GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores global patterns of population dynamics, economic systems, cultural groups, geopolitics, urbanization, and resource distribution, and provides a conceptual framework for understanding the complexities and unevenness of these patterns.

GEOG 1112K Introduction to Weather and Climate
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Spatial processes governing weather and climate, and the relationship between climate systems and the distribution of vegetation types. Successful completion of [GEOG 1112] & [GEOG 1112L] or [GEOG 1112K] and [GEOG 1113] & [GEOG 1113L] or [GEOG 1113K] satisfies natural sciences core requirement for non-science majors.

GEOG 1113K Introduction to Landforms
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Introduction to landforms, their origin, development, and spatial distribution. Successful completion of GEOG 1112 & GEOG 1112L or GEOG 1112K and GEOG 1113 & GEOG 1113L or GEOG 1113K satisfies natural sciences core requirement for non-science majors.

GEOG 1125 Resources, Society and the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Eating, drinking, and breathing are the most immediate and inescapable ways in which we interact with the Earth. Yet in our industrialized, global society most of us understand little about the social, economic, political, and ecological processes and relationships that enable us to continue our day-to-day existence. This course will explore these concepts.

GEOG 3000 Foundations in Geosciences: Skills, Careers & Navigating the Major
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

This course is designed to ensure that students can demonstrate foundational skills within the geosciences disciplines. Each concentration offered by the department will be featured so that students can confirm an appropriate path for their careers. It will be required for all majors and should be completed as soon as a student has declared the major and completed an introductory course in geosciences.

GEOG 4020 Urban Environments
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the physical environmental processes relating to soil, climate, water, and ecosystems that characterize urban environments as opposed to more natural or rural ones. Explore the human-environmental interface in urban areas as reflected in issues such as environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, population growth, unequal distribution of resources, and public health. Sustainability will be particularly emphasized. The City of Atlanta is used as a living laboratory for the course. City Scholars course.

GEOG 4050 Natural Environment of Georgia
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This course will focus on the diversity of Georgia’s landscapes. Through readings, discussions, field outings, and projects, students will become familiar with the principles involved in the structure and function of Georgia’s dwindling but diverse ecosystems. There is an emphasis on plant and animal communities, the physical environment, and landscape management strategies. Locations, diversity, and plant indicator species will be examined in the classroom and the field. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOG 4051 Introduction to the Environmental History of Georgia
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K (or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L), or GEOG 1113K, or GEOL 2001, or BIOL 2108k (or BIOL 2108 and BIOL 2108L), or consent of the instructor
Description

Georgia’s natural environments have been impacted at varying spatial and temporal scales since the initial arrival of humans in the Southeastern US approximately 10,000 years ago. Significant impacts were realized following the arrival of European colonists in the late 16th century. An analysis of anthropogenic impacts will be provided to understand changes in the landscapes and hydrologic systems of Georgia through time.

GEOG 4095 Colloquium in Geosciences
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites 12 or more hours in geography or geology
Description

Current research topics in geosciences. May be repeated once. One lecture hour per week.

GEOG 4097 Topics in Geographical Sciences
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

One to three lecture hours a week. Detailed presentation of a selected topic in geographical sciences. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours if topic is different.

GEOG 4402 Geography of Africa
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An overview of the physical, economic, and cultural geography of Africa, including North Africa. Emphasis on relationships between Africa’s resources, both human and physical, and the development process.(Same as AAS 4400.)
Global Scholars course.

GEOG 4515 Qualitative Methods in Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to carry out qualitative research in geography. It focuses on the need and merits of qualitative research, the “how to” of various qualitative research methods, and issues related to ethics, the research-researched relationship, and positionality.

GEOG 4518 Digital Cartography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the principles, methods, theory, and practices of contemporary digital cartography.

GEOG 4520 Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 1070 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Techniques of spatial analysis of geographic data; emphasis on sampling, measurements, and pattern analysis of points, lines, and areas on maps.

GEOG 4530 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites six hours of natural science laboratory sequence or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week. A survey of remote sensing technology, aerial photograph and satellite image interpretation and digital processing, and applications in engineering and environmental sciences.

GEOG 4532 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Fundamental concepts and applications of raster and vector- based GIS emphasizing analysis of digital spatial data through applied methods.

GEOG 4534 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOG 4532 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced GIS concepts relating to spatial database creation and on-line distribution.

GEOG 4536 GIS Programming
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOG 4534 with a C or higher
Description

This course introduces programming to advanced GIS users. It is an upper-level undergraduate to graduate level course to develop GIS programming skills.

GEOG 4538 Urban Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

The course is an upper-level undergraduate course to graduate level course developed to introduce students to measurement and analysis associated with spatial patterns of urban issues. It addresses contemporary urban importance and presents the quantitative and qualitative skills that can be used in understanding how spatial patterns arise and what they imply for policy making. City Scholars course.

GEOG 4550 Field School in the Geosciences
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Description

Development of fieldwork skills in both physical and human geography, including project design, data collection, and analysis and presentation. Fieldwork projects are designed to aid in the development of future research projects, including senior papers, practicums, and theses. Extensive travel required. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOG 4640 Geomorphology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1113k (or GEOG 1113) or GEOL 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOG 1122L) with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Classification and analysis of landforms using theoretical and quantitative approaches; emphasis upon surface processes in various environments.

GEOG 4642 Advanced Weather and Climate
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1112k (or GEOG 1112) with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Dynamic elements of weather and climate, systems of climate, classification and the regional distribution of climatic types; relationship between climatic systems and the distribution of soil and vegetation types.

GEOG 4644 Environmental Conservation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K (or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L), GEOL 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L), GEOG 1112k (or GEOG 1112), or GEOG 1113k (or GEOG 1113) with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Social and policy perspectives of natural resource management; development of the American conservation movement, federal land policy, and significant environmental legislation; analysis of local and global environmental issues.

GEOG 4646 Water Resources
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1112K (or GEOL 1112), GEOG 1113K (or GEOG 1113), or GEOL 1121K (or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L), or consent of instructor
Description

General characteristics of water resources; principles and methodology, planning procedures, political, socioeconomic, and legal aspects of water resources management.

GEOG 4648 Biogeography
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1112K (or GEOG 1112) and BIOL 2108K ( or BIOL 2108 and BIOL 2108L) with grades of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Spatial variations, processes, and environmental constraints influencing the distribution of life.

GEOG 4650 Surface Water Hydrology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1112, GEOG 1113, GEOG 1112K, or GEOL 1121K with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Applications of principles of hydrology to urban development, flood forecasting, agriculture and forestry, and water resources management; statistical and modeling techniques in hydrology.

GEOG 4762 Economic Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Systematic examination of the changing world economic system including traditional and modern agriculture, manufacturing, and service activity in both developing and developed areas. Global Scholars course.

GEOG 4764 Urban Geography CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comparative study of the location, function, and internal spatial structure of urban areas. Special attention given to the impact of transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial activity on the changing form of cities and suburbs. City Scholars course.

GEOG 4768 Metropolitan Atlanta
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Interdisciplinary perspective focusing on social, historical, and geographic processes that have shaped the Atlanta region.(Same as HIST 4320 and SOCI 4279.)
City Scholars course.

GEOG 4774 Contemporary Urban Theory and Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of urban geographical theory as a framework for understanding contemporary cities in the United States. City Scholars course.

GEOG 4778 Political Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The impact of geographical factors such as nationalism, the state and territory, ideology, and colonialism/imperialism on global political geography. Followed by a brief introduction to the political geography of the United States. Global Perspectives Course.

GEOG 4784 Global Climate Change
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1112K (or GEOG 1112 and GEOG 1112L) or GEOL 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) or GEOL 2001 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

An assessment of the understanding of many aspects of recent climatic change. The focus is on how human activities can cause climatic change as well as how humans and ecosystems can be affected by those changes. Specific topics will include technical aspects of climatic observations and modeling, actual and potential impacts of climatic change on human and natural systems, and climatic-change influences on public policy. Global Scholars course.

GEOG 4830 Senior Seminar CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites At least 15 hours of geosciences or geology at the 4000-level with a C or higher, and enrollment in a concentration in Geography, Urban Studies, or Environmental Geosciences, or consent of the instructor
Description

Philosophical foundations of geosciences, contemporary problems and issues, and traditional research skills. Data acquisition and processing, analysis, writing, and presentation of research findings. Professional development and career preparation are emphasized as well. Intended to serve as a capstone to the undergraduate curriculum. This course is only offered during the fall semester and should be completed in the fall prior to graduation. Serves as the Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course required of all geosciences majors. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOG 4832 Geosciences Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Advanced standing, and approval of sponsoring faculty advisor and of department chair
Description

Academic training and professional experience through short-term internships at public or private agencies. Paper and related deliverables required to the department aside from internship responsibilities. Students should find internship experiences first and then contact the department for approval to enroll in this course. May be taken more than once, but only three credits may be applied toward major requirements. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOG 4870 Honors Thesis I
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. Signature Experience course.

GEOG 4880 Honors Thesis II
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. Signature Experience course.

GEOG 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Prerequisites Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.