Earth Systems (3)
Systematic introduction to physical processes on earth; including earth-sun relations, weather and climate, the hydrologic cycle, earth materials, and landforms. Emphasis on interrelationships among these phenomena.
Transforming the Global Environment (3)
Introduction to the role of humans as modifiers and transformers of the physical environment. Emphasis on current changes and contemporary public issues.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:381:101.
Human Geography: Space, Place, and Location (3)
Introduction to the spatial patterning of human activities and the role of place in human affairs. Population distributions; world cultural patterns; organization of urban and nonurban societies including land use, transportation, and communications. Impacts of global restructuring.
World Cultural Regions (3)
Geography of the world's major cultural regions: Europe; Russia and the
Newly Independent States; the Americas; East Asia, Australasia, and
Oceania; South Asia; the Middle East; and Africa.
Maps, Power, and the Digital World (3)
Examination of maps, mapmaking,
and map interpretation, the ways that these processes are political and rooted
in dynamics of power, and the social justice potential for mapping in today's
Environment and Society (3)
Critically examines the relationship between
humans and the biophysical environment, emphasizing the major theoretical
approaches to the study of social, political, economic, and technological aspects
of environmental challenges.
Water Resources (3)
Examines freshwater resources in the 21st century. Exploration of global water resources from both physical and social science perspectives, including water cycle, water management, and water conflicts.
The Global Climate System (3)
Explores the climate system from a geographic perspective. Examines the Earth's energy budget, hydrologic cycle, and atmospheric circulation at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Investigates natural and human-associated aspects of climate variability and change.
Theories and practices of conservation in critical
perspective. Moral, political-economic,
scientific, and practical dilemmas in meeting conservation/preservation and
Cultural Geography (3)
Systematic introduction to cultural geography. Spatial analyses of peoples, languages, religions, folk and popular culture, and the varying impacts of cultures on environments.
The City: Introduction to Urban Geography (3)
The role of cities in the world and overview of various aspects of the city, spanning geographical,
political, climactic, psychological, and socioeconomic analysis.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:450:240 or 01:450:250.
Spatial organization and functioning of cities in different world regions. Emphasis on societal system factors that influence urban development.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:450:240 or 01:450:241.
Geographic Background to Current World Affairs (3)
Contemporary global public issues from the perspective of changes in geographical relationships. Examination of major environmental, social, political, and economic trends that involve the restructuring of society and space at a variety of scales.
Topics in Geography (1.5,1.5)
Addresses a subject that is most appropriately treated in an abbreviated format. Topics vary from semester to semester. Specific titles available at time of registration.
Topics in Geography (3)
Topics vary. Specific titles available at time of registration.
Global Ecosystems and Biodiversity (3)
Explores the spatial patterns of biological
diversity. Relationships between living organisms and their environment,
emphasizing the spatial and temporal patterns in their distributions on the Earth. Utilizes concepts from ecology, evolutionary biology, geology, and physical
geography, and employs methodologies from geography such as geographic information
systems and spatial analysis.
Economic Geography (3)
Spatial organization of economic activities; emphasis on economic globalization and urban and regional development.
Natural Hazards and Disasters (3)
Human dimensions of selected types of extreme natural events (e.g., windstorms, earthquakes, floods, and droughts) in developed and developing countries.
Climate Change (3)
Climate variability and change of the past, present, and future. Studies natural and anthropological dimensions of change across continents, ice sheets, and oceans using a systems approach.
Prerequisite: 01:450:101 or 213 or 11:670:202.
Spatial Data Analysis (3)
Introduction to data
analysis for geographers, including graphical techniques for data
visualization, data interpretation, basic descriptive statistical methods, and
a range of inferential statistical techniques for problem solving in geography.
Geographic Information Systems (4)
Use of computers for management, analysis, and communication of spatial data. Geocoding, transformations, storage and representation, spatial statistics, data sources.
Remote Sensing (3)
Principles and techniques of satellite remote sensing. Application of
satellite sensing to the study of Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere.
Geographical Research Methods (3)
Approaches to geographical problem solving. Defining geographical problems; seeking, organizing, and presenting spatial data; report writing.
Prerequisites: 01:450:101,102,103; or permission of instructor.
New Jersey (3)
Physical, historical, urban, and economic geography of the state.
Eastern Europe and Eurasia (3)
Examines social, economic, and political dimensions of the region and the resulting geographical patterns.
Western Europe (3)
Introduction to the Western European culture area. Its evolution; the features of the physical environment and their influence on human occupancy; demographic characteristics and diversity; regional development problems; quests for regional autonomy.
Caribbean Borderlands (3)
Regional analysis of basic human and physical differences affecting economic, political, and social conditions in the West Indies, Central America, and Mexico.
Latin America (3)
Relative significance of natural and cultural environments in contributing to regional contrasts.
Regional associations of peoples and national states; analysis of resource endowment, economic development, and Africa's changing position in the world.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:338.
South Asia (3)
Geographic survey of the region of South Asia (India, Nepal,
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) in terms of environment,
development, society, and politics.
East Asia (3)
Geographic interpretation of the population, economy, and political integration of the Orient.
Principles of Cartography (4)
Theories and techniques of geographic data gathering, analysis, and map preparation. Special attention to problems of thematic map design and preparation.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab by arrangement 3.6 hrs.
Advanced Cartography (4)
Study of psychophysical factors in map design, including experimenting with surface representation and topography. Photographic materials and methods applicable to graphic reproduction.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab by arrangement 3.6 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:450:355 or permission of instructor.
Cultural and Political Ecology (3)
dynamic relationship between political-economic, cultural, and ecological
factors and the ways they shape access to, and control over, natural resources.
Gender Geographies (3)
Links between gender relations and the spatial organization of society. Emphasis on the spatial division of labor, gendered places, women and development, geographies of safety and fear, and gendered political geographies.
Geography of Development (3)
Geographical patterns of development in third world areas and less developed parts of advanced capitalist countries. Emphasis on agrarian and industrial development and the restructuring of relations among different regions.
Geographies of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (3)
Examines the role inequalities based on racial and ethnic identities have played in shaping the
historical and contemporary spaces of the United States. Emphasis on spatial dimensions of
race and ethnicity and how social and spatial patterns are produced through histories of privilege and oppression, inclusion and exclusion, conflict, containment, and mobility.
Climate Change and Society (3)
Physical aspects and societal implications of climate change. Means of predicting and detecting change. Impacts on physical and human systems. Climate in the political arena; planning for the future.
Advanced Physical Geography (3,3)
Problems in the geography of landforms, climate, soils, and vegetation analyzed from the viewpoints of both pure and applied sciences.
Prerequisite: 01:450:101 or permission of instructor.
Political Geography (3)
Basic principles of political geography and the application of these principles to selected areas around the world; causes of political conflicts and methods used in their resolution.
Climate System and Global Climate Change (3)
Exploring the climate system and climate change from a geographic perspective. The Earth's energy budget, hydrologic cycle, and atmospheric circulation will be examined at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Present climate events and aspects of climate change will also be covered, including anthropogenic impacts resulting from deforestation, atmospheric pollution, urbanization, etc.
Prerequisite: 01:450:101 or 11:670:202.
Geographical Hydrology (3)
Land surface water processes
in a geographical perspective. Emphasis on how place and space influence
stores and fluxes of water.
Prerequisite: 01:450:101 or equivalent.
Coastal Geomorphology (3)
Processes of erosion and deposition in coastal environments. Process-response models and problem-solving methods in coastal research.
Prerequisite: 01:450:101 or 01:460:101 or permission of instructor.
Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)
Introduction to major research and application issues in geographic information systems (GIS). Themes include geodesy and georeferencing; uncertainty and error propagation; multicriteria/multiobjective decision-making; introduction to surface analysis and spatial pattern analysis; change/time series analysis; GIS and society.
Prerequisite: 01:450:321 or 11:372:362.
History and Theory of Geography (3)
Major historical themes, concepts, and theories of geography related to specific geographical changes in the real world; facilitates critical evaluation of the uses of geographic research.
Internship in Geography (BA,BA)
Application of geography skills in professional employment setting. Individually designed and evaluated experience under supervision of intern adviser.
Open only to majors and minors.
Cartographic Problems (3,3)
Study for students interested in special cartographic problems.
Prerequisite: Permission of chair.
Geographic Problems (3,3)
Study for students interested in special geographic problems.
Prerequisite: Permission of chair.
Honors Project: Geography (BA,BA)