Geography - GEOG

GEOG F101 Expedition Earth: 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 eLearning and Distance Education. (3+0)

GEOG F111X Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography (n)

4 Credits


Introduction to Earth's dynamic environments, systems, and cycles. Major topics include: 1) landscapes- continents, oceans, mountains and landforms. 2) weather and climate(-weather, storms, climate change, ocean systems) and 3) ecosystems and biomes found on Earth. Examine how Earth systems are dynamically linked, how they change, and how humans influence and are conditioned by the environment. Lab section includes map and aerial photo interpretation, field trips, and an introduction to remote sensing of patterns on Earth. (Offered every spring at the Northwest Campus.) Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; placement in MATH F107X or higher; or permission of instructor. (3+3)

GEOG F202 Natural Disasters

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Natural disasters are usually the result of the build up and sudden release of energy in the solid earth, atmosphere, or biosphere. Natural "events" typically become disasters when intensive human activity alters the energy dynamics involved, or when the event endangers human life, property, or livelihood. This course examines the natural physical processes that affect the human environment in catastrophic ways. Case studies from around the world, will allow the examination of the complex factors that lead to natural disasters. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X. (3+0)

GEOG F207 Research Methods and Statistics in Geography

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to basic data collection and analysis techniques used in geographic research. Explores a variety of qualitative and quantitative geographic research methods. Includes research design, real-world field-work issues, and hands-on use of tools and computer methods for analysis and visual display of spatial data. Students will gain an appreciation of the wide array of research methods and learn to critically interpret results and conclusions from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Prerequisites: Placement in MATH F103X or MATH F107X or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F222 Fundamentals of Geospatial Sciences

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of geospatial science (remote sensing, GIS and GPS). Fundamental concepts include electromagnetic radiations, map projections, basic computer science, data formats, map-reading and map-making, etc. Practical exercises include field data collections using GPS, photo-interpretation using image processing and GIS software packages. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: GEOG F111X or GEOS F101X or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GEOS F222. (2.5+1.5)

GEOG F300 Internship in Natural Resources Management and Geography

1-3 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. (0+0+3-10)

GEOG F302 Geography of Alaska (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

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 eLearning and Distance Education. (3+0)

GEOG F303 Geography of United States and Canada (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

In-depth examination of the natural, political, cultural, and economic characteristics of the U.S. and Canada and their major sub-regions. Explores contrasts in U.S. and Canadian historical, cultural and political geography; sources of national identity; and interactions with aboriginal peoples. Includes economic and political relationships between the two countries, and the role each has played in current and historical world affairs. Prerequisites: An introductory geography course or background in United States or Canadian history, social science, or cultures; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F305 W Geography of Europe (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

In-depth examination of the natural, political, cultural and economic characteristics of Europe and its major sub-regions. Explores current political and economic transformations, historical and contemporary world influences, and issues of nationalism and identity. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; an introductory geography course or background in European history, social science, or culture; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F306 Geography of Russia (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

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

GEOG F307 Weather and Climate (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Weather systems and climate classification. Emphasis on weather system processes, measuring weather variables and physical processes of the atmosphere. Prerequisites: GEOG F111X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F309 Digital Cartography and Geo-Visualization (s)

4 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The concepts of map design, layout and presentation to effectively visualize and communicate complex spatial data. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (4+0)

GEOG F311 W Geography of Asia (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Examines the natural, political, cultural, and economic characteristics of China, Japan, India-Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and the Asiatic countries of the Middle East. Explores historical and current political and economic transformations, historical, and contemporary world influences, and foundations of regional political, economic, and military conflicts. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; an introductory geography course or background in Asian history, social science, or culture; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

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

3 Credits
Offered Fall

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; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F338 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3 Credits
Offered Fall

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 PCs 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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: GEOG F111X; GEOS F304 or or permission of instructor. (3+0 or 3)

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 F111X. (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 F410 Geography of the Pacific Rim

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

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 F111X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F412 Geography of Climate and Environmental Change (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

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: GEOG F307 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F418 Biogeography (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course explores the geography of life by examining linkages between climate, geomorphology, and ecological communities with emphasis on the biogeography of subarctic, polar, and alpine regions. Prerequisites: BIOL F271 or BIOL/NRM 277; junior/senior standing or permission of the instructor. Stacked with GEOG F618 and BIOL F618. (3+0)

GEOG F420 Geopolitics of Energy (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Examines the impacts that energy resource exploration, development, production, and transportation have on the internal politics of various countries in the world, and on international economic and political relationships. Explores the cultural, political, economic, physical, and historical underpinnings of contemporary geopolitical events involving energy resources, and explores possible future scenarios. Prerequisites: Any of the following courses: GEOG F101; GEOG F203; GEOG F312; GEOG F405; NRM F101; NRM F304; PS F201; PS F203; PS F321; PS F323; ECON F235; ECON F335; ECON F349; ECON F463; junior standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended: GEOG F101. (3+0)

GEOG F427 Polar Geography (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Comparative physical, cultural, political and economic geography of the Circumpolar North and Antarctic regions. Special attention to Arctic natural resource development, climate change in both polar regions. Prerequisites: GEOG F101 or GEOG F203 or GEOG F111X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F430 Google Earth and Neogeography

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Neogeography is a term used to describe "new" primarily web-based mapping techniques and technologies. This course teaches neogeography through the use of Google Earth, a free computer application often called a "Virtual Globe", which provides the base imagery, terrain data and viewing functionality. Students will learn to create location-based visualizations of geospatial data in Google Earth using Keyhole Markup Language (KML). The methods and skills learned by the students will be applicable to assignments in many other classes and thesis research projects as a way of producing dynamic visualizations from any dataset with a geospatial component. Prerequisites: junior standing or higher with completed course work in geographic methods (GEOG F338; F339; GEOS F304) or 300-level course work in other natural/social sciences; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F435 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 F435. (3+3)

GEOG F454 Comparative Farming and Sustainable Food Systems

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Principles of food systems geography and food security. Cross-cultural examination of dietary traditions, poverty, hunger, equity and food access and distribution. Comparison of multiple varieties and scales of agricultural systems in the context of social, ecological and economic sustainability. Considers Alaskan and other high-latitude food systems, including country food, wild game harvest and rural to urban nutrition transition. Junior standing and ENGL 211X or 213X; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NRM F454 and CCS F454. (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. (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 F475 National Park Concepts

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

History of the national park ideal, the evolution of the National Park Service, and the geography of the national park system. Contemporary national park policy and management case studies, including controversies resulting from competing visions. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F488 Geographic Assessment and Prediction of Natural Hazards

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years.

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 F111x or permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F489 W Senior Practicum: Field Studies in Landscape Analysis and 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 BS track. Course will focus on different problems each semester. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; GEOG F435; GEOS F378; senior standing in Geography; or permission of instructor. Recommended: GEOG F418. (3+3)

GEOG F490 W,O Geography Seminar (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

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; permission of instructor. (3+0)

GEOG F618 Biogeography (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course explores the geography of life by examining linkages between climate, geomorphology, and ecological communities with emphasis on the biogeography of subarctic, polar and alpine regions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with GEOG F418 and BIOL F418. (3+0)

GEOG F627 Polar Geography (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-Numbered Years

Comparative physical, human and economic geography of cold regions in the North, especially Canada, Siberia, Greenland and Scandinavia. Special attention to Arctic natural resource development, climate change in both polar regions, and polar geopolitics. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NORS F627. (3+0)

GEOG F656 Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Well-Being

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Review the basic principles that govern the sustainability of systems and look at the cultural practices and individual behaviors that enhance or degrade sustainable livelihoods and community well-being. Emphasis is on understanding the historical context of ideas about sustainability, on understanding the nature and magnitude of the social, economic and ecological dimensions of contemporary change, and the "best practices" currently in place for communities to respond effectively to change. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NRM F656 and CCS F656 (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. (3+0)

GEOG F692 Graduate Seminar

1-3 Credits


Topics in natural resources management and geography explored through readings, student presentations, group discussions and guest speakers. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NRM F692. (1-3+0)