Geography (GEO)

 Bison icon - General Education Course

GEO 100 Bison image  Intro to Human Geography (CT)3 Credit hours   

This critical thinking course provides a systematic examination of contemporary concepts and processes of human geography in global perspective, including economics, geopolitics, culture, nationalism, urbanization, governance, agriculture, population, and migration.

Attributes: Critical Thinking, International, Core II Social Sciences
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GEO 101 Bison image  Physical Geography (CT)4 Credit hours   

Systematic survey of earth-sun relationships, land-surface form, climate, soils, water, natural vegetation, and other natural content as a background for human geography.

Attributes: Critical Thinking, Natural Sciences
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GEO 110 Basic GIS1 Credit hour   

Introduction to GIS concepts including GIS components, spatial and tabular data, database elements, data formats, and map design; hands-on experience with a GIS.

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GEO 111 Air Photos & Satellite Imagery1 Credit hour   

Introduction to photogrammetry and remote sensing thourgh the hands-on investigation of aerial photographs and satellite imagery using the latest technology.

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GEO 112 Smartphone GPS1 Credit hour   

Principles of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); using your smartphone for Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/GNSS orientation, and data collection.

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GEO 113 Web GIS1 Credit hour   

Students learn to build web maps, share GIS data on the internet, and create web GIS applications.

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GEO 203 Bison image  Economic Geography (CT)3 Credit hours   

A systematic examination of world economic geography with a focus on population, agriculture, transportation, land use, urbanization, industry, energy, and the environment.

Attributes: Critical Thinking, International, Core II Social Sciences
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GEO 206 Bison image  Geography West Virginia3 Credit hours   

A survey of the geography of West Virginia including landforms, climate, settlement patterns, population, economics, resources, politics, and environmental changes.

Attributes: American Institutions, Core II Social Sciences
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GEO 222 Bison image  Global Environment Issues (CT)3 Credit hours   

Environmental issues have great emotional, political, and economic significance. The dynamics of global environmental problems, their complex interactions, and effects on potential stakeholders will be examined at the international scale.

Attributes: Critical Thinking, International, Core II Social Sciences
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GEO 230 Bison image  Intro to Meteorology (CT)4 Credit hours   

Introduction to the composition of the atmosphere and weather phenomena, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Attributes: Critical Thinking, Core II Natural Sciences
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GEO 280 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 281 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 282 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 283 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 300 Methods in Geography3 Credit hours   

Provides an introduction to research methods in geography. Topics addressed include: data sources; sampling; data collection, storage, and management; descriptive measures and data visualization techniques; qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Pre-req: STA 225 with a minimum grade of D or STA 150 with a minimum grade of D or STA 150B with a minimum grade of D or MGT 218 with a minimum grade of D or PSY 223 with a minimum grade of D or SOC 345 with a minimum grade of D or GEO 440 with a minimum grade of D.

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GEO 305 Bison image  Geog of USA & Canada3 Credit hours   

Survey of physical, historical, population, economic, political, cultural, and regional geographies of Canada and the United States, including an analysis of the multi-cultural nature of the societies.

Attributes: American Institutions, Multicultural
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GEO 317 Bison image  World Regional Geography3 Credit hours   

World regions examined using a synthesis of physical and human geographical themes including environment, culture, landscape, climate, landforms, globalization, population patterns, urbanization, economies, and political geography.

Attributes: International
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GEO 350 Severe Storms and Natl Hzrds4 Credit hours   

Basics of earth and atmospheric hazards including flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, and volcanic eruptions, and how to mitigate the impacts.

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GEO 402 Geography of Appalachia3 Credit hours   

A study of the geography of Appalachia, including landforms, climate, settlement patterns, population, economics, resources, politics, and environmental changes.

Attributes: American Institutions
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GEO 404 Bison image  Geography of Europe3 Credit hours   

An examination of the geography of Europe focusing on contemporary issues, including climate, culture, economics, environmental change, everyday life, international relations landforms, language, politics, population, religion, and urbanization.

Attributes: International
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GEO 405 Bison image  Political Geography3 Credit hours   

A systematic and regional survey of world political problems and international relations stressing current geopolitical conflicts. An examination of contemporary patterns, processes, and problems of political geography in global perspective, including globalization, colonialism, imperialism, geopolitics, nationalism, diplomacy, international borders, governance, political representation, and future projections

Attributes: International
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GEO 406 Bison image  Population Geography3 Credit hours   

An examination of contemporary patterns, processes, and problems of population geography in global perspective, including fertility, mortality, demographic change, migration, malnutrition, urbanization, natural resource sustainability, and future projections.

Attributes: International
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GEO 408 Bison image  Geog of South & Middle America3 Credit hours   

A study of settlement, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, geopolitics, and natural resources of South and Middle American countries. Regional study of relation of man's activities to natural environment.

Attributes: International
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GEO 410 Urban Geography3 Credit hours   

Study of the evolution, morphology and land use, functions, and problems of urban areas, with emphasis on governance, planning, and the social and environmental impacts of urbanization.

Attributes: American Institutions
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GEO 411 Medical Geography3 Credit hours   

An examination of contemporary issues and problems in health and medical geography, including the spatial aspects of global health, health care policy, and disease origins, diffusion, and ecology.

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GEO 422 Bison image  Environmental Geography3 Credit hours   
Attributes: International
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GEO 423 Cartography & GIS3 Credit hours   

This course is an introduction to cartography and is the cornerstone of Geographic Information Science. In this class you will learn basic map design, map interpretation and appreciation. We will explore the nature of spatial data, and learn what maps can and cannot represent. We will study maps as a data source for Geographic Information Systems, and as a graphic tool for scientific visualizations.

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GEO 424 Transportation Geography3 Credit hours   

A geographic analysis of transportation and its spatial organization. Concepts, models, and analytical methods related to traffic demand, network configuration, and allocation of transport facilities are covered.

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GEO 425 Climatology4 Credit hours   

A study of elements of weather and climate, methods of climatic classification, and the distribution and characteristics of world climate regions.

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GEO 426 Principles of GIS4 Credit hours   

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) principles, techniques, and applications for the social and natural sciences with emphasis on foundational geographic principles in a lecture/lab format.

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GEO 429 Princ of GIS 2-Vector Analysis4 Credit hours   

Continuation of GEO 426 Principles of GIS, including additional principles like data management, cartographic design, and geocoding; and vector analyses like spatial analysis, spatial autocorrelation, and network analysis.

Pre-req: GEO 426 or GEO 430 or IST 423.

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GEO 430 GIS-Raster Analysis4 Credit hours   

GIS raster analysis, including local, neighborhood, and zonal operations, terrain analysis, building raster databases, distance modeling, and surface interpolation. Data collection and input from readily available sources, creation of custom data using GPS and advanced spatial analysis using GIS. (PR: GEO 429)

Pre-req: GEO 426 or GEO 429 or IST 423.

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GEO 431 Remote Sensing & Photogram4 Credit hours   

Scientific study of the earth using images and data captured using satellite- or aircraft-borne sensors, with emphasis on issues of acquisition, photogrammetic interpretation, spatial analysis and application.

Pre-req: GEO 426 or GEO 429 or GEO 430 or IST 423.

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GEO 432 Enterprise GIS3 Credit hours   

Principles and techniques for planning, implementing, and managing Geographic Information Systems technologies in a firm or agency.

Pre-req: GEO 426 or GEO 429 or GEO 430 or GEO 431 or IST 423.

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GEO 433 GPS & Mobile Geospatial Tech3 Credit hours   

An analysis of the design and deployment of Global Navigation Satellite Systems such as GPS (Global Positioning System) and their application to mobile map services.

Pre-req: GEO 426 or GEO 429 or GEO 430 or GEO 431 or IST 423.

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GEO 434 Floods Hazards and GIS3 Credit hours   

Application of principles of flood hazards preparation, disaster management, and mitigation using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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GEO 440 Spatial Statistics and GIS4 Credit hours   

Statistical methods applied to problem solving in geography and using GIS for display and analysis. Primary focus on descriptive and inferential spatial statistics, mapping, and spatial analysis of data.

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GEO 454 Drones: Remote Sensing & GIS3 Credit hours   

Learn FAA rules and safety procedures; prepare for Remote Pilot licensing exam; operate drones to collect remote sensing data; process imagery for analysis; integrate sUAS imagery with existing GIS data.

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GEO 460 Weather Analysis4 Credit hours   

Introduction to reading weather maps and meteorological analysis techniques including satellite and radar image interpretation and numerical weather prediction.

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GEO 480 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 481 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 482 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 483 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 485 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: No Textbook Required
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GEO 486 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: No Textbook Required
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GEO 487 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 488 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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GEO 490 Internship1-6 Credit hours   

Cooperative learning experience with regional employer/government agency.

Attributes: No Textbook Required
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GEO 498 Bison image  Senior Capstone2 Credit hours   

This senior capstone course combines research methods, data collection, and analysis to produce original research on questions and problems in geography. Par I: Pilot Project.

Pre-req: GEO 300 with a minimum grade of D and (GEO 423 with a minimum grade of D or GEO 426 with a minimum grade of D).

Attributes: Capstone Course
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GEO 499 Bison image  Senior Capstone II1-3 Credit hours   

This senior capstone course combines research methods, data collection, and analysis to produce original research on questions and problems in geography. Part II.

Pre-req: GEO 426 and (MTH 225 or GEO 440 or MGT 218 or PSY 223 or SOC 345 or ANT 301 or EDF 417).

Attributes: American Institutions, Capstone Course
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