2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Courses

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GC 100 Physical Geography 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer

Examination of the earth's physical phenomena to develop a knowledge and appreciation of the relationships between human activities and environmental processes.

Notes: Course does not meet the laboratory course graduation requirement. Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer

Introduces basic scientific principles and concepts, and presents major components of the natural environment. Also examines the impacts that arise through interactions between nature and society.

Notes: Formerly ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science. Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 105 World Regional Geography 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information.
Provides a thematic survey of world regions emphasizing environmental, population, cultural, geopolitical and economic development issues. Notes: May not be applied toward any major offered by the Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department.
GC 164 Human Geography 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer
Examines the culturally induced differences in the world pattern of population growth, resource utilization, language, religion, agriculture, industry, political systems and environmental impacts of societies.
GC 200 North America 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information.
Analysis of the physical and cultural geography of Canada and the United States.
GC 202 Soils 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisites: GC 100 or instructor's permission.

Study of soil formation, soil classification, soil survey applications, laboratory and field procedures and soil management.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 205 Introduction to Geographic Research 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: EN 211 and GC 164 or GC 100.

An introduction to geographic thought, research methods and writing. Research and writing include an examination of professional journals, book reviews, proposal development and literature searches.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 210 Earth Hazards 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information.

Examination of how physical processes of the Earth focus energies and affect humans and their structures. Earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods, subsidence, meteorite impacts, and tsunamis will be studied.

GC 220 Economic Geography 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter

Examines global spatial variability of economic growth, economic development, standards of living and quality of life from a geographic perspective. Also examines the economic geography of the production of goods and services, and spatial patterns of consumption and environmental impact.

GC 225 Introduction to Maps 2 cr.  (1-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: Mathematics placement at MA 100 or higher.

Introduces major concepts and applications in the reading, analysis and interpretation of maps with special emphasis on USGS topographic maps. Lecture sessions cover major concepts and foundational knowledge, while lab sessions emphasize hands-on applications and commonly used techniques.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 235 Quantitative Methods 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer
  • Prerequisites: DATA 109 or higher or mathematics placement at MA 115 or higher.

Presentation and interpretation of data, descriptive statistics and measures of spatial patterns, introduction to statistical inference and measures of association, with particular reference to geographic examples.

GC 255 Physical Geology 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer

The structures of the earth, tectonics, minerals, rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, and the development of landforms.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 269 Introduction to Sustainability 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: EN 211, GC 164 and either GC 100, GC 101 or GC 255.

An overview of the basic principles of sustainability and sustainable systems (environmental, social, economic) from global, national, regional and local perspectives.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 280 Field Techniques and Mapping 5 cr.
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: GC 225 and MA 113 or MA 111.

Examination of the techniques and tools used to gather spatial data, and the application of this knowledge to a problem.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 285 Earth’s Climate: Past, Present, and Future 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Every Other Winter

Examines the components of the climate system, the processes and feedbacks that influence climate, the techniques used to interpret past climates and predict future climate, and the patterns, variations, and events that have occurred, at different temporal and spatial scales. Also explores predictions for future climate change and some mitigation or adaptation strategies.

GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information.
  • Prerequisites: EN 211 and sophomore standing.

Regional focus determined by demand and faculty availability.

Notes: May be repeated if topic differs.
GC 303 Practicing Geography 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact department for information.
  • Prerequisites: GC 205 and junior standing.

The course provides an opportunity for EEGS majors to gather up, review, polish and collate their EEGS skills and abilities sets to help them prepare for the successful transition from EEGS major to environmental careers or post-baccalaureate education opportunities.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 305 Regional Studies 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information
  • Prerequisites: EN 211 and sophomore standing.
Regional focus is determined by demand and faculty availability. Notes: May be repeated if topic differs.
GC 310 Urban Geography 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: GC 164 or GC 220, and GC 205.

Study of the development, form and function of urban places and interactions of humans, cities and regions.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 316 Geography of Tourism 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact the department for information
  • Prerequisites: GC 164 and GC 205 or instructor's permission.

Understand the historical development of tourism, its importance to local and national economies and the impact that tourists have on the environment, economy and local cultures.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 317 Geography of Food Systems 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information
  • Prerequisites: GC 205 or EN 211 or instructor's permission.

Examines the different forces acting upon commodity flows from producer to consumer. Particular attention is given to the transition from agriculture to food manufacturing, globalization and food production and the environmental impact of food manufacturing.

Notes: Field work may be required. Contact instructor for more information.
GC 320 Environmental Policy and Regulation 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Summer
  • Prerequisites: GC 100 or GC 101 or junior standing.

Examination of the history and status of environmental laws in the United States at the national and state levels. Included is an introduction to the policy-making process in the U.S. as related to the human and natural environment.

GC 330 Planning Theory and Practice 2 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information.
  • Prerequisites: GC 205.
Study of land use planning from its beginnings through contemporary comprehensive and policy plans. The focus is on planning as a technical, political and economic process.
GC 335 Geographic Information Systems 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer
  • Prerequisites: GC 225 required or junior standing or instructor permission.

The study of computer-based manipulation of geographic information, GIS data integration, visualization and emerging geographic information science issues.