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110. Cultural Geography (Crane)
The character and development of the world’s major culture regions and cultural landscapes (e.g., the United States, Africa, etc.). Three themes are emphasized: (1) the development of culture regions and associated cultural landscapes such as agricultural and urban settlement; (2) humankind’s impact on the natural environment; and (3) human population growth and change and its relationship to environmental impact. Students explore these themes through lecture and discussion copiously illustrated with maps, slides, and videos; short writing projects; the analysis of maps and other data; and the reading of specialized materials. No prerequisites; freshmen & sophomores only; diversity course.

111. Physical Geography (Amador)
This course emphasizes three themes: (1) the weathering and subsequent erosion of weathered material; (2) stream processes and fluvial landforms in both humid and arid regions, to include floods; and (3) the role of glaciers in shaping landscapes. Throughout the course the cycling of water over the earth’s surface is emphasized, especially humankind’s impact on these cycles. The course lectures are illustrated with slides and supplemented with interpretation of topographic maps. Short writing projects and map interpretation exercises are required. No prerequisites; freshmen & sophomores only.

200.1. Geographic Analysis of Agriculture Production in Central Ohio (Staff)
In this five-week summer course we analyze different forms of agricultural production found in Central Ohio. Each week we engage with critical geographic readings concerning agricultural practices. We study sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, agri-business, the relationship between the consumer and producer, and issues surrounding labor and agricultural production. Each week the class will visit a site of agricultural production related to the readings. No prerequisites.

222. The Power of Maps and GIS (Krygier)
Maps are essential tools for geographers and others who use spatial information and study spatial phenomena. Maps can be used to both explore and present data, and they play an important role in our society. This course is an introduction to maps and cartography, with an emphasis on how they relate to geographic information systems (GIS). Major topics include data sources, the map abstraction process, “map infrastructure” (scale, projections, reference systems, accuracy), map types, use, and interpretation. Course material covers technical and social issues as well as applications. The growing role of the World Wide Web (WWW) in providing data, maps, and GIS functions will be emphasized—with many WWW-based exercises integrated into the course. Geography 222 serves as an introduction to courses in cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). No prerequisites; open to all students.

235. Energy Resources (Staff)
Resource utilization and management, focusing on the Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Each type of energy resource is analyzed and future use is postulated.

270. Cultural Geography of the Middle East (Staff)
This course focuses on the landscapes of he Middle East as they have been shaped by human occupancy. The course explores the many layers of civilization in the Middle East, including the enormous cultural and ethnic diversity of the region, the evolution of political states, the role of religion in politics and culture, the differing experiences of men and women, the social and environmental consequences of rapid urbanization and the growth of the tourism industry. Includes discussions of the physical environment and natural resource endowments of the region, especially water and oil. No prerequisites. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, & seniors only; diversity course.

300.3. Geography, Globalization and Place: the Mexico-U.S. Border at Tijuana (Staff)
This course studies economic and cultural globalization from a geographical perspective using the Tijuana border region as a case study to understand how globalization produces and impacts regions. The border-crossing between Tijuana and San Diego is the busiest in the world with 41 million crossing a year. Tijuana sits at the meeting place between the global south and the global north, the first and the third worlds. It is a site of offshore assembly plants and a place of global cultural hybridism, indeed an ideal globalized laboratory. Tijuana provides an excellent microcosm to understand how cultural and economic globalization functions.

300.6. Remote Sensing of the Environment (Amador)
Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about a surface or object without the use of direct contact. Increasingly, remotely sensed imagery and data are being used in research and by the public (e.g., Google Earth). The objective of the course is for students to understand fundamental photogrammetry, the physical properties of satellite and aircraft-derived imagery, and learn about how different remote sensing applications may be applied in solving a wide variety of problems in different disciplines. This course is an introduction to the principles of remote sensing, including an exposure to the following types of data: aerial photography, multispectral, hyperspectral and thermal imaging, RADAR, and LIDAR. The course will be taught with an emphasis on the geographical applications of remote sensing. Weekly hands-on assignments and exercises will supplement classroom discussion and reading. Additional student assessment will consist of a term project that will emphasize the content learned in the course with focus on the student’s research interest. Fully immersing the student to problem-solving exercises throughout the semester is key to understanding and visualizing the principles in remote sensing and provides the student with a new set of tools for addressing research questions in the physical and social sciences. Sophomores, juniors and seniors. Freshman may be added with instructor permission.

330. Geography of Europe (Staff)
The cultural geography of Europe. Emphasis in the course is placed on the historical geography and evolution of Europe as a culture region, the development of European regional geographies (e.g. Mediterranean Europe, Eastern Europe); the growth and development of villages, towns, and cities throughout European history; the country and city architecture of Europe; and the growth and development of industrial, economic, and political regions and organizations (e.g., the Ruhr of Germany, the EEC, NATO, etc.).

332. Cultural Geography of the United States (Staff)
The cultural impress of man on the environment and regions of the U.S. Origin and diffusion of culture groups; population growth and dynamics; history and organization of resource development, settlement and land use. The cultural ecology of American society. The formation and development of regional cultural landscapes and economic regions, and the analysis of regional interaction, change, and disparity.

333. Latin American Geographies (Crane)
The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the region known as Latin America (i.e., Mexico, which is regionally classified as North America, Central America, South America, and the heterogeneous region of the Caribbean) from a geographic, post-colonial perspective focusing on how the region is perceived from the inside, as well as how the region has been socially constructed from the outside. We will accomplish the objectives of this course through an appreciation of the construction of the region called Latin America from a cultural-cum-political economic framework (for culture and economics are mutually constitutive) by following the themes of colonialism, imperialism, development and underdevelopment, globalization, neoliberalism and the formation of alternative spaces to neoliberalism found in the region. These chosen themes are not neatly divided categories. Rather, they are sets of messy, overlapping processes and practices that have material effects on the region - ranging from the deterioration of the agricultural sector that has spurred large scale rural-to-urban migration and subsequent uncontrolled urbanization in the form of shanty towns and Favelas - to an increase in the polarization of wealth and the rise of Civil Society groups throughout the region, to name a few. No prerequisites, open to all students.

334. Cultural Geography of Africa (Staff)
The human (cultural) geography of Africa. Origin and diffusion of cultural groups; resource development, settlement history, and land use. The cultural ecology and environmental impact of African peoples; colonial influence of economic and cultural change. Development of present cultural and economic activities of the various political divisions. Emphasis in the last third of the course focuses of problems of African development including Apartheid (S. Africa), agriculture, urbanization, and political economy.

345. Geographies of the Global Economy (Crane)
We are constantly bombarded with news of “globalization” and the “global economy.” As these words suggest, economic processes, relationships, and institutions play a powerful role in how human societies alter the face of the earth and create interconnectivity on a global scale. The building of great cities, the extraction of the earth’s resources, the migration of populations in search of economic opportunity, and the creation of vast networks (both physical and virtual) of communication and transportation are all examples of economic phenomena that shape and define the landscapes we inhabit. This course is an introduction to economic geography and the geo-spatial dimensions of global economic change. Over the course of the semester we will examine the ways in which the world we live in has given rise to – and in turn been shaped by – economic forces. Issues and themes include: (1) Competition over and management of natural resources and the social and environmental impacts of resource extraction; (2) Spatial patterns of economic interaction, including directional flows of goods (trade), labor (migration), and consumers (tourism); (3) Forces promoting global economic interconnectivity, including transnational corporations, trade routes, trading blocks, and technologies that mitigate the economic impact of distance and international borders; (4) Geographies of development and underdevelopment, shifting geographical patterns of wealth, poverty, and economic growth. No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, and seniors only; Diversity course.

347. Environmental Alteration (Amador)
Examination and analysis of the interaction of major world culture systems with the natural environment. Environmental alterations are examined historically (e.g. the early hydrologic societies) but with emphasis on contemporary human impacts on natural landscape (e.g. the impact of strip-mining on natural landscapes and on the hydrologic cycle-groundwater system; the greenhouse effect and human induced climatic change). Long-term environmental impacts on cultural change are explored. No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, & seniors only.

353. Cartography and GIS (Krygier)
Geography 353 reviews essential elements of cartographic design and visualization in the context of geographic information systems (GIS). The core of this course is the laboratory project: students will locate data on the world wide web (WWW), process the data so it can be mapped in ArcView (GIS and mapping software), and design and produce a series of maps based on the data. Students will learn to construct basic HTML pages, containing the project maps, which will be placed on the WWW at the end of the semester. Lab work is informed by lectures that focus on the concepts, frameworks, and technical issues of cartographic design and visualization. No prerequisites.

355. Geographic Information Systems (Krygier)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are an integrative set of concepts and technologies, including data capture (scanning, digitizing, GPS), data analysis, and visualization/display/output (computer cartography). This course consists of an overview of the functions and use of GIS software and hardware. The focus of the course is a community or regional project where students will work with people outside of the University on a “real world” application of GIS. No prerequisites.

360. Environmental Geography Seminar (Krygier)
Environmental Geography, one of the most traditional components of the discipline of Geography, encompasses natural science, social science, and humanistic understandings of the Earth’s environment. Environmental Geographers study the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment over time and through space. Geography 360 is conducted as a seminar focused on social science and humanistic approaches to the environment. This course will provide a historical, geographical, and humanistic foundation for understanding the environment and the plethora of environmental issues that confront us at the beginning of this century. As a group, we will discuss current environmental issues and read and discuss a series of key books on the environment. Students will also examine a particular environmental topic in depth, culminating in a presentation and annotated bibliography of relevant sources at the end of the semester. No prerequisites; juniors, & seniors only.

370. The World’s Cities (Crane)
The development of towns, cities, and urban regions. An examination of the urbanization process; the historical development of cities and systems of cities; the internal spatial interrelationships of urban functions and systems. Architecture and architectural history are examined as they relate to various periods of urban growth in various culture regions (e.g., Europe). The course emphasizes an examination of the historical evolution of cities from around the world, general concepts of urban planning, architectural history, cross-cultural comparisons of cities, and the human consequences of urbanization. The first third of the course focuses on urban development in Europe; the second third on the U.S. The last third focuses on urban development in developing countries. Open to juniors and seniors only, or by permission of instructor. No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, & seniors only.

375. Weather, Climate and Climate Change (Amador)
The elements of meteorology, emphasizing types of weather experienced during the course of a year. Content includes cloud types, warm and cold fronts, and severe weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. A classification of world climates is presented. No prerequisites; juniors, & seniors only.

380. Contemporary American Landscape Problems (Staff)
Examination and analysis of processes and mechanisms leading to the recent and current changes in the spatial and historical organization of natural, regional, and local cultural landscapes of the U.S. Emphasis is on current land use and development problems facing America, especially in urban areas. Several field trips are taken. Students develop mapping, observational, and analytic techniques in the field. Students complete several short research papers and a term project. Course is required of all geography majors. Prerequisite: minimum of three upper-level courses in geography or instructor consent.

400.1. The Role of the City in the History of Western Civilization (Staff)
An examination of the role of cities on shaping, guiding, and influencing the course of Western civilization. Urbanization has been a central aspect of the history of Western civilization since its beginnings more than 10,000 years ago, and cities for the most part have served as both the control points in which Western civilization was shaped and the control points from which Western civilization was diffused. Cities are Western civilization’s largest cultural artifact. The purpose of this course is twofold: 1) to understand the evolution of the role and purpose of cities in Western society; and 2) to understand the processes used by Western civilization to create and transform the physical fabric/structure - the morphology - of those cities. Prerequisite: honors course open to honors students only.

490. Independent Study (Staff)
Faculty supervised investigation of original research problem, including literature search, research, and final completed project (paper or documentation of project). Prerequisite: consent of instructor prior to registration.

491. Directed Readings (Staff)
Faculty supervised readings on focused geographic subject. Prerequisite: consent of instructor prior to registration.

495. Apprenticeship (Staff)
Description. Prerequisite: consent of instructor prior to registration.

499. Seminar in Geography (Staff)
Special topics in Geography. Spring 2015: Campus Sustainability Plan

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