Course Descriptions

Geography --- GEOG

Course Descriptions

GEOG 1000  Introduction to Geography: The Earth as the Home for Humans   4.0 cr

Explores human interactions with environments over time and space through topics directed toward an understanding of the ways in which humans live, and the means by which they interpret and manipulate the physical earth. Topics will include the character of the earth's physical landscapes, distribution of energy in the form of weather and climatic regions, biological communities, human interactions with these physical systems, and how human diversity in language, religion, economics, and politics, has differentiated and influenced human interaction on the planet.

GEOG 1100  World Regional Geography   3.0 cr

Studies the world and its transformation to the modern distinction between technological and developing nations, and a survey of present conditions among its various regions.

GEOG 1105  Geography of United States and Canada   3.0 cr

Presents a region-by-region analysis of the diversity of people and environments of North America. Emphasis will be on the study of similarities and contrasts in regional landscapes and on interactions with other peoples and regions of the world.

GEOG 1115  Human Geography   3.0 cr

Studies basic elements, processes, and distributions associated with people's principal ways of life, their interrelationship with the natural environment, and socio-cultural diversity including: population, race, language, religion, political, and economic systems.

GEOG 1119  Map Interpretation   2.0 cr

Studies the use (and misuse) of maps. Basic principles communication using maps, including projections, scale, and symbolization, as well as measurement and analysis of mapped information.

GEOG 1130  Minnesota Geography   3.0 cr

Examines the land, resources, and people of Minnesota, and the processes that have led to the development of regions in the present and will change the state in the future.

GEOG 1140  Meteorology   4.0 cr

Examines the atmosphere and its behavior. Atmosphere composition, structure, stability, and motion; precipitation processes, air masses, fronts, cyclones and anti cyclones; general weather patterns; meteorological instruments and observations; plotting and analysis of maps; forecasting.

GEOG 1150  Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources   3.0 cr

Explores the origin, nature, location and management issues of natural renewable and non-renewable resources on a global scale. Fuels, energy sources, soils, minerals, fisheries, and forests will be examined with other natural resources.

GEOG 1160  Earth's Environmental Systems- Global Physical Geography   4.0 cr

Emphasizes the interactions of bio/geo/climatic systems in the development of the pattern of regional environments including the study of spatial patterns and processes associated with the Earth's environmental systems.

GEOG 1211  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems   3.0 cr

An introduction to storage, retrieval, analysis and display of spatial data using Geographic Information Systems technology via a combination of class presentations and laboratory exercises. Both general theory and specific application will be addressed.

GEOG 1400  Energy, Environment and Climate   4.0 cr

Provides a holistic approach to the workings of the atmosphere and climatological impacts on global human populations. Topics include weather patterns and long-term trends, including global climate change. Climatology relative to the United States will be examined in the context of extreme weather and alternative energy source potential.