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GEOGRAPHY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

A special fee is charged for all courses with laboratories.

General Education Course *
Writing 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 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 242. Economic Geography. Relation of geographic factors to economic conditions in determining the nature and location of the several productive occupations and the distribution of the output of these occupations, including their transportation and marketing. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 and permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 252 (EARTH SCIENCE 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 systems. 3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 261 (EARTH SCIENCE 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.

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 preprofessional 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 401. Geography of South and East Asia. Regional analysis of the physical geography and problems in the economic and political geography of South and East Asia. Emphasis on China, Japan, and India. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 402. Geography of Latin America. Regional and systematic analysis of the geography of Latin America, including treatment of physical, cultural and economic characteristics of the several regions and countries within Latin America. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods.  3 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 405. Geography of Africa. A regional analysis of the geographical factors influencing the culture and economics of the African continent. Special emphasis will be placed on the present state of economic development. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 410 (EARTH SCIENCE 410). Geomorphology.. Treatment of the processes that have shaped the varied surface features of the earth. Theories and concepts relating to geomorphic evolution in the major and minor physiographic divisions will be emphasized.  3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 444. Political Geography. Geographic factors in major nations of the world and how they affect international relations, with analysis of the current strategic position of the U.S. and the reorganization of the post-Cold War World. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 450. Geography of Contemporary Problem Areas. A physical, economic, historical, and cultural analysis of selected regions and nations in the news. A background for understanding present day conditions, and the social significance of the events occurring in these areas. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods.  3 credits.

Geography 453. Geography of the Former Soviet Union. An evaluation of people, land, climate, resources and space as they bear on the economic developments and political prospects of the former Soviet Union. Prerequisite: GEOG 201 or permission of instructor.  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. **

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