Undergraduate Geography Courses

GEOG 1303. World Regional Geography. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the basic concepts of geography through a study of the major regions of the world. This course enhances the understanding of world events, lifestyles, environments, cultures, and conflicts and emphasizes thinking spatially to study human-land relationships.

GEOG 1320. Introduction to Human Geography. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to geography as a social science, emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems.

GEOG 1451. Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introductory course to GIS. Pre-GIS focuses on the knowledge, instruments, and data necessary for GIS. Pre-GIS is a student-centered, hands-on course that will introduce students to the GIS concepts that are intrinsic in introductory and advanced GIS courses. Students will create virtual maps by gathering data points using GPS instruments. Students will then use GIS to create detailed information relating to their map and data points to answer questions posed in the course. Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 2301. The Geography of Texas. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course uses the key concepts of regional geography to study the evolving character and nature of the different areas of Texas. The interaction of people and environment is used to study the economic development, social and political issues, urbanization, and other changes in Texas in the past and present.

GEOG 2451. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Basic concepts of design, planning and implementation of geographic information systems. Students will learn how to create, manipulate, project, and interpret geographic information. Students are strongly encouraged to take GEOG 1451: Pre-GIS. Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 3300. Geography of Latin America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the physical and cultural regions of Latin America. The course will examine the Spanish and Portuguese divide, indigenous, Afro, Asian, and European influence within one the world's most vibrant regions. Prerequisite: GEOG 1303, or permission of instructor.

GEOG 3301. Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to travel and cultural experience, preparing students to maximize their perspective study abroad and international experiences. The course does not take students abroad, and the student does not need to be enrolled in a study abroad program to take this course.

GEOG 3352. Introduction to Crime Mapping. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The course provides conceptual knowledge and practical skills to design and implement a GIS-based analysis of community crime problems. This course constitutes an introduction to the scope and methods of crime mapping and analysis. The theory, logic, and practical applications of mapping and analysis are examined with a focus on developing a knowledge base, skills, and integration of mapping and analysis concepts that are applicable to crime detection and prevention. No prerequisites. Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 3450. Intermediate Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course covers intermediate topics in geographic information systems (GIS) that will allow students to succeed in the advanced GIS class Prerequisite: GEOG 2451 for GIS-BS students only Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 4084. Internship. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-4 Hours).

Directed real-world learning experience under the supervision of a practicing GIS professional. The internship assignment must be approved by an academic advisor in the Geography and GIS program prior to enrollment. The internship must be related to the student’s field of study and requires at least 240 hours of supervised work during the semester term. Student maintains a weekly log of work experience gained and, at semester-end, prepares a written report reflecting on the work experience. Student also provides to the academic advisor the employer’s evaluation of performance and maintains records of all the listed documentation. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior classification and approval of department head.

GEOG 4086. Geography Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

GEOG 4385. Geography Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will consider major issues in modern geography. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: GEOG 1303, junior classification or permission of instructor.

GEOG 4450. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course focuses on advanced topics in geographic information systems (GIS), manipulation of raster data; advanced spatial analysis; advanced geoprocessing, and spatial modeling. Prerequisites: GEOG 3450 and for GGIS majors only: GEOG 2451 Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 4451. Applied Remote Sensing. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course focuses on advanced topics in satellite remote sensing and digital image processing. Students will learn how to processes, interpret, classify and analyze satellite data for different applications. Lab fee: $2.