University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Courses in Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 040 - Weather, Climate & Landscapes
Introduction to the fundamentals of weather, climate, landform evolution and plant distribution using a systems approach. Focus on variation in processes over space and time.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 050 - D2:World Regional Geography
Basic introduction to Geography by way of a regional approach to human and environmental topics.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 060 - D1:Geography/Race&Ethnic in US
Examination of the ways in which spatial and locational processes shape and are shaped by ethnic and racial identities, struggles, and relationships.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 061 - Geography of Vermont
Introduction to physical, social, historical, and economic geographies of Vermont. Focus on landscape change and environmental issues from a global perspective.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 070 - Space, Place and Society
An introduction to human geography; the study of space and spatial arrangement, the construction of place and experience, and struggles for spatial justice.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 081 - Geotechniques
Introduction to cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing. Map design and analysis using topographic/satellite data, air photo interpretation, digitizing, and Internet resources.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 085 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
Geographic analysis and evaluation of aerial imagery produced by remote sensors and its relationship to environmental problems in the social and physical sciences.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 090 - International Field Studies
Field course abroad (e.g. South Africa or England). Intensive study of the geography of a country or region, with attention to related issues.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 092 - Vermont Field Studies
Field course on a geographical theme (e.g. physical or regional geography) in the Burlington area or surrounding region. Cross-listed with: VS 092.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 095 - Special Topics in Geography
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Credits: 6.00
GEOG 096 - Special Topics in Geography
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Credits: 3.00
GEOG 099 - First-Year Seminar
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 140 - Biogeography
Examines geographic distribution of organisms, emphasizing the biotic and abiotic factors that explain temporal and spatial patterns of species, population and community distributions. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 040.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 143 - Climatology
Analysis of regional and local climatic data with special reference to climatic controls; special laboratory projects. Prerequisite: GEOG 040 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 144 - Geomorphology
Examines, using lectures, labs, and field-based independent study research projects, processes which change Earth's surface and the history of landscape development. Considers fundamental geologic constraints on environmental problems. Pre/co-requisite: GEOL 001 or GEOL 055.
Credits: 4.00
GEOG 145 - Geography of Water
Examination of the spatial dimensions of water distribution from local to global scales, and the social, political, and economic dimensions of its use. Cross-listed with NR 102.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 150 - D2:Geography of Africa
The character and development of the contemporary cultural, economic, and political patterns of the area against the background of its physical and resource base. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 151 - D2: Geography of India
Survey of India's physical diversity, historical evolution, colonial and postcolonial legacies, and geopolitical situations, especially as they relate to globalization, migration, environment, and security. Prerequisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 152 - Canada
The character and development of the contemporary cultural, economic, and political patterns of the area against the background of its physical and resource base. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 153 - Arctic Canada
Examines both the physical and human geography of the Canadian Arctic. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 040 or GEOG 050.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 154 - D2: Geography of Development
Issues of global inequality, modernization and environmental degradation with a focus on colonialism, postcolonialism, and displacement of people, livelihoods and cultures by development processes. Prerequisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 156 - D2:Latin America
The character and development of the contemporary cultural, economic, and political patterns of the area against the background of its physical and resource base. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 158 - Geography of the Middle East
Political, cultural, and physical geography of the Middle East, with an emphasis on the relationship between the Middle East and the West. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 170 - Historical Geography
Cross-listed with: HST 170. Examination of the tools, techniques, and perspectives used in studying the historic development of places and landscapes. Vermont and other North American case studies. Prerequisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 recommended, HST 011 or HST 012 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 171 - Cultural Geography
Distribution of race, ethnicity, language, and religion at different geographical scales and how these factors contribute to world and regional events. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 173 - Political Ecology
Human-environment interactions under globalization. Social and economic causes of global and local environmental problems. Environmental movements and sustainable livelihoods in First and Third Worlds. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 174 - Rural Geography
Global, national and local scale study of rural landscapes, cultures, social issues, and environmental concerns. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 175 - Urban Geography
Analysis of the morphology, function and social structure of cities. Consideration of the nature, history and theories of urban growth and development. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 176 - Geography of Global Economy
Distribution of global economic activity and power. Processes of uneven development and globalization including industrialization, the "global assembly line", trade, investment and migration. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 070.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 177 - Political Geography
Examines the relationships between nation states and political identity. Other political-spatial constructs are also examined, including the private and public dichotomy, cyberspace, and borders. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or POLS 051 or POLS 071 or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: POLS 161.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 178 - Gender, Space & Environment
Examination of the ways in which human relationships to both the built and the natural environment are mediated by gender. Prerequisites: Six hours in Geography or Women's and Gender Studies, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: WGST 170.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 179 - Cultural Ecology
Interrelationships of social groups and their natural environments and resource bases, with primary emphasis on nonindustrial cultures, examined from the perspectives of anthropology and geography. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 050 or GEOG 070 or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ANTH 179.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 184 - Geog Info:Cncpts & Applic
Systematic approach to important geographical concepts (including distance, shape, scale dispersion) structured around the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as an analytical tool. Pre/co-requisite: GEOG 081 or NR 025 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 185 - Remote Sensing
Examinations of the earth's surface from aerial photographs and satellite imagery. Emphasis is on image interpretation, classification, change detection, multivariate analysis (e.g. principal components analysis). Prerequisite: GEOG 081 recommended. Cross-listed with: FOR 146, NR 146.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 186 - Qualitative Research in Geog
Students will learn data collection, analysis, and representation techniques for qualitative data with emphasis on geographic practices, such as participatory mapping and mixed-methods approaches. Prerequisites: GEOG 081 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 190 - International Field Studies
Field course abroad (e.g. South Africa or England.) Intensive study of the geography of a country or region, with attention to related issues. Prerequisite: Three hours in Geography.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 191 - Geography Internship
Supervised internship in applied geography working with a local public agency or private firm. Individually arranged. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing; department permission.
Credits: 4.00
GEOG 192 - Vermont Field Studies
Field course on a geographical theme (e.g. physical or regional geography) in the Burlington area or surrounding region. Prerequisite: Three hours in Geography. Cross-listed with: VS 192.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
GEOG 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 4.00
GEOG 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 202 - Research Methods
A systematic overview of the art and science of geographical inquiry. Examination of key research and methodological approaches in the discipline. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing; nine hours in Geography.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 203 - Contemp Geog Thought Context
A survey of paradigms and issues in contemporary geography. Attention paid to the social and historical contexts of geographic thought. Prerequisite: Nine hours in Geography or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 244 - Adv Top: Global Change
Advanced offerings on topics related to past, present and future changes in the environment, including natural and human-induced changes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Prerequisites: GEOG 040, GEOG 140 or GEOG 143, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 245 - Adv Top:Human Env Interactions
Advanced offerings on various manifestations of social-environmental relationships. Possible topics include sustainable development, environmental justice, and urban ecology. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing with nine hours in Geography or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 246 - Adv Top:Climate&Water Resource
Analysis of regional climatology, paleoclimatology, hydroclimatological hazards, or fluvial geomorphology. Topics include droughts, severe weather, climate change, floods and floodplain management, mountain and lowland rivers. Pre/co-requisites: GEOG 143 or GEOG 144 and Senior or Graduate standing with nine hours in Geography.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 272 - Adv Top:Space, Power, Identity
Advanced offerings on topics related to the spatial regulation and geographic construction of social identity, paying particular attention to race, gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing with nine hours in Geography or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 273 - Adv Top:Political Econ&Ecology
Advanced offerings in political ecology and political economy, particularly at global and regional scales. Possible topics include Third World economic restructuring, globalization, international environmental movements. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing with nine hours in Geography or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 274 - Adv Top:Critical Urban&Soc Geo
Advanced offerings in urban and critical social geography. Possible topics include social justice and the city, human rights, geographies of social control. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing with nine hours in Geography, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 281 - Adv Topic:GIS & Remote Sensing
Advanced offerings in GIS or remote sensing focusing on landscape interpretation for decision-making practices. Incorporation of applications from Vermont public and private sectors. Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate standing with nine hours in Geography; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 287 - Spatial Analysis
Analysis of spatial pattern and interaction through quantitative models; introduction to measurement, sampling, and covariation in a spatial framework. Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing with at least nine hours in Geography or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 4.00
GEOG 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
GEOG 297 - Readings & Research
Credits: 4.00
GEOG 298 - Readings & Research
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 300 - Graduate Tutorial
Readings and research on topics arranged individually by students with instructors; attendance in appropriate undergraduate courses may be required. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOG 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00