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Geography Course Descriptions

A special fee is charged for all courses with laboratories.
General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course **
Speaking Intensive Course *** 

GEOGRAPHY 201. Basic Elements of Geography. The scope and nature of geographic inquiry are treated. Special emphasis is placed on the significance of man, environment, and cultural processes in the organization of space on the earth's surface. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits. *

GEOGRAPHY 220. The Geography of South America. An examination of the natural and cultural landscape in the regional development of South America. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits. *

GEOGRAPHY 241. Cultural Geography. A study of the interaction between man and the land. Spatial and time elements are interwoven with selected topics such as man's religions, settlement patterns, political organization, economics, and population characteristics. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 275 (EARTH SCIENCE 275). Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A lab-based introduction to computer hardware, software, and procedures designed to support the capture, management, analysis, and display of spatially-referenced data for complex problem-solving and map presentation for city and regional planning, transit and transportation, land use and habitat analysis, historic and archeological studies, crime analysis and policing, emergency management and public works utilities, census and demographic studies, public health, and business uses including real estate, marketing and advertising. 2 lecture periods / 1 lab. 4 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 292. Internship in Geography. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of geography. 1-18 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 295. Special Topics in Geography. Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered periodically. 1-3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 311, 312. Studies Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in geography. 1-18 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 352. World Regional Geography. Analysis of the geography of major world regions, emphasizing the physical, cultural, and economic factors affecting life in each. Special consideration is given to current problems involving natural hazards, political developments, and cultural attributes of countries around the world. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 353 (EARTH SCIENCE 353). Geography of Virginia. Geographical appraisal of Virginia, including the geology, landforms, soils, climate, economic minerals, original vegetation, and the human geography of Virginia, emphasizing settlement and population, agriculture, industries and transportation. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits. ***

GEOGRAPHY 354 (EARTH SCIENCE 354). Hydrology. This course is an introductory survey of hydrology. Emphasis is on the general physical and chemical principles which govern hydrologic processes. Approaches to hydrologic measurements and the application of hydrologic analyses to water-resource management issues will be examined. A basic understanding of elementary mathematics, physics, physical geography, and chemistry is assumed. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 355 (EARTH SCIENCE 355). Climatology. A study of the dynamics of the atmosphere as an energy system, its interactions with other parts of the Earth's physical system, and the effects of these interactions on human life and activity. Climate variations on global, regional, and local scales are investigated including methods of climate classification and techniques used to model future climatic conditions. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 358 (EARTH SCIENCE 358). Map Design and Analysis. Emphasis is focused on the construction of thematic maps at the pre-professional level and their incorporation in presentations of research. Computer-based techniques and processes are stressed along with rudimentary geographic information system design. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods. 4 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 390. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 392. Internship in Geography. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of geography. 1-18 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 403. Geography of Europe. Regional analysis of peninsular, western and central Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 404. Geography of the U.S. and Canada. Regional analysis of the United States and Canada, emphasizing the physical, cultural, and economic factors affecting the utilization of the several regions. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 410 (EARTH SCIENCE 410). Geomorphology. An introduction to the major landform shaping processes that affect the surface of the earth. Human impact on these geomorphic processes, particularly the effects of urbanization and erosive land use, will be discussed with regard to current models of geomorphic change. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 490. Directed or Independent Study. Students will carry out study or research projects under supervision of an instructor. Six credits total may be earned. 1-3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 492. Internship in Geography. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of geography. 1-18 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 495. Special Topics in Geography. Specialized courses on a variety of topics that maybe offered periodically. 1-3 credits.

GEOGRAPHY 498. Honors Research in Geography. Students conduct research in geography under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits. **

 

Earth Science Course Descriptions

A special fee is charged for all courses with laboratories.
General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course **

EARTH SCIENCE 101. Physical Science. A survey of basic physics and chemistry needed for a cross-disciplinary major. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods; for Liberal Studies majors and other students seeking teaching endorsement. 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 126. Essential Laboratory Techniques. (BIOLOGY 126, CHEMISTRY 126, PHYSICS 126). Good laboratory techniques, skills and safe practices are taught by actual practice in the laboratory. 1 credit.

EARTH SCIENCE 210. Physical Geology. An introduction to the natural physical environment, the materials and processes which shape the earth's crust. Specific topics include minerals, rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, the ocean, and plate tectonics. Also the effects of streams, waves, ground water, ice, wind, and gravity on the surface of the earth. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods; 4 credits.*

EARTH SCIENCE 220. Astronomy. Descriptive study of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods; 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 252 (GEOGRAPHY 252). Physical Geography. A study of the earth's physical landscape, the dynamics of the natural systems which form it and the interrelationships between the systems. Included are investigations of human impacts on the earth's system. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 261 (GEOGRAPHY 261). Meteorology. A study of the basic weather phenomena and processes including the elements for modern weather forecasting. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods; 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 275 (GEOGRAPHY 275). Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A lab-based introduction to computer hardware, software, and procedures designed to support the capture, management, analysis, and display of spatially-referenced data for complex problem-solving and map presentation for city and regional planning, transit and transportation, land use and habitat analysis, historic and archeological studies, crime analysis and policing, emergency management and public works utilities, census and demographic studies, public health, and business uses including real estate, marketing and advertising. 2 lecture periods / 1 lab. 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 292. Internship in Earth Science. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of earth science. 1-18 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 300. The Dynamic Planet. This course explores the major principles of the earth sciences, including geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. The course focuses on earth-shaping processes, atmospheric dynamics, oceanographic circulation, and earth's place in the solar system. It is designed to develop an awareness and appreciation for these geosystems and their important interrelationships, as well as an understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on interactions between systems in order to better understand the earth as a single, multidimensional system. For liberal studies majors and others seeking teaching endorsement. 2 lecture and one 2-hour lab period. 3 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 310. Historical Geology. An introduction to the methods, assumptions, and current interpretations of the evidence concerning the origin and evolution of the earth and its life forms. Emphasis on the geologic history of the United States. Co-or prerequisite EASC 210 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods; 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 311, 312. Studies Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in earth science. 1-18 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 341 (BIOLOGY 341). General Ecology. The principles underlying the interrelations of groups of organisms with their environments, including the population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization. The lab normally includes local field trips. 3 lecture and one 3-hour lab periods; 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 353 (GEOGRAPHY 353). Geography of Virginia. Geographical appraisal of Virginia, including the geology, landforms, soils, climate, economic minerals, original vegetation, and human geography of Virginia, emphasizing settlement of population, agriculture, industries and transportation. 3 lecture periods. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 354 (GEOGRAPHY 354). Hydrology. This course is an introductory survey of hydrology. Emphasis is on the general physical and chemical principles which govern hydrologic processes. Approaches to hydrologic measurements and the application of hydrologic analyses to water-resource management issues will be examined. A basic understanding of elementary mathematics, physics, physical geography, and chemistry is assumed. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 355 (GEOGRAPHY 355). Climatology. A study of the dynamics of the atmosphere as an energy system, its interactions with other parts of the Earth's physical system, and the effects of these interactions on human life and activity. Climate variations on global, regional, and local scales are investigated including methods of climate classification and techniques used to model future climatic conditions. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 358 (GEOGRAPHY 358). Map Design and Analysis. Emphasis is focused on construction of thematic maps at the preprofessional level and their incorporation in presentations of research. Modern techniques and processes are stressed along with rudimentary geographic information system design. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab period; 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 363. Physical Oceanography. An introduction to the historical, geological, chemical and physical aspects of the oceans. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 390. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 392. Internship in Earth Science. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of earth science. 1-18 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 410 (Geography 410). Geomorphology. An introduction to the major landform shaping processes that affect the surface of the earth. Human impact on these geomorphic processes, particularly the effects of urbanization and erosive land use, will be discussed with regard to current models of geomorphic change. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 490. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated. 1-18 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 492. Internship in Earth Science. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of earth science. 1-18 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 495. Special Topics in Earth Science. Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered periodically. 1-4 credits.

EARTH SCIENCE 498. Honors Research in Earth Science. Students conduct research in earth science under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits. **