Geography Department Courses

Undergraduate Course Descriptions | Graduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate GEO Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
100
Human Geography. (CT)
3 hrs.
This critical thinking course provides a systematic survey of contemporary concepts and processes of human geography in global perspective, including economics, geopolitics, culture, nationalism, urbanization, governance, agriculture, population, and migration.
101
Physical Geography. (CT)
4 hrs.
Systematic survey of earth-sun relationships, land-surface form, climate, soils, water, natural vegetation, and other natural content as a background for human geography. Lab included.
110
Basic GIS
1 hr.
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems concepts including GIS components, spatial and tabular data, database elements, data formats, and map design; hands-on experience with a GIS.
111
Air Photos and Satellite Imagery
1 hr.
Introduction to photogrammetry and remote sensing through the hands-on investigation of aerial photographs and satellite imagery using the latest technology.
112
Smartphone GPS
1 hr.
Principles of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); using your smartphone for Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/GNSS orientation, navigation, and data collection.
113 Web GIS
1 hr.
Students learn to build web maps, share GIS data on the Internet, and create web GIS applications.
200 Level Courses
203
Economic Geography. (CT)
3 hrs.
A Systematic examination of world economic geography with a focus on population, agriculture, transportation, land use, urbanization, industry, energy, and the environment.
206
Geography of West Virginia.
3 hrs.
Transportation, population, mining, industry, and agriculture as related to climate, soils, land forms, and other natural environmental items.
222
Global Environmental Issues (CT)
3 hrs.
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.
230
Intro Meteorology (CT)
4 hrs.
Introduction to the composition of the atmosphere and weather phenomena, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. This course fulfills the university Core II natural science requirement.
 280-283
Special Topics.
1-4 hrs.
300 Level Courses
300
Methods in Geography
3 hrs.
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305
Geography of the United States and Canada.
3 hrs.
Survey of physical, historical, population, economic, political, cultural, and regional geographies of Canada and the United States. International issues involving Mexico also considered.
317
World Regional Geography. 3 hrs.
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.
350
Severe Local Storms and Natural Hazards
4 hrs.
Basics of earth and atmospheric hazards including flooding, hurricanes, droughts, blizzards, tornadoes, and volcanic eruptions, and how to mitigate the impacts.
360
Weather Analysis
3 hrs.
Introduction to reading weather maps and meteorological analysis techniques including satellite and radar image interpretation and numerical weather prediction. (PR: GEO230)
400 Level Courses
401
Historical Geography
3 hrs.
An examination of the spatial aspects of prominent historical patterns and processes, including demographic patterns, economic development, cultural diffusion, state formation, and urbanization.
402
Geography of Appalachia.
3 hrs.
A study of the geography of Appalachia, including landforms, climate, settlement patterns, population, economics, resources, politics, and environmental changes.
404
Geography of Europe. 3 hrs.
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.
406
Population Geography.
3 hrs.
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.
408
Geography of Middle and South America.
3 hrs.
A study of settlement, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, geopolitics, and natural resources of South and Middle American countries.
410
Urban Geography.
3 hrs.
Study of the morphology, function, and development of cities and the urban fringe. An emphasis is place on social and environmental costs of urbanization, as well as urban and rural linkages.
422
Environmental Geography
3 hrs.
Geographical survey of environmental changes caused by human activities. Focus on resource availability and use; pollution of air, water, and biosphere; energy problems, and human interaction with natural environment.
423
Cartography and GIS
3 hrs.
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425
Climatology.
3 hrs.
A study of elements of weather and climate, methods of climatic classification, and distribution and characteristics of world climate regions.
426
Principles of GIS
4 hrs.
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.
429
Principles of GIS 2 – Vector Analysis
4 hrs.
Continuation of GEO526 Principles of GIS, including additional principles like data management, cartographic design, and geocoding; and vector analyses like spatial patterns analysis, spatial autocorrelation, and network analysis. (PR: GEO426 or GEO430 or GEO431 or IST423 or permission)
430
GIS Raster Analysis
3 hrs.
GIS raster analysis, including local, neighborhood, and zonal operations, terrain analysis, building raster databases, distance modeling, and surface interpolation. (PR: GEO426 or GEO429 or GEO431 or IST423 or permission)
431
Principles of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry.
3 hrs.
Scientific study of the earth using images and data captured using satellite- or aircraft-borne sensors, with emphasis on issues of acquisition, photogrammetric interpretation, spatial analysis, and application. (PR: GEO426 or GEO429 or GEO430 or IST423 or permission)
432
Enterprise GIS.
3 hrs.
Principles and techniques for planning, implementing, and managing Geographic Information Systems technologies in a firm or agency. (PR: GEO426 or GEO429 or GEO430 or GEO431 or IST423 or permission)
433
GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies.
3 hrs.
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. (PR: GEO426 or GEO429 or GEO430 or GEO431 or IST423 or permission)
440
Spatial Statistics and GIS.
4 hrs.
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. (PR: GEO426 or IST423 and College Math or permission)
454
Drones: Remote Sensing and GIS
3 hrs.
Learn FAA rules and safety procedures; prepare for Remote Pilot licensing exam; operate drones to collect remote sensing data; integrate sUAS imagery with existing GIS data.
480-483
Special Topics.
1-4; 1-4; 1-4; 1-4 hrs.
485-488
Independent Study. 1-4 hrs.

490
Internship.
1-6 hrs.
Cooperative learning experience with regional employer/government agency.
498
Senior Capstone 1.
2 hrs.
This class will develop individual research projects based on data collected in the field; producing an original piece of geographic research. This course fulfills the Capstone requirement for undergraduate geography majors.
499
Senior Capstone 2.
1-3 hrs.
This class will develop individual research projects based on data collected in the field; producing an original piece of geographic research. This course fulfills the Capstone requirement for undergraduate geography majors.

Graduate GEO Course Descriptions

500 Level Courses
501
Historical Geography
3 hrs.
An examination of the spatial aspects of prominent historical patterns and processes, including demographic patterns, economic development, cultural diffusion, state formation, and urbanization.
502
Geography of Appalachia.
3 hrs.
A study of the geography of Appalachia, including landforms, climate, settlement patterns, population, economics, resources, politics, and environmental changes.
504
Geography of Europe. 3 hrs.
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.
506
Population Geography.
3 hrs.
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.
508
Geography of Middle and South America.
3 hrs.
A study of settlement, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, geopolitics, and natural resources of South and Middle American countries
510
Urban Geography.
3 hrs.
Study of the morphology, function, and development of cities and the urban fringe. An emphasis is place on social and environmental costs of urbanization, as well as urban and rural linkages.
522
Environmental Geography
3 hrs.
Geographical survey of environmental changes caused by human activities. Focus on resource availability and use; pollution of air, water, and biosphere; energy problems, and human interaction with natural environment.
523
Cartography and GIS
3 hrs.
.
525
Climatology.
3 hrs.
A study of elements of weather and climate, methods of climatic classification, and distribution and characteristics of world climate regions.
526
Principles of GIS
4 hrs.
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.
529
Principles of GIS 2 – Vector Analysis
4 hrs.
Continuation of GEO526 Principles of GIS, including additional principles like data management, cartographic design, and geocoding; and vector analyses like spatial patterns analysis, spatial autocorrelation, and network analysis. (PR: GEO526 or GEO530 or permission)
530
GIS Raster Analysis
3 hrs.
GIS raster analysis, including local, neighborhood, and zonal operations, terrain analysis, building raster databases, distance modeling, and surface interpolation. (PR: GEO526 or GEO529 or permission)
531
Principles of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
3 hrs.
Scientific study of the earth using images and data captured using satellite- or aircraft-borne sensors, with emphasis on issues of acquisition, photogrammetric interpretation, spatial analysis, and application. (PR: GEO526 or GEO529 or GEO530 or permission)
532
Enterprise GIS.
3 hrs.
Principles and techniques for planning, implementing, and managing Geographic Information Systems technologies in a firm or agency. (PR: GEO526 or GEO529 or GEO530 or GEO531)
533
GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies.
3 hrs.
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. (PR: GEO526 or GEO529 or GEO530 or GEO531 or permission)
540
Spatial Statistics and GIS.
4 hrs.
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. (PR: GEO526 and College Math or permission)
554
Drones: Remote Sensing and GIS
3 hrs.
Learn FAA rules and safety procedures; prepare for Remote Pilot licensing exam; operate drones to collect remote sensing data; integrate sUAS imagery with existing GIS data.
580-584
Special Topics.
1-4 hrs.
Selected geography subjects to cover unusual geography topics not in the regular course offerings of the department
585-588
Independent Study.
1-4 hrs.
600 Level Courses
601
Colloquium in Geography
3 hrs.
Speaker series introducing and sharing knowledge and experiences with a geographic focus. Students are to learn from the knowledge and experience of faculty members, graduate students, alumni, and scholars.
615 Geographic Thought
3 hrs.
Survey of the history, literature, prominent individuals, major concepts and paradigms in geography. The course emphasizes the integration of methods of geographic inquiry with each student’s research focus and writing.
616
Geographical Research Methods
3 hrs.
Students examine/practice four research methods in Geography–qualitative, quantitative, GIScience, and field/lab methods–and learn to choose among them and use them for their own research and analysis.
617-619
Seminars in Geography
3 hrs.
Selected geography subjects/topics not included in the regular course offerings of the department are considered, using a seminar approach to learning.
620
Topics in Environmental Geography
3 hrs.
Presents elements of conservation education in the specific areas of soil, water, and human conservation.
623
Regions of North America.
3 hrs.
This seminar course examines regional geographies of North America with an emphasis on the research and methods for delineation of regions.
631
Advanced GIS Projects
3 hrs.
Use of advanced GIS techniques to solve community-service research problems. (PR: GEO526 or GEO529 or GEO530 or GEO531)
634
GIS Database and Programming
3 hrs.
Configuration and management of geospatial databases. Python scripting for analysis, geoprocessing, and workflow automation within a GIS environment.
679
Applied Projects 1-3 hrs.
681
Thesis.
1-6 hrs.

690
Internship in Geography. 1-6 hrs.
Professional work experience in applied geography with an approved agency.