH  110 Global Environmental Change

(4 credits)

The natural relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere; human impact on the natural environment. Global environmental issues: global warming, sea-level rise, and ozone depletion in the stratosphere. Global changes of the past also studied to give perspective to forecasted changes. Includes writing exercises. (Gen. Ed. PS)  2:30PM- 3:45PM Justin Richardson


Geography Elective Courses
H, I GEOGRAPH  200 Geography of the US and Canada

(3 credits)

This course provides a survey of the geography of US and Canada, starting with core integrative themes and methods of analysis, and then moving into a region-by-region overview. Special emphasis will be on historical development, environmental change and sustainability, and the diversity of peoples and cultures and their relationships with landscapes and each other. Short of literally traveling the continent, the class aims to immerse you in the images, sounds, data, and experiences of places, regions, and people’s lives, so they come to life. Every week you will have at least one movie and/or Google Earth exercise that virtually transports you to a new location of study. You’ll take different perspectives, try out new skills, dive into data, and think critically. Most weeks you will write reflectively about a movie, Google Earth exercise, and/or experience. MWF 1:25PM- 2:15PM Eve Vogel
H, I


GEOGRAPH  220 World Regional Geography

(4 credits)

Survey of world physical and human geography, highlighting regional diversity and variation in globalization processes and outcomes. Introduces geographical theories, concepts, and methods while exploring nine major world regions. (Gen. Ed. DG, SB) TU-TH 2:30PM- 3:45PM Toby Applegate
(Core Curriculum) GEOGRAPH  314 Writing in Geography

(3 credits)

“Writing in Geography” has three objectives: (1) to introduce geography majors to the academic and professional practices of geography, (2) to assist geography majors in developing research, writing and presentation skills, and (3) to help geography majors prepare for their career and job search.  The course will involve short writing exercises and longer-term research and writing projects.  These projects will involve not only research and writing, but also editing and re-writing.  We’ll approach research, writing and presentation as a continuum of approaches to discovering, analyzing and communicating about the world and its inhabitants. TU-TH 2:30PM- 3:45PM Piper Gaubatz
H, M, G


GEOGRAPH  352/ 592M Computer Mapping

(3 credits)

Mapping projects through the use of software mapping packages. Students select their own final projects. TU-TH 1:00PM- 2:15PM Donald Sluter
H, M, G GEOGRAPH  468/ 668 GIS and Spatial Analysis

(3 credits)

Advanced GIS: This course introduces fundamental concepts and methods of geographic information system.  Emphasis on developing skills using GIS to solve typical spatial problems in the geosciences and environmental sciences. TU-TH 11:30AM- 12:45PM Qian Yu
H, G


GEOGRAPH  493A Cartography and Geovisualizat-ion(3 credits) Students in Cartography and Geovisualization will understand and implement principles of good design in cartography along with understanding the human vision and how it influences perception and cognition. The course will also cover the scope of contemporary thematic cartography and web mapping. Students will gain hands-on experience in designing and improving web-based maps. MW 9:45AM- 11:00AM Seda Şalap-Ayça
H, I GEOGRAPH  493 Geography of Europe

(3 credits)

Geography of Europe is a regional geography course. It focuses on contemporary issues in European culture, society, economics, and environment. Students will learn about different subregions of Europe as well with particular emphasis on sub-regional variations in public policy, geopolitics, and human migration. This class has no prerequisites, though an understanding of basic geographical thought and practices is assumed. MWF 9:05AM- 9:55AM Toby Applegate, Miha Koderman
H, G GEOGRAPH  493S Spatial Decision Making and Support

(3 credits)

This course is aimed at students who have a foundation in basic GIS techniques and applications and are interested in expanding their knowledge into their area of spatial decision making and visualization of the decision maps. We will start with the linkage between GIScience, spatial analysis, and decision support. We will then discuss different decision-making techniques and highlight the important distinction between conventional MCDA methods and spatially explicitly multicriteria approaches. An overview of handling spatial uncertainty as well as sensitivity analysis will be discussed. The course will also introduce Python scripting for geoprocessing as flexible approach for the development of spatial decision-making models. MW 2:30PM- 3:45PM Seda Şalap-Ayça
H, M, G GEOGRAPH  493W WebGIS Seminar

(3 credits)

Students in WebGIS will explore web-based applications in geographic information science. This course will focus on hands-on practice using and building web-based mapping and analysis platforms, including Google Maps, ArcGIS Online, Leaflet, and Open Street Map. Along with conceptual discussion of how the internet, web servers, and cloud-based GIS services function, students will create and host web services relevant to their coursework, research, or professional goals. TU-TH 8:30AM- 9:45AM Forrest Bowlick
H, I, C, E GEOGRAPH  497N National Parks and Protected Areas

(3 credits)


This course explores efforts in the U.S. and worldwide to promote biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and social justice through the designation and management of national parks and other protected areas. TU-TH 10:00AM- 11:15AM Stan Stevens
H, C, E GEOGRAPH  497R Rethinking US Environmental Policy

(3 credits)

This course examines the ways US lands, waters and resources are organized by policies and law, how this has changed over time, and why. We examine underlying structures of law and policy that are often taken for granted. We uncover the political-economic origins of key policies, and trace their long-term social and environmental effects. A key goal is creative and critical comparison: thinking about different ways that land, waters, resources, and policy have been or might be organized, how and why this changed or might change, and the consequences for the environment and people. The course provides a strong conceptual introduction to political economy of the environment and political conflict over the environment. TU-TH 1:00PM- 2:15PM Eve Vogel
H, U GEOGRAPH  498SW Research Practicum: Spaces Within

(1 credit)

This 1-credit course will provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain research experience working on a faculty project. The project, “Spaces within: socio-cultural sustainability and the use of public space,” is an analysis of how organizations — from square dancing clubs to Toastmaster’s clubs — use different types of spaces (both interior and exterior) in U.S. cities. Undergraduates who enroll in the course will participate in research design and planning, carry out internet-based research on activities in U.S. cities, prepare and manage Excel databases, and process, analyze, and map data using Geographical Information Systems. TBA Piper Gaubatz

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