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  • Course description
    This program provides a well-rounded and useful education and marketable skills to students with interests in the spatial patterns of society and the environment. It focuses on the interactions of humans with the natural and physical environments of Earth from a spatial perspective. Toward this end, the program’s graduates will have a fundamental understanding of human social dynamics and physical patterns and processes at the Earth’s surface, such as globalization, climatic variation and natural disasters, within the context of places, landscapes, and regions. Graduates will also be trained in the use of geospatial technologies as tools in addressing many modern concerns. The program is founded on the principle that geographical knowledge of place, space, and scale can provide essential insights into contemporary social and environmental issues and the variation in human cultures and behaviors, and promotes the idea that such insight is critical to managing the Earth at local, regional and global scales.


    Three Introductory Courses

    Introduces students to the major subfields of the discipline.

    GES 1001 – International Approaches to Geography
    World regional course focusing on societal issues
    GES 1500 – Physical Geography
    Introduction to global environmental patterns
    GES xxxx (new proposed course)– Introduction to Geotechniques 
    Introduction to the important methods, techniques, and tools of Geography (e.g., GIS, Remote Sensing, etc.)

    One Regional Course

    Shows how human/environmental processes play out in particular regions. Importance of place and region in understanding current issues.

    GES 3500 – North America
    GES 3600 – Europe
    GES 3700 – Africa
    GES 3800 – Islamic World
    GES 3900 – Geography of Asia

    One Additional Techniques Course

    Provides advanced course on tools of geography

    GES 4050 – Air Photo Interpretation (currently being revised to also include GPS)
    GES 4101 – Geography Information Systems
    GES 4250 – Remote Sensing
    GES 4300 – Advance Cartography

    Sophomore (Junior?) Research Seminar

    New course to fulfill the new College requirement

    GES xxxx –

    One Senior Seminar or Independent Study Course

    Allows student to pursue a topic of their own interest. Considered capstone course

    GES 6000 – Geography Seminar
    GES 6001 – Seminar in Geography Education
    GES 6100 – Geography Seminar
    GES 6200 – Independent Study

    Three Additional Geography Courses

    Allows flexibility for students to pursue areas of interest.
    Any three courses including any of the above and/or……

    Human Geography
    GES 2000 – Political Geography
    GES 2100 – Economic Geography
    GES 2200 – Urban Geography
    GES 2300 – Population Geography

    Physical Geography
    GES 5100 – Resource Management and Conservation
    GES 5200 – Geography of Land Use Management
    GES 5300 – Disasters: Natural Hazards


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