Fall 2021 Courses

Fall 2021 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),
Methods (fulfills methods requirement for core curriculum),
B (BS Upper division physical geography).

ConcentrationCourse Title, Number, and Credits DescriptionTime Instructor..
Diversity, Globalization, and Sustainability: 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. SB, DG)MoWeFr 11:15AM – 12:05PMToby Applegate
Global Environment 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)
TuTh 2:30PM – 3:45PMSteven Petsch
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. (GenEd SB, DG)
TuTh 2:30PM – 3:45PMToby Applegate
H, M, GGEOGRAPH  352: Computer Mapping
(3 Credits)
Mapping projects through the use of software mapping packages.
Students select their own final projects.
TuTh 1:00PM – 2:15PMStaff
GEOGRAPH 354: Climate Dynamics
(3 Credits)
By the completion of this course students will understand the origin, composition, and structure of the atmosphere and oceans.
The course is divided into a series of concept modules and associated learning objectives that are observable and measurable.
By completion students will have improved their ability to analyze statistical data and
gained skills in the interpretation and creation of multivariate graphs.
They will be proficient in communicating new research findings on climate variability and change to diverse audiences.
This course examines fundamentals of the earth’s energy balance, the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, and the hydrological cycle.
It explores the physical basis behind climate change and its effects on society.
TuTh 1:00PM – 2:15PMMichael Rawlins
GEOGRAPH  397S: Special Topics- Environmental Geography and Sustainability
(3 Credits)
This course provides a critical exploration of the fundamental interrelations among human systems and the natural environment.
We take as our focus a handful of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to examine the two-way interplay between environmental factors and issues related to poverty, hunger
and food systems, gender equality, urbanization, inequality, and economic and socio-cultural change.
The course enables students to consider major challenges related to the environment and sustainability at multiple scales, from the local and regional to the global.
TuTh 10:00AM – 11:15AMBritt Crow-Miller
Special Topics- Water Geographies
(3 Credits)
Water Geographies focuses on current issues related to water, and individual and group action that can make a difference to improve water sustainability.
It is a service learning class.
We will read several journalistic books as well as news articles to explore current issues.
 We will think about the ways that people cause and face conflict over water, and how they strive to improve sustainability.
Focus issues will include:
freshwater sustainability and development; bottled water; dams, energy & rivers; marine fisheries; and the Connecticut River.
MoWe 4:00PM – 5:15PMEve Vogel
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation (3 Credits)
This course introduces the principles of digital image analysis for interpreting remotely sensed data for environmental, resource and urban studies.  Emphasis will be given to the processing and information extraction from optical and thermal imageryTuTh 1:00PM – 2:15PMQian Yu
MethodsGEOGRAPH 486:
Field Methods in Geography
(3 Credits)
This class has two goals: introduce students to research design and field research methods in geography, and explore ways of integrating knowledge gained across a college education, from gen-ed courses to more specialized departmental courses, in approaching analysis of the “real-world”.
We will focus particularly on field techniques which are most effectively learned on the ground, such as analytical observation, mapping, photography and interviewing,
and the linkages between those methodologies and context/background research.
Students will have opportunities both to work in groups and to design and carry out their own research projects. 
This course satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Geog and BS-Geog majors.
MoFr 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Eve Vogel
Seminar- GIS Programming
Contact instructor for details.MoWeFr 1:25PM – 2:15PMSeda SALAP-AYCA
H, GGEOGRAPH  493A: Seminar- Cartography and Geovisualization
(3 Credits)
Students 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.
In this course, students will:
– Learn the fundamentals of cartography and map design
– Become familiar with using open source tools to improve the visual quality of web-based and other maps
– Create maps through independent design and exploration
MoWeFr 11:15AM – 12:05PMSeda SALAP-AYCA
Seminar- Critical Approaches and Development
(3 Credits)
Development is a concept at the foreground of how we think about others. 
This course provides a critical introduction to theories and strategies of development as they have been applied in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 
Taking a cultural and historical perspective, we examine not only the economic dimension of development programs, but also the worldview embedded in these programs and how this shapes international relations and how we see “the other.” 
We will examine salient critiques of development and explore some of the alternative ideas about human economic and social progress that have emerged in the last several decades.
TuTh 11:30AM – 12:45PMEric Thomas