Courses of Instruction
GEOGRAPHY (GEO-Arts and Science)
MPF, MPT 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity (3)
Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales. IIC, IIIB.
MPF 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues (3)
Introduction to world geography emphasizing regional approach and comparisons; combines analysis and synthesis of characteristics distinctive to each principal culture realm; focuses upon selected topical issues involving ethnic, political, economic, social, and environmental aspects. IIC, IIIB.
MPF, MPT 121 Earth’s Physical Environment (4)
Study of the earth’s physical environment, using systems approach to understand energy and material cycles, global circulation, and temporal dynamics. Focus on influence of physical processes on spatial patterns and on interrelationships of the atmosphere, soils, vegetation, and landforms. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVB, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.
133 Imagining Russia (2)
Survey of Russian history, society, politics, economy, literature, film and arts from a variety of intellectual perspectives. Classroom lectures plus out of class cultural presentations. Cross-listed with ATH, HST, POL, RUS.
175 First Year Seminar in Environmental Science (1)
Introduces students to the multidisciplinary nature of environmental science and the solution of environmental problems. Cross-listed with BOT, CHM, ENV,GLG, MBI, MTH, STA, and ZOO.
179 Introduction to Jewish Studies (1)
Introduction to Jewish studies as a subject of academic study, basic concepts in Jewish studies and multidisciplinary approaches to Jewish studies. Cross-listed with ART, COM, ENG, GER, HST, POL, PSY, REL.
Note: Advanced courses in geography are open to students who have had six semester hours of geography, or six of anthropology, economics, political science, history, sociology, or geology or are of junior or senior standing.
MPF, MPT 201 Geography of Urban Diversity (3)
Location of economic activities and social groups among and within U.S. urban areas. Geographic perspectives on underlying processes and resulting problems resulting from changing distributions. IIC, IIIA.
MPF 207 Civilization of the Middle East (3)
Survey of cultural, political, economic, and social developments in the Middle East, viewed in geographical and historical perspective, with attention to images of the area prevalent in our society. Cross-listed with ATH, HST, and REL 207. IIIB, H.
MPF 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)
Introduction to historic parameters, geographic variables, state policies, and sociocultural contexts of industrialism in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore). Cross-listed with ATH, HST, ITS, SOC, and POL 208. IIIB, H.
MPF 209 Civilizations of Africa (3)
Survey of cultural, political, economic, and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa, viewed in geographical and historical perspective with attention to images of the area prevalent in our society. Cross-listed with ATH, BWS, HST, and REL 209. IIIB, H.
MPT 211 Global Change (3)
Application of physical and human geography concepts to understanding processes of change in the use and allocation of resources from combined environmental and social perspectives.
219 Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
Topical and regional analysis of cultural and physical spatial patterns and problems in the United States and Canada.
MPT 221 Regional Physical Environments (3)
Brief, intensive review of patterns in the earth’s physical environment followed by a comparative analysis of selected, distinctly different regions. Geographic techniques for data collection and analysis demonstrated and employed in the examination of these environments. Prerequisite: GEO 121 or permission of instructor.
241 Map Interpretation (3)
Introduces a variety of maps that there are in the world, including their symbolization and component parts. Illustrates map uses, and provides opportunity for the student to analyze and apply the map information.
MPT 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation (3)
Ecological, socioeconomic, and policy perspectives on the use and management of natural resources.
274 Introduction to Environmental Principles (3)
Introduction to identification and study of what is typically called “environment” from social science and natural science perspectives. Differing perceptions of environmental problems and resolution strategies. Case studies of environmental concerns, such as soil erosion, global warming, protection of biotic cultural resources, urban sprawl, and energy consumption. Prerequisites: ECO 201, POL 141, and at least one course from each of the following three categories are either pre- or co-requisite: 1) BOT 131, BOT 171, WCP 121, WCP 221, or ZOO 121; 2) GEO 121, GLG 121 and GLG 115.L, or WCP 122; and 3) ATH 175, GEO 101, or GEO 111. Cross-listed with ENV.
275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
Topics include contamination of earth systems and pollution mitigation; use, abuse, and conservation of natural resources; land use, conservation and preservation, planning and management and the value of biodiversity and wilderness. Emphasis is on the multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems and their solutions. Prerequisites: at least one course from each of the following three categories is either pre- or co-requisite: 1) BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115 or BOT 191 or ZOO 113; 2) CHM 111 or CHM 142/5; and 3) GLG 111 or 141 or GEO 121. Cross-listed with BOT, CHM, GLG, MBI, MTH, STA, and ZOO.
MPT 301 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (4)
Analysis of physical and cultural features of that area south of the Sahara Desert. Cross-listed with BWS 301.
MPT 304 Latin American Development (4)
Analysis of the regional character of South America, Middle America, and the Caribbean with particular reference to environmental, population, urban, and developmental problems.
306 Peoples and Cultures of Russia (3)
Description and analysis of the cultures of Russia and Eurasia with a focus on non-Russian peoples and contemporary survival.
307 Geography of Russia (3)
Analysis of physical and cultural geography of Russia. Emphasis on historical, environmental, and geopolitical contexts of the contemporary Russian Federation.
MPT 308 Geography of East Asia (3)
Analysis of cultural and physical landscapes of China, Japan, and Korea.
311 Geography of Western Europe (4)
Regional analysis of the British Isles, France, Benelux, Germany, and Scandinavia with emphasis on cultural, political, and economic patterns and problems.
MPT 333 Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
Exploration of the underlying causes, potential impacts, and mitigation measures of natural hazards including wildfire, severe weather events, and geologic hazards. Particular attention is paid to impacts on humans. Prerequisite: GEO 121.
340 Internship (1-20)
Supervised work experience in federal, state, and local government agencies, public service, and appropriate commercial or industrial organizations. Prerequisite: junior and senior geography and urban and regional planning majors only; permission of instructor and department chair required. Credit/no-credit only.
378 Political Geography (4)
Analysis of geographic factors significant in understanding international relations and internal politico-territorial organizations; detailed studies of specific problem areas.
Note: The following courses require 12 semester hours in geography or a combination of geography, geology, and social science (economics, political science, history, or sociology), of which six must be advanced.
401/501 Sustainable Regions (3)
Applies concepts such as ecological, economic, and social sustainability, the land ethic, ecological footprint, native ecosystems, urban sprawl, and local food systems to the landscapes around us. Analyzes the sustainability of human activities in relation to geographical scale from local to global.
MPT 405/505 The Caribbean in Global Context (3)
Investigation of the geography of development in the Caribbean Basin, defined as Caribbean Islands, Guyanas, and Caribbean coast of Central America. Emphasis on development prospects and obstacles associated with agricultural and industrial exports, tourism, state policies, and the U.S. role in the region.
408/508 Geography of the Silk Road (The Heart of Asia) (3)
Examines the geography of the Inner Asia region including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Inner Asian China (Xinjiang).
410/510 Advanced Regional Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
Specific area to be announced each time course is offered. Offered infrequently.
MPT 421/521 Climatology (3)
Study of the earth’s climate and atmospheric processes involving energy, moisture, and motion, which give rise to climatic regions. Prerequisite: GEO 121 or permission of instructor.
424/524 Geomorphology (4)
Origin and development of landforms with emphasis on fluvial systems. Process and response systems. Prerequisite: GLG 111; MTH 103, 104, and six hours of advanced geology or geography. Cross-listed with GLG 454/554. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. CAS-D/LAB. Offered infrequently.
MPT 425/525 Hydrogeography (3)
Investigation of the hydrologic cycle focusing on the surficial component parts of precipitation, infiltration, soil moisture, evaporation, transpiration, and surface runoff, and variation of these from place to place over the earth’s surface. Prerequisite: GEO 121 or permission of instructor.
MPT 426/526 Watershed Management (3)
Impacts of urban and agricultural land use on water resources; common watershed-scale tools for water quality and quantity management. Prerequisite: GEO 121.
MPT 428/528 Soil Geography (4)
Study of soil morphology, formation, classification, and geographical distribution of soils. Field work and laboratory work required. Prerequisite: GEO 121 or GLG 111 or 112 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
MPT 431/531 Global Plant Diversity (3)
Research-focused seminar on the floristic, ecological, and cultural influences on global patterns of plant diversity, especially in tropical regions. Comparative topics include the role of disturbances and global environmental change. Prerequisites: BOT 115, 191, or higher, GEO 121 or higher, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BOT 431. CAS-D.
MPT 432/532 Ecoregions of North America (3)
Ecological study of vegetation that applies an understanding of climate, soils, and physiography across the continent toward interpreting major vegetation types and local patterns of diversity. Discussions and field work focus on current research and conservation issues. Required field trip. Prerequisites: BOT 115, 191, or higher, GEO 121 or higher, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BOT 432. CAS-D.
MPT 436/536 Women, Gender, and the Environment (3)
Seminar discussing literature on the role of women in their relationships with natural resources as advocates, practitioners, and scholars. Ideas on ecofeminism will be introduced from more-developed “north” and developing “south” perspectives, and then directed toward the study of gender and development, and participatory tools in gender analysis.
437/537 Regional Land Use Capability Analysis (3)
Study of the effects of soils, vegetation, climate, water resources, and geomorphology on the use of land by human beings; resource data inventories for use in planning; and critical review of capability analysis in planning projects at local, state, and national levels. Summer only.
441/541 Geographic Information Systems (3)
Introduction to the conceptual, operational and institutional issues associated with the use of current Geographic Information Systems technology. Demonstrates the application of widely available commercial GIS products to geographic problem-solving. Prerequisite: GEO 241 or permission of instructor.
442/542 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)
Advanced-level application of GIS technology to geographic problem-solving. Follows on from topics introduced in GEO 441/541 to provide (a) in-depth understanding of the technical and substantive issues associated with the use of GIS and (b) advanced-level training in the functionality of major GIS products. Prerequisite: GEO 441/541 or permission of instructor.
447/547 Aerial Photo Interpretation (4)
Interpretation and analsis of aerial photographic images for the purpose of identifying objects and characterizing their significance. Examples will be drawn from both human and physical environment.
448/548 Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing (3)
Description of nonphotographic remote sensing such as radar, thermal infrared, and multispectral scanning. Experience with machine-based interpretation of multispectral imagery.
MPT 451/551 Urban and Regional Planning (3)
Introduction to the purposes and possibilities of urban and regional land use planning. Topics include historical development of planning, theoretical rationale for planning, and major analytical and legal tools and techniques available to planners at urban and regional levels.
MPT 454/554 Urban Geography (3)
Geographic principles related to the distribution, function, structure, and regional settings of urban centers. Prerequisite: some other urban course in social sciences or permission of instructor.
MPT 455/555 Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America (3)
Since the 1960s, changes at both global and local levels have affected the American city. Traditional study of the city has not focused on race and the effect of such changes on race. Conflicts with racial undertones occur on a daily basis in most American cities. More often these are conflicts over production, distribution, and consumption of public and private goods and are manifest in the housing market, job market, and access to education and social services amongst others. This seminar focuses on race in urban America within the context of conflict and change. Cross-listed with BWS 455/555.
457/557 Global Cities, World Economy (3)
Examines the strategic role of global cities within the world economy; processes of globalization and economic restructuring; social, political, and cultural challenges for global cities. Prerequisites: GEO 201, 454, or 459 or permission of instructor.
458/558 Cities of Difference (3)
Feminist geographic perspectives on urban theory and on the construction, use, and transformation of urban space. Prerequisite: GEO 201 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with WMS.
MPT 459/559 Advanced Urban and Regional Planning (3)
Application of planning tools and techniques to significant urban and regional land use problems. Evaluation of major planning tools for redevelopment of central cities and declining regions in the U.S. Innovative techniques for solving American urban spatial problems at local to national levels. Prerequisite: GEO 451/551 and permission of instructor.
460/560 Advanced Systematic Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
Specific topical field announced each time course is offered.
461 Migrants and Diasporas (3)
Examines the lives of contemporary migrants, paying attention to identity, home, belonging, and the acceleration of international migration through globalization. Service-learning weekend trip required.
MPT 473/573 Development and Underdevelopment (3)
Survey of developmental problems, policies, and prospects in the Third World emphasizing the interface between politics and economics. Representative concepts and issues are alternative theories of Third World development, New International Division of Labor, intra-national geography of development, women in development, and capitalist vs. state socialist development policies in the Third World. Case studies are drawn from Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
474 Environmental Practice (3)
Critical assessment of local, national, and global environmental issues. Perspectives on strategies for addressing and resolving environmental concerns. Reflection on application of environmental principles to actions outside the classroom. Prerequisites: ENV/ GEO 274 and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENV.
MPT 475/575 Third World Urbanization (3)
Countries of the Third World have experienced an unprecedented rate of urban growth and expansion since the middle of this century. As Third World countries continue to industrialize, urbanization and related problems will increasingly become important and will continue to be on the agendas of national governments, international agencies, planners, and academics well into the next century. Explores Third World (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) urbanization literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.
480 Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6)
Departmental honors may be taken for a minimum of four semester hours and a maximum total of six semester hours in one or more semesters of student’s senior year.
MPC 491 Senior Seminar (4)
Requires the selection and development of a geographic research problem/topic and the submission of a final research paper. Student expected to build upon research, writing, and oral presentation skills developed as an undergraduate, provide peers with constructive criticism, and share on a continuing basis both research experience and development of the topic. Each student must select and work with at least one faculty adviser, not necessarily from the geography department, with appropriate expertise. Required for geography majors. Prerequisite: senior standing.
MPC 492 Geography of the Auto Industry (3)
Applies geographic principles to understanding the production and distribution of motor vehicles. Origin and growth of motor vehicle production in the United States, diffusion of Japanese production methods, global interdependence of automotive production, spatial implications of changing customer preference for different products, and impact of demand for quality and satisfaction. Prerequisite: senior standing.
MPC 493 Urban Field Experience (3)
Development of modern urban design and planning principles, emphasizing the central role of Chicago as a laboratory for the processes. Study of Chicago as an illustrative case study for understanding contemporary issues in urban design and planning. Importance of direct field observation methods in the study of urban design and planning patterns. Requires two long-weekend field trips to Chicago and field work in Chicago.
MPC 494 Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business (3)
Addresses the need for interdisciplinary understanding of the pattern of declining quantities of critical resources and growing public awareness of environmental degradation, an understanding of relevant ecosystems, social and economic institutions and policy, and the prospects for the business community to facilitate resolution of these concerns. Three alternative prerequisites: (A) senior standing as a business major and one of BOT 131 or GLG 121 or ZOO 121; or (B) senior standing as a science major and ECO 201 and 202; or (C) senior standing and completion of Thematic Sequence ECO 5 Sustainable Systems. Cross-listed with BOT, GLG, and ZOO 494. Offered infrequently.
MPC 496/596 Biodiversity of Kenya (5)
Intensive field-workshop on: 1) the ecology of tropical ecosystems in Kenya; 2) indigenous human relationships with Kenyan environments; and 3) conservation issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Includes pre-trip seminars that introduce basic concepts in Kenya’s ecology, a two-week intensive field experience in Kenya, and followup discussions and project presentations. CAS-D. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
601 Seminar in Research Techniques (3)
Survey of basic tools of graduate research in geography, including bibliographic resources, published data sources, and introduction to computer methods in geography.
602 History of Geographic Thought (4)
Selected reading from Strabo to present. Emphasis is on 20th century geographic thought.
604 Research Project Development (1)
Research hypotheses in geography; organizing and defining a research project; proposal development.
605 Teaching Skills in Geography (1)
Strategies for teaching contemporary geographic concepts in discussion and laboratory components of introductory geography courses. Required of all new graduate teaching assistants. Credit/No credit. Credit does not count toward graduate degree. Summer only. Prerequisite: admission to geography graduate program.
610 Research in Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
Advanced work on selected topics undertaken by individual students. May be taken for no more than four semesters.
620 Geography Seminar (1-4; maximum 12)
Advanced research in selected specialty areas. Subject announced each time course is offered.
680 Research Paper (1-4; maximum 4)
Writing a research paper of a quality for publication. Offered infrequently.
690 Internship in Geography (1-12)
Supervised application of principles and methodologies in an apprentice/intern relationship in a public or private agency.
700 Research for Master’s Thesis (1-12; minimum 3, maximum 12)
710 Special Problems in Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
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