and Weather Forecasting
Various principles and laws which
govern the behavior of the atmosphere are investigated. Laws of gases and
radiation, energy exchange between the earth and the atmosphere, laws of
motion, various forces governing atmospheric motion, atmospheric moisture and
psychrometry, condensation, precipitable water and precipitation, atmospheric
stability/instability, thermodynamic characteristics of the atmosphere,
vorticity, and synoptic meteorology are discussed. Surface and upper-air
charts, synoptic patterns, thermodynamic charts, radar and satellite images,
and weather patterns are analyzed for weather forecasting. Prerequisite: ESC
101 or equivalent. Offered Sem. II.
A systematic analysis of the
geographic distribution of organisms from historical, ecological and regional
perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the principles and the methods of
biogeography. Special reference is made to biogeographic regions, the
distribution of organisms in space and time, and ecological biogeography.
Prerequisite: ESC 221 and junior standing. Offered Sem. II, even-numbered
Morphology and Genesis
A systematic analysis of soil
morphology, weathering, factors of soil formation and soil-forming processes.
Emphasis is placed on soil landscapes and the field study of soils. Special
reference is made to current systems of soil classification. Prerequisite: ESC
221 or 222 and junior standing. Offered Sem. I, even-numbered years.
Interpretation of Aerial Photographs
Systematic applications of aerial
photographs in the interpretation and analysis of geographic problems.
Emphasis is placed on drainage, landforms, vegetation, soils, urban and rural
land use and transportation. Lect.2, Lab 2. Offered Sem. I, odd-numbered
Techniques of digital image
processing, emphasizing computer-assisted processing of satellite/airborne,
digital data applied to natural resource, agricultural, land use,
archaeological, and environmental problems. Study of data sources,
acquisition, data integrity, manipulation, formatting, storage and retrieval;
integration with a geographic information system for spatial analyses and
decision-making. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: GEO 345. Offered Sem. I.
Cartography and Internet Geographic Information Systems
Application of digital methods of
Multimedia Thematic Cartography and Internet-based Geographic Information
Systems (GIS): emphasis on the production of web-based interactive maps,
mapping on the Internet, spatial data acquisition and integrity issues,
delivery of GIS databases through the Internet, metadata issues, and thematic
mapping through the querying of spatial information. Prerequisite: GEO/ESC 250
and MTH 145 or 250. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Offered Sem. I.
Map Design and Production in Cartography and GIS
This course explores both manual
and digital methods in cartographic design and production, map design theory,
perceptual aspects of map symbols, methods of production for small format and
large format maps, cost efficiency factors, design environments in GIS
packages, production of both monochromatic and color maps, map publishing.
Prerequisite: GEO 250.
Hazards and Land Use Planning
Environmental processes are
investigated in light of the hazards they might pose for development and how
they may be avoided or mitigated by proper land use planning. Prerequisite:
ESC 221 or 222.
470/570 Cr. 1-3
Topics in Geography/ Earth Science
Specifically selected topics or
skills which may be designed for the interest of special groups will be
offered with formalized instruction and methodology appropriate to geography
and/or earth science. May be counted as an elective in the geography major or
earth science minor at the discretion of the geography/earth science
department. Prerequisite may be required at the discretion of the department.
Repeatable for credit ? maximum 6. Offered occasionally.
476/576 Cr. 1-3
Science Topics for Teachers
Selected topics in geography
and/or earth science pertinent to applications in the teachers? classrooms.
Courses are designed to meet the needs of teachers so that they may implement
the course material into their classroom teaching. Offered occasionally.
An introduction to both
theoretical and applied aspects of Geographic Information Systems. GIS
software with an emphasis on ARC/INFO will be used to analyze management of
resources, environmental assessment, business location, and urban/ regional
planning. Topics will include: data organization, database structure, input
and output, data quality, and geographic analysis of spatial and attribute
data. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: GEO 250 and MTH 145 or 250. Offered Sem.
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced theories in GIS database
structures, advanced applications, database transfers, database management,
use of census data, spatial analysis, decision-making. Emphasis on ARC/INFO
and its applications. Integration of GIS with Remote Sensing and GPS. Lect. 2,
Lab. 2. Prerequisite: GEO 481. Offered Sem. II.
490/590 Cr. 2-3
Individual readings and
investigation of selected problems in geography. Open to senior majors and
minors with a ?B? (3.00) average in geography. Registration with consent
of regular adviser, instructor, department chairperson, and the dean of the
college in which the student is enrolled. Maximum credit applicable to major
? 3; maximum credit from any instructor ? 3. Repeatable for credit ?
495/595 Cr. 1-3
in Geography/Earth Science
Investigation into various topics
in geography or the earth sciences. Varying topics will be offered at
intervals with a specific title assigned to each. Prerequisite: two semesters
of geography and/or earth science. Additional prerequisites may be required by
the instructor. Repeatable for credit ? maximum 6. Variable topics ? check
semester timetables. Offered occasionally.
734 Cr. 1-3
Studies of World Regions
Geographic study of a selected
region of the world with emphasis on guided field study and individual
research problems. Library and field-work and geographic techniques of
research leading to a better understanding of problems concerning another
region of the world. Offered occasionally.
Individual readings and
investigations of selected topics in geography and earth science.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the department chair.
Repeatable for credit maximum 3.
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