Geography (GEOG)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
GEOG 100 Concepts in Geography 3 hours. Geographic concepts drawn from the areas of cultural, urban/economic, physical, and regional geography.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 101 World Regional Geography 3 hours. Culture areas of the world; regional patterns of the utilization of resources; global, cultural, economic and political variations.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 141 Environmental Geography 3 hours. Survey of the state of the global environment, the measurement of its condition, and prospects for the future.  Individual and Society course.
GEOG 151 Introduction to Cultural Geography 4 hours. Spatial patterns concerning human origin, divergence and convergence in historical perspective. Special reference to humans and the landscapes they create through their attitudes, objectives and technical skills.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 161 Introduction to Economic Geography 3 hours. Geographies of primary, secondary, and tertiary activities, environmental and spatial bases of production, distribution and consumption, current and evolving patterns of land use and urbanization.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 175 The Making of Maps 4 hours. Roles of mapping in selected historical and contemporary human endeavors, including navigation, exploration, governmental activities, resource development and communication. Maps as reflections of need and technology. 
GEOG 202 Geography of the United States and Canada 3 hours. Environmental conditions, natural resources and cultural patterns within the two countries; focus on the physical landscapes, human occupancy and interregional linkages of selected subareas.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
GEOG 203 Human Geography of Latin America, including the Caribbean Region 3 hours. Culture, settlement, political and economic development problems in Latin America, with special attention to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Region, and Mexico. Same as LALS 217.   Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 204 Geography of East, Southeast, and South Asia 3 hours. Focuses on the cultural, political, and economic expressions of place in Asia and the complex blend of environment and development, ethnicity and policy, and cooperation and disassociation. Recommended background: GEOG 100 or GEOG 101.
GEOG 206 Geography of the CIS (formerly the USSR) 3 hours. Physical and cultural landscapes; regional analysis of resources and economy; the geographic basis of the area's role in world affairs. 
GEOG 207 Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America 3 hours. Analysis and interpretation of the archaeological evidence on the process of development of native civilization in the Meso-American area from the beginnings of agricultural settlement to the eve of the Spanish conquest. Same as ANTH 227, and LALS 258. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102; or sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 211 Chicago: An Urban Geography 3 hours. A geographic overview of the Chicago metropolitan region: physical geography, transportation connections, economy, trade territory, and patterns of settlement and land use. Field trips are required.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
GEOG 215 A Global Geography of Cities 3 hours. Comparative urbanization. Development and pattern of world urbanization; causes and consequences; spatial articulation of political and economic power in the developed and third worlds. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 or GEOG 161 or GEOG 211.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 241 Resource Problems in the United States 3 hours. Problems of U.S. water, air, and land management; resource demand and supply; pollution problems; agencies involved in monitoring resources. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 or GEOG 101 or GEOG 141 or GEOG 151 or GEOG 161 or consent of the instructor.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
GEOG 251 Mind and Environment 3 hours. How humans perceive and appraise conditions and act spatially in the macroenvironment. Environmental learning and behavior in young children. Ethnogeography and environmental perception. 
GEOG 273 Ethnography of Southeast Asia 3 hours. Survey of selected cultures of mainland Southeast Asia, with emphasis on cultural ecology, tribal formation, and nationalism. Same as ANTH 273. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
GEOG 275 History of Cartography 3 hours. Development of cartography from primitive charts to the space age. Major contributions examined as components leading to present technology. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 or GEOG 175. 
GEOG 276 Cartographic Techniques 4 hours. Introduction to the practice of cartographic display of areal data. Topics include map characteristics, symbolization, and map preparation. 
GEOG 278 An Applications Approach to Computer Cartography 4 hours. Selected problems and practices of cartographic display cast in contexts of advantages and limitations confronting map makers using computers. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 175 or declared geography major or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 361 Areal Organization of Economic Activity 3 hours. Spatial conditions of economic activity with applications to growth and development of selected geographical areas; transportation impacts on resource exploitation, manufacturing and distribution, and consumers. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 or GEOG 101; and GEOG 161 or GEOG 241. 
GEOG 386 Elements of Spatial Analysis 3 hours. Implications of geographic concerns for data gathering and analysis. Spatial sampling and weighting of areal data. Reconciling record and zone inconsistencies when merging data from several sources. Same as ANTH 386. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 395 Special Studies in Geography 1 TO 3 hours. Readings and reports in selected fields chosen in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 399 Undergraduate Thesis 1 TO 3 hours. Required for graduation with departmental distinction. Individual research under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): A 3.66 grade point average in geography courses counted toward the major, and consent of the advisor. Completed application form must be submitted to the director of undergraduate studies prior to enrollment. Open only to departmental majors. 
GEOG 401 Topics in Regional Geography 3 OR 4 hours. Geographic analysis of cultural and environmental systems of a political, economic, or climatic region of the world as defined by the instructor. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): One upper-division course in each of the areas of skills, systematic, and regional/urban geography. 
GEOG 418 Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Methods 3 OR 4 hours. Practical introduction to the techniques of social scientists for research in natural social settings:  participant observation/non-participant observation, interviewing, use of documentary sources, etc.   Same as ANTH 418.  3 undegraduate hours.  4 graduate hours.  Prerequisite(s):  Junior standing or above.
GEOG 425 Field Techniques in Archaeology 4 hours. Exposure to field methods in archaeology through participation in an actual research project. Students are instructed in field excavation techniques. Usually offered in summer session. Same as ANTH 425.   May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.  Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or consent of the instructor. Recommended: Concurrent registration in ANTH 426 or GEOG 426. 
GEOG 426 Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology 4 hours. Exposes students to laboratory methods in archaeology through the analysis of excavated materials. Students are instructed in laboratory techniques. Same as ANTH 426. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.  Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or consent of the instructor. Recommended: Concurrent registration in ANTH 425 or GEOG 425. 
GEOG 429 Archaeological Methods 3 OR 4 hours. This course will familiarize students with various methodologies used by archaeologists and geo-archaeologists. Course will concentrate on a different method each time it is taught.  Course information:  Same as ANTH 429.  3 undergraduate hours.  4 graduate hours.  May be repeated up to 2 time(s).  Students may register for more than one section per term.
GEOG 431 Advanced Landform Geography 3 OR 4 hours. Genesis of surficial landforms and processes that sculpt them. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 131 or EAES 101 or consent of the instructor.
GEOG 432 Geomorphology and Archaeology 3 OR 4 hours. Relevance of geomorphic processes and landform development to archaeology; role of geomorphology in archaeological surveys, paleogeographic reconstruction, and archaeological interpretation. Elements of geoarchaeology. Same as ANTH 421. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 131 or EAES 101 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 441 Topics in Resource Management and Policy 3 OR 4 hours. Selected topics dealing with environmental problems at local, regional or global levels. Topics vary. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 341 or GEOG 361 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 442 Environmental Hazards and Risks 3 OR 4 hours. Environmental risks of natural and technological hazards; causes and consequences to people; social theories of risks; coping mechanisms used to reduce risk. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 251 or GEOG 441 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 444 Management of Solid and Hazardous Wastes 3 hours. Management of solid and hazardous waste, including radioactive waste: landfills, incineration, recycling, composting, source reduction, groundwater and air pollution impacts, control, regulations, siting, health impacts. Same as CME 423, and EOHS 472.
GEOG 453 Seminar in Cultural Ecology 3 OR 4 hours. Cultural ecology and cultural evolution, emphasizing peasant farming and other subsistence systems. Soil management under shifting and sedentary agriculture. Same as ANTH 453. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or GEOG 151 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 455 Quantitative Methods 3 OR 4 hours. Introductory statistics course in statistical methods for anthropological problem-solving. Primary emphasis is on univariate and bivariate statistics, such as means standard deviations, correlation, chi square, t-tests, and simple regressions. Same as ANTH 455. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 461 Location and Land Use 3 OR 4 hours. Environmental, demographic, and institutional influences on land availability/use at global/local scales; geographies of production/use intensity; market/governmental controls over land/users. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 361 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 464 Geographic Modeling of Transportation Systems 3 OR 4 hours. Discussions of the principles of spatial interaction, emphasizing passenger movements, commodity flows, the practicality of network analysis, and the impact of transportation facilities on land use and regional development. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 and GEOG 161. 
GEOG 469 Geographic Information Systems for Planning 3 OR 4 hours. Applications of Geographic Information Systems to urban planning and policy making. Same as UPP 461. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and consent of the instructor. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to a campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization, graduate students in Urban Planning and Policy, or students in the Master of Arts in Real Estate program.
GEOG 470 Educational Practice with Seminar I 6 hours. The first half of a two-segment sequence of practice teaching, including seminar, to meet certification requirements for teaching in grades six through twelve. Graduate credit only with approval of the department. Prerequisite(s): Good academic standing in a teacher education program, completion of 100 clock hours of pre-student-teaching field experiences, and approval of the department. 
GEOG 471 Educational Practice with Seminar II 6 hours. The second half of a two-segment sequence of practice teaching, including seminar, to meet certification requirements for teaching in grades six through twelve. Graduate credit only with approval of the department. Prerequisite(s): Good academic standing in a teacher education program, completion of 100 clock hours of pre-student-teaching field experiences, credit or concurrent registration in GEOG 470, and approval of the department. 
GEOG 475 Thematic Cartography 4 hours. Discussion and projects involving representation of real-world areal patterns; preservation of geodetic, locational and informational relationships; information generalization and reconstruction; computer software, and programs for computer assisted cartography. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 276 or GEOG 278 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 477 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4 hours. Principles and practices of processing and interpretation of remotely sensed imagery including aerial photographs, radar and multispectral satellite images. Hands-on use of image-processing software. Same as ANTH 477. Extensive computer use required. 
GEOG 478 Mapping with Microcomputers 4 hours. Microcomputer applications including computer principles for mapping, alternative design for coordinate files, kinds of devices for mapping, direct control of devices for mapping, characteristics and limitations of mapping programs. Same as ANTH 484. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 475 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 481 Geographic Information
Systems I
4 hours. Components and performance properties of geographic information systems. Geographic hierarchies and data structures. Problems and solutions in handling large geographic files. Geocoding. Same as ANTH 481. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 and one from GEOG 278, GEOG 386, IDS 100; or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 482 Geographic Information
Systems II
4 hours. Application of raster (or grid) based geographic information systems to the spatial analysis of landscapes. Same as ANTH 482. 
GEOG 483 Geographic Information
Systems III
4 hours. Problems encountered in the analysis and portrayal of geographic data. Topics include taxonomy, regionalization, trend surface analysis, time series, markov probabilities, and computer cartographic procedures for displaying output from analytic procedures. Same as ANTH 483. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 482 or ANTH 482 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 484 Qualitative Methods in Geographic Research 3 OR 4 hours. Use of qualitative methods in geographic research. Research design choices, data collection and analysis, writing. Applications in environmental and urban geography. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 481 or geography major or minor or consent of instructor. 
GEOG 485 Computer Cartography 4 hours. The fundamentals of cartography and cartographic design. The use of state-of-the-art, Windows-based computer mapping software for querying and displaying cartographic data contained in GIS databases.   Same as ANTH 485.  
GEOG 486 Analysis of Geographic Patterns 4 hours. Analytical methods for evaluating arrangements of points, lines, and subareas across regions. Development of non-central measures of spatial association as an alternative to correlation analysis. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 482 or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 491 History and Philosophy of Geography 3 OR 4 hours. The philosophy of geography, its theory and research techniques. Analysis of bibliographic sources; criticism of papers on assigned topics. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Declared major or minor in geography; or consent of the instructor. 
GEOG 496 Internship 1 TO 4 hours. Professional field experience with an agency or organization in the private or public sector on projects related to the student's area of specialization. Same as ANTH 496. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Only 4 hours of credit may be applied toward the Minor in Geography. Prerequisite(s): Declared major in anthropology, minor in geography, or full graduate standing in anthropology or geography and consent of the faculty advisor, head of the department, or the director of internship programs.