GEPL - GEOGRAPHY AND PLANNING

GEPL - 1010   HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  Presentations of major approaches to geographic thought:  the natural environment, regional studies, human ecology, development issues and spatial interrelationships. (not for major credit)

GEPL - 1100   ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  While gaining a fundamental understanding of the world�s physical environment, students explore issues regarding humanity�s interaction with the earth.  Current issues such as global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, and desertification are addressed. (not for major credit)

GEPL - 2030   CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  Course cross-listed as LST 2030.  A learning-through-writing course.  Systematic applications of the concept of cultural to geographic themes:  culture areas, cultural landscapes, culture history, cultural ecology and cultural diversity.

GEPL - 2040   WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  The course examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.

GEPL - 2400   GEOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
[4 hours]  Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing and displaying geographical data. Prerequisite: GEPL 1010 and 1100

GEPL - 2980   SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  Explores a topic representing a contemporary and significant issue of interest to geographers, the study of which reveals appropriate geographical principles, concepts and methodologies.

GEPL - 3030   GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE
[3 hours]  A detailed study of several regions.  Special consideration of agriculture, industry and commerce from a regional viewpoint.  Russia excluded.

GEPL - 3050   GEOGRAPHY OF U.S. AND CANADA
[3 hours]  Systematic and regional survey of physical, social and economic geography of the region.  Emphasis on the region with respect to worldwide/continental problems and prospects in economic development, management of resources and population adjustment.

GEPL - 3120   GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA
[3 hours]  Compares and contrasts physical and human aspects of Asian countries and peoples in relation to economic development.

GEPL - 3160   PATTERNS OF WORLD DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours]  An examination of contemporary global economic patterns and trends.  Compares and contrasts population problems; the diffusion of multinational corporations, and the emergence of post-industrial economies.

GEPL - 3220   GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA
[3 hours]  Course is crosslisted as AFST 3220. Course begins with a general overview of Africa�s physical environment, its colonial history and its people and cultures.  It then examines a variety of themes associated with development, population, urban and political geography.

GEPL - 3300   GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
[3 hours]  Survey and analysis of the physical and cultural characteristics of Latin America.

GEPL - 3410   CARTOGRAPHY
[4 hours]  The presentation of cartographic principles and laboratory practice in the use of drafting equipment and in the construction of maps.

GEPL - 3440   POPULATION GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  A learning through writing course.  Space and place facets of population size, growth, migration, distribution and composition with emphasis on the population trends and patterns in both developing and developed nations.

GEPL - 3460   GEOGRAPHY OF HOUSING
[3 hours]  An examination of the spatial dynamics and socioeconomic problems associated with housing submarkets in the US and in selected countries.  Innovative policies for neighborhoods, communities and cities are reviewed.

GEPL - 3540   WEATHER AND CLIMATE
[3 hours]  A survey analysis of meteorology and climatology.  The physical processes of weather and the pattern of climate provide the basis for this course.

GEPL - 3550   PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  The development, characteristics and distribution of landforms, soils, vegetation, water resources and climates are presented.

GEPL - 3610   CONSERVATION AND RESOURCES
[3 hours]  An examination of the basic philosophies, principles and ethics of conservation and resource use.  Case studies of selected resource management and environmental problems

GEPL - 3650   INDUSTRIAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  An introduction to industrial geography; including industrial location theory, competing production systems, and shifts from manufacturing to service-based economies.

GEPL - 3710   URBAN ENVIRONMENTS
[3 hours]  Social, political and economic functions of cities.  Geographic perspectives on land use, residential and consumer behavior, health care, recreation and criminal justice systems in contemporary and future cities.

GEPL - 3750   TRANSPORTATION GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  The role of transportation and communication in the economic development of places.  Theories of geographic interaction, location of transport routes and the developmental implications of transport investments are explored.

GEPL - 3810   POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  Course cross-listed as LST 3810.  An examination of geopolitical and geostategic issues at the nation-state and international level.

GEPL - 3840   GEOGRAPHIC PERCEPTION: INFLUENCE
[3 hours]  Geographic Perception:  Influences of Arts.  Explores writers� and artists� portrayals of distant locales, and how these interpretations have influenced the decisions of immigrants and nations.

GEPL - 3860   GENDER ISSUES IN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]  Course cross-listed as LST 3860.  Traces the development and institutionalization of gender roles and how these influence spatial decisions and the formation of perceptual landscapes.

GEPL - 3890   GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH & NATURAL DISASTERS
[3 hours]  Analysis and evaluation of all types of natural disasters within a geographic framework.  Some discussion of physical processes, but focus is on social/economic implications of natural hazards and disasters on a worldwide scale.

GEPL - 3900   ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
[3 hours]  GEPL 1100, 3550 or 3540 recommended.  Explores history, goals, methods, ethics and social dilemmas encountered when trying to achieve environmentally sensitive planning.  Presents case studies of environmental planning successes and failures, both within and outside the US.

GEPL - 4180   GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
[4 hours]  Advanced applications in geographic information systems (GIS) with an emphasis on advanced GIS analysis techniques, Global Positioning System applications in GIS, database design, and a survey of vector- and raster-based GIS software and databases. Prerequisite: GEPL 4510

GEPL - 4210   LAND USE PLANNING
[3 hours]  A broad review of urban and regional planning inthe US and Western Europe, introducing land use planning concepts and practices and their role in shaping the direction of urban development.

GEPL - 4490   REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT
[4 hours]  Introduction to theory, methods and techniques used to gather and analyze remote sensor data. Topics range from low altitude air photo interpretation through satellite image acquisition. Recommended: GEPL 3350.

GEPL - 4500   DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS
[4 hours]  Explores digital image analysis techniques such as classification and principle component analysis. Terrestrial and coastal applications of satellite image analysis are performed in intensive laboratory sessions.  Prerequisite: GEPL 4490

GEPL - 4510   GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
[4 hours]  Introduction to computerized methods for the capture, storage, management, analysis and display of spatially-referenced data for the solution of planning, management and research problems.  Prerequisite: GEPL 2400

GEPL - 4520   ANALYTICAL AND COMPUTER CARTOGRAPHY
[4 hours]  The theoretical and mathematical foundations of the mapping process in a digital environment. An introduction to the structure and manipulation of graphic and nongraphic geographical data to produce maps. Prerequisite: GEPL 4510

GEPL - 4530   PRINCIPLES OF URBAN PLANNING
[3 hours]  An introduction to planning theory. the planner�s role in land use regulation economic development, housing and social service delivery is reviewed.

GEPL - 4550   COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
[3 hours]  This course explores community-based alternatives and bottom-up development as a response to economic and social difficulties. The specific issues, strategies, and applications of this approach are discussed.

GEPL - 4570   LAND DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING
[4 hours]  The exploration of theoretical location analysis, pragmatic land development issues and analytic feasibility tools, and the consequences of land use policies that affect development.

GEPL - 4580   LOCATION ANALYSIS
[4 hours]  The application of geographic location theory, spatial interaction modeling, optimization techniques and geographic information system processing to the solution of facility location problems.  Prerequisite: GEPL 4570

GEPL - 4600   URBAN DESIGN
[3 hours]  Concepts and procedures for the organization, design and development of public and private urban forms and spaces at the micro level, including a survey of intraurban elements, cultural, ecological and aesthetic considerations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

GEPL - 4890   FIELD EXPERIENCE
[3 hours]  Personal explorations of urban space and place emphasizing an array of practical and ethical issues in the collection and interpretation of primary geographic data.

GEPL - 4900   PROSEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours]    Prerequisite: 6 hours in geography and consent of instructor. Specified courses numbers 4901-99 as yet undetermined.

GEPL - 4910   DIRECTED RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 4 hours]    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

GEPL - 4920   DIRECTED READINGS IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 3 hours]    Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

GEPL - 4960   HONORS THESIS IN GEOGRAPHY
[4 hours]

GEPL - 5180   GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
[4 hours]  Advanced applications in geographic information systems (GIS) with an emphasis on advanced GIS analysis techniques, Global Positioning System applications in GIS, database design, and a survey of vector- and raster-based GIS software and databases. Research project required.

GEPL - 5210   LAND USE PLANNING
[3 hours]  A broad review of urban and regional planning inthe US and Western Europe, introducing land use planning concepts and practices and their role in shaping the direction of urban development.

GEPL - 5490   REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT
[4 hours]  Immersion in theory, methods, and techniques used to gather and analyze remote sensor data.  Topics range from low altitude air photo interpretation through satellite image acquisition.  Recommended GEPL 3550.

GEPL - 5500   DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS
[4 hours]  Explores digital image analysis techniques such as classification and principal components analysis.  Terrestrial and coastal applications of satellite image analysis are performed in intensive laboratory sessions.  Prerequisite: GEPL 4490 or 5490

GEPL - 5510   GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
[4 hours]  Introduction to computerized methods for the capture, storage, management, analysis and display of spatially-referenced data for the solution of planning, management and research problems.  Prerequisite: GEPL 2400

GEPL - 5520   ANALYTICAL AND COMPUTER CARTOGRAPHY
[4 hours]  The theoretical and mathematical foundations of the mapping process in a digital environment. An introduction to the structure and manipulation of graphic and nongraphic geographical data to produce maps. Prerequisite: GEPL 5510

GEPL - 5530   PRINCIPLES OF URBAN PLANNING
[3 hours]  Elaborations on planning theory.  The planner�s role in land use regulation, economic development, housing and social service delivery is reviewed.

GEPL - 5550   COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
[3 hours]  This course explores community-based alternatives and bottom-up development as a response to economic and social difficulties. The specific issues, strategies, and applications of this approach are discussed.

GEPL - 5570   LAND DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING
[4 hours]  The exploration of theoretical location analysis, pragmatic land development issues and analytic feasibility tools, and the consequences of land use policies that affect development.

GEPL - 5580   LOCATION ANALYSIS
[4 hours]  The application of geographic location theory, spatial interaction modeling, optimization techniques and geographic information system processing to the solution of facility location problems.  Prerequisite: GEPL 5570

GEPL - 5600   URBAN DESIGN
[3 hours]  Concepts and procedures for the organization, design and development of public and private urban forms and spaces at the micro-level, including a survey of intraurban elements, cultural, ecological and aesthetic considerations, historic preservation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Research project required.

GEPL - 5890   FIELD EXPERIENCE
[3 hours]  Personal explorations of urban space and place emphasizing an array of practical and ethical issues in the collection and interpretation of primary geographic data.

GEPL - 5910   DIRECTED RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 3 hours]    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

GEPL - 5920   DIRECTED READINGS IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 3 hours]    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

GEPL - 6100   PHILOSOPHY & GENERAL METHODOLOGY
[3 hours]  Past and current trends in geographic thought and related methodological implications, with elaborations by current faculty members.

GEPL - 6150   SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS
[4 hours]  A computer-based course in geographic research methodology.  The course includes an introduction to research design, data measurement, spatial sampling and multivariate approaches to the study of areal networks and spatial distributions.

GEPL - 6160   SEMINAR IN SPATIAL ANALYSIS
[4 hours]  A computer-based laboratory course in multivariate spatial analysis methodologies.  The course includes the study of spatial graphics and mapping, computerized regionalization, areal forecasting and predictive modeling techniques.  Prerequisite: GEPL 6150

GEPL - 6170 SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS IN PLANNING AND GEOGRAPHY
[4 hours] The exploration and application of qualitative and survey research methods used by urban planners and geographers to examine the human, social, and physical systems of our living environment.

GEPL - 6190   ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS SEMINAR
[4 hours]  Seminar in advanced GIS topics which include database design, spatial analysis and specialized application to spatial problems.  Prerequisite: GEPL 5180/6180

GEPL - 6300   SEMINAR IN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
[3 hours]  Intensive group study of major themes in the resource management literature.  Primary emphasis is placed on individual student research projects oriented toward resource management problems.

GEPL - 6400   SEMINAR/ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION
[3 hours]  Explores current research in environmental perception/behavioral geography.  Addresses how environmental perception (or, cognition) affects the way people respond to and interact with their surroundings.

GEPL - 6530   SEMINAR-URBAN/REGIONAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS
[3 hours]  The course applies forecasting and projection techniques to urban and regional problems. Population, economic base, land use, retail and fiscal impact analyses are examined

GEPL - 6550   SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENT PLANNING
[3 hours]  Intensive group study of major goals and methodologies of environmental planning. Major emphasis is placed upon individual student research projects oriented toward specific environmental planning problems.

GEPL - 6570   SEMINAR IN NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
[3 hours]  Intensive group study of major themes in the revitalization of urban neighborhoods, both residential and commercial. Major emphasis is placed upon individual residential and commercial. Major emphasis is placed upon individual student research projects oriented toward specific revitalization problems.

GEPL - 6580   URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING
[3 hours]  Course examines the changing land use and functions of metropolitan regions. City suburban linkages, urban restructuring, urban policy and metropolitan planning issues are examined.

GEPL - 6590   SEMINAR-HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DESIGN
[3 hours]  A seminar in theoretical and applied location issues related to medical geography and health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed on the allocation of services to meet the geographic distribution of health needs.

GEPL - 6700   TEACHING PRACTICUM IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 6 hours]  Methods of teaching geography in a university of college setting. Supervision of labs or discussion

GEPL - 6910   PROBLEMS IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 2 hours]  The course is used to search for a thesis topic prior to formal admittance as a M.A candidate.

GEPL - 6930   GENERAL SEMINAR
[3 hours]    Prerequisite: 6 hrs in geography and consent of instructor. Specified courses numbered 6931-99 as yet determined

GEPL - 6940   INTERNSHIP IN PLANNING
[1 - 6 hours]  Professional work experience with a Greater Toledo  planning organization related to academic education.

GEPL - 6960   THESIS
[1 - 12 hours]  Work on a thesis is the culmination of graduate education and occupies most of the second year.

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