Geography Courses Offered Fall 2004
Professor Janke leads a geomorphology field trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
In the Fall of 2004 we are offering a diversity of courses in geography including three exciting special topics courses (scroll down for full course descriptions). Professor Kilpinen is offering a one credit course on Using Census 2000 Data, inspired in part by his experience in preparing maps for his American Ethnic Geography class which is also being offered. Professor Longan is offering a course in Communication and Geography that will focus on the geography of cyberspace and virtual reality among other topics. Professor Janke will again be offering his popular National Parks class that includes a short field experience.

In addition to these special opportunities students will find plenty of other interesting courses. The highlight of Geomorphology is the field trips to the Kankakee Marsh, the Indiana Dunes, and the Valparaiso Moraine. Economic Geography considers how abstract economic processes, including globalization play out "on the ground" and affect particular places and people's lives for better or worse. Professor Janke is offering his popular North American Indian on Film course. Our regional offering this semester is a Geography of Latin America course. Students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as geography, should consider Introduction to GIS where they will learn skills related to mapping and analyzing geographical data. As reported in a recent article in Nature (PDF) the US Department of Labor has identified geospatial technology as one of the most "important emerging and evolving fields." Finally, World Human Geography provides an overview of the study of human geography focusing upon population, the environment, cultural geography, political geography, economic geography, and urban geography.

Course Descriptions

101. World Human Geography. Cr. 3. On-line materials.
GEO-101-A MW 10:10AM 11:00AM MUH 114 Longan Partially fulfills Soc Anl reqt.
  F 10:10AM 11:00AM MUH 8    
GEO-101-B MW 10:10AM 11:00AM MUH 114 Longan Partially fulfills Soc Anl reqt.
  W 02:00PM 02:50PM MUH 5    

A topical introduction to the many themes and subfields of human geography, especially population, economic, cultural, urban, and political geography. Examples highlighting these themes draw from relevant contemporary events in both the industrialized and developing worlds. This course may be used to fulfill a part of the Social Analysis component of the General Education Requirements.

104. Geomorphology. 2+4, Cr. 4.
GEO-104-A Geomorphology 4 TR 01:20PM 02:25PM MUH 114 Janke Fulfills Nat Sci reqt. Prereq: MATH-110 or equiv.
GEO-104L-B Geomorphology Lab 0 T 02:30PM 05:30PM MUH 6 Janke  
GEO-104L-C Geomorphology Lab 0 R 02:30PM 05:30PM MUH 6 Janke  

The scientific analysis of natural processes and human impacts affecting the development of landscapes on the earth and other planets. Emphasis is on the interrelationships of geologic, climatic, hydrologic and biological cycles in creating and reshaping landforms. Field trips. This course may be used to fulfill four credit hours of the Natural Science component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: MATH 110 or placement higher than MATH 110 on the math placement examination.

200. American Ethnic Geography. Cr. 3. On-line materials.
GEO-200-A American Ethnic Geography 3   MWF 09:05AM 09:55AM MUH 4 Kilpinen Fulfills US Div & part of Soc Anl reqt.

An analysis of the rich ethnic diversity of the United States, including the immigration and regional settlement of each of the major cultural groups and their physical expression on the North American Landscape. Topical themes include language, religion, politics, and urban imprints. This course may be used to fulfill the U.S. Diversity component of the General Education Requirements.


201. Economic Geography. Cr. 3. On-Line Materials
GEO-201-A Economic Geography 3   MWF 12:55PM 01:45PM MUH 4 Longan Partially fulfills Soc Anl reqt.

An analysis of the location of economic activities as parts of a system. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. This course may be used to fulfill a part of the Social Analysis component of the General Education Requirements.

210. Current Themes in Geography: National Parks.
GEO-210-A Current Themes: National Parks 3   MW 11:50AM 12:40PM MUH 6 Janke Instr approval reqd. Field trip Oct 21-24. Fee $200.

This course is designed to examine current geographic topics. These may include American minority settlement patterns and communities, cultural ecology, national parks, geographic techniques, the American Indian, travel and tourism, medical geography, and problems associated with the physical environment. May be repeated when the topic is different. The three-credit course extends throughout the semester, the two-credit course for seven weeks.

215. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 2+2, Cr. 3. On-line materials.
GEO-215-A Intro to Geogrphic Info Systms 3   W 12:55PM 02:45PM SCH 34 Kilpinen  
GEO-215L-B Intro to GIS Lab 0   M 12:55PM 02:45PM SCH 34 Kilpinen  

An introduction to the theory and practical use of Geographic Information Systems. These powerful research tools combine computer mapping and databases to provide diverse combinations of spatial information and modelling capabilities to enhance decision-making processes and planning. GIS usage is also highly multidisciplinary; the class may be of interest to students of several other programs such as civil engineering, biology, business, health sciences.


274. North American Indian on Film. Cr. 3. Through history, plays, novels, and film, this course helps us to understand distinctive features of Native American life as understood by Native Americans. It dispels common myths about Native Americans, examines the struggle of different tribes to maintain their identities, and provides insights into their values and religious beliefs. May be used to fulfill the U.S. Diversity component of the General Education Requirements.
GEO-274-EV N American Indian on Film 3   W 06:30PM 09:00PM NSC 234 Janke Fulfills US Div reqt.


301/501. Regional Geographies of the World: Geography of Latin America Cr. 3. On-line materials
GEO-301-A Geography of Latin America 3   MWF 10:10AM 11:00AM MUH 5 Kilpinen Fulfills Global Div reqt.

A geographic interpretation of the environmental, cultural, political, and economic patterns of one of the world's major regions, such as the United States and Canada, Latin America (on-line materials), Europe (on-line materials), Asia, or Africa. May be repeated for credit when the regional offering is different. Certain regional offerings may satisfy the Global Diversity component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the Chair.

GEO-490/590-A Topics: Using Census 2000 Data Cr. 1
GEO-490-A Topic: Using Census 2000 Data 1   M 03:05PM 04:30PM SCH 34 Kilpinen May be of interest to ECON, HIST, POLS, SOC maj.

Census 2000 was one of the largest data collection exercises in history, generating hundreds of separate data sets on American demographic, social, political, and economic issues. This course is designed to introduce students to Census 2000 information. It will explore the way in which these data were gathered and organized for release in various summary files and at different geographic scales. The course will also cover techniques for accessing and downloading these data, as well as importing them into a GIS (geographic information system) for display and analysis. Designed for students in economics, history, geography, sociology, and political science, this course does not require any previous experience with GIS. Class sessions will consist of short introductions to key census issues and hands-on work with actual data.

GEO-490/590-X/COMM-490/590-X Topics: Communication & Geography Cr. 3 On-line materials
GEO-490-X Top: Communication & Geography 3   TR 01:20PM 02:35PM SCH 34 Longan Cross-listed w/ COMM 490 X. Open to sophomores.

Communication and Geography will examine how existing and emerging telecommunications technologies are transforming places and spaces across the globe. Are virtual communities replacing or enhancing geographical communities? What does a map of cyberspace look like? Where exactly are you when you are in cyberspace? Exploring and mapping the emerging geographies of cyberspace through class discussion and virtual field trips will be main focus of our attention. We will also discuss the geography of telegraph and telephone communication, newspapers, and television. The course will consider the landscapes of everyday virtual realities in video games and the everyday real virtualities of places like Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, and Times Square. Finally the course will examine ideals of electronic democracy, the creation of online public spaces, and the role of communications media in globalization.

Additional Courses

GEO-486-V Internship in Geography
GEO-495-V Independent Study
GEO-692-A Research Project
GEO-695-A Independent Study



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