College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The spatial organization of society. Emphasis is placed upon the political regions of the world. (S, N)
Geography of the United States and Canada
A comprehensive systematic survey of the physical, economic and social character of the geographic regions of the United States and Canada and their significance in the economic and political affairs of the world.
The geographic conditions and human adjustments in the major regions in Florida. The natural environment, population, routes of communication, industries, resources and strategic location in their geographical and historical aspects. (WR)
Historical Geography of the United States
A survey of the cultural geography of the American past. Characteristics of colonizations, settlement patterns, resource development and culture groups in the evolving regional pattern. (H)
Introduction to the physical landscape of Florida, including shorelines, soils, vegetation, climate, water problems and the environmental degradation of Florida.
Examines the interconnecting land, life and welfare throughout Latin America. (WR)
A comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions and potentialities of Europe; the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. (S, N)
A comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions and potentialities of Africa; the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. (S, N) (WR)
The biophysical basis of natural resource management, cultural diversity and economic development in Amazonia are explored. Appreciating the complexity and variability of soils, vegetation, aquatic ecosystems and climate in the region offers clues for understanding human settlement and development as well as the potential and limitations of the rich natural resource base. (S, N)
A study of the development and distribution of landforms, climates, minerals, soils and water resources. Interrelationships among the physical environment and regional patterns formed by these elements are analyzed against the man's utilization of them. (P)
Credits: 1; Prereq or Coreq: GEO 2201 or GEO 2200.
Laboratory in physical geography. Available for laboratory science credit. (P)
A study of physical landscapes with emphasis on the United States. Considers the materials and processes creating and fashioning landscapes, and the resources and influences of physical landscapes on society. (P)
An introduction to the science of weather (what we get short term) and climate (what we expect long term) and current scientific developments in such areas as extreme weather prediction, global climate change, and improved forecasting of events. (P)
Introduction to geography as a social science. Various social concepts presented from a spatial perspective. (S, D)
Introduction to Human Geography
An introduction to cultural geography with an emphasis upon the development and spatial arrangement of the major societies of the modern world. (S, N)
Pop Music and Culture: A Geographic Perspective
An examination of the geographic origins, development, and diffusion of contemporary pop music and the regional dynamics of pop music culture from the 1950s to present. (S)
This course will cover the geography of international relations, with a focus on major long-term conflicts and on the geographic background of events in the news at the time the course is offered.
This course highlights contemporary perspectives, themes and research in economic geography, focusing on issues and problems associated with regional and global economic and demographic change. Regional variations and disparities in growth and development are analyzed and policy implications discussed. (S) (WR)
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
Credits: 4; Prereq: STA 2023 or instructor permission.
Introduces the student to elementary geographical data analysis including spatial measurement, spatial statistics and spatial forecasting. Students apply statistical concepts and the use of spreadsheet computer software. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: introductory atmospheric science or physical geography, or instructor permission.
Genesis of regional climates and their global distribution. Emphasis on world regional climatology; secondary topics: applied climatology and climate change. (P)
Principles of Geographic Hydrology
Credits: 4; Prereq: GEO 2200, or instructor permission; Coreq: GEO 3162C.
Examines the effects of physical geography on the land-based portion of the hydrologic cycle at the regional and basin scales. Includes discussion of precipitation, infiltration and runoff. (P)
Study of the biological structure, means of survival, propagation and distribution of plants, with emphasis on their relationship to the culture and diffusion of man throughout the world and his part in their development and improvement. (B)
Examines the world's most extreme floods from the Pleistocene through present due to various causes. Discusses physical and human aspects of flood warning, preparedness, response and recovery throughout the world. (P) (N)
The Human Footprint on Landscape
Study of human-environment relationships from a primarily geographic perspective, focusing on the human forces that shape landscapes.
Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing, or instructor permission.
A survey of natural resources and a study of wise and wasteful practices of these resources. Course satisfies resource certification for social studies teachers.
The magnitude, spatial distribution and composition of the Jewish population in the U.S. and the world. Change over time will also be addressed with a focus on regional variation. (S)
Plants, Health and Spirituality
Review of issues and controversies surrounding organic food, genetically-modified crops, medicinal plants, plants used to achieve altered states of consciousness, and the importance of ornamental plants as inspiration for artists and in worship.
Geographical analysis of populations; population description, distribution, change and characteristics; demographic processes; consequences of development, conflict, population control disease. (S)
A comprehensive geographical survey of major economic activities such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, manufacturing and commerce. Emphasis will be upon the study of the characteristics of distribution and the regional patterns of these activities. (S) (WR)
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing, or instructor permission.
An empirical and theoretical spatial analysis of the various economic, population and social facets within and between urban settlements. (S) (WR)
Housing, People and Places in a Spatially Diverse America
Examination of the housing, people and places that comprise the diverse contemporary human settlement patterns in the U.S. Topics focus on the quality of life found in the housing and neighborhoods of these urban and rural landscapes. (S, D)
The origins and fission of alcoholic beverages and associated crops on a global scale.
Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3162C or the equivalent.
This course surveys various multivariate techniques commonly used to analyze geographic data. Emphasis on hypothesis testing, inference, multiple regression, analysis if variance, cluster analysis, and introduction to time-series regression, and grouped estimation procedures, factor analysis, probit/logit modeling and trend-surface interpolation. (WR)
Coastal Morphology and Processes
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C, or instructor permission.
Examines the nature and variety of coastal processes and the origin and modification of coastal landforms; includes discussion of environmental changes along coasts and human activities in the coastal zone. This is the same course as GLY 4734. (P)
Fluvial Morphology and Processes
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C, or instructor permission.
Examines the nature and variety of fluvial processes and the origin and modification of fluvial landforms; includes discussion of environmental changes in rivers and human activities in drainage basins. This is the same course as GLY 4571. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3162C and GEO 3280 or STA 3032; Coreq: GEO 4167C.
An investigation of the numerical and computational techniques available for the extraction of geographic information from hydrometeorologic data. (WR)
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or equivalent.
Description and explanation of spatial patterns of biodiversity, and underlying biophysical factors of human-environment interactions. Past and present distributions of organisms and how patterns of environmental variation influence the organisms. Biogeography is useful for designing nature reserves, forecasting how climate change may affect organisms, and explaining human adaptations to environmental variability. This class takes a mostly ecological approach to understanding biogeography.
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing.
The problems of regional development and regional growth within the context of economic, political and spatial relationships. (S) (WR)
Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
The course examines the strengths, weaknesses, and demand for housing and care alternatives addressing the needs of both active and frail American elderly persons.
Business Geography Integrating Theory
Credits: 3; Prereq: introduction to human or social geography, microeconomics or city planning.
Develops and then applies to public policy analysis the production and consumption theories of land rent. Topics covered include zoning, tax burden, public goods and comparative city systems. (S)
Credits: 1 to 5; can be repeated with change in content up to 15 credits. Prereq: undergraduates only; 9 semester hours of geography and instructor permission.
Qualified students and the instructor concerned may choose a particular topic or problem for study.
Credits: 1; Prereq: senior standing, majors only.
Integration of geographic concepts for graduating seniors; provides introduction to professional geography for students entering the job market.
Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with change in content up to 8 credits.
Credits: 1 to 10; Prereq: senior standing.
Experimental learning in position with city, county, regional and state government agencies.
Credits: 1 to 15; can be repeated with change in topic up to 15 credits. Prereq: Permission of undergraduate adviser.
A mechanism for course work taken at a foreign university as part of an approved study abroad program. Credits taken under this will be transferred to UF and count toward graduation.
Credits: 3; Prereq: senior standing and participation in department honors programs.
Completion of an honors thesis, meeting department specifications, during the semester in which the student is enrolled.
Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 4; Prereq: 2000-level human geography course, GEO 2200 and GEO 3162C.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the technology for the creation, modification, display and analysis of spatial information. Knowledge of GIS, competence in geographic databases and familiarity with computer software and hardware.
Analyses of cartographic problems with exercises in techniques of presentation. Map projections and symbols. Problems in statistical representation by graphic methods.
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200, or permission of instructor.
Principles of aerial photography; identification and interpretation of physical and cultural features; sketching and simple map-making and uses of aerial photography.
Credits: 4; Prereq: permission of instructor.
Introduction to the theory and application of digital imagery data in geographical research with a hands-on, lab-based approach.
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2242 or MET 1010 or GEO 2200.
Provides hands-on experience using weather instruments and making forecasts.
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2242 or MET 1010 or instructor permission.
Meteorological and climatological concepts related to hurricanes. Forecasting current activity, researching past storms and analyzing storm structure, damage and future trends.
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3250 or MET 3503 or MET 4352
This course covers how atmospheric data is collected and analyzed both for meteorologic and climatologic-scale research. Learn where to obtain various types of data and how to analyze data to answer specific research questions.