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GEOG 101/102: Survey of Physical Geography

Have you ever wondered:

  • How human activities have impacted our natural environment?
  • Why rainforests have such high biodiversity?
  • Why the land surface in Illinois is so flat?
  • How beaches form?
  • Why it floods so quickly after a rainfall in urban environments?
  • Why the soils in Illinois are black and the soils in Georgia red?
  • What factors influence the distribution of vegetation globally?
  • How much freshwater is there in the world?
  • How are mountains built?
  • What factors influence the distribution of soils on Earth?

What General Education Objectives are met in Geography 101/102?

The physical geography perspective integrates information from other fields such as geology, biology, physics, and chemistry. Explore aspects of geography such as water resources, soil and vegetation distributions within a global context. Examples of current research in the field of physical geography expose students to the thought process associated with the scientific method. Learn to think critically about the geographic environment by examining the impact of humans on the physical landscape. Develop written, quantitative, technical, and oral skills through a variety of laboratory exercises in GEOG 102.

Facts about Geography 101/102:

Course Offered: Both spring and fall semesters: Geog 101, 3 credit hours; or Geog 101 and Geog 102, 4 credit hours

General Education: Fulfills a science/math distributive area requirement and matches the following general education goals: develop communication and technical skills, apply various modes of inquiry, and develop an understanding of integrated knowledge through a combination of lecture material, readings, laboratory assignments, and exams.

Course Goal: To introduce students to processes and interactions within the physical environment including those associated with hydrology, landforms, soils, and vegetation.


 GEOG/WOMS 324: Women in Science (3)

Crosslisted as WOMS 324 and BIOS 324X. Why women are underrepresented in many scientific fields. The history of women in science, the current status of women in science, and the representation of women in various scientific disciplines.

GEOG 453/553: Environmental Management(3)

Human-environment geography perspective on natural resource planning, environmental conservation, and sustainable development throughout the world. Advanced analysis of environmental issues in a variety of geographic contexts and at scales ranging from local to global. Emphasis on critical and analytical thinking skills. 

WOMS 235: Women Across Cultures & Centuries(3)

Interdisciplinary analysis of principles and methods used for the study of gender and evaluating the relevance of scholarship in women’s studies to traditional disciplines. Focus on theoretical perspectives and methodological issues central in feminist inquiry and development of skills in integrating gender-related research and criticism in students’ areas of academic specialization. 

WOMS 630: Research in Women's Studies(3)

The dominant cultural and social patterns affecting women in the context of globalization.