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 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.

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