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.
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.
This course is intended to provide the students with a broader understanding of water as a natural resource and its importance to our lives and the Earth's complex environment. Specifically, this course will cover issues related to water distribution, water usage, and water management. Relevant videos and supplement readings will used throughout the course. Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:
Regional analysis of Asia. Natural environment and resources, natural hazards, history and cultures, agriculture and rural development, demographic changes, urbanization and urban problems, industry and trade, tourism, areas of political conflicts. Geographic perspectives applied to contemporary issues.
Upon successful completion of this course, the students should be able to:
This course introduces the basic theory and concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and provides hands-on experience of working with a particular GIS software package (i.e, GeoMedia Pro by Intergraph Corporation, Huntsville, AL) through exercises and projects. The theory and concepts provides a context for understanding the functions of GeoMedia and the lab reinforces the theory and concepts covered in the lecture. After successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:
The overall goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of remote sensing and demonstrate its applicability to different fields. After successful completion of this course, students should be able to explain:
This course introduces the fundamental physical principles that are necessary to understand the occurrence, distribution, and circulation of water near the Earth's surface. A qualitative understanding of the hydrological phenomena will be enhanced by a quantitative examination of the physical processes involved in the hydrological cycle. The course will provide an introduction to hydrological processes (what, where, how, and why) and data acquisition and analysis. The purpose of the laboratory is to reinforce the principles and applications introduced in lecture and to be familiar with computer modeling tools in hydrology: Excel and HEC software (predict and forecast). After successful completion of this course, the students should be able to:
This course introduces the basic customization of ArcGIS using VBA and Geoprocessing using Model Builder and Python. After successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:
This course will introduce classical concepts and recent trends in landform evolution and modeling by reading and discussing book chapters and recent papers on a variety of topics, including early conceptual models on landform evolution, terrain analysis and basin morphometry, GIS, DEMs, scales and fractals, computer simulation models, applied geomorphology, and Martian geomorphology, etc. At the end of this course, you should be able to: