Catalog of Courses

GEOG 105 Cultural Geography
Credits: 5.00
Gen Ed Core-Social Sciences [SSC]
This course is a survey of themes, questions, and issues studied by cultural geographers. It introduces the student to the concept of culture in spatial terms and defines theories of culture emergence, how culture diffuses and the relationship of humans and their impact on the environment. Topics considered within the course include environmentalism, the evolution of culture, population, migration, communications, economic and urban landscapes, gender, religion, agriculture, and contemporary social culture.

GEOG 106 Physical Geography
Credits: 5.00
Gen Ed Core-Natural, Math & Info Sciences [SMI]
An introduction to physical geography and its approach to the analysis and understanding of the physical environment. The course covers the atmosphere: weather and climate; the lithosphere: geomorphology, landforms and soils; and the hydrosphere: oceans and oceanic coastal forms. Tectonics and the basic geodesy of the earth is covered. Examples of environmental issues and how geography treats these questions and problems are emphasized in the course.

GEOG 201 Introduction to Cartography
Credits: 3.00
An entry-level survey of the uses of maps and air photographs, their history, and use. The course covers mapping vocabulary, map symbols, map design, compilation of cartographic data, and the concepts behind scale and projection. The student will construct a basic map using the traverse survey method. An overview of types of maps is covered emphasizing the use of the standard topographic map. The focus of the course deals with reading and communicating with maps for geographers, geologists, planners, ranchers, as well as anyone interested in the cartographic process.

GEOG 204 The Economic Geography of Place
Credits: 3.00
A survey of the patterns, and locational principles and theories surrounding economic activity. The course covers topics based around the four sectors of economic production. It discusses topics such as regional economic development, agricultural land use, industrial location, manufacturing, transportation and the distribution and marketing of commodities. Locational theory and its application to real-world conditions is also surveyed. The course relates to students in geography, business, “glocalism”, planning, environmental resources, and sustainability.
Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106.

GEOG 310- Selected Topics
Credits: 1.00 TO 5.00
Selected topics; terms and credit to be arranged.

GEOG 306 Advanced Cartography
Credits: 5.00
An advanced continuation of the elements of map design covered in GEOG 201. This course introduces abstract concepts in mapping, delineating points and shapes, quantitative applications and statistical data in thematic map construction. This course also provides an introduction to web-based mapping, geographic information systems, and the global positioning system. The student will be introduced to aerial photo interpretation as used by land surveyors and developers. How maps can be used to communicate spatial information in other fields such as meteorology, geology, and environmental planning is emphasized.
Prerequisite: GEOG 201.

GEOG 307 Digital Cartography
Credits: 5.00
This course further develops the skills of the student to communicate with maps by investigating and applying the use of digital mapping techniques such as geographic information systems, the global positioning system, and web-based mapping tools. The course allows the student access to Quantum GIS (QGIS), a free online Open Source Geographic Information System. This system allows the student to view, edit, and produce maps in a variety of vectorbased formats. QGIS operates on Mac OSX, Linux, Unix, as well as Windows. The course provides alternative instructional options for those distance students without access to a high speed internet source.
Prerequisites: GEOG 201, GEOG 306, or consent of instructor.

GEOG 317 Land Use & Environment
Credits: 3.00
An introduction to the historical development of land use and its distribution and allocation within North America. The course considers the impacts of ethical, aesthetic, and mechanical view of land use in the context of planning and land management. Physical and perceptual components of land, such as site, situation, soils, and their interaction as a whole land based system is discussed. In this course, the student will investigate the management layers of a piece of property and provide an overview of how those layers are defined.
Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106.

GEOG 318 Resources & Environmental Management
Credits: 5.00
A regional survey of land management strategies and resources within North America. The course introduces issues surrounding natural and human environmental hazards. It considers the impacts that these have and investigates planning strategies for managing sustainability of resources and communities. The cultural and social impact on natural landscapes are emphasized.
Prerequisites: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106

GEOG 319 Approaches to Environmental Research & Writing
Credits: 3.00
This course covers the processes of data collection, analysis, writing, and communications particularly with respect to the design of professional presentations. The course prepares the student for formal research around land use issue for public and private agencies. Individual and/or class projects.
Prerequisite: Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.

GEOG 354 Urban Geography
Credits: 3.00 82
Patterns, forms and functions of urban settlements, including origins and growth, world urbanization, central place theory, spheres of influence, urban physical environments and land use dynamics in the North American city. Prerequisite: GEOG 204. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.

GEOG 393 Advanced Topics in Geography
Credits: 5.00
The student will independently explore and research topics related to physical or cultural geography. The product of this class will serve to augment the student’s portfolio by further focusing research in specific areas of interest to the student.
Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106.

GEOG 401- Projects in Applied Environmental Research
Credits: 1.00 TO 5.00
Selected topics. This course prepares the student for a capstone in geography. During the course the student will survey topics, methodologies, and develop an annotated bibliography. The final portion of the capstone will be completed with the course LS 401 for 4 credits.
Prerequisite: Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.

GEOG 409 Field Placement
Credits: 1.00 TO 7.00
A planned and supervised work experience at the intermediate level designed to allow students the opportunity to further explore or finalize career plans in a real-world setting. The work experience emphasizes the application of classroom learning to actual employment situations.
Prerequisite: Student must have junior or senior level standing to register for this course.

GEOG 483 Regional Geography of North America
Credits: 5.00
Geographic survey of North America and its related neighbors. This course covers the physical and cultural geography of North America. Highly recommended for education majors.
Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106.

GEOG 484 World Regional Geography
Credits: 5.00
A traditional geographic survey of world regions. The course covers the basic methodology of regional geographic methods applied to Africa, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, North America, and Central and South America. Both the physical and cultural geography of each region is discussed. Highly recommended for education majors.
Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106.

GEOG 485 Geography of the Pacific Northwest
Credits: 2.00
A geography of the Pacific Northwest covering issues surrounding the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California. Topics considered include geomorphology, climate, settlement, urbanization, agriculture, economic development, sustainability, resources, transportation patterns, and environmental problems.
Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or GEOG 106.