Geography Courses Offered Spring 2005

In the Spring of 2005 we are offering an exciting variety of courses in physical and human geography as well as in geographical information science. Here is an overview of our offerings for the Spring of 2005 (scroll down for full course descriptions).

Students taking Culture, Nature, Landscape explore the landscape of a park in Chicago's Chinatown.

Human Geography Courses
Students who are just beginning to explore geography should consider taking World Human Geography or Globalization and Development (formerly titled Geography of the Non-Industrialized World). 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. Globalization and Development takes a regional approach to exploring issues related to economic, social and political development in less developed countries. Find out more about the country in which you live by taking Regional Geography of the US with Professor Janke. Students interested in international affairs and geopolitics should consider taking Professor Kilpinen's Political Geography class this semester.

Professor Janke leads a Geomorphology field trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Physical and Human/Environment Courses
A number of courses will appeal to students interested in physical geography and the human relationship with the environment. Professor Janke will offering his field study course on the Sonoran Desert. The highlight of Geomorphology is the field trips to the Kankakee Marsh, the Indiana Dunes, and the Valparaiso Moraine. Professor Longan will be offering Environmental Conservation which explores environmental issues from a geographical point of view. For a more philosophical take on the human environment relationship students might consider taking the topics course Culture, Nature, Landscape taught by Professor Longan, which explores the intersections between culture and nature in the landscape you see when you walk outside as well as in representations of landscapes from art and popular culture.

Geographic Information Science Courses
Students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as geography, should consider Remote Sensing where they will learn skills related to analyzing data from aircraft and satellite sensors. Students wishing to sharpen their GIS skills should consider taking Advanced GIS. 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."

Courses that help fulfill General Education Requirements

Global Diversity: GEO 101 and GEO 102
Social Analysis: GEO 101
Natural Science: GEO104

Course Descriptions

Note that links to On-line materials are from past semesters and may or may not fully reflect the content of the course as it will be taught during the Spring 2005 semester.

101. World Human Geography. Cr. 3. On-line materials.
GEO-101-A MWF 10:10AM 11:00AM GMB 106 Longan Partially fulfills Soc Anl reqt.

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.


102. Globalization and Development. Cr. 3.
GEO-102-A Globalization and Development 3 MWF 09:05AM 09:55AM GMB 112 Kilpinen Fulfills Global Div & part of Soc Anl reqt.

Cr. 3. A regional survey of the developing countries, with an emphasis on their economic, social, and political development in the context of growing global interconnectedness. The course will explore issues of colonization, cultural change, ethnic conflict, and environmental modification. This course may be used to fulfill a part of the Social Analysis component and the Global Cultures and Perspectives component of the General Education Requirements.

104. Geomorphology. 2+4, Cr. 4.
GEO-104-A Geomorphology 4 TR 01:20PM 02:25PM GMB 112 Janke Prereq: MATH-110 or equiv. Fulfills Nat Sci reqt.
GEO-104L-B Geomorphology Lab 0 T 02:30PM 05:30PM GMB 106 Janke  
GEO-104L-C Geomorphology Lab 0 R 02:30PM 05:30PM GMB 106 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.


GEO 230. Remote Sensing. Cr. 3.
GEO-230-A Remote Sensing 3 R 09:05AM 11:00AM GMB 106 Kilpinen
GEO-230L-B Remote Sensing Lab 0 T 09:05AM 11:00AM SCH 34 Kilpinen

An introduction to the fundamentals of earth analysis in geography and meteorology using digital and photographic data acquired by a variety of aircraft and satellite sensors. Topics include image interpretation and processing, photogrammetry, change analysis, and environmental monitoring. May be of interest to students in biology, environmental science and civil engineering.

260. Environmental Conservation. Cr. 3. On-Line Materials
GEO-260-A Environmental Conservation 3 MW 12:55PM 01:45PM GMB 112 Longan
      R 03:05PM 03:55PM GMB 108  
GEO-260-B Environmental Conservation 3 MW 12:55PM 01:45PM GMB 112 Longan
      F 12:55PM 01:45PM GMB 108  

A study of American and International resource problems and environmental issues; the institutions and attitudes involved and solutions for correcting them.

301/501. Regional Geographies of the US Cr. 3.
GEO-301-A Regional Geography of the US 3   MWF 09:05AM 09:55AM GMB 106 Janke

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.

385/585. Field Study: Sonoran Desert 0+4, Cr. 2-3. On-Line Materials
GEO-385-A Field Study: Sonoran Desert 3   TBA Janke Instr approval reqd. Includes 1 hr meeting per wk.

A course designed to develop methods and techniques of geographic field work. May include a week of intensive work at a field site at a time when University is not in session, possibly in late summer. Additional fees may be charged to cover expenses. Prerequisite: consent of the Department Chair. See the course announcement for more specific information on the Sonoran Desert Field Course.

415/515. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. On-line materials.
GEO-415-A Advanced Geogrphic Info Systms 3 MW 01:05PM 02:55PM SCH 34 Kilpinen Prereq: GEO-215.

Cr. 3. A course in research design and execution using GIS. Students will enhance their knowledge of GIS packages and advanced operations while researching a topic or problem. Individual and/or class projects will also focus on designing research for GIS. Prerequisite: GEO 215.

470/570. Political Geography On-line materials.
GEO-470-X Political Geography 3 MWF 10:10AM 11:00AM GMB 108 Kilpinen Cross-listed w/POLS 490 X.

Cr. 3. An investigation of the relations among political activities and organizations and the geographic conditions within which they develop. Political power is discussed in terms of spatial, human, cultural and ethnic geography. May be of interest to political science majors.

490. Topics: Culture, Nature, Landscape On-line materials
GEO-490-A Top: Cultr, Nature, Landscape 3 TR 11:50AM 01:05PM GMB 108 Longan

A course in advanced cultural geography focusing upon the idea of landscape and how it embodies the relationship between culture and nature. We take a broad definition of the environment, and consider both seemingly "natural" landscapes, as well as landscapes that are obviously humanly produced. We will discover that what we think of as a natural landscape is often anything but natural. The importance of both the physical form of landscapes and their representation (in landscape painting, photography, and film for instance) will be debated. We will also look at how landscapes, spaces, and places are implicated in the production of ideas about "race," gender, ethnicity, and nationality. Throughout the course, we will focus upon issues of cultural politics and the ways that both culture and nature are political. Our readings will allow us to critically evaluate a variety of different types of landscapes including farms, nature parks, amusement parks, ethnic neighborhoods, suburbs, and shopping malls.

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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