Stephen F. Austin State University

Geography (GEO)

COURSES IN GEOGRAPHY (GEO)

Unless otherwise indicated, courses are three semester hours credit, three hours lecture per week.

Lower-level Undergraduate Courses

130. Physical Geography (GEOG 1301) - Provides systematic examination of the physical environment with primary emphasis on the nature, location and general patterns of landforms, climate, vegetation and soils. De­scribes processes that shape the Earth's surfaces at global, regional and local scales.

131. World Regional Geography (GEOG 1303) - Broad investigation of the world's culture regions. Basic cultural, economic, political and physical patterns with current events highlighted.

220. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Overview of computer-based GIS concepts and components. Topics include spatial (location) and attributes (descriptions of features), base maps, spatial data manipulation and analysis. Course fee $40.

230. Cultural Geography (GEOG 1302) - The study of how culturally diverse societies adapted to and modified the Earth's surfaces creating "cultural landscapes," which contrast with pristine "natural landscapes."

Upper-level Undergraduate Courses

305. Biogeography - Introduction to the distribution patterns of wild plants and animals and the factors that determine these patterns.

310. Economic Geography - Surveys human influences on patterns of con­temporary global economic activities. Economic patterns examined at local to global scales. Themes include spatial dimensions of resource use, energy consumption, trade, transportation, communication, population, agriculture/industrial patterns and trends of post-modern landscapes.

315. Cartography - Principles and theory of basic map design, layout and communication. Course fee $30.

320. Geographic Systems Applications - Develops GIS topics such as geodata-base construction, thematic map analysis, spatial modeling, data clas­sification and verification, and GIS application design. Class meets two hours lecture and one-hour lab.

330. Texas Geography - Physical and cultural geography of Texas, including physical regions, distribution of natural resources, environmental issues, patterns of historical and contemporary population, economic activities, political trends and impacts of urbanization on landscapes.

332. Geography of the United States and Canada - Surveys the human and physical geography of North America, including physical regions, eco­nomic activities, political trends and environmental issues.

344. Historical Geography of the United States - Historical spatial interpre­tation of growth and development of the United States, human activi­ties that shaped landscapes and environmental and cultural landscape changes and patterns.

365. Political Geography - Surveys geopolitical patterns and political ecology at local, national, and international scales. Topics include nation-states, geopolitical strategies, neo-colonialism, territoriality, boundaries, redis­tricting and adaption/resistance to globalization.

375. Topics in Geography - In-depth geographical study and analysis of select­ed topics, states and/or regions. May be repeated once with change in topic. Suggested background: Six semester hours of geography or related fields.

400. Geography Internship - Three to six semester hours of credit, nine to 18 hours of field instruction per week. Instructor's permission required. Prerequisite: geography major.

410. Remote Sensing - Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Analysis and interpretation of remote sensing images with empha­sis on the cultural and physical features and patterns found on all image­ry. Suggested background: Nine semester hours of geography or related fields.

434. Conservation Geography - Examines human modification of landscapes and the impact of cultural processes on land use and conservation. Top­ics include current issues in conservation and preservation.

439. Urban Geography - Examines patterns found in cities, suburbs, exurbs and metropolitan regions. Emphasis on housing, land use, urban poli­tics, urban models, impact on surrounding landscapes. Identifies form, function and classification systems for urban areas.

443. Meteorology - Fundamental physical processes producing the short-term patterns of temperature, moisture, atmospheric circulation and storms of the atmosphere. Suggested background: nine semester hours of geogra­phy, including GEO 130. Same as FOR 443. Required field trips.

450. Area Studies - Physical, cultural, political and economic characteristics of specified states and regions. Area may vary from continental to city scale.

475. Advanced Independent Studies in Geography - One to three semester hours. Credit determined by the amount and difficulty of the project un­dertaken. Individual instruction, conference and research for advanced students. Prerequisites: junior standing and 12 semester hours of geogra­phy.

Graduate-level Courses

501. Seminar in Physical Geography - Intensive study of a selected aspect of the physical environment. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in geography.

502. Seminar in Cultural Geography - Intensive study of a selected aspect of the cultural environment. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in geography.

503. Seminar in Regional Geography - Intensive study of a selected region or state of the world. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in geography.

504. Geographic Techniques - Intensive study of a selected geographic technique such as geographic information systems, remote sensing and aerial photo interpretation, or cartography and visualization.

575. Advanced Graduate Studies - Three hours conference per week. Individual instruction in selected phase of geography according to the needs of the student. May be repeated under different topics.

576. Advanced Graduate Studies - Three hours conference per week. Same as 575 for credit in a different topic.

589. Thesis Research - Research for thesis. Grade withheld until completion of thesis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Students doing a thesis must register each semester that the University resources are being utilized.)

590. Thesis Writing - Writing of thesis. Grade withheld until completion of thesis. Prerequisite: GEO 589 and consent of instructor. (Students doing a thesis must register each semester that the University resources are being utilized.)