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Specialization Tracks

The following specialization tracks are offered to undergraduates and are represented strongly by our faculty :

 

Urban and Economic Geography

GEPL 1100 Environmental Geography
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.
GEPL 2040 World Regional Geography
Examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic, and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.
GEPL 2400 Geographic Techniques
Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing, and displaying geographic data.
GEPL 3440 Population Geography (WAC)
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
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 3650 Industrial Geography (WAC)

Introduction to both the classical and contemporary literature and debates in industrial geography. Topics receiving special attention include industrial location theory, the spatial outcomes of competing manufacturing systems, and the shift of the US from a manufacturing to a service-based economy.

GEPL 4710 Urban Environments
Examines urban areas, the approaches to studying them, and explanations offered for urban processes and forms. Topics focus on the development and change of urban areas at intra-urban and inter-urban scales in the U.S., Europe, "newly industrializing countries," and "less developed countries." Particular attention is paid to the changing relations between social, economic, political and cultural processes and the changing urban environment.
GEPL 4750 Transportation Geography
Role of transportation and communications in the economic development of places. Theories of geographic interaction, location of transport routes and the development implications of transport investments.
GEPL 4210 Land Use Planning
A broad introduction to urban and regional public planning in the U.S. and Western Europe, introducing land use planning concepts and practices and their role in shaping the direction of urban development

GEPL 4530

Principles in Urban Planning
Introduction to planning theory. The planner's role in land use regulation, economic development, housing, and social service delivery.
GEPL 4580 Location Analysis
Focuses on the application of geographic location theory, spatial interaction modeling, optimization techniques, and geographic information system processing to the solution of facility location problems and delivery of service from central facilities to dispersed users. Explores analytical tools used in finding optimal locations for manufacturing plants, warehouses, waste disposal sites, emergency service facilities, and retail establishments.
GEPL 4600 Urban Design
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 intra urban elements, cultural, ecological, and aesthetic considerations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Community, Urban and Regional Planning
GEPL 2400 Geographic Techniques
Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing and displaying geographic data.
GEPL 4160 Patterns of World Development
Examination of contemporary global economic patterns and trends. Topics receiving special attention include population problems, the spread of multinational corporations, and the causes and consequences of the emergence of postindustrial economies
GEPL 3440 Population Geography (WAC)
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
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 3900 Environmental Planning
Explores history, goals, methods, ethics and social dilemmas encountered when trying to achieve environmentally sensitive planning. Presents studies of environmental planning successes and failures.
GEPL 4210 Land Use Planning
A broad introduction to urban and regional public planning in the U.S. and Western Europe, introducing land use planning concepts and practices and their role in shaping the direction of urban development.
GEPL 4510 Introduction to GIS
Use of the computer for producing maps which depict spatially disposed quantitative and qualitative data. The programs used are suited to a broad range of applications and are provided with numerous option to meet varying requirements.

GEPL 4530 

Principles in Urban Planning
Introduction to planning theory. The planner's role in land use regulation, economic development, housing, and social service delivery.
GEPL 4550 Community Economic Development
Planning Explores the reemergence of community-based alternatives and bottom-up development as a response to economic and social difficulties of communities.
GEPL 4570 Land Development and Planning
Addresses theoretical location analysis, pragmatic land development issues, and the consequences of land use policies that affect development potential. Explores issues of fairness and efficiency of land development plans, and the evaluative and technical tools related to development feasibility.
GEPL 4580 Location Analysis
Focuses on the application of geographic location theory, spatial interaction modeling, optimization techniques, and geographic information system processing to the solution of facility location problems and delivery of service from central facilities to dispersed users. Explores analytical tools used in finding optimal locations for manufacturing plants, warehouses, waste disposal sites, emergency service facilities, and retail establishments
GEPL 4600 Urban Design
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 intra urban elements, cultural, ecological, and aesthetic considerations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Environmental Geography

GEPL 1100 Environmental Geography
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.
GEPL 2040 World Regional Geography
Examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic, and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.
GEPL 2400 Geographic Techniques
Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing, and displaying geographic data.
GEPL 3440 Population Geography (WAC)
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 4540 Weather and Climate
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
The development characteristics and distribution of landforms, soils, vegetation, water resources and climates are presented. GEPL 3610 Conservation and Resources Examination of the basic philosophies, principles, and ethics of conservation and resource use. Case studies of selected resource management and environmental problems.
GEPL 3900 Environmental Planning
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.
GEPL 3920 Geographic Research and Natural Hazards
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 4490 Remote Sensing of the Environment
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.
GEPL 4500 Digital Image Analysis
Explores digital image techniques such as classification and principal components analysis. Terrestrial and coastal applications of satellite image analysis are performed intensive laboratory sessions.

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Cultural and Behavioral Geography

GEPL 2030

Cultural Geography (WAC & Multicultural Studies)
Systematic applications of the concept of culture to geographic themes: culture areas, cultural landscapes, culture history, cultural ecology and cultural diversity
GEPL 2040 World Regional Geography
Examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic, and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.
GEPL 2400 Geographic Techniques
Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing, and displaying geographic data.
GEPL 3030 Geography of Europe

Systematic study of the physical environment, demographic landscape, nation-states and ethnicity, economics, politics, urban settlement, and future of Europe. Russia excluded.

GEPL 3050

Geography of the United States and Canada (Multicultural: Diversity of U.S Culture)
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 (Multicultural: Non-Western Culture)
Compares and contrasts physical and human aspects of Asian countries and peoples in relation to economic development.
GEPL 3440 Population Geography (WAC)

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 3810

 Political Geography
Examination of geopolitical and geostrategic issues at the nation-state and international level.
GEPL 4860 Gender Issues in Geography
Traces the development and institutionalization of gender roles and how these influence spatial decisions and the formation of perceptual landscapes.
GEPL 4600 Urban Design
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 intra urban elements, cultural, ecological, and aesthetic considerations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
GEPL 4890 Field Experience
Personal explorations of urban space and place emphasizing an array of practical and ethical issues in the collection and interpretation of primary geographic data.

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Geographic Education

GEPL 1010 Human Geography
Presentations of major approaches to geographic thought: the natural environment, regional studies, human ecology, development issues and spatial interrelationships.
GEPL 1100 Environmental Geography
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.
GEPL 2040 World Regional Geography
Examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic, and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.
GEPL 2400 Geographic Techniques
Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing, and displaying geographic data.
GEPL 3030 Geography of Europe
Detailed study of several regions. Special consideration of agriculture, industry and commerce from a regional viewpoint. Russia excluded.

GEPL 3050

Geography of the United States and Canada (Multicultural: Diversity of U.S Culture)
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 (Multicultural: Non-Western Culture)
Compares and contrasts physical and human aspects of Asian countries and peoples in relation to economic development.
GEPL 3300 Geography of Latin America (Multicultural: Non-Western Culture)
Survey and analysis of the physical and cultural charactersitics of Latin American countries.

GEPL 3220

Geography of Africa (Multicultural: Non-Western Culture)
Begins with a general overview of Africa's physical environment, its colonial history, and its peoples and cultures. It then examines variety of themes associated with development, population, urban, and political geography
GEPL 3440 Population Geography (WAC)
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 4650 Physical Geography
The development characteristics and distribution of landforms, soils, vegetation, water resources and climates are presented.
GEPL 4810 Political Geography
Examination of geopolitical and geostrategic issues at the nation-state and international level.
GEPL 3610 Conservation and Resources
Examination of the basic philosophies, principles, and ethics of conservation and resource use. Case studies of selected resource management and environmental problems

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Geographic Techniques and Applications

GEPL 2400 Geographic Techniques
Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing, and displaying geographic data.
GEPL 3410 Cartography
Presentation of cartographic principles and laboratory practice in the use of drafting equipment and in the construction of maps.
GEPL 4180 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Advanced applications in geographic information systems (GIS) with an emphasis on problem solving, advanced GIS analysis techniques and a survey of vector and raster based GIS software and databases.

GEPL 4490

Remote Sensing of the Environment
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.
GEPL 4500 Digital Image Analysis
Explores digital image techniques such as classification and principal components analysis. Terrestrial and coastal applications of satellite image analysis are performed intensive laboratory sessions.
GEPL 4510 Introduction to GIS
The use of the computer for producing maps which depict spatially disposed quantitative and qualitative data. The programs used are suited to a broad range of applications and are provided with numerous options to meet varying requirements
GEPL 4520 Analytical and Computer Cartography
Builds on the foundation of GEPL 4510 Introduction to GIS by focusing on the structure, manipulation, and display of spatially-referenced data; topics involving measurement and graphic manipulation of cartographic objects will be given significant attention.
GEPL 4580 Location Analysis
Focuses on the application of geographic location theory, spatial interaction modeling, optimization techniques, and geographic information system processing to the solution of facility location problems and delivery of service from central facilities to dispersed users. Explores analytical tools used in finding optimal locations for manufacturing plants, warehouses, waste disposal sites, emergency service facilities, and retail establishments.

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Last Updated: 3/22/15