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Geography Courses

Undergraduate

1000 Fundamentals of World Regional Geography (3) An introductory course
designed to acquaint students with the basic concepts of geography and to
examine the interrelationships between people and their environments.

1020 Introduction to Human Geography (3) An introductory course which studies
the geography of human activity through a topic by topic coverage of
cultural traits and complexes that characterize different societies in the
world. Major cultural topics of focus are the geography of population,
agricultural systems, settlement, language, religion, political patterns, and
man’s ways of occupying urban and industrial space, among others.

1030 Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science (5) Designed to acquaint
the student with those processes active in shaping the surface of the earth
and their relationship to one another. Includes the study of the atmosphere,
soils, water, vegetation, geology and landforms. Includes weekly laboratory
and discussion sessions. One half-day field trip is included.

1060 Physical Geography: Climate and Waters (4) Position of the earth, the
weather, climate, waters and natural vegetation are important factors in
man’s physical environment. These environmental factors are presented in
terms of originating processes, spatial distribution and interaction among
them, and their effects upon man’s habitat. Construction of maps related
to weather elements, stream flow and water budgets form a part of the
exercises in the laboratory. The course offers a more thorough treatment
of the principles of physical geography for the beginning student. Not
recommended to students who have had GEOG 1030.

1070 Physical Geography: Soils and Landforms (4) An examination of the role
of soils and landforms in man’s natural habitat. Aspects of origin, form
native processes, area distribution and the impact upon man’s physical
environment are stressed. Case studies from the American Midwest and
other regions are also included. Construction of maps related to soil and
landform types form a part of the exercises in the laboratory. The course
offers a more thorough treatment of the principles of physical geography
for the beginning student. Not recommended to students who have had
GEOG 1030.

1090 Introduction to Geospatial Sciences (4) GEOG 1090 Introduction to
Geospatial Sciences (4). An introductory course that has students learn
and apply the principles of geospatial science within the frameworks
of Geographic Information Science (GISc), Remote Sensing, Aerial
Photography, Photogrammetry, Global Positioning Systems and
Cartography/Visualization. The course focuses on the underlying scientific
basis that is shared across all of these frameworks. Students will produce
both maps and spatial analysis by the end of the course using all of the
above frameworks. Prereq: none Not open to nondegree students.

2500 Special Topics in Geography-Geology (1) This course will provide for an
in-depth study of a geographical or geological subject (as specified in
the course subtitle). Various classes will be offered as sections of GEOG/
GEOL 2500, but will be separate from one another. Students may repeat
GEOG/GEOL 2500 as often as they like as long as no specific subject is
duplicated. Prereq: Variable.

2620 Aerial Photographic Interpretation (3) A practical application of various
types of air photographs to the interpretation and analysis of both physical
and cultural landscapes. Provides a fundamental tool for those interested in
geography, geology, ecology and the environment. Recommended: Three
hours in geography or geology.

3000 Travel Study in Geography (1-3) A course designed to give undergraduate
students outside-the-classroom training in a specific area in the techniques
of arriving at field study problems in the discipline of geography. Prereq:
Undergraduate; second semester freshman or above.

3030 Geography of Africa (3) The political, physical, economic and
demographic features of Africa with emphasis on the effect of these factors
in development. The major features of the broad geographical regions of
Africa. Prereq: Junior.

3050 Geography in Film (3) Our views of the world are largely shaped
by images that we see through popular media. This course examines
contemporary films from around the world and how they depictplaces, the
environment, and the lives of people. Critical and constructive examination
of film will enable students to understand how images produce powerful
ideologicalmessages and how they shape the representation of entire
cultures and people. Prereq: Junior standing. Introductory courses in
regional, human, physical geography are highlyrecommended.

3060 Geography of Middle America (3) A survey of the physical and cultural
landscapes of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Attention is
directed toward the impact of old world culture upon that of the new world,
development of plantation economies, settlement of the frontier regions
and the evolution of middle America as it exists today. Prereq: Junior.

3070 Geography of South America (3) A survey of the physical environments as
modified by man on the continent of South America. Emphasis is placed
upon the persistence of cultural factors in man’s use of land and on the
difficulty in developing the various areas of South America for man’s use.
Offered infrequently, on demand. Prereq: Junior.

3080 East and Southeast Asia (3) An introduction to the physical and cultural
landscape of East (China, Japan, et al.), and Southeast Asia. Emphasis is
placed upon the sequence of occupancy of the land, agrarian traditional
economies and contemporary problems of development. Offered
infrequently, on demand. Prereq: Junior.

3130 Economic Geography (3) An introduction to the basic concepts and
approaches in contemporary economic geography. The course examines
the core economic activities from a geographical perspective, the historical
development of the world economy, and the geographical effects of
economic globalization. Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with ECON 3130.)

3230 Geography of Europe (3) A comprehensive examination of contemporary
Europe from a geographical perspective. The course covers physical,
cultural, political, urban, population and economic geography of Europe as
well as the recent political and economic transformations in both Western
and Eastern Europe. Prereq: GEOG 1000, 1020, or 1060 or 1070, and
junior.

3240 Russia and Former Soviet Republics (3) A comprehensive examination of
Russia and the former Soviet republics from a geographical perspective.
The course is organized topically to cover physical, historical, political,
urban, population and environmental geography. Special attention is given
to geographical and environmental effects of the collapse of the former
Soviet Union and the post-Communist transformation. Prereq: GEOG 1000
or 1020 or 3130 and junior, or permission of instructor.

3330 United States and Canada (3) A consideration by regions of the economic
life from a geographic viewpoint. Prereq: Junior.

3440 Nebraska Natural Resources Management (3) Method and actual
application of managing natural resources in Nebraska, with emphasis on
individual stewardship. The course will focus on the most current political,
physical and economic developments in resources management. Prereq:
Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

3510 Meteorology (3) A course designed to acquaint the student with the
atmospheric environment. The course deals with atmospheric processes,
their relationship and variation in both time and space, and their
effect on the overall environment of the earth. Prereq: Junior or senior.
Recommended: GEOG 1030 or 1060 or AVN 1050.

3530 Cartography and GIS (2) An introduction to the concepts and techniques
of map construction and computer-based geographic information systems.
Topics include map scale, map projections, thematic cartography, history of
cartography, computer mapping, and global positioning systems. Particular
attention is given to the processing and presentation of spatial data by the
computer and the distribution of maps through the Internet. Prereq: GEOG
1000 or 1020 and 1060 or 1070 and a statistics course. (Cross-listed with
GEOG 8535.)

3540 Cartography and GIS Lab (2) An introduction to the methods and
techniques of map construction using both graphic design and geographic
information system software. Topics include map design for both
general reference and thematic maps. Particular attention is given to the
processing, compilation, data classification, and symbolization of various
types of spatial data. This course is the lab component of GEOG 3530.
Prereq: Concurrent or previous registration in GEOG 3530.

3930 Political Geography (3) An introduction to the basic concepts and
approaches in contemporary political geography at the global, national and
local scales. Core topics to be examined include geopolitics, imperialism,
war and peace, global ecopolitics, states, nationalism and electoral
geography. Prereq: Junior.

4010 Conservation of Natural Resources (3) A study of conservation techniques
and problems with particular emphasis on the United States. Includes
philosophical and economic aspects of resource management and a
systematic survey of traditional conservation topics including soils, forestry,
water resources and energy. Prereq: Three hours of geography. (Crosslisted
with GEOG 8016.)

4020 Quantitative Analysis in Geography (3) An introduction to multivariate
statistical analysis and spatial statistics. Emphasis will be placed on the
nature of geographic data, sampling theory and design, descriptive and
spatial statistics, inferential statistics, correlation and regression analysis.
Students will receive hands-on experience working with statistical data
sets, software and scientific visualization of numerical results. Prereq:
MATH 1530 or equivalent. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8026.)

4030 Computer Mapping and Visualization (3) Computer techniques in mapping
and visualization of spatial data. Various forms of spatial data manipulation
and computer graphic output techniques are examined. Particular attention
is given to the incorporation of interaction and animation in the display of
maps as well as the creation of maps for distribution through the Internet.
Prereq: GEOG 3530 and 3540 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with
GEOG 8036.)

4040 Geoarchaeology (3) The study of archaeology with the use of geological
and geographical methodology. Prereq: Major in geology or geography;
or major in anthropology, philosophy or religion with GEOG 1030, 1060 or
1070; or GEOL 1170 or 1010; or permission. (Cross-listed with GEOL 4040,
GEOG 8046.)

4050 Geographic Information Systems I (4) An introduction to the history and
principles and geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasis will be
placed on geographic data input, manipulation, analysis, and output
functions. Exercises introduce students to GIS software and applications.
Prereq: GEOG 3530 and 3540 or 6 credit hours of GEOG course. (Crosslisted
with GEOG 8056.)

4100 Biogeography (3) This course is intended as an introduction to
biogeography, the study of the distribution of organisms in space and time.
Usually offered every year. Prereq: BIOL 1450 and 1750 or GEOL 3100 or
BIOL 3100, junior-senior. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4100, GEOL 4100, BIOL
8106, GEOG 8106, GEOL 8106.)

4120 Urban Geography (3) A geography of the city from the viewpoint of
history, site and situation, external relations, internal relations and the
comparative study of cities. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8126.)

4140 Urban Sociology (3) Examines urban theoretical perspectives,
urbanization processes, the diversity of metropolitan communities, urban
stratification, metropolitan growth, urban neighborhoods, community power
and urban policy and planning. Prereq: Nine hours of sociology including
SOC 1010 or 4030 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with GEOG
8146.)

4150 Geography, Gender and Work (3) This is an advanced undergraduate and
graduate level seminar which focuses on the linkages among geography,
gender and work. The course considers theoretical and methodological
issues in addition to empirical perspectives. We begin by considering
the nature of space, of gender, and of work, and progress through topics
including the gendering of work and the geography of occupational
segregation. Emphasis is placed on discussion, critical reading, and writing
skills. Prereq: Junior, senior, or graduate standing in a social science, or
permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with WMST 4150, GEOG 8156,
WMST 8156.)

4160 The American Urban Landscape (3) Investigation of the morphological and
architectural character of the American city as a cultural form. Emphasis
is placed on the evolution of urban form and land use patterns and on
the development of the structures that comprise the building fabric of the
cityscape. Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8166.)

4230 Great Plains and Nebraska (3) A study of the major physical and cultural
attributes of the region. Emphasizes settlement history and the role of
agriculture on the regional economy. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8236.)

4250 Landform Studies: Theory and Structural Geomorphology (3) Primarily a
lecture course with emphasis on the historical development of theories in
evolution of earth surface features and processes, coupled with underlying
structural controls of landforms. Prereq: GEOG 1070 or GEOL 1170.
(Cross-listed with GEOG 8256.)

4260 Process Geomorphology (3) Primarily a lecture and laboratory course.
Emphasis on methodology and modern process-oriented geomorphology.
Prereq: GEOG 1070 or GEOL 1170. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8266.)

4320 Climatology (3) A study of climactic processes and their effect on
shaping the physical landscape. Emphasis on physical and applied aspects
of the field. Prereq: GEOG 1030, 1060 or 3510. (Cross-listed with GEOG
8326.)

4330 Soil Genesis, Morphology and Classification (3) This course is designed
to familiarize students with soil genesis, morphology and classification.
The course focuses on relationships between soils and environmental
factors, especially climate and vegetation. Soil-landform relationships also
are examined. Prereq: GEOG 1030, or 1070 or GEOL 1170 and junior or
permission. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8336.)

4340 Water Resources (3) A study of the applied principles of hydrology, water
systems modeling, river basin development, and water management issues
and practices in the United States and other parts of the world. Prereq:
GEOG 1060 and Junior standing. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8346.)

4530 Historical Geography of the United States (3) An analysis of historical
circumstances behind contemporary patterns of American cultural
geography. Prereq: Junior and HIST 1110 and 1120 or GEOG 1020 or 3330.
(Cross-listed with GEOG 8536.)

4550 Geography of Economic Globalization (3) A study of the geography of
economic globalization and the geography of the world economy. The
major topics include the historical development of the world economy and
globalization from the geographical perspective, trends in geography of
global production, trade and investment, the most important factors and
actors in the globalization processes and its geographic effects, geography
of transnational corporations, case studies of economic geography of
selected industries and service activities, effects of globalization on the
developed and developing countries. Prereq: An introductory level human
geography course: GEOG 1020 or GEOG 1000.

4600 Independent Research (1-3) Advanced study in the form of a major
paper to give the senior student knowledge of and experience in using
government documents, professional and primary materials concerned with
a region. Must be under the supervision of the instructor who is particularly
qualified for the topic chosen. Prereq: Permission of department chair.
(Cross-listed with GEOL 4600.)

4610 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (3) An interdisciplinary approach
to techniques for the design and implementation of environmental
inventory and monitoring schemes used to evaluate natural resources.
Students work as teams to synthesize information from their backgrounds
in geography, geology and ecology to evaluate the impacts of human
actions on environmental quality following the framework for environmental
assessments provided by the National Environmental Policy Act. Course
is organized to accommodate variable needs of students with different
backgrounds and career choices. Usually offered every year. Prereq:
Permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4610, ENVN 4610, GEOL
4610, GEOG 8616, GEOL 8616.)

4630 Environmental Remote Sensing (4) Introduction to remote sensing science
and technology. Emphasis will be placed on multispectral data, matter/
energy interactions, sensor system characteristics, photogrammetry, image
interpretation, digital image processing and environmental applications.
Formal laboratory instruction will provide students with problem-solving
skills and hands-on experience with remote sensing and GIS software.
Prereq: GEOG 1060 or 1070 or GEOL 1170. Introductory statistics highly
recommended. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8636.)

4660 Geographic Information Systems II (4) An Introduction to advanced
geographic information system (GIS) topics. Emphasis will be placed on
algorithms and analysis for information extraction. Topics include spatial
interpolation, remote sensing GIS integration, software development,
spatial analysis, GIS modeling, and future advances in GIS. Formal
laboratory instruction will provide students with GIS experience to solve
application problems. Prereq: GEOG 4050/8056. (Cross-listed with GEOG
8666.)

4800 Internship In Environmental Regional Planning Earth Science (1-6) Internship
with local agencies or corporations enabling students to gain knowledge
and experience in comprehensive regional or environmental planning or
environmental science. Prereq: Senior, major or area of concentration in
geography or environmental science. Permission.

4820 Introduction to Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Seminar on
environmental law and regulation. The course will address federal
regulations, implementing instructions, legal principles and requirements.
The major federal environmental laws, air and water quality, solid and
hazardous waste, and pollution prevention and remediation will be
discussed. Prereq: Junior and permission. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4820,
ENVN 4820, PA 4820, BIOL 8826, GEOG 8826, PA 8826.)

4950 Senior Thesis (3) An independent research project undertaken by
geography majors during their final year. Topics will be selected in
consultation with two appropriate faculty formally approved in writing by
them before student registers for the course. Research will be field work,
laboratory work and/or library sources. Prereq: Senior geography major.

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Geography Graduate Program
Department of Geography & Geology
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
Tel. (402) 554 2662