Area of Emphasis: Geography/GIS

To receive a concentration in Geography/GIS, students must complete 12 credit hours from the Department of Geosciences. A sample of courses might include but are not limited to:

GSCI 101 Elements of Physical Geography (3)
A non-laboratory course. A study of the basic concepts and elements of the physical environment: the earth and its place in the solar system, soils, vegetation, and landforms. Examination of the interrelationships among the elements and their geographic distribution.

GSCI 105 Cultural Geography (3)
A survey of traditional and popular culture structured around five themes: cultural region, cultural diffusion, cultural ecology, cultural integration, and cultural landscape.

GSCI 110 World Geography (3)
Promotes international understanding via a survey of the world as a system of interrelated political units, environments, resources, lifestyles, and problems.

GSCI 321 United States Geography (3)
A survey of the United States as a functioning system of interrelated regions, stressing environments, resources, lifestyles, and problems.

GSCI 103 Geographical Information System Concepts (1)
Basic survey of the fundamental ideas behind Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Hands-on experience with simple GIS software and data sets. Discussion of GIS-related careers and benefits of GIS job skills. May not be taken for credit after any other higher-numbered GIS course.

GSCI 240 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
Introduction to the function and primary uses of GIS. Includes "learning in context" by involving students in desktop GIS applications.

GSCI 290 Cartography: Theory and Applications (3)
Examination of the theory and methods applied to the transformation of geographic space onto maps, their content, structure, and utilization. Interpretation of maps and extraction of information from maps. Pr, sophomore standing and math 110.

GSCI 340 Environmental Geology (3)
A survey of earth materials and processes with emphasis on environmental implications. Includes natural hazards (such as earthquakes and volcanoes), water and other resources, and applications of land-use planning concepts. May be taken with or without GSCI 102.

GSCI 330 Remote Sensing Concepts (3)
This course provides a basic overview of the technology by which aircraft and satellite images of the earth are produced as well as hands-on experience manipulating and interpreting images from a variety of sources Requisite Information: Additional Media CD-ROM
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GSCI 225 GIS Fundamentals (3)
GIS fundamentals addresses fundamental principles and operations of GIS.  This course emphasizes technical proficiency in the use of Geographic Information Systems.  It is not for BS/BA majors in Geosciences.

GSCI 325 Environmental Geology (3)
GIS Fundamentals II focuses on moderate level GIS technical operations and GIS spatial analysis methods.  The course is not for BS/BA majors in Geosciences.  Requisite Information: PR GSCI 22

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