Course Descriptions


ENVS 450 Senior Thesis in Environmental Science
An opportunity for the Environmental Science major to work independently in an area relevant to the student's special interests. Each student's experience is planned in cooperation with an advisor from the Environmental Science Committee of the Geography and Biology Departments. Progress reports and final written and oral reports are required. Proposals for independent research must be submitted to the Environmental Science Committee by October 15th for spring semester or February 15th for fall semester.
Prerequisites: Environmental Science majors only. Senior standing and approval of the Geography Department Chair.

ENVS 495 Internship in Environmental Science
A supervised practical experience in a public or private agency, appropriate to the student's training and interests. The internship program is offered in cooperation with participating institutions that provide guidance for the interns. A minimum of 160 on-site hours is necessary to complete the internship in Environmental Science. The 160 hours must be completed within one semester. The internship in Environmental Science may be taken for one (1) course credit in the major as a free elective. A student may not enroll in an internship more than twice (two course credits). Admission to this course must be approved by the Environmental Science Committee of the Geography and Biology Departments. Applications are due by October 15th for spring semester and February 15th for fall semester.
Prerequisites: Environmental Science majors only. Senior standing, two semesters completed at FSU, GPA 2.75 in the major and overall.


GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography (Gen. Ed. Domain III-B)
An introduction to geography, focusing on its relevance to contemporary man. Emphasis is placed on basic concepts and the geographic point of view

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An introduction to the nature and scope of geography, the techniques and applications of geography, and the geographical context of current social, economic, political, and environmental problems in the major regions of the world. Course focuses mainly on non-Western regions.

GEOG 135 Introduction to Environmental Studies
An introduction to the political, economic, ethical, cultural, scientific, and geographical conditions that have framed environmental issues in the United States. Critical analysis of specific environmental issues such as over-fishing, deforestation, nuclear sites, and air pollution will be used for examination of environmental policies and the many variables that affect these policies.

GEOG 165 Global Cities (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
A thematic investigation of urban forms and processes using key cities in the non-western world as case studies. Topics include the cultural, political, historical, and economic contexts of cities; planning ideologies; globalization; race and segregation; spatialization of class differences; population growth; environmental issues; and other current concerns in global urbanization. Note: This is a writing-intensive course. Prior completion of ENGL 110 Expository Writing is recommended.

GEOG 180 Native Americans: A Geographical and Legal Perspective (Gen. Ed. Domain III-B)
An introduction to Indian law and the unique relationship between the tribes and the federal and state governments. This body of law can have radically different effects on tribes depending in part on their geographical location. The course then examines certain tribal issues in depth, and explores how the geographical location of the tribe and the corresponding climate and terrain make these issues unique to the tribe.

GEOG 201 Economic Geography
An introduction to geography as a social science focusing on the spatial organization of man’s economic activities. Emphasis is on factors influencing their occurrence and distribution, and on the geographical problems of selecting the best location or the best use of a given location for agriculture, manufacturing, and service activities.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

GEOG 203 Introduction to Physical Geography
A geographical analysis of the physical phenomena and processes on the surface of the earth, emphasizing weather elements, patterns of climate and vegetation, soil, water features, landforms, and topography.

GEOG 206 Political Geography (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
A spatial analysis of the rise of the nation state and a comparative examination of political structures and processes within states. Geopolitical processes, such as imperialism, are studied through time and space. The formation of new types of political and social movements at a number of global and local levels is discussed. In addition, the role of class, race, and gender is explored as it relates to issues of power and uneven access to power over space.

GEOG 208 Medical Geography
An examination and analysis of the spatial aspects of such health-related issues as disease ecology and healthcare services. The course applies geographical information, perspectives, and methods to the study of health, disease, and healthcare. The course begins with a discussion of disease ecology, or how human behavior, in its cultural and socioeconomic context, interacts with environmental conditions to cause morbidity and mortality. Students use geographic information systems (GIS) to trace the linkages between disease agents, disease vectors, and their hosts, and the diffusion of disease. The course also addresses the spatial distribution, and access and utilization of medical personnel and facilities.

GEOG 211 Cultural Geography (Gen. Ed. Domain III-B)
A study of spatial variations among cultural groups and the spatial functioning of society. The course focuses on contemporary issues related to the ways language, religion, economy, government, and other cultural phenomena vary or remain constant from one place to another. The study of cultures is organized around five themes: cultural region, diffusion, ecology, integration, and landscape.

GEOG 212 Geographic Perspectives on the Global Environment
An introductory survey stressing the geographic approach to the study of man/land relationships. Emphasis is placed on the impact of human activities on the environment and on conflicts between resource exploitation and environmental quality. Contemporary geographic themes concerning the environment: perception, natural resource utilization, modification by urbanization, and environmental regions are studied. Particular focus is on New England and the United States.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

GEOG 214 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
A basic introduction to the skills and techniques needed by geographers. The course focuses on geographic applications of quantitative methods and uses the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for analysis and presentation of data.

GEOG 215 Religion as a Geographic Phenomenon
A study of religious systems and their geographic characteristics; religious organization of space; origins of organized religions; distribution of religions; attitudes towards contemporary ecological problems conditioned by religious ideology; and comparisons of such attitudes between ancient matriarchal nature religions and more modern patriarchal religions.

GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
An introduction to the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in analyzing spatial data, including methods of data acquisition, and the theory and design of GIS storage and to various aspects of retail location, urban planning, and environmental concerns.
Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of computers, with permission of instructor; or CSCI 120 Introduction to Information Technology.

GEOG 222 Geographic Perspectives on Globalization (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An examination of globalization as a spatial process. Economic, social, political, and cultural analyses are integrated to look at geographically uneven development, the spatial expansion of power systems, which take many forms, and economic and environmental issues between nation states and global governance institutions.

GEOG 225 Population, Food, and Global Development
A critical examination of a fundamental problem facing contemporary civilization: how to address the relationship between the increasing size of the global population and limited natural resources. The availability, production and consumption of food in particular, are fraught with problems subject to debates and ideological positionings. These particularly concern inequities of race, class, and gender embedded in power relationships between Third world producers and First world consumers. Alternative analyses are presented using development theory and commodity chain analysis to look at global uneven development through the connections between food consumption in the global core with food production in the global periphery. The course concludes by looking at the emergence of social movements, which attempt to connect Third World agricultural producers with First World consumers.

GEOG 230 Geography of Natural and Man-Made Hazards
A geographical analysis of selected hazardous conditions of the natural and man-made environment at global, regional, and local levels. In a given semester, the course may emphasize natural or man-made hazards. Specific natural hazards covered include earthquakes and volcanoes; hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe storms; coastal flooding and erosion; and river flooding. Specific man-made hazards include nuclear power plants, toxic wastes, transportation and treatment of hazardous materials, structure fires and arson, and terrorism. Field trips are included.

GEOG 235 Environmental Law and Policy
Designed for the non-legal student whose interest in the environment or whose field of present or future employment would be enhanced by a basic understanding of legal and policy matters as they apply to the environment. The course begins with a discussion of the judicial system, followed by an introduction to the concepts of administrative and common law. The course addresses the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clear Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the various hazardous waste statutes. The course applies this body of law to current environmental issues addressing the political, economic, cultural, and ethical variables that influence environmental policy in the United States.

GEOG 240 Municipal Land Use
An overview of legal and policy matters as they apply to land use in local municipalities. Topics include zoning and subdivision regulations, wetland protection, comprehensive permits, and protection of open space.

GEOG 250 Geography of the United States and Canada (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
A broad regional survey of the natural and cultural landscape features of the United States and Canada, with emphasis on processes of urban-economic development and changing patterns of population, settlement, and land use.

GEOG 251 Geography of New England
A survey of the natural landscape features and the present geographical development of New England as a representative region of the United States. Emphasis is on the emerging patterns and issues of the region’s economic and urban development and how it interacts with North America and the world. Field trips.

GEOG 252 Geography of Europe (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An examination of the geographical factors that have contributed to the natural and cultural landscape of modern Europe, excluding the former U.S.S.R. The course extensively addresses issues of gender, race, and social class as they relate to demographic and economic changes in Europe.

GEOG 253 Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Republics (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
A regional survey of the fifteen successor states of the Soviet Union. Emphasis is on the changing patterns of economic and cultural geography.

GEOG 254 Geography of Monsoon Asia (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An analysis of Southern, Southeastern and Eastern Asia in terms of their natural environment, population distribution and problems, regional divisions, and current problems of economic development.

GEOG 255 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An examination of the physical and cultural landscape of Africa south of the Sahara, with special emphasis on the native cultures of the area and their influence on the landscape; the revolutionary effects of European interventions and conquests; and the modern political, cultural, and economic climates.

GEOG 256 Geography of the Middle East (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
Physical, cultural and political environments which contribute to the instability that exists in Southwest Asia and North Africa.

GEOG 257 Geography of Latin America (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An exploration of Latin America’s cultural, political, and economic characteristics. Issues of development, gender, and changing position in the global system are examined. Particular attention is paid to the pre-Columbian historical geography of the continent and the problems presently facing indigenous peoples.

GEOG 260 Introduction to Urban Studies and Planning in the United States
A survey and analysis of the geographic forces that necessitate urban planning in the United States. Topics covered include the history of urbanization and planning in the United States, the geographic study of cities and towns with emphasis on the origins and problems of urban sprawl, and various other urban problems of American cities and towns that necessitate land use planning and zoning. Local field trips are included.

GEOG 272 Site Planning
An introduction to the concepts and tools required in professional city and regional planning practice at the scale of the development site. Topics include plan reading; graphic representation; site analysis; fundamentals of site engineering; plan review; and finance and development of sites using private, state, and federal funding mechanisms.
Prerequisite: GEOG 260 Introduction to Urban Studies and Planning in the United States.

GEOG 290 Non-Western Regional Geography: Field Study (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An exploration of a non-Western geographical region through an actual field study. The focus is on the physical and cultural geography of the visited area, with special emphasis on the significance of historical, cultural, and recreational sites on the changing patterns of economic, political, and cultural geography. Location is announced when offered.

GEOG 291 Western Regional Geography: Field Study (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
An exploration of a western geographical region through an actual field study. The focus is on the physical, cultural, and historical geography of the visited area, with specific emphasis on the significance of historical, cultural, and recreational sites on the changing patterns of economic, social, and cultural geography. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of differing experiences and perspectives relating to issues of gender, race, and class in the region. Location of region is announced when offered. NOTE: Students may take the course twice for credit; however, in no case may the student take two field study courses in the same Western region.

GEOG 316 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
An advanced course in geographic information systems (GIS). The purpose of this course is to examine how GIS can be used for spatial analysis and modeling applications. Topics include a number of advanced analytical techniques using GIS, including hydrologic modeling, location analysis, spatial interpolation, nearest neighbor estimation, map algebra and urban growth simulation.
Prerequisite: GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems.

GEOG 328 Introduction to Remote Sensing
An introductory course in digital remote sensing and satellite imagery analysis. The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamental principles of remote sensing with an emphasis on the theoretical and applied realms of the discipline. Topics include physics of electromagnetic radiation, digital photogrammetry, image interpretation, spatial resolution, airborne and space-borne sensors and image classification. All topics discussed in lecture are reinforced through laboratory exercises and field work.
Prerequisite: GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems.

GEOG 339 Methods for Planning Analysis and Plan Making
A focus on the specific techniques of city plan preparation and presentation, and on the methods of involving local citizens in the planning process. Among the techniques included are site analysis, field surveys, mapping and graphics for data presentation, and organizing public participation workshops. Computer applications for planning are surveyed.

GEOG 368 Community Development
An examination of the methods of community development including industrial promotion, retail revitalization, downtown renewal, and tourism development. Emphasis is on techniques to assist and encourage business growth and retention. Field trips and practical exercises including preparation of community development handbooks are included.
Prerequisite: GEOG 201 Economic Geography or permission of the instructor.

GEOG 370 Location Theory
A survey of the classical and current location theories, which are used by geographers, planners, and site analysts. Location theories include agricultural, industrial, retail, and service locations. Concepts, methods, and techniques of spatial distribution, spatial function, and spatial relationships are emphasized. Cartographic analysis and GIS applications are major parts of the course.
Prerequisite: GEOG 201 Economic Geography or permission of the instructor.

GEOG 375 Resource Management
An analysis of resource control methodologies. Emphasis is on territorial and developmental impacts of political decisions regarding resources, conflicts between technological and ecological approaches to environment quality, national and international aspects of resource exploitation and utilization. This course includes preparation of environment impact statements, study of laws relating to the use and abuse of the environment, and field trips.
Prerequisite: A course on environment or permission of the instructor.

GEOG 400 Cosmos (Specific title to be announced when offered)
An analysis of a contemporary social, economic, environmental, or regional problem from a geographic perspective. The specific focus of the course varies but emphasis is always placed on the geographer’s contribution to understanding the issues involved.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor may be required.

GEOG 460 Global Development Theories and Policies
An upper-level seminar examining theories of global development and policies. Beginning with Modernization theory, the historical spectrum of concepts of development is explored, concluding with current post-Feminist and Post-Modern theories. Philosophical traditions behind each development paradigm, along with actual policy decisions, are examined. Global institutions and actors involved with the debates and critiques of development theories and policies are discussed.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor.

GEOG 486 Senior Geographic Information Systems Project
A supervised study using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods in the area of the student's interest. Any student wishing to enroll in this course must submit a written proposal for the study topic to the course supervisor, and the topic must be approved by the supervisor prior to enrollment in the course. The student must meet with the course supervisor at least six times during the semester. At the end of the semester, the student must present the results of the study in a research paper or poster, and make an oral presentation before the Geography Department faculty. The final grade for the course is based on the quality and completeness of the study.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor.

GEOG 490 Independent Study in Geography
A Geography major (or minor) with demonstrated ability to use geographical tools and research methods may independently pursue an in-depth investigation of a geographic topic under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The student must present a written request on the approved form. Admission to this course must be approved by the Geography Department at least three weeks prior to registration.

GEOG 495 Internship in Geography
A supervised practical experience in a public or private agency, appropriate to the student’s training and interests. Admission to this course must be approved by the Geography Department Chair according to published departmental guidelines.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor; 3.00 GPA in Geography major, 2.75 GPA overall; completion of the major core courses.

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