Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Geography

Faculty

X. Shen, Chair; R. W. Benfield, C. Button, D. Dornan, J. E. Harmon, P. A. K. Kyem, C. Pope, B. J. Sommers, D. Truly (Dept. phone: 860-832-2785)


Department Overview

The Department of Geography is concerned with the science of location. Geography faculty teach students to use maps, air photos, computers, and information about places to understand how people use the land they live on and what makes that land different from other areas. Geography students learn about the nature of places, human impacts on environment, and the proper use of the land. Career opportunities include travel and tourism; environmental protection; urban, regional, and transportation planning; map making; area studies; regional economic development and location analysis; Geographic Information System (GIS); and computer applications. The department also provides internships for students in a variety of town, regional, state, and private agencies, and offers consulting services, workshops, and short courses as part of its outreach program.

 

Programs

Major in Geography (39 credits in one of the specializations in geography)

 

Major in Geography with Specialization in Environmental Geography, BA

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geography Information Science 3

9 credits from the following:

GEOG 270 Geography of Hazards 3
GEOG 272 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 275 Soils and Vegetation 3
GEOG 374 Climatology 3

9 credits from the following with three of the credits at the 300 or 400 level:

GEOG 256 Maps & Map Reading 3
GEOG 266 Air Photo Interpretation 3
GEOG 276 Elementary Cartography 3
GEOG 378 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 466 Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 476 Advanced Cartography 3
GEOG 478 GIS Design and Implementation 3
GEOG 479 Geographic Information Systems Applications 3
12 credits from the following:
GEOG 430 Internship in Geography 3
GEOG 433 Issues in Environment Protection 3
GEOG 445 Environmental Planning 3
GEOG 472 Topics in Physical Geography 3
GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 475 Geography of Energy Resources & Climate Change 3
Geography electives 3

Major in Geography with Specialization in Geographic Information Science, BA

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
   or
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geography Information Science 3
GEOG 378 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 430 Internship in Geography 3
6 credits from the following:
GEOG 256 Maps & Map Reading 3
GEOG 266 Air Photo Interpretation 3
GEOG 276 Elementary Cartography 3
9 credits from the following:
GEOG 442 Field Methods in Geography 3
GEOG 466 Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 476 Advanced Cartography 3
GEOG 478 GIS Design and Implementation 3
GEOG 479 Geographic Information Systems Applications 3
ETC 458 GPS Mapping for GIS 3

and 12 credits of geography electives, of which at least 6 must be at the 300 or 400 level

Major in Geography with Specialization in Tourism, BA

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geography Information Science 3
GEOG 430 Internship in Geography 3
15 credits from the following:
GEOG 290 Geography of Tourism 3
GEOG 291 National Parks and World Heritage Sites 3
GEOG 450 Tourism Planning 3
GEOG 451 Tourism Development in Southern New England 3
GEOG 453 Recreation and Resort Planning 3
GEOG 454 Geography of Tourism Marketing 3
GEOG 455 New Directions in Tourism 3
3 credits from the following:
GEOG 330 United States and Canada 3
GEOG 434 Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean 3
GEOG 435 Japan and Korea 3
GEOG 436 South America 3
GEOG 437 China 3
GEOG 446 Sub-Saharan Africa 3
GEOG 448 Russia and Neighboring Regions 3
GEOG 452 European Union 3
GEOG 459 Field Studies in Regional Geography 3-6
3 credits from the following:
GEOG 270 Geography of Hazards 3
GEOG 272 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 275 Soils and Vegetation 3
GEOG 374 Climatology 3
GEOG 472 Topics in Physical Geography 3
GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 475 Energy Resources & Climate Change 3

and 3 credits of geography electives and 3 credits of THS electives

Major in Geography with Specialization in General/Regional Geography, BA

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
   or
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geography Information Science 3

and 15 credits of geography electives (at least 9 at the 400 level)

3 credits from the following:

GEOG 270 Geography of Hazards 3
GEOG 272 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 275 Soils and Vegetation 3
GEOG 374 Climatology 3
GEOG 433 Issues in Environmental Protection 3
GEOG 472 Topics in Physical Geography 3
GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 475 Energy Resources & Climate Change 3

3 credits from the following:

GEOG 220 Human Geography 3
GEOG 223 Geography of the Popular Music Industry 3
GEOG 244 Economic Geography 3
GEOG 290 Geography of Tourism 3
GEOG 291 National Parks and World Heritage Sites 3
GEOG 333 Political Geography 3
GEOG 451 Tourism Development in Southern New England 3
GEOG 453 Recreation and Resort Planning 3
GEOG 454 Geography of Tourism Marketing 3
GEOG 455 New Directions in Tourism 3
GEOG 470 Geography of Health & Disease 3

3 credits from the following:

GEOG 241 Introduction to Planning 3
GEOG 439 Urban Geography 3
GEOG 440 Rural Land Planning 3
GEOG 441 Community and Regional Planning 3
GEOG 445 Environmental Planning 3
GEOG 450 Tourism Planning 3
GEOG 483 Topics in Planning 3

3 credits from the following:

GEOG 256 Maps & Map Reading 3
GEOG 266 Air Photo Interpretation 3
GEOG 276 Elementary Cartography 3
GEOG 378 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 442 Field Methods in Geography 3

6 credits from the following:

GEOG 330 United States and Canada 3
GEOG 434 Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean 3
GEOG 435 Japan and Korea 3
GEOG 436 South America 3
GEOG 437 China 3
GEOG 446 Sub-Saharan Africa 3
GEOG 448 Russia and Neighboring Regions 3
GEOG 452 European Union 3
GEOG 459 Field Studies in Regional Geography 3-6

All elementary education students selecting this program will take GEOG 414 as one of their 3-credit electives in geography.

Acceptable substitutes for GEOG 430 will be jointly determined by student and advisor. When approved in advance by the student's advisor, up to 6 credits of cognate courses in one or two other disciplines may be applied toward the major in geography.

For certification in elementary education, students are advised to follow the general/regional program in the geography major. All elementary education students selecting geography as their single subject matter area will take GEOG 414, with this course counting as a geography elective. Please consult with the School of Education and Professional Studies concerning additional education requirements.

Major in Geography with Specialization in Planning, BA (39 credits)

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geography Information Science 3
GEOG 241 Introduction to Planning 3
GEOG 244 Economic Geography 3
GEOG 420 Internship in Planning 3
GEOG 439 Urban Geography 3
GEOG 441 Community & Regional Planning 3

12 credits from the following:

GEOG 433 Issues in Environmental Protection 3
GEOG 440 Rural Land Planning 3
GEOG 445 Environmental Planning 3
GEOG 450 Tourism Planning 3
GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 483 Topics in Planning 3
Geography electives 6
and

STAT 104 Elementary Statistics 3
   or

STAT 215 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I 3

Completion of a minor is required, except for elementary education students. Certain minors are especially recommended by the department, depending on the career track chosen by the student. We also encourage participation in CCSU's Cooperative Education program.

Minor in Geography with Specialization in Planning (18 credits)

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
GEOG 241 Introduction to Planning 3
GEOG 441 Community & Regional Planning 3

6 credits from GEOG 272 and/or any geographic techniques course and 3 credits from any 400-level planning course

Minor in Environmental Geography (18 credits)

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3

3 credits from the following:

GEOG 256 Maps & Map Reading 3
GEOG 266 Air Photo Interpretation 3
GEOG 276 Elementary Cartography 3
GEOG 378 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 442 Field Methods in Geography 3

6 credits from the following:

GEOG 270 Geography of Hazards 3
GEOG 272 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 275 Soils and Vegetation 3
GEOG 374 Climatology 3

6 credits from the following:

GEOG 433 Issues in Environmental Protection 3
GEOG 445 Environmental Planning 3
GEOG 472 Topics in Physical Geography 3
GEOG 473 Geography of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 475 Energy Resources & Climate Change 3

Minor in Geographic Information Sciences (18 credits)

GEOG 130 Introduction to Geography Information Science 3
GEOG 378 Geographic Information Systems 3
and 12 credits (at least 6 at the 300 or 400 level) from the following:
GEOG 256 Maps & Map Reading 3
GEOG 266 Air Photo Interpretation 3
GEOG 276 Elementary Cartography 3
GEOG 466 Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 476 Advanced Cartography 3
GEOG 478 GIS Design and Implementation 3
GEOG 479 Geographic Information Systems Applications 3
ETC 458 GPS Mapping for GIS 3

Note: For geography majors, 3 additional credits of electives are required. Geography majors in the geographic information sciences track may not choose this minor.

Minor in Geography (18 credits)

(May be taken online):

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
   or
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3

and 15 credits of geography electives (at least 6 credits must be in courses at the 300 or 400 level)

Minor in Tourism (18 credits)

GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography 3
   or
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 290 Geography of Tourism 3

3 credits from any regional geography course

and 9 credits selected from the following:

GEOG 291 National Parks and World Heritage Sites 3
GEOG 450 Tourism Planning 3
GEOG 451 Tourism Development in Southern New England 3
GEOG 453 Recreation and Resort Planning 3
GEOG 454 Geography of Tourism Marketing 3
GEOG 455 New Directions in Tourism 3

Note: Courses used to satisfy this minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements of any major in geography. Students selecting this minor must consult with the department chair.

Major in Social Science with Minor in Geography, BS (Certifiable in social studies, 54 credits)

HIST 121 World Civilization I 3
HIST 122 World Civilization II 3
HIST 301 The Historical Imagination 3

6 credits in 300-level U.S. surveys; and 3 elective credits in non-western history

18 credits in geography, as specified by the requirements for the minor in geography

18 credits in social science from the following:

PS 104 The World’s Political Systems 3
PS 110 American Government & Politics 3
ECON 200 Principles of Economics I 3
and
ECON 201 Principles of Economics II 3
GEOG 110  Introduction to Geography 3
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
ANTH 140 Introduction to Anthropology 3
SOC 110 Introductory Sociology 3

In addition, students must complete the following:

SSCI 415 Social Studies Methods at the Secondary Level 4
SSCI 421 Social Studies Student Teaching Seminar 1
SPED 315 Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities 3
EDTE 316 Principles of Learning (Sec/K-12) 4
EDT 315 Educational Technology in the Secondary School Classroom 1
RDG 440 Literacy in Secondary School 3
EDF 415 Educational Foundations 3
EDSC 425 Principles of Secondary Education 3
EDSC 435 Secondary Education Student Teaching 3-9
PSY 236 Life-Span Development 3

No minor is required. Courses taken for the required 18 credits in geography above cannot be counted toward the 18 credits in social science above. All majors in social sciences must take ECON 200 and 201. All majors in social sciences must take at least one class in each of the following disciplines: history, geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, and political science.

Note: Please consult with the School of Education and Professional Studies concerning additional requirements.

Note: Geography is not a certifiable subject in Connecticut. Those who wish to teach the subject at the secondary level in the state should complete this major.

For Certification in Elementary Education, Complementary Subject Matter Area in Geography (18 credits)

Complements primary subject matter area in English at the elementary level.

GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 220 Human Geography 3
GEOG 330 United States and Canada 3

3 credits from the following:

GEOG 272 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 275 Soils and Vegetation 3
GEOG 374 Climatology 3
GEOG 433 Issues in Environmental Protection 3

and 6 credits in geography electives (at least 3 of which must be at 400 level).

All education students selecting geography as a complementary subject matter area will also enroll in GEOG 414; elementary-level (1-6) education students will enroll for 3 credits and may use the course as one of the two geography electives. Please consult with the School of Education and Professional Studies concerning additional requirements for dual subject programs and interdisciplinary majors.

 

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