GEOGRAPHY (GEO) - 2015-2016 Catalog

Department of History & Geography

GEO 1103 - Introduction To Geography

This course introduces all major fields of geography. Included, are examinations of physical phenomena such as weather and climate, landforms and natural resources, as well as human phenomena such as population, culture, political organization, economic activities, and cities.

GEO 1204 - Physical Geography with Laboratory

Physical Geography with Laboratory is a survey of the distribution and analysis of the physical Earth, including surface processes and landforms, Earth-sun relationships, soil types, natural vegetation, weather, climate and the hydrologic cycle. Emphasis is placed on inter-relationships among these and human- environment interaction.

GEO 1403 - Human Geography

Human Geography is a survey of how societies adapted to and modified the earth's surface while creating cultural landscapes. Population patterns, languages, religions, political structures, and economic structures are emphasized.

GEO 2000 - Topics In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 2303 - Regional Geography Of The World

A study of the world's major regions. Each region's physical, cultural, and politico-economic characteristics are reviewed. Region-wide cooperation patterns are discussed and compared. Most major countries in the region are introduced with emphasis on related current issues.

GEO 2403 - Weather and Climate

This course is a study of weather and climate with emphasis on the impact of natural forces upon humans, animal life, and vegetation.

GEO 3000 - Workshop In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 6 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study. Normally involves lecture, films, guest speaker, etc. A grade of "P" or "F" is given. No more than 6 hours of workshop may be counted toward a bachelor's degree.

GEO 3013 - Geographic Skills

Geographic Skills is an exploration of geographic field methods, archival research, information analysis, and map interpretation skills. Prerequisite(s): GEO 1204 or 1403 or 2303 and sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3103 - Map Analysis And Cartography

This course is designed to increase students' proficiency in analyzing and creating maps. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of map reading and analysis, as well as those skills required to create maps effectively and to communicate myriad types of spatial information.

GEO 3123 - Geography of Europe

This course examines the human and physical geography of Europe including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3143 - Geography of Latin America

This course examines the human and physical geography of Latin America including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3153 - Geography Of Middle East & North Africa

This course examines the human and physical geography of the Middle East and North Africa including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3163 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

Geo of Sub-Saharan Africa examines the human and physical geography of Sub-Saharan Africa including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3173 - Geography Of Australia & Major Pacific Islands

This course examines the human and physical geography of Australia and the major Pacific Islands including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3183 - Geography of South Asia

This course examines the human and physical geography of South Asia including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3203 - Geography of North America

This course examines the human and physical geography of North America including physical regions, economic activities, political trends, and environmental issues. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3303 - Geography Of Russia & Central Asia

This course is a comprehensive study of the Russian federation and nations of Central Asia. Focus is on the key physical and human geographic phenomena including natural resources, manufacturing, industrial and post-industrial development, and present and probable geopolitical conflicts.

GEO 3323 - Introduction to American Indian Studies

Introduction to American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary examination of the field of American Indian Studies. Specifically, the course will survey one or more of the following: art, geography, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and contemporary issues. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1113 and 1213.

GEO 3703 - Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation covers contemporary environmental issues and policies. Current problems in population growth, food production and distribution, energy shortages, sustaining biodiversity and natural resources, and global climate change will be stressed. Environmental quality and management issues will be discussed at global and national scales. A portion of this course will cover U.S. environmental history. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 3803 - Geography Of Oklahoma

A study of the physical and cultural geographical factors of Oklahoma. The emphasis is on the use of geographical environment in planning the future.

GEO 3990 - Advanced Topics In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 4013 - Economic Geography

This course is an in-depth exploration of the human and physical influences on patterns of contemporary economic activities from the local to global scales. Themes include the spatial dimensions of resource use, energy consumption, trade, agriculture, industry and post-industrial landscapes. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

GEO 4113 - Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems offers intensive instruction in the skills of geographic information system technology and the methods of collecting, storing, assessing, and manipulating geographic information from a multidisciplinary perspective. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above.

GEO 4133 - American Indian Geographies

American Indian Geographies examines North American Indian and Inuit peoples and their geographies. Culture areas provide the framework for the course within which physical and cultural settings are examined. Particular stress is given to human-environment interactions. Within this context, the course analyzes how environmental perceptions and knowledge inform decisions on settlement patterns, adaptations to particular biotic environments, cultural landscapes, and attachment to place. Prerequisite(s): ENG 1213 and junior standing or above.

GEO 4413 - Geography of Migration

Geography of Migration is an in-depth study of contemporary spatial patterns and processes of global migration. The course is divided into three parts. The first part will explore who is mobile and why people migrate. The second section will examine the migration industry and how state policy and institutional frameworks influence mobility. The third portion will study the cultural influence of migration on both the country of origin and the host country. In this section we will debate how migration changes culture, identity and place by studying concepts such as sense of place, integration, acculturation and transnationalism.

GEO 4513 - Historical Geography Of North America

This course will provide an historical interpretation of the growth and development of the United States and Canada including the human activities that shaped landscapes and resulting environmental changes. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.

GEO 4603 - Urban Geography

A study of contemporary city systems and their transformation. Topics include the historical perspective of urban development and major cities in the world. It surveys in depth the changing roles of the world's major urban centers.

GEO 4613 - World Geopolitical Hot Spots

This course is a comprehensive study of selected geopolitical hot spots; including discussion of topical and geographic issues of current importance. Analysis of each topic entails its regional setting, historical development patterns, and its current status. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

GEO 4733 - Advanced GIS: Socio-Urban

Advanced GIS: Socio-Urban offers advanced geographic information system theory and techniques applied to urban and socio-economic issues including urban and regional planning, urban ecology, crime analysis, and demographic analysis. Emphasis is placed on geocoding, geodatabase design, project development and project implementation. Students engage in advanced mapping and data analysis using Spatial Analyst and geographic visualization using 3D Analyst and ArcScene. Prerequisite(s): GEO 4113 and junior standing or above.

GEO 4743 - Advanced GIS: Environmental

Advanced GIS: Environmental covers advanced geographic information systems theory and techniques for environmental/ecology applications including water quality, soil degradation, land use/land cover change, terrain modeling, and ecosystem inventory and native land management. Students will use both raster and vector data structures and spatial analyst and 3D analyst. Students will be trained in advanced global positioning system (GPS) technology. Field data collection, data editing, GPS/GIS integration will be emphasized. Students will gain field experience for GPS collection techniques. Prerequisite(s): GEO 4113 and (GEO 1204 or 3703 or permission of instructor). Junior standing or above.

GEO 4813 - Geographic Current Affairs

This course is a forum to analyze and discuss selected current affairs topics from geographic points of view. The topics are major contemporary issues critical in comprehending today's social, economic, and political landscape. They represent various aspects of the current affairs ranging from environmental concerns to rising nationalism. Particular attention is given to a geographic analysis of the problem development and its implication to the global security and welfare.

GEO 4893 - Geographic Thought & Research

This course is the capstone course for the Geography major. It explores the progression of geographic thought from Ancient Greece to the present. Prerequisite(s): GEO 3013 and junior or senior standing.

GEO 4900 - Practicum In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 4910 - Seminar In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 4920 - Workshop In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 9 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study. Normally involves lecture, films, guest speaker, etc. A grade of "P" or "F" is given. No more than 6 hours of workshop may be counted toward a bachelor's degree.

GEO 4930 - Individual Study In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 4940 - Field Study In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 6 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 4950 - Internship In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 8 hours.

GEO 4960 - Institute In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 8 hours. Subject matter varies within the department's field of study.

GEO 4970 - Study Tour In Geography

Credit will vary. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5103 - Historical Geography Of The U.S.

Geographical environment as it has modified and influenced the historical growth of the United States.

GEO 5113 - Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems offers intensive instruction in the skills of geographic information system technology and the methods of collecting, storing, assessing, and manipulating geographic information from a multidisciplinary perspective.

GEO 5503 - Geography Of South America

An intensive study of the geography of South America.

GEO 5900 - Practicum In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5910 - Seminar / Special Topics

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5920 - Workshop in Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study. Normally involves lecture, films, guest speaker, etc. A grade of "P" or "F" is given.

GEO 5930 - Individual Study In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5940 - Field Study in Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 9 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5950 - Internship In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 8 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study. Supervised practical experience gained in a professional field by an advanced or graduate student.

GEO 5960 - Institute In Geography

Credit will vary from 1 to 8 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5970 - Study Tour

Credit will vary. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.

GEO 5990 - Thesis

Credit will vary from 1 to 6 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department's field of study.