GEOG 200. World Geography (3; F, S)
Three hours per week. World Geography is the introductory course for students wishing to major in geography. The course is also designed to accommodate students who are majoring in other fields and are interested in obtaining a basic familiarization with places throughout the world and geographic concepts.
GEOG 211. Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (3; F, S)
Cross listed with POL 211, PSYC 211 and SOC 211. Three hours per week. An introductory course for social science majors providing brief coverage of the research methods commonly used in the social sciences along with the most common quantitative analyses used by social scientists. This includes coverage of data organization, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analyses, and an introduction to hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. Credit will be awarded for only one (1) course selected from GEOG 211, POL 211, PSYC 211, or SOC 211.
GEOG 230. Earth Science (3; S)
Three hours per week. A study of the earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Lithospheric processes include plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and mountain building. Hydrospheric processes include, water budget, riparian processes, and coastal geomorphology. Atmospheric processes include the energy budget, atmospheric motion and global climate patterns
GEOG 300. Topics in Regional Geography (3)
Three hours per week. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. An examination of the physical, economic, political and population geography of a selected region; i.e., Africa, Asia and Australia, Europe and Russia, Latin America or the United States and Canada.
GEOG 310. The Geography of Economics & Business (3)
Three hours per week. A study of the location of economic activities and the flow of goods and people between places. Additional focus is placed upon regional economic growth, the city as an economic node, transportation, technological diffusion and energy production and consumption.
GEOG 311. Cultural Geography (3)
Cross listed with SOC 311. Three hours per week. A study of spatial variations among culture groups. Focus is placed upon examining and analyzing the aspects of traditional culture (language, religion, customs) and popular culture (landscapes, recreation, ethnicity). Credit cannot be awarded for both GEOG 311 and SOC 311.
GEOG 312. Political Geography (3)
Three hours per week. Political structure, politics, and trends of nations in the light of geographic analysis. The influential role of geographic factors of climate, surface features, soil, and minerals is stressed
GEOG 313. Urban Geography (3)
Three hours per week. A study of the internal structure of cities and their role within the urban system. Additional focus is placed upon the economic, political, and social aspects of cities, housing and neighborhoods, and the contrast between cities of the developing and developed world.
GEOG 314. Population Geography (3)
Three hours per week. A study of population trends and patterns at the local, regional, national and global levels. This course will review contemporary policy issues relevant to populations; e.g., immigration, the aging of the United States population, as well as traditional quantitative demographic measures.
GEOG 317. Natural Hazards (3)
Three hours per week. A study of the dynamic processes that induce natural hazards impacting human activity; earthquakes and associated hazards, volcanoes, reduction processes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Focus will be placed on natural hazards in the United States and Florida.
GEOG 331. Conservation of Natural Resources (3)
Three hours per week. Emphasis will be on the distribution, development, pollution and conservation of the earth’s natural resources. Attention will be centered primarily on energy, fossil fuels, land, water, air, wildlife resources and the need for readjusting work patterns and land utilization to natural environment.
GEOG 400. Special Topics in Geography (var. 1-3)
One to three hours per week. An in-depth study of a geographic topic which may be selected from a broad range of areas, such as world population growth, urban transportation systems, residential mobility or environmental degradation. The course may be repeated, but the topic must vary.
GEOG 411. Dynamic Meteorology (3)
Three hours per week. A kinetic study of the earth’s atmosphere, this course will analyze the physical processes inducing atmospheric motion including the energy budget, adiabatics, pressure gradient, tropical and mid-latitude processes and global circulation. A background in advanced mathematics is not required.
GEOG 420WI. Methods of Social Research (3; S)
Cross listed with POL 420WI and SOC 420WI. Three hours per week. The application of research methods within geography. A study of research design and methods including survey research, experiments, observation, and secondary data analysis. As part of the course, students will write and present their own research proposal. Credit will be awarded for only one (1) course selected from GEOG 420WI, POL 420WI, or SOC 420WI.
GEOG 425. Public Opinion & Survey Research Methods (3; F)
Cross listed with POL 425 and SOC 325. Three hours per week. This course will familiarize the student with the major components of survey research including sampling, questionnaire design, data collection and data processing. The students will conduct an actual public opinion survey and analyze the data they collect. Credit will be awarded for only one (1) course selected from GEOG 425, POL 425, or SOC 325.
GEOG 431. Environmental Issues of Florida (3)
Three hours per week. An interdisciplinary analysis of environmental problems facing Florida, including endangered species, loss of habitat, coastal zone management, groundwater resources, industrial pollution and population growth.
GEOG 450. Geographic Information Systems (3; S)
Three hours per week. An introductory course in computer mapping and the input, storage, and analysis of spatial data. Students become familiar with the use of GIS in physical/environmental and social/economic problem solving. The course includes exercises and a final project using GIS software.
GEOG 455. Advanced Geographic Information Science (3; S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: GEOG 200 and GEOG 450. Builds on GEOG 450, Geographic Information Systems. Applies automation to spatial data to analyze, assess, and solve scientific problems with spatial components. Employs the scientific method to identify and solve spatial problems through the application of automation and GIS software to spatial and attribute data. The course includes exercises and a final project using GIS software.
GEOG 460. Climate Change (3)
Three hours per week. Provides the science of the physical processes responsible for climate change on earth. Assesses the terrestrial and atmospheric record of climate change on earth over time and infers that understanding to the potential of climate change in the modern era. Analyzes the anthropogenic component of modern climate change and examines the implications of climate change to the natural environment and human development. The course addresses global policy towards the potential of a changed environment that may be induced by climate change.
GEOG 490. Internship (var. 1-12)Prerequisites: Junior or senior status; 2.5 cumulative average and at least 2.5 in the major; approval of the Division of Social Sciences chair and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. A maximum of six credit hours will be allowed toward the major. The student will work a minimum of three hours per week for each hour of credit. An opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in geography courses through work in public agencies. The work experience will be evaluated by a member of the geography department.