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    GEA 1000 Geography for a Changing World
    Credits: 3.
    The spatial organization of society. Emphasizes the political regions of the world. (S and N)
    GEA 2210 Geography of the United States and Canada
    Credits: 3.
    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.
    GEA 2270 Geography of Florida
    Credits: 3.
    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)
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    GEA 3271 The Face of Florida
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces the physical landscape of Florida, including shorelines, soils, vegetation, climate, water problems and the environmental degradation of Florida.
    GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the interconnecting land, life and welfare throughout Latin America. (WR)
    GEA 3500 Geography of Europe
    Credits: 3.
    Comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions and potentialities of Europe and the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. (N and S)
    GEA 3600 Geography of Africa
    Credits: 3.
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    Comprehensive and systematic survey of the population, natural resources, geographic regions and potentialities of Africa and the significance of this region in the economic and political affairs of the world. (S and N) (WR)
    GEA 4465 Amazonia
    Credits: 3.
    The biophysical basis of natural resource management, cultural diversity and economic development in Amazonia. 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 and N)
    GEA 4911 Undergraduate Research in Regional Geography
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Regional Geography. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Regional Geography.
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    GEO 2200 Physical Geography
    Credits: 3.
    Studies 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 man's utilization of them. (P)
    GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory
    Credits: 1; Prereq or Coreq: GEO 2200 or GEO 2201.
    Laboratory in physical geography, for lab science credit. (P)
    GEO 2201 Physical Landscapes
    Credits: 3.
    Studies 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)
    GEO 2242 Extreme Weather
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces 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)
    GEO 2410 Social Geography
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces geography as a social science. Various social concepts presented from a spatial perspective. (S and D)
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    GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces cultural geography with an emphasis upon the development and spatial arrangement of the major societies of the modern world. (S and N)
    GEO 2426 Pop Music and Culture: A Geographic Perspective
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the geographic origins, development and diffusion of contemporary pop music and the regional dynamics of pop music culture from the 1950s to present. (S)
    GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
    Credits: 3.
    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)
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    GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
    Credits: 4; Prereq: STA 2023 or instructor permission.
    Introduces elementary geographical data analysis, including spatial measurement, spatial statistics and spatial forecasting. Students apply statistical concepts and the use of spreadsheet computer software. (P)
    GEO 3250 Climatology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: introductory atmospheric science or physical geography course, or instructor permission.
    Genesis of regional climates and their global distribution. Emphasis on world regional climatology. Secondary topics include applied climatology and climate change. (P)
    GEO 3280 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)
    GEO 3315 Geography of Crop Plants
    Credits: 3.
    Studies 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)
    GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
    Credits: 3.
    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. (N and P)
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    GEO 3352 The Human Footprint on Landscape
    Credits: 3.
    Studies human-environment relationships from a primarily geographic perspective, focusing on the human forces that shape landscapes.
    GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing or instructor permission.
    Surveys natural resources and a study of wise and wasteful practices of these resources. Satisfies resource certification for social studies teachers.
    GEO 3427 Plants, Health and Spirituality
    Credits: 3.
    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.
    GEO 3430 Population Geography
    Credits: 3.
    Geographical analysis of populations, including population description, distribution, change and characteristics; demographic processes; and the consequences of development, conflict and population control diseases. (S)
    GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing; entry-level knowledge of statistics (STA 2023, GEO 3162C or equivalent) is preferred, but not required.
    Medical geography deals with human-environment interactions and the influence of these interactions on public health. Provides a broad and comprehensive survey of geographic approaches in medical studies.
    GEO 3454 Peoples and Plagues
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing.
    Introduces emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) in the context of previous outbreaks, focusing on geography, origin, and management response. Explores basic models of infectious diseases processes, transmission cycled, and life-histories of host-vector systems, and the ecological and landscape conditions that favor emergence.
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    GEO 3502 Economic Geography
    Credits: 3.
    A comprehensive geographical survey of major economic activities such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, manufacturing and commerce. Emphasizes the study of the characteristics of distribution and the regional patterns of these activities. (S) (WR)
    GEO 3602 Urban and Business Geography
    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)
    GEO 3611 Housing, People and Places in a Spatially Diverse America
    Credits: 3.
    Examines 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 and D)
    GEO 3803 Geography of Alcohol
    Credits: 3.
    Origins and fission of alcoholic beverages and associated crops on a global scale.
    GEO 3930 Special Topics
    Credits: 3.
    Rotating topics in geography.
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    GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3162C or the equivalent.
    Surveys various multivariate techniques commonly used to analyze geographic data. Emphasis on hypothesis testing, inference, multiple regression, analysis of variance and cluster analysis. Introduces time-series regression and grouped estimation procedures, factor analysis, probit/logit modeling and trend-surface interpolation. (WR)
    GEO 4281 River Forms 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.
    GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3162C, and GEO 3280 or STA 3032; Coreq: GEO 4167C.
    Investigates the numerical and computational techniques available for the extraction of geographic information from hydrometeorologic data. (WR)
    GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or equivalent.
    Description and explanation of spatial patterns of biodiversity and the underlying biophysical factors of human-environment interactions. Investigates past and present distributions of organisms and how patterns of environmental variation influence organisms. How biogeography is used to design nature reserves and how forecasting climate change may affect organisms and explain human adaptations to environmental variability.
    GEO 4554 Regional Development
    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)
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    GEO 4612 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Examines the strengths, weaknesses and demand for housing and care alternatives addressing the needs of both active and frail American elderly persons.
    GEO 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 5; can be repeated with change in content up to 15 credits. Prereq: undergraduates only with 9 credits of geography and instructor permission.
    Qualified students and the instructor concerned may choose a particular topic or problem for study.
    GEO 4911 Undergraduate Research in Geography
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Geography. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Geography.
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    GEO 4930 Senior Seminar
    Credits: 1; Prereq: geography seniors only.
    Integrates geographic concepts for graduating seniors; provides introduction to professional geography for students entering the job market.
    GEO 4938 Selected Topics in Geography
    Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with change in content up to 8 credits.
    Rotating geography topics.
    GEO 4944 Internship
    Credits: 1 to 10; Prereq: senior standing.
    Experimental learning in position with city, county, regional and state government agencies.
    GEO 4970 Honors Thesis
    Credits: 3; Prereq: senior standing and participation in department honors program.
    Completion of an honors thesis that meets department specifications during the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
    Credits: 4; Prereq: GEO 2200, GEO 3162C and 2000-level human geography course.
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as the technology for creation, modification, display and analysis of spatial information. Develops knowledge of GIS, competence in geographic databases and familiarity with computer software and hardware.
    GIS 3420C GIS Models for Public Health
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GIS 3043, and STA 2023 or GEO 3162C.
    Focuses on the design of GIS-based models to address health and healthcare issues. Topics include a conceptual framework, landscape epidemiology models, disease diffusion models, health accessibility, human health behavior and location-allocation of health services. Laboratory section provides hands-on experience applying these models with GIS tools.
    GIS 4001C Maps and Graphs
    Credits: 4.
    Analyzes cartographic problems with exercises in techniques of presentation, including map projections and symbols and problems in statistical representation by graphic methods.
    GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or instructor permission.
    Principles of aerial photography, identification and interpretation of physical and cultural features, sketching and simple map-making, and uses of aerial photography.
    GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
    Credits: 4; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Introduces the theory and application of digital imagery data in geographical research with a hands-on, lab-based approach.
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    GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
    Credits: 3; Prereq: Entry level knowledge of statistics or instructor permission. Prior experience with ArcGIS is preferred.
    Many phenomena of interest in physical, social and cyber environments can be thought of as networks within geographic context. Teaches methods for analyzing these spatial networks, and introduces their applications in geography, transportation, hydrology, epidemiology, social science, etc.
    GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
    Credits: 3; Prereq: STA2023, GEO3162C or equivalent and GIS3043 or equivalent or instructor permission.
    Introduces fundamentals and practices of advanced geostatistical analysis (kriging), which addresses optimal spatial interpolation. Geostatistics are currently applied in diverse disciplines such as geography, geology, engineering, hydrology, urban studies and epidemiology.
    GIS 4911 Undergraduate Research in Geospatial Trends
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Geospatial Trends. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Geospatial Trends.
    GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.
    Examines the nature and variety of coastal processes, and the origin and modification of environmental changes along coasts, including human activities in the coastal zone.
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    MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2242 or MET 1010 or GEO 2200.
    Provides hands-on experience using weather instruments and making forecasts.
    MET 4532 Hurricanes
    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.
    MET 4560 Atmospheric Teleconnections
    Credits: 3; Prereq: MET 3503 or GEO 3250 with a minimum B- grade.
    Atmospheric teleconnections are recurring large-scale patterns of pressure and circulation anomalies. They can influence temperature, rainfall, storm tracks and jet stream location and intensity. Examines how these patterns were discovered, how the index that characterizes the phase of each teleconnection is calculated and the weather associated with different phases.
    MET 4750 Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 3250 or MET 3503 or MET 4532
    How atmospheric data are collected and analyzed for meteorologic and climatologic-scale research. Where various types of data are obtained and how to analyze data to answer specific research questions.
    MET 4911 Undergraduate Research in Meteorology and Climatology
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Meteorology and Climatology. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Meteorology and Climatology.
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