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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 001 (GS;IL) Global Parks and Sustainability (3) Introduction to U.S. and global protected areas, with a focus on historical and emerging trends in conservation, sustainability, and socio-ecological systems.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

GEOG 010 (GN) Physical Geography: An Introduction (3) Survey and synthesis of processes creating geographical patterns of natural resources, with application of basic environmental processes in resource management.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

GEOG 020 (GS;US;IL) Human Geography: An Introduction (3) Spatial perspective on human societies in a modernizing world; regional examples; use of space and environmental resources; elements of geographic planning.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

GEOG 030 (GS;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems (3) Introduction to theory, methods, history and contemporary issues in global and regional relationships between human activity and the physical environment.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

GEOG 040 (GS;IL) World Regional Geography (3) Introduction to the world as an interdependent community built from unique and independent regions and nations.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

GEOG 097 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

GEOG 098 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

GEOG 110 (GN) Climates of the World (3) Introduction to climatology, including principal processes of the global climatic system and their variation over space and time.
Effective: Fall 2004
 

GEOG 115 (GN) Landforms of the World (3) Distribution of the world's landform features and mineral resources; their characteristics, causes, and significance. Practicum includes correlated field trips and laboratory studies.
Effective: Fall 2004
 

GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3) Introduction to the geography of the world's cities and urban system.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

GEOG 122 (GH;US) The American Scene (3) Historical perspectives on the social and cultural forces associated with the production of distinctive American landscapes.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

GEOG 123 (GS;IL) Geography of Developing World (3) Patterns of poverty in poor countries; conventional and non-conventional explanations; focus on solutions; case studies of specific regions.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

GEOG 124 (GS;IL) Elements of Cultural Geography (3) Locational analysis of changes in non-Western cultures. Problems of plural societies, economic development, population growth, and settlement.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

GEOG 126 (GS;US;IL) Economic Geography (3) The geographic location and organization of economic activities and outcomes at global, national, regional, and local scales.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

GEOG 128 (GS;IL) Geography of International Affairs (3) Contemporary international affairs in their geographical setting; geographic elements in the development of national power, political groupings, and international disputes.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

GEOG 130 (GS) Environment, Power, and Justice (3) This course explores contemporary themes in human-environment relations through the lens of political ecology.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

GEOG 160 (GS) Mapping Our Changing World (3) Fundamental concepts of GIS, cartography, remote sensing, and GPS in the context of environmental and social problems.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

GEOG 161 Applied Geographic Information Systems (1) An introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with emphasis on applications and analysis.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: or concurrentGEOG 160  

GEOG 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

GEOG 198 Special Topics (1-9 per semester/maximum of 18) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, at a foundational level, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest and incorporating experiential learning.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

GEOG 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 293H Honors Experiences in International Service Learning (1-3) Classroom instruction with supervised student activity on an honors international community service project.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: sophomore standing  

GEOG 294 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

GEOG 295 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

GEOG 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, that are supervised on an individual basis and that fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

GEOG 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1988
 

GEOG 298 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2001
 

GEOG 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 301 Thinking Geographically (3) Learning to think geographically.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: GEOG 010, GEOG 020, GEOG 030 Prerequisite or concurrent:GEOG 160  

GEOG 310W Introduction to Global Climatic Systems (3) Introduction to global atmospheric circulation, including tropical, midlatitude and polar subsystems; ocean, land, cryospheric and urban climatic systems and interactions.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 orMETEO 003  

GEOG 311 Landscape Ecology (3) This course examines the ways in which spatial patterns and spatial processes operate in an ecological context.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 314, BIOL 110, FOR 308 orW F S 209 or by permission  

GEOG 313 Introduction to Field Geography (3) Introduction to the methods and techniques for collecting spatial and environmental data for physical geography and ecological studies.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 314 (GN) Biogeography and Global Ecology (3) Dynamics of plant and animal distributions on global, regional, and local scales; their causes and consequences.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 orBIOL 110 or equivalent  

GEOG 323 GIS and Social Theory (3) Critical understanding of how to use GIS and tools of regional analysis in the context of postmodern social theory.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 333 Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards (3) An introduction to natural hazards, integrating physical and social science perspectives.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing  

GEOG 361 Cartography--Maps and Map Construction (3) The art and science of creating small-scale maps as a medium for communication and research.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 362 Image Analysis (3) Introduction to the basic principles of remote sensing, and the analysis of aerial and satellite data.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 363 Geographic Information Systems (3) Principles and use of geographic information; emphasis is on data acquisition and techniques for computer-aided analysis.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 364 Spatial Analysis (3) Geographic measurement, scaling, and classification; analysis of spatial pattern and structure; geographic covariation and autocorrelation.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: STAT 200 and 6 credits in social science  

GEOG 397 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

GEOG 398 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

GEOG 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 411 Forest Geography (3) This course studies processes that control spatial and temporal change in forests.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010, GEOG 314 ; orBIOL 220W  

GEOG 411W Forest Geography (3) This course studies processes that control spatial and temporal change in forests.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010, GEOG 314 ; orBIOL 220W  

GEOG 412W Climatic Change and Variability (3) Theories and observations of past, present, and future climatic change and variability; introduction to techniques used in climatic change research.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 110 orMETEO 003  

GEOG 414 Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology (1-3) Introduction to the ways in which spatial patterns and processes operate in an ecological context.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: BIOL 110 orBIOL 220 orGEOG 314 orFOR 308 orW F S 209 orLARCH 241 or by permission  

GEOG 417 Satellite Climatology (3) A discussion of the application of satellite data to current and planned large-scale climate experiments.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 362  

GEOG 420Y (US;IL) Comparative Urbanism (3) This course investigates selected urban issues through the lens of comparative urbanism.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 120, GEOG 160  

GEOG 423Y (US) Historical Geography of North America (3) Exploration, settlement, and changing patterns of human occupance from the seventeenth century to the 1930s.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 122 3 additional credits in geography or 6 credits American history  

GEOG 424 (US;IL) Geography of the Global Economy (3) Focus on industrial location theory, factors in industrial location, studies of selected industries and problems of industrial development.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ECON 102, ECON 104, GEOG 126  

GEOG 425 (US) Geography of Race, Class, and Poverty in America (3) This class examines the spatial interactions of race, class and poverty in the United States.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 126;ECON 102 orECON 104  

GEOG 426Y (US;IL) (WMNST 426Y) Gender Geographies (3) Description and explanation of the links between gender relations and spatial structures.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: GEOG 020 orGEOG 126 orGEOG 120 orWMNST 100  

GEOG 427 (US;IL) Urban Historical Geography (3) Study of the development and transformation of the historical urban built environment.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography humanities or social sciences  

GEOG 428 (US) Political Geography (3) Geographical foundations of political phemomena; significant geographic factors in growth and development of states, boundary problems, population distribution, colonies, and internal and international regional problems.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in history or 6 credits in political science  

GEOG 428Y (US;IL) Political Geography (3) Geographical foundations of political phemomena; significant geographic factors in growth and development of states, boundary problems, population distribution, colonies, and internal and international regional problems.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits human geography (GEOG 020 or 120 or 122 or 123 or 124 or 126 or 128)  

GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3) This course reflects critically on a number of issues related to global urbanization, including the culture and political economy of urban space.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: GEOG 020, GEOG 126 orGEOG 120  

GEOG 430 Human Use of Environment (3) The human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world; development of environmental policy and management strategies.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 orGEOG 020 orGEOG 030 orGEOG 040 orGEOG 130 or permission of the program  

GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources (3) Perspectives on water as a resource and hazard for human society; water resource issues in environmental and regional planning.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography or natural sciences  

GEOG 432 (EME 432) Energy Policy (3) Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490  

GEOG 434 Politics of the Environment (3) This course explores politics related to the use, transformation, valuation, and representation of the environment.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in social sciences or humanities  

GEOG 435H (IL) Global Change and Sustainability - Bulgaria (3) Sustainability in the context of climate change, global socioeconomic change and regional transformation in Bulgaria; embedded foreign fieldwork (honors).
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above; departmental permission required  

GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3) Analyses of major themes in ecology and economic development, poverty- alleviation, and sustainability.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: upper-division standing  

GEOG 438W Human Dimensions of Global Warming (3) Human dimensions of climate change: human causes, human consequences, and policy implications of global warming.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: EARTH 002, GEOG 010 orMETEO 003;GEOG 030  

GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3) This course reviews theoretical and empirical relationships between multiple legal, economic, and cultural approaches to property, and environmental quality and conflicts.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography humanities or social sciences  

GEOG 444 (AFR 444) African Resources and Development (3) Ecological and cultural factors in the geography of Africa; natural resources and development.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 orGEOG 020 orGEOG 030 orGEOG 123 orGEOG 124 orGEOG 130 orEARTH 105 orAFR 105 orAFR 110  

GEOG 461W Dynamic Cartographic Representation (3) Theory and practice of mapping and geo-representation in a dynamic media context. Applications in science, policy, travel, and education.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 361 orGEOG 362 orGEOG 363  

GEOG 463 Geospatial Information Management (3) This course examines geospatial data representations and algorithmic techniques that apply to spatially-organized data in digital form.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 363  

GEOG 464 Advanced Spatial Analysis (3) Skills and knowledge for applying quantitative methods to analyze information with spatial distributions.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: GEOG 364  

GEOG 467 Applied Cartographic Design (3) Project-based map production problems with emphasis on map design and advanced mapping tools in geographic information systems.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 361  

GEOG 468 Geographic Information Systems Design and Evaluation (3) Design and evaluation of Geographic Information Systems and other forms of integrated spatial data systems.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 363  

GEOG 469 Energy Industry Applications of GIS (3) Roles of geographic information systems in energy siting decisions focusing on electric energy transmission networks.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 030, EGEE 102, EME 444  

GEOG 475H (LER 475H) Labor in the Global Economy: U.S. and South African Perspectives (3) This course focuses on how the nature of work is changing in the global economy, and the implications for economic opportunity and inequality in both.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: a minimum of 12 GEOG or LER credits before taking the course (or permission of the program).  

GEOG 479 Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence (3) Geospatial intelligence analysis of the geographic aspects of cyber data and observables, products for decision making, and impact of change.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 160, GEOG 482 or permission of program  

GEOG 480 Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications (3) Using imagery and terrain data in typical application scenarios faced by the geospatial professional.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: GEOG 482 or equivalent professional experience  

GEOG 481 Topographic Mapping with Lidar (3) Using airborne topographic lidar to create elevation models for GIS applications.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 362 orGEOG 480;GEOG 160 orGEOG 482 ; or equivalent professional experience  

GEOG 482 The Nature of Geographic Information (2) Orientation to the properties of geographic data and the practice of distance learning.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: admission to the Master of GIS program or Certificate Program in GIS  

GEOG 483 Problem-Solving with GIS (3) How geographic information systems facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 482  

GEOG 484 GIS Database Development (3) Database design, creation, maintenance, and data integration using desktop GIS software.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 483  

GEOG 485 GIS Programming and Customization (3) Customizing GIS software to extend its built-in functionality and to automate repetitive tasks.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 363 orGEOG 484;CMPSC 101 or equivalent  

GEOG 486 Cartography and Visualization (3) Theory and practice of cartographic design emphasizing effective visual thinking and visual communication with geographic information systems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 487 Environmental Applications of GIS (3) Real-world applications of GIS and spatial analysis to investigate a variety of current environmental issues.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 488 Acquiring and Integrating Geospatial Data (3) Advanced technical, legal, ethical and institutaional problems related to data acquisition for geospatial information systems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 489 GIS Application Development (3) Advanced topics in GIS customization, including the Systems Development Life Cycle, packaging and deployment, and consuming Web services.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 485  

GEOG 493 Service Learning (3-12) Classroom instruction with supervised student activity on a group community service project.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: sophomore standing; 6 credits of social or environmental science  

GEOG 494 Research Project in Geography (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 494H Research Project in Geography (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 495 Internship (1-13) Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including individual field experience, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Fall 1981
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

GEOG 495B Geography Teaching Internship (1-10) Supervised undergraduate teaching experience in which students serve as peer tutors, laboratory assistants, or course material developers.
Effective: Summer 2004
 

GEOG 495C Internship Supervision and Mentoring (1) Candidates for the Master of GIS degree sponsor a GIS-related internship for students in Penn State's resident undergraduate program.
Effective: Summer 2004
 

GEOG 495G Giscience Internship (1-10) Supervised research experience within the Department of Geography's GeoVISTA Center, Gould Center, or an appropriate external agency.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1998
 

GEOG 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

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