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  • 1000 Earth Environments (major requirement)-Fulfills Physical/Life Science Exploration (SF) requirement
    • "Earth Environments and Global Change" explores the four interconnected spheres of the Earth, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. The course examines the theories, research methods and types of data that are fundamental to a responsible appreciation of the geographic and historical variation of Earth's environments. Case studies provide the opportunity for students to investigate 'hot' topics in Earth system science, including melting ice caps, the overkill hypothesis, ozone depletion, the origins of life, increasing greenhouse effects and others.
  • 1010 Intro Geographic Data (major requirement)
    • This course introduces students to the types of data that are common in Geography and provides hand-on opportunities for students to work with and interpret them. Weekly modules focusing on a different data type of technique include using Microsoft Excel to manage and manipulate data, basic graphing (creating and interpreting), aerial photo interpretation, an introduction to the types of remote sensing data, data in human geography (such as transportation, time geography, and emergency management) and data in physical geography (including forest history datasets, fire, geomorphology, glaciology and snow hydrology).
  • 1180 Introduction to GeoProgramming (major elective)
    • This course is an introduction to geo-programming using the Python language as it pertains primarily to manipulating and analyzing geographic information. Broadly the course will cover: 1) basic programming concepts, 2) principles and good practice in computer programming, 3) the Python language, 4) geo-programming concepts, methods, and approaches, and 5) a survey of geographic problems. The on-line lectures each week will consist of a review of concepts and background followed by lab involving hands-on programming or scripting. The last quarter of the course will consist of individual programming projects.
  • 1300 World Regional(major elective) Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF) requirement
    • Study of major world regions emphasizes current activities and problems. Cultural, economic, political, and environmental considerations.
  • 1400 Human Geography (major requirement) Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF) requirement
    • The world is becoming more volatile and uncertain. Critical questions facing the world in the 21st century include food security, rapid population change, human disease, energy use/environmental pollution, continuing disparities between rich and poor regions, sustainable transportation/urban development, and geopolitical fragmentation. Human geography, as the study of the interrelationships between people, the places they inhabit and the spaces that comprise the global environments, provides a powerful lens for examining these critical issues. This course examines the relationships between humans and the Earth, including topics in environment and humanity, agriculture in a growing world, population dynamics, the geography of culture, cities and urbanization, patterns of economic development and geopolitical conflict.
  • 3140 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (major elective) Prerequisite: MATH 1030 or MATH 1050 or equivalent. Fulfills Quantitative Intensive BS (QI) requirement
    • A recent increase in the use of digital geographic information in many fields has created the need for experts with the knowledge to use this information to society's benefit. Geographers, engineers, environmental scientists, planners, social scientists, computer scientists and many other professionals will encounter digital geographic information in some form in their future careers. This course introduces students to issues that arise in using this information in scientific and decision-making arenas. Topics include: applications of geographic information; modeling geographic reality; spatial data collection; geographic analysis; accuracy and uncertainty; visualization; and legal, economic, and ethical issues associated with the use of geographic information.
  • 3250 The Crystal Desert: Antarctica & Global Chg(major elective)
    • Meets with GEOG 5250. Graduate student should enroll in GEOG 5250 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, most remote, and least well-known continent on Earth. This course will explore all geographic aspects of the Antarctic environment, including climate, landforms, distribution of wildlife, and history of exploration, as well as examining the results of the latest research efforts on global climate change being conducted in this "crystal desert". Special attention will be focused on the impacts of Antarctica on the operation of the global climate system, and the potential outcomes from climate change on the Earth's largest repository of ice.
  • 3430 Historical Geography of the U.S.(major elective)
    • Over the past five hundred years, the "national" landscape has been profoundly altered by human activity. The rate of environmental and cultural change in the United States has been so great that the emerging new American society is totally transformed. This course will examine the forces responsible for the transformation and consider how they might shape the future. Topics which will be discussed are the land, people, boundaries, economy, networks and communities.
  • 3600 Utah Geography (major elective)-Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF) requirement
    • Geography of Utah explores human and physical phenomena that make Utah distinctive. Lectures and labs examine webs of relationships among Utah's people, places, and environments. Students examine Utah's contrasting physical and social environments. They explore what is meant by a sense of place.
  • 3620 Geography of North America(major human choice/elective requirement)-Fulfills Diversity (DV) requirement
    • With attention primarily to the United States and secondarily to Canada and Mexico. North America is examined from three different points of view: its physical character, the human societies occupying it, and the distinctive sub-regions of which it is comprised. The physical geography emphasizes geomorphology and climatology whereas the human geography stresses political and economic characteristics. The study of sub-regions identifies locally distinctive attitudes, values, and cultural practices.
  • 3650 Middle East Geography(major elective)-Fulfills International Requirment (IR)
    • An exploration of modern Latin America's development, problems, and issues in a physical, human, historic, economic, and political context. The place of Latin America in today's global economic and geopolitical system is also examined; that is to say, Latin America's relationships with North America and Europe as well as its association with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other economic organizations.
  • 3670 Geography of Latin America(major elective)-Fulfills International Requirement (IR)
    • An exploration of modern Latin America's development, problems, and issues in a physical, human, historic, economic, and political context. The place of Latin America in today's global economic and geopolitical system is also examined; that is to say, Latin America's relationships with North America and Europe as well as its association with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other economic organizations.
  • 5140 Methods in Geographic Information Systems (5000-level major elective)
    • This course explores the practice of using a geographic information system (GIS) to support geographic inquiry and decision making. Students will strengthen their technical knowledge of the common tasks that a geographic analyst faces in applying a GIS to a variety of spatial problems. The lab sections offer an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a leading commercial GIS to complete a series of real-world projects.