GEO 1101 - Global Forces, Local Diversity
In this course, students will be encouraged to think independently, be expected to argue a point logically, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. More particularly, we will explore the geographies implicit in globalization and specifically think about our connections (and disconnections) to distant places, the uneven geographies of globalization (evident in both processes and outcomes), and how people's actions through social, economic, and political processes, produce and transform place. This course has a particular focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion asking how cultures are shaped by the intersections of a variety of factors (i.e. race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion among others) and providing a space to demonstrate empathy through considering how to understand and interpret others' worldview. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to thinking geographically through the understanding of how to use maps and the significance of place on identity.
GEO 1102 - Earth's Physical Environment
Analysis of the principle spheres of earth - atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere; an explanation of processes involved in shaping the earth's physical environment. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.
GEO 1103 - Introduction to Geographic Information System I
This is Part I of the introduction to the basic theoretical as well as practical concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will learn the basics of ArcMap and ArcCatalog and explore how these applications interrelate in a complete GIS software system. Through computer lab tutorials and homework assignments, students will learn to use ArcGIS. One classroom, two lab hours.
GEO 1104 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems II
Part II is an Introduction to the basic theoretical as well as practical concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will continue to learn the basics of ArcMap and ArcCatalog and explore how these applications interrelate in a complete GIS software system. Through lessons and labs, students will learn to use ArcGIS and work through an independent mapping project.
GEO 1105 - Geospatial Awareness
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS &T) including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems(GPS), cartography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Exploration of how geospatial technologies are used in addressing human and environmental issues. Overview of careers in Geospatial Technology.
GEO 1107 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Introduction to the basic theoretical as well as practical concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will learn the basics of ArcMap and ArcCatalog and explore how these applications interrelate in a complete GIS software system through exercises, labs and a final project. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.
GEO 1201 - World Regional Geography: People, Places & Globalization
This course serves as an introduction to the study of regional geography at the global scale. Students will become familiar with and understand the use of maps/geo-technologies to explain geographic phenomena and patterns as they relate to world regions and their interrelationships, apply geographic concepts to the study of regions or a specific region,compare and contrast human and physical patterns and their variations over space,develop an appreciation of the complexities of regional and global environmental and socio-economic problems,understand globalization and place local issues in their global and historical context,and to understand human-environment interactions in various regions around the world.
GEO 1206 - Appalachian Environment
Overview of the various geographic aspects of the rural and urban Appalachian region, including physiography and geology; migration and settlement patterns; historical development and cultural diffusion; and population characteristics and economy.
GEO 1209 - Map Design & Visualization
This course is an introduction to the science and art of map making. From the history and principles of thematic map compilation and design, basics of map projections, data sources and processing, map color, symbolization and topography to common types and styles of thematic maps. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.
GEO 1212 - Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management
This course addresses the interpretation and understanding of a variety of data formats available in GIS. Introduces the fundamental concepts of primary GIS data creation and discusses quantitative techniques for collection, classification, and management of geographical data. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.
GEO 1215 - Introduction to Remotely Sensed Imagery
This course is an introduction to remote sensing. Topics include fundamentals of the physical principles on which remote sensing is based, history and future trends, sensors and their characteristics, image data sources, and image classification, interpretation and analysis techniques. Two classroom. two lab hours per week.
GEO 1300 - Introduction to Weather & Climate
An introduction to the characteristics and processes of Earth's atmosphere and how it interacts with the planet's surface, oceans, and human activity. The course focuses on how these interactions work to produce weather events and climate extremes and how they affect people. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.
GEO 2210 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
This course will focus on GIS extensions to apply more complex functions and tools of ArcGIS. Students will learn how to utilize ArcGIS Network Analyst and Spatial Analyst tools to create, query and analyze data sets. Students will also learn to use GPS technology to collect data, build databases and prepare data for analysis using more advanced geodatabase tools. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.
GEO 2297 - Special Topics
Varied content offering of special interest to the discipline but not covered within existing courses; may be scheduled in a classroom/seminar setting or in nontraditional format.
GEO 2310 - Scripting Language for GIS
The course provides an understanding of how to customize GIS software applications by way of modified service interface elements. Topics include the theory and implementation of the various scripting languages currently in use. Upon completion, students will be able to solve geospatial problems and streamline GIS workflows through the creation and modification of scripts.
GEO 2600 - Geospatial Technology Capstone
The capstone is a learning experience resulting in a consolidation of a student's educational experience and certifies mastery of entry level workplace geospatial competencies. The capstone experience should occur during the last semester of the student's educational program. Methods of providing a capstone experience include a summative project and compilation of portfolio.
GEO 2700 - Geospatial Technology Internship
A structured experience in a supervised setting that provides students with an overview of procedural, professional and ethical issues faced by a geospatial technician on the job. Ten hours per week per credit hour.