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Geography

GEOG 105, 106, 107 Introductory Geography (4 each)
105 Introductory Physical Geography; 106 Introductory Economic Geography; 107 Introductory Cultural Geography

 

GEOG 199 Special Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged. A means by which students may earn lower-division credit for research, writing, mapping, discussion, career-related and/or participatory skills.

 

GEOG 207 Geography and Film (4)
Considers the use and representation of space, place and landscape in, on and through film. Specific films, filmmakers and topics will vary, and may include particular places or types of landscapes, and the comparison of films created in different cultural and geographical contexts. Prerequisite: GEOG 107 or consent of instructor

 

GEOG 211 U.S. and Canada (4)
Understanding of economic and social activities in the major human-use regions of the home continent; description and interpretation of the present occupancy pattern of the major regions of the United States and Canada.

 

GEOG 240 Map and Air Photo Interpretation (4)
This course explores the use of topographic maps and aerial photographs to measure and interpret geographic patterns of the natural and social environment. Emphasis is on location, landscape patterns and process identification. Prerequisite: GEOG 105

 

GEOG 299 Special Studies (1-4)
Terms and hours to be arranged. A means by which students may earn sophomore-level credit for research, writing, mapping, career-related and/or participatory skills.

 

GEOG 306 Global Economic Geography (4)
Location theory and its application to the study of the distribution of various economic activities, international and interregional changes in the spatial structure of economic activities and the role of these changes in international and regional development.

 

GEOG 307 Canadian Identity Through Film (4)
Explores the construction of Canadian identity and difference as expressed through Canadian films and cinema.

 

GEOG 310 World Regional (4)
A thematic examination of the principal characteristics of the major geographical regions of the world. Interpretation of present and past patterns of relationships between humans and the natural environment.

 

GEOG 311 Geography of Europe (4)
Individual European societies’ landscape organization and how each attempts to alleviate cultural problems: international migrations, scarcity of land for agriculture and urban development, economic development and European nationalism.

 

GEOG 313 The Pacific Northwest (4)
Physical and human resources of the Pacific Northwest. Interpretation of the present pattern of human use of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on Oregon.

 

GEOG 314 The Pacific Rim (4)
The lands and peoples of the Pacific Rim countries, with particular attention to their economic and cultural geographies. Spatial interaction among the Pacific Rim countries, and with the rest of the world.

 

GEOG 315 The Indian Subcontinent (4)
A survey of the physical and human geography of South Asia. While the entire realm of South Asia will be surveyed, the emphasis is on India; major geographical patterns, processes, issues, and problems related with religious, ethnic and linguistic diversity, the modernization process, economic development and interrelationships between South Asian nations.

 

GEOG 321 Field Geography (4)
Methods for collecting and analyzing geographic data. Emphasis on physical or human topics and specific methods will depend upon instructor. Prerequisites: GEOG 105, GEOG 240 or consent of instructor

 

GEOG 327 Popular Culture in Global Perspective (4)
Looks at the development of popular cultures on a global scale and across national boundaries, and critically examines the implicit geographies of pop culture texts and media.

 

GEOG 340 Cartography (4)
This course emphasizes the design and creation of maps. The underlying theme is communication of geographic information combining cartographic design with user perception. Prerequisite: CS 160 or consent of instructor

 

GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems (4)
The mapping, monitoring and modeling of geographic data using computer technology. This is the culminating course for the techniques sequence in geography. Class meets twice a week for lab and lecture.

 

GEOG 370 Human Migration (4)
International and internal migration since World War II. Factors important in the initiation and continuation of migration. Special focus on Mexico-U.S. migration and settlement.

 

GEOG 371 Mexico and Central America (4)
Contemporary physical and human landscapes and their genesis. Areas of focus include human migration, environmental change and social dynamics.

 

GEOG 372 South America (4)
Regional patterns of environment, technology, culture and development are examined within the context of geographical diversity and unity. Topics include both historical and contemporary issues.

 

GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation (4)
This course provides an introduction to environmental conservation, the reasoned use of the natural environment so that its utilization does not impair the environment’s capacity for renewal and continued evolution. The course focuses on contemporary global and regional issues such as greenhouse warming and deforestation.

 

GEOG 384 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
An advanced survey of qualitative research methods in geography, including field observation, interpretation of texts and visual images, and ethnography. Students will learn methods through both theory and practice.

 

GEOG 385 Quantitative Methods in Geography (4)
An introduction to basic quantitative techniques in geography. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, simple correlation and regression, analysis of variance, and non-parametric statistics.

 

GEOG 386 Making Digital Video for the Social Sciences (4)
An introduction to the uses of digital video as a tool for collecting, interpreting, and communicating social scientific data. Covers the basics of shooting and editing digital video.

 

GEOG 391 Biogeography (4)
This course combines both historical and ecological perspectives in analyzing plant and animal distributions. Topics include: speciation, extinction, dispersal, biodiversity, and human impacts or biotic distributions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

GEOG 392 Physical Geography (4)
Principal earth surface elements of physical geography including landforms, soils, water, and biotic resources in their genetic, distributional and functional interrelationships. Prerequisite: GEOG 105 or consent of instructor

 

GEOG 393 Soils Geography (4)
Soils are examined from both a pedologic (genesis and morphology) and edaphic (growth medium) perspective. Their geographic distribution, classification and use as stratigraphic units are examined in detail. The course includes a 2 hour lab that meets once a week. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

GEOG 399 Special Studies (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GEOG 406/506 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged. A specialized or individualized course of study within geography developed in consultation with the instructor.

 

GEOG 407/507 Seminar (4)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Intended for non-teaching majors.

 

GEOG 409/509 Practicum (3-12)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Practical application of geographical theory and/or collection of data for theoretical interpretation, customarily in a public agency.

 

GEOG 410/510 Global Issues (4)
A study of selected and current international issues and problems within the geographical context in which they are observed. Issues to be discussed depends on the instructor.

 

GEOG 411/511 Cultural Geography (4)
Advanced inquiry into the subfield of cultural geography with a focus on contemporary theoretical debates.

 

GEOG 412/512 Selected Topics (4)
Advanced analysis of traditional and contemporary topics in geography.

 

GEOG 413/513 Urban Geography (4)
Urban settlements in the United States and the rest of the world, in terms of patterns, forms and functions; systems of urban land classification and geographic dimensions of urban land use.

 

GEOG 418/518 International Trade and Transportation (4)
Analysis of the origins, routes, destinations of the flows of major commodities, goods, services, and people across national boundaries. Global perspective will include theories and case studies of contemporary and evolutionary patterns.

 

GEOG 420/520 The West and the American Imagination (4)
Looks at the special position of the West in American culture with particular focus on alternate and evolving representations of “the Old West.”

 

GEOG 421/521 The Changing American West (4)
Examines contemporary conflicts over regional identity in the American West. Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of cultural and economic change such as the decline of resource industries and rural areas and the growth of services, cities and suburbs.

 

GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy (4)
Analysis of the processes related to planning, regulating, and policy making in the contexts of urban land use; will be analyzed with respect to all the levels of government–national, state, regional and local.

 

GEOG 432/532 Geography of Africa (4)
The African continent, its nations and colonies; the physical and cultural geography of the regions of the continent and their implications.

 

GEOG 433/533 Political Geography (4)
An advanced survey of political geography as a field of study, including special attention to geopolitics and the interpretation of contemporary political events from a geographic perspective.

 

GEOG 435/535 U.S. and Canadian Geopolitics (4)
Examines U.S. and Canadian relations at multiple scales and in various political contexts from border enforcement to the United Nations.

 

GEOG 470/570 Energy, Environment, and Society (4)
Examines how different societies utilize energy, how energy transformations change societies, how diverse environments shape the forms of energy utilization, and the impacts of energy use on the environment. Special focus on current world problems related to energy use, including resource-related wars and climate change, as well as technological and political efforts that address these problems. Prerequisite: ES 104, or GEOG 105, or GEOG 106, or consent of instructor

 

GEOG 480/580 Nature in the American West (4)
Examines historical and contemporary importance of nature, as concept and physical reality, to the economies, cultures and politics of the American West. Specific topics and areas of focus will vary each term.

 

GEOG 490/590 Climatology (4)
The climate controls and where they operate; climate classification; world regional climate patterns; the characteristics of the world’s climates. Prerequisite: GEOG 105

 

GEOG 492 Regional Physiography of North America (4)
The interrelationship of soil, vegetation, landforms, and climate in the physiographic regions of North America as they have played a role in the cultural and economic development of the continent. Prerequisite: GEOG 392

 

GEOG 495 History and Philosophy of Geography (4)
The nature of geographic thought is examined from a historical perspective. The goal of the course is to seek out the origins of contemporary geographic theory and research and to provide insights as to the discipline’s future. Prerequisite: GEOG 105, 106, and 107, or consent of instructor

 

GEOG 499 Capstone Experience (4)
The Capstone experience is required of all majors in geography and may be based on one or more of the following activities or projects: a research thesis, an internship or practicum, a field exam, a professional portfolio, or comprehensive exam. Typically, the capstone will be completed in a student’s final year at WOU. Students majoring in geography should consult with their advisor regarding planning for their Capstone Experience early in the year before they intend to graduate. Specific requirements will be made by arrangement with a student’s advisor. Prerequisite: major in geography, GEOG 495

 

GEOG 526 Geography of Europe (4)
Individual European societies’ landscape organization and how each attempts to alleviate cultural problems: international migrations, scarcity of land for agriculture and urban development, economic development and European nationalism.

 

GEOG 601 Research (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GEOG 603 Thesis (3-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GEOG 608 Workshop (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GEOG 620 Physical Geography and Field Methods for Teachers (3)
Observation of geographic features in the field; construction of maps from field sketches and notes; preparation of field reports; analysis of methods of field teaching in the public schools.

 

 

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