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GEOG 253: Environment & Society (3)

Have you ever pondered these questions?

  • Did you ever wonder what happens to the things you throw away?
  • What are the three R's of Conservation?
  • Why is it important to manage our forests?
  • How does water get polluted?
  • How have human activities impacted our natural environment?
  • What is the global distribution of food production and consumption?
  • What types of agricultural systems are used worldwide?
  • Is our present rate of resource consumption sustainable?
  • How are land use decisions made?
  • How does pesticide use impact food production and the food web?
  • Where is the most rapid human population growth occurring'?

Learn the answers to these and other intriguing questions in GEOG 253. We will explore various concepts in environmental geography, current policy debates, and apply this information to our own lifestyles.

What General Education Objectives are met in Geography 253?

  • Explore aspects of environmental geography such as water quality, population dynamics, resource management, and agricultural sustainability within a global framework.
  • Integrate information from other disciplines such as sociology, political science, geology, biology, ecology, and chemistry into a geographic perspective.
  • Reflect on current research in the field of environmental geography to 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 natural resources and environmental quality.
  • Course assignments and discussions will develop written, quantitative, technical, and oral skills through a varied assortment of exercises.

Facts about Geography 253

Course Offered: Spring and fall semesters
General Education: Fulfills a social science 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, discussions, assignments, and exams.
Course Goal: Students should leave with a basic understanding of the interrelated components of natural environmental systems and the role humans play in global cycles and environmental quality.
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GEOG 256/556: Maps and Mapping (3)

Maps have been used by human civilizations for well over 5000 years. Besides helping you find your way from here to there, maps are a fun way to visualize places you've never seen, explore new landscapes and environments, or remember things as they once were. Maps can even be beautiful works of art.

This course will introduce you to maps as simplified models of our world, how maps are designed and constructed, and how they are used. By the end of the course, you will come to appreciate the utility, simplicity and beauty of maps. Along the way, you'll play with GIS desktop mapping software, Global Positioning Systems and conventional land surveying equipment, and make your own maps using a variety of tools. By the end of the course you will know the importance of datum, projection, and scale; understand how aerial photography, satellite imagery, and land surveying are used to develop maps; recognize and be able to use standard map types; and also see that maps can be designed to be mislead as well as inform.
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GEOG 432: The Geography of Health (3)

The geographic dimensions of health in local and regional populations across the globe.  Topics include disease ecology, infectious and chronic diseases, geographic mobility, biometeorology, nutrition, development and health, geographic disparities in health, healthcare resources and access, medical systems, concepts of health and place, therapeutic spaces, GIS and Public Health. Introduction to measurement in vital statistics and surveillance data will also be examined.

GEOG 532: The Geography of Health (3)

The geographic dimensions of health in local and regional populations across the globe.  Topics include disease ecology, infectious and chronic diseases, geographic mobility, biometeorology, nutrition, development and health, geographic disparities in health, healthcare resources and access, medical systems, concepts of health and place, therapeutic spaces, GIS and Public Health.  Measurement in vital statistics and surveillance data with statistical, geospatial and modeling applications. 
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GEOG 498E/790E: Geography Seminar (3)

Seminar in Current Problems  - Topic - Human Geography
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