Course descriptions index


Geography


GEOG F101 Local Places, Global Regions: Introduction to Geography (s)

3 Credits

Introduction to essential concepts and approaches of geographic study. Explores physical, political, economic and cultural geography of major world culture regions. Examines each region in relation to others, and in context of global economic, political and environmental change. Also available via Independent Learning. (3+0)


GEOG F203 World Economic Geography (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Study of the world's major economic activities: their physical and cultural bases, spatial growth and distribution patterns, and their significance in interregional and international development. (3+0)


GEOG F211 Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography

3 Credits

Interdisciplinary analysis of the processes that form Earth's physical environment, and how those processes condition the human environment. Includes system interactions among weather, climate, landforms, soils, water resources and vegetation, including world and regional patterns. Also available via Independent Learning. (Offered every spring at the Northwest Campus.) (3+0)


GEOG F211X Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography (n)

4 Credits

Interdisciplinary analysis of the processes that form Earth's physical environment, and how those processes condition the human environment. Includes system interactions among weather, climate, landforms, soils, water resources and vegetation, including world and regional patterns. (Offered every spring at the Northwest Campus.) Special fees apply. (4+0)


GEOG F300 Internship in Natural Resources Management and Geography

1 - 6 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Supervised pre-professional experience in a business or agency (public or private). Open to students majoring or minoring in natural resources management and geography only. Course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: NRM F101 for natural resources management majors or GEOG F101 for geography majors; Junior standing with 3.0 GPA; permission of instructor and an approved internship plan. (Cross-listed with NRM F300.) (1 - 6+0)


GEOG F301 Geographic Field Studies

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Application of geographic methods of conducting field investigations. Involves planning and preparation for field study and collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of data collected through field study of natural and human phenomena. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F302 Geography of Alaska (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Regional, physical and economic geography of Alaska. Special consideration of the state's renewable and nonrenewable resources and of plans for their wise use. Frequent class study of representative maps and visual materials. Also available via Independent Learning. (3+0)


GEOG F303 Geography of United States and Canada (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Introduction to systematic study of North America as a whole, followed by detailed study of the physical and cultural landscape forms, patterns and associations of each major region in turn. Consideration of the U.S. and Canada in current world economic and political geography. Prerequisites: An introductory geography course or background in United States or Canadian history, social science, or cultures; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F305W Geography of Europe (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Europe's regional, physical, economic and cultural geography, natural resources, human-environmental interactions, physical and cultural landscapes, current political and economic transformations, historical and contemporary world influences. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; an introductory geography course or background in European history, social science, or culture. (3+0)


GEOG F306 Geography of Russia (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

The physical, cultural and historical geography of Russia and the Ukraine, Central Asia, Siberia and parts of Eastern Europe. (3+0)


GEOG F309 Cartography (s)

4 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Graphic techniques for presenting geographic data and patterns through the construction of thematic maps. Emphasis on map design. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (4+0)


GEOG F311W Geography of Asia (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Regional geography of Asia, exclusive of Russia. Physical framework, natural resources, peoples, major economic activities, and characteristic landscapes of the major regions of Japan, China, Southeast Asia, India-Pakistan and the Asiatic countries of the Middle East. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; an introductory geography course or background in Asian history, social science, or culture. (3+0)


GEOG F312 People, Places, and Environment: Principles of Human Geography (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Examines how human activity manifests itself on the earth's surface through the geographic lenses of ethnicity, politics, industry, language, religion, and demographics. Explores spatial patterns, relationships and contrasts between places, origin and diffusion of traits, and human interactions with the environment. Prerequisites: GEOG F101 or GEOG F203. (3+0)


GEOG F338 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Geographic data concepts including mapping systems, data sources, editing data, GIS analysis and computer mapping. Introduction to global positioning systems. GIS applications in natural resources management. Prerequisites: Knowledge of PC's or Unix workstations desirable. (Cross-listed with NRM F338.) (2+3)


GEOG F339 Maps and Landscape Analysis (n)

3 or 4 Credits     Offered Spring

Topographic map interpretation for landscape analysis and geographic data acquisition, including topographic features, vegetation patterns, and political and cultural features. Emphasis on topographic maps for remote data acquisition and environmental impact analysis. Optional laboratory for one additional credit. Prerequisites: GEOG F101 or GEOG F203; GEOG F211X. (3+0 or 3)


GEOG F341 GIS Analysis

4 Credits     Offered Spring

GIS analysis of natural resources including spatial query, attribute query, vector, grid, image, topographic and network analysis techniques. (Cross-listed with NRM F341.) (4+0)


GEOG F401 Weather and Climate

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Weather systems and climate classification. Emphasis on weather system processes, measuring weather variables and physical processes of the atmosphere. Prerequisites: GEOG F211 or GEOG F211X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F402 Resources and Environment (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Interdisciplinary analysis of the Earth as a natural resource base, and the management issues of resource extraction, allocation, development, conservation and preservation. Prerequisites: GEOG F101; GEOG F211X. (3+0)


GEOG F404W Urban Geography (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A world survey of urbanization with particular emphasis on the accelerating urban revolution. Conditions favoring the rise of cities, locational and site factors, regional and interregional resource availability, and human factors. Changing functions and patterns of urban areas. National and international problems inherent in trends toward a predominantly urbanized economy and culture. Implications of urbanization in Alaska. Prerequisites: GEOG F101; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F405 Political Geography (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Geographical analysis of the evolution, structure, internal coherence and sources of strength of individual nation states, with emphasis on nations of the Pacific realm and Arctic periphery. Consideration of regional blocs, spheres of influence and potential for international cooperation. Prerequisites: GEOG F101. (3+0)


GEOG F408 Quantitative Research Techniques

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of geographic data. Includes sampling techniques, lab techniques and applied statistical analysis (computational and computer based). Nonparametric and parametric statistical tests using geographic and environmental data sets, and interpretation of statistical results. Prerequisites: College-level mathematics; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F410 Geography of the Pacific Rim

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Examines the physical and human geography of the Pacific Rim. Will employ both a global and topical approach and include aspects of environmental, historic, economic, social, and political issues. Regional studies on physical and human geographic attributes of selected countries will be analyzed and compared. Prerequisites: GEOG F101; GEOG F211; or permission of instructor. Recommended: GEOG F338 or GEOG F341. (3+0)


GEOG F411 Pattern and Process in Sub-Arctic and Arctic

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Explore the linkages between climate, geomorphology and plant communities in sub-arctic and arctic environments. Special focus will be on the interconnection between physical and ecological processes and the landscape patterns that result. Prerequisites: BIOL F271; GEOG F339; GEOS F304; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F412 Geography of Climate and Environmental Change

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Serves as a "synthesis" breadth course focusing on the geography of climate and environmental change. The major concepts of global climate processes and climate change will be reviewed on multiple time scales. The impacts of natural and anthropogenic environmental change will be examined through selected case studies and readings (e.g. permafrost, invasive species, sea ice, fire, urbanization). Prerequisites: BIOL F271; GEOG F401; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F427 Geography of Cold Lands (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Comparative physical, human and economic geography of cold regions in the North, especially Canada, Siberia, Greenland and Scandinavia. Special attention given to spatial patterns of settlement and natural resource development. Prerequisites: GEOG F101 or GEOG F203 or GEOG F211X; or permission of instructor. (Stacked with GEOG F627; NORS F627.) (3+0)


GEOG F463 Wilderness Concepts

3 Credits     Offered Fall

History and evolution of wilderness thought, the contemporary meaning of wilderness, and survey of economic and noneconomic wilderness values for individuals and society. (Cross-listed with NRM F463. Stacked with GEOG F663; NRM F663.) (3+0)


GEOG F464 Wilderness Management

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Wilderness ecology and land management practices on lands designated as wilderness. Plus, visitor management regimes are analyzed. Both national and international views of wilderness are presented. Prerequisites: A basic course in ecology; resource management; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with NRM F464) (3+0)


GEOG F488 Geographic Assessment and Prediction of Natural Hazards

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Integrate aspects of physical geography with the human dimension via the study of the assessment and prediction of natural hazards. Guest speakers, case studies, and applied practical exercises will help students transition from content-based courses to applying their knowledge in "real-world" situations, using geographic tools in remote sensing and GIS. Prerequisites: GEOG F378; GEOG F341; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F489W Senior Practicum: Field Studies in Landscape Analysis & Climate Change (n)

4 Credits     Offered Fall

Capstone field practicum for the Landscape Analysis and Climate Change track in Geography. The entire semester will be focused on a "real-world" field-based project designed to integrate knowledge and apply skills gained through this Geography B.S. track. Course will focus on different problems each semester. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; GEOS F378; GEOG F341; senior standing in Geography; or permission of instructor. Recommended: GEOG F411. (3+3)


GEOG F490W,O Geography Seminar (s)

3 Credits

Discussion of geographic thought including past, present and future directions of the discipline. Contributions of geography to science, philosophy and ethics integrated through detailed review of contemporary literature and research. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; senior Geography major; and permission of instructor. (3+0)


GEOG F627 Geography of Cold Lands

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Comparative physical, human and economic geography of cold regions in the North, especially Canada, Siberia, Greenland and Scandinavia. Special attention given to spatial patterns of settlement and natural resource development. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with NORS F627. Stacked with GEOG F427.) (3+0)


GEOG F663 Wilderness Concepts

3 Credits     Offered Fall

History and evolution of wilderness thought, the contemporary meaning of wilderness, and survey of economic and noneconomic wilderness values for individuals and society. (Cross-listed with NRM F663. Stacked with GEOG F463; NRM F463.) (3+0)


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