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Index
Course Listings/Descriptions
Semester offering codes corrected and posted on June 7, 2004.
GEO-Geography: Systematic

GEO 1200 Physical Geography . . . . . 4(F,S,SS)
Corequisite: GEO 1200L.
Relationship between natural environment and man. Weather, climate, soils, biogeography and land forms. Physical earth treated so that the student gains appreciation of man's place and activities within his/her environment. (General Studies Course: NS/LEC) Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 2330 Environmental Science . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Study of interrelationships between human activity and the natural systems in our environment. Interdisciplinary approach to the study of natural processes and how they affect and are affected by human activity. Particular emphasis will be given to examination of the ways in which science offers solutions to the pressure human activity places on natural resources. (General Studies Course: NS/LEC)

GEO 2948 Service Learning Field Study I . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.

GEO 3100 Cartographic Skills . . . . . 4(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 1200 or GLY 2010.
Corequisite: GEO 3100L.
Designed to teach students the basics of maps, including map projections, datums, grid systems, map interpretation, elements of map design, and basic field mapping. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 3210 Geomorphology . . . . . 4(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 1200, GEO 1200L or GLY 2010, GLY 2010L .
Corequisite: GEO 3210L.
Description of landforms and landscapes on the Earth's surface, along with a systematic analysis of the geomorphic processes that produce them. Emphasis is placed on the climatic and geologic controls on landscape evolution. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 3250 Weather and Climate . . . . . 4(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 1200 or GLY 2010, GLY 2010L.
Corequisite: GEO 3250L.
Nature of individual weather elements, their measurements, and analysis over time and space. Analysis of global climate emphasizing control factors, resulting areal patterns and climatic classifications. Emphasis upon North American weather and climate patterns, micro climate, climate change, modification and related problems. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 3260 Geography of Soils . . . . . 3(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 1200/L or GLY 2010/L, CHM 2200/L or CHM 2046/L, STA 2023, and MAC 1140.
Corequisite: GEO 3260L.
Nature, properties and distribution of soils and their relationship to the influence of vegetation, climate, landforms, and human activity. Understanding how soils form and how and why they vary horizontally across the landscape and vertically with depth. Emphasis upon North American patterns. Occasional field trips.

GEO 3260L Geography of Soils Laboratory . . . . . 1(F)
Corequisite: GEO 3260.
Deals with the nature, properties and distribution of soils and their relationship to the influence of vegetation, climate, landforms, and human activity. Intended to be fundamental soil science lab that provides hands-on experience. Field trips required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 3372 Conservation of Natural Resources . . . . . 3(S)
Nature and extent of mineral, soil, water, forest and wildlife resources and their conservation, with particular emphasis on the United States against a general background of world resources. Conservation philosophies, practices and their geographic bases. Occasional field trips may be arranged.

GEO 3421 Cultural Geography . . . . . 3(F)
Sociocultural distributions with emphases on social regions, spatial behavior and cultural landscapes. Topics include population, spatial diffusion and processes, race, language, religion, political organization, methods of livelihood, settlement patterns, and the regional distribution of the elements over the earth. Meets Multi- cultural requirement.

GEO 3470 Geography of World Affairs . . . . . 3(F)
Geographic study of world events; environmental influences on events; impact of events on environment; ramifications of events on social, economic, political, physical and psychological worlds. Meets Multi- cultural requirement.

GEO 3502 Economic Geography . . . . . 3(S)
Analysis of patterns, linkages and flows attendant to the production, consumption and distribution of goods and services. Production and consumption are correlated with markets which are analyzed in terms of population needs, desires and spending power.

GEO 3948 Service Learning Field Study II . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.

GEO 3949 Cooperative Education . . . . . 1-2(F,S,SS)
Alternating full-time or consecutive parallel terms of practical experience in the intended field. Reinforcing academic preparation; confirming educational and career goals; personal and professional development; early start in career; earnings toward self-support; improved employability. (See program description under Cooperative Education). Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission of director of Cooperative Education is required.

GEO 4131 Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing . . . . . 4(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 3100.
Corequisite: GEO 4131L.
Applied skills emphasizing the fundamentals of aerial photograph interpretation and basics of multiband spectral reconnaissance of the environment-multispectral photography, infrared, microwave scanning and multifrequency radar systems. Application includes their uses in the study of cultural and biophysical phenomena. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 4133 Applications in Remote Sensing . . . . . 3(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 4131 and GEO 4131L.
The purpose is to make students familiar with digital image processing methods and techniques as applied in solving environmental and urban problems. The course is divided into four basic components: introduction of the generic process of remote sensing applications, introduction of some advanced digital image processing techniques and methods, case studies illustrating this process, and student projects using this process. Offered concurrently with GEO 5139; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Material and supply fee will be assessed. Permission is required.

GEO 4151 Geographic Information Systems . . . . . 3(SS)
Prerequisite: GEO 3100/L.
Corequisite: GEO 4151L.
Spatial database will be queried to solve spatial problems, analyze related attributes, and produce computerized cartographic output. Examines spatial data structures, data acquisition, processing, management, manipulation, and analysis for interdisciplinary applications and research. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 4152 Applications in Geographic Information Systems . . . . . 3(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 4151, GEO 4151L.
The application of GIS methods and techniques in solving practical problems. A generic process for applying GIS techniques in problem solving is introduced, and several case studies of GIS applications in environmental and social domains will be analyzed. Offered concurrently with GEO 5157; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 4174 Special Topics in Geographic Information Science . . . . . 3(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 4131, GEO 4131L, GEO 4151.
Focuses on various topics and cutting-edge techniques in Geographic Information Science (GIS), both in theory and in practice. Offered concurrently with GEO 5177; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 4280 Basic Hydrology . . . . . 4(F)
Prerequisite: GLY 2010/L and STA 2023.
Corequisite: GEO 4280L.
Hydrologic cycle with emphasis upon surface water components. Particular topics include: precipitation, evapotranspiration, water budget, stream flow, and underground water sources and their measurements. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

GEO 4332 Senior Seminar . . . . . 1(F,S)
Seminar in which timely topics pertaining to the environment are discussed and researched. Emphasis is upon professional presentation of research material. Upper level standing is required.

GEO 4333 Seminar in Environmental Issues . . . . . 3(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 3372 or GLY 3031C.
Examines a wide spectrum of current topics that are concerned with or affect the interaction between humans and the environment. Policy issues, economic processes, and natural phenomena will all be considered as each topic is analyzed and solutions to environmental problems are sought.

GEO 4373 Methods and Techniques in Environmental Resource Management and Planning . . . . . 3(S,SS)
Tools, methods, and techniques employed in the study of environmental impact and resource management. Research fundamentals studied and applied to environmental problems such as land use, environmental impact studies, Florida's development of regional impact, resource evaluation, and other topics. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 4890 Coastal Morphology and Processes . . . . . 3(S)
Prerequisite: Either GEO 1200 or GLY 2010, GLY 2010L.
Corequisite: GEO 4890L.
An introduction to the world's coastal landforms, with emphasis upon dominant processes (especially waves, tides, and currents), geographical variations, human impacts and policies and environmental concerns. Offered concurrently with GEO 5225; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

GEO 4890L Coastal Morphology and Processes Laboratory . . . . . 1(S)
Corequisite: GEO 4890.
Laboratory correlating with GEO 4890. Offered concurrently with GEO 5225L; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 4944 GIS Internship . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Prerequisite: GEO 4151.
Supervised application of Geographic Information Science (GIS) in business, government, non-profit, educational or other environmental organizations. Offered concurrently with GEO 5945; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Permission is required.

GEO 5139 Applications in Remote Sensing . . . . . 3(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 4131 and GEO 4131L.
The purpose is to make students familiar with digital image processing methods and techniques as applied in solving environmental and urban problems. The course is divided into four basic components: introduction of the generic process of remote sensing applications, introdcution of some advanced digital image processing techniques and methods, case studies illustrating this process, and student projects using this process. Offered concurrently with GEO 4133; graduate students will be assigned additiional work. Material and supply fee will be assessed. Permission is required.

GEO 5157 Applications in Geographic Information Systems . . . . . 3(F)
Prerequisite: GEO 4151, GEO 4151L.
The application of GIS methods and techniques in solving practical problems. A generic process for applying GIS techniques in problem solving is introduced, and several case studies of GIS applications in environmental and social domains will be analyzed. Offered concurrently with GEO 4152; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 5177 Special Topics in Geographic Science . . . . . 3(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 4151, GEO 4131, GEO 4131L.
Focuses on various topics and cutting-edge techniques in Geographic Information Science (GIS), both in theory and in practice. Offered concurrently with GEO 4174; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 5225 Coastal Morphology and Processes . . . . . 3(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 1200 or GLY 2010, GLY 2010L.
Corequisite: GEO 5225L.
An introduction to the world's coastal landforms, with emphasis upon dominant processes (especially waves, tides, and currents), geographical variations, human impacts and policies, and environmental concerns. Offered concurrently with GEO 4890; graduate will be assigned additional work.

GEO 5225L Coastal Morphology and Processes Laboratory . . . . . 1(S)
Corequisite: GEO 5225.
Laboratory correlating with GEO 5225. Offered concurrently with GEO 4890L; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 5945 GIS Internship . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Prerequisite: GEO 4151.
Supervised application of Geographic Information Science (GIS) in business, government, non-profit, educational or other environmental organizations. Offered concurrently with GEO 4944; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Permission is required.

GEO 6XXX Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Science 3(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 4151 and GEO 4152.
Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and their function within Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will integrate RDBMS, Desktop GIS and the World Wide Web to produce an interactive spatial database served over the internet. Permission is required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

GEO 6XX1 Research Design . . . . . 3(S)
Prerequisite: GEO 6936.
Introduces non-thesis-track Master's students to the essentials of designing and executing a research project in the environmental sciences using the scientific method. Students will design and complete a research project.

GEO 6936 Graduate Seminar . . . . . 3(F)
An overview of the disciplinary evolution of the geosciences, the prevailing paradigms and methodologies, and current and future directions in the field. The scientific method, grant proposals, and research publications will be examined in detail.