Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011


GEOG 100    Search in Geography     3

Introduction to processes and value systems in geography. Theme and title may vary from section to section. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Spring. Study Area II


GEOG 110    Introduction to Geography     3

Basic patterns of physical environment and relationship of human patterns to them are explained. Study Area II

GEOG 120    World Regional Geography      3

Survey of the lands, people, and places in the world's major culture regions. Reliance on case studies, investigations of development problems, or other approaches to develop concepts. Study Area II [I]

GEOG 130    Introduction to Geography Information Science   3

Introduction to basic within the fields of cartography, geodesy, spatial statistics, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. Study Area II  

GEOG 220    Human Geography   3

Survey of the world's people and their culture. Topics studied may include population, religion, language, settlement, architecture, land tenure, ideologies, social problems, behavior, resource utilization, and environmental change. Study Area II [I]

GEOG 223    Geography of the Popular Music Industry   3

Examines the growth of the popular music industry and its impact on the spatial/locational nature of society. Basic human geographic concepts such as migration, diffusion regional identity, and place are discussed. Spring. Study Area II


GEOG 241    Introduction to Planning      3

Introduction to the principles and practice of planning at various spatial scales-regional, metropolitan, urban, and neighborhood. Cross listed with AMS 241. No credit given to students with credit for AMS 241. Study Area II

GEOG 244    Economic Geography      3

Spatial and ecological aspects of the economic development of world regions, resource and population balance, international trade issues, and geopolitics of the post-Cold War era. Spring. Study Area II [I]

GEOG 256    Maps & Map Reading      3

Conferences and practical exercises in the use and interpretation of a variety of map types. Emphasis on the topographic map. Map sources will be discussed.

GEOG 266    Air Photo Interpretation      3

Conferences and practical exercises in uses and interpretation of aerial photographs. Fall.

GEOG 270    Geography of Hazards    3

Prereq.:  ESCI 110 or GEOG 110. Examines human and environmental generation of risks and hazards. Discussion will focus on both the social and physical aspects of causality, risk perception and mitigation. Spring. Study Area II


GEOG 272    Physical Geography      3

Prereq.:  GEOG 110 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the landforms at the earth's surface, their distribution, genesis, and relationships to the other natural phenomena. Spring. Study Area IV

GEOG 275    Soils and Vegetation    3

Analysis of major soil groups and vegetation zones and their relationship to other geographic factors, including land use and rural or urban planning. Field experiences are part of this course. Study Area IV

GEOG 276    Elementary Cartography  3

Instruction and practice in the fundamentals of map construction, design, symbolization, and reproduction; emphasis on the use of cartographic drafting instruments, mediums, and materials.  

GEOG 290    Geography of Tourism    3

Physical and cultural factors affecting the locations and relative importance of recreational areas and tourist attractions, both foreign and domestic. Spatial analysis of tourist flows, modes of transportation, effects on regional economies, and impacts on environments. Study Area II [I]

GEOG 291    National Parks and World Heritage Sites   3

Examination of sustainability issues for tourism development in preserved areas. Comparative analysis of national park systems globally. Case studies of individual national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites included. Spring. Study Area II [I]

GEOG 330    United States and Canada      3

The environmental, cultural, and economic patterns that give character to the different parts of the United States and Canada. Analysis of the internal structure and functions of cities such as New York and Los Angeles and regional planning in problem areas such as Appalachia, Alaska, and Southern California. Fall.

GEOG 333    Political Geography     3

Geographical bases of political organization, conflict and international relations. Emphasis will be on power and conflict in the regional framework. Irregular. Study Area II


GEOG 374    Climatology 3

Prereq.:  GEOG 110 or ESCI 110, or permission of instructor. Earth's climate with an emphasis on the physical processes and dynamics of the atmosphere. Topics include regional, urban and historical climatologies, atmospheric pollution, and climate change. Some class time will be devoted to practical exercises. Spring.

GEOG 378    Geographic Information Systems      3

Prereq.:  GEOG 130 or GEOG 256 or 276, or permission of instructor. Introduction to raster and vector geographic information systems, with a focus on application areas in natural resource management, urban and regional planning, and business.  

GEOG 414    Teaching Methods in Geography 3

Prereq.:  Admission to the Professional Program. Concepts, methods, and materials for teaching geography. Middle-level certification students selecting the Complementary Subject Matter Area in geography will enroll for two credits; all others will enroll for three credits. Fall.


GEOG 420    Internship in Planning  3

Prereq.:  Permission of the department chair. Restricted to students who are pursuing a specialization in planning. Participants will serve as interns in a municipal, regional, state, or private planning agency under the supervision of a geography faculty member. On demand.


GEOG 430    Internship in Geography 3

Prereq.:  Permission of the department chair. Students will work in an environment directly related to the track or planned program they are following, under the supervision of a geography faculty member. Written reports are required. No credit given to students with credit for GEOG 420. On demand.


GEOG 433    Issues in Environmental Protection  3

Issues in the environmental protection planning process. Topics include air quality, noise, solid waste, hazardous materials, wilderness areas, endangered species, wetlands, and land use issues. A single field trip may be required. [GR]

GEOG 434    Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean      3

Study of our nearest neighbors south of the border, concentrating on people, the land on which they live, and related problems, primarily from a regional point of view. Cross listed with LAS 434. No credit given to students with credit for LAS 434. Fall. [I] [GR]


GEOG 435    Japan and Korea   3

Study of the physical framework, resources, economic activities, and characteristic landscapes of Japan and Korea. Activities of the people of Japan and Korea in relation to their environment and resources, and the differing problems of development facing both nations. Fall. (O) [I] [GR]

GEOG 436    South America     3

A survey of the countries of South America with emphasis on people, places, and problems. Cross listed with IS 436 and LAS 436. No credit given to students with credit for IS 436 or LAS 436. Spring. [I] [GR]

GEOG 437    China 3

Physical, economic, political, and historical geography of China. Special consideration of her population, resources, agricultural growth, and industrial expansion. Discussion of the geographic bases and the expansion of the Chinese State and the contemporary foundation of Chinese national power. Fall. (E) [I] [GR]

GEOG 439    Urban Geography   3

Form, function, and evolution of urban settlements with reference to attributes of place. Emphasis is also placed on internal structure and regional relationships of cities. Provides a methodological basis for thought involving the planning process, including preservation planning and systems analysis. Personal on-site study of a current urban problem within the state is expected. Spring. [GR]

GEOG 440    Rural Land Planning     3

Land use patterns and the planning process in agriculture, transportation, recreation, industry, population, and settlement in rural areas. Case studies and field work emphasizing the impact of urbanization on rural Connecticut. Fall. (O) [GR]


GEOG 441    Community & Regional Planning 3

Prereq.:  GEOG 241 or permission of instructor. Philosophies, theories, and principles involved in planning of regions and urban areas. Fall. (E)

GEOG 442    Field Methods in Geography    3

Prereq.:  3 credits in Geography or permission of instructor. Design and execution of field research in physical and human geography. Techniques include field notes, sketching, area sampling, planetable mapping, questionnaire design and administration, design of coding forms, soil and vegetation surveying. Both team and individual field research projects.

GEOG 445    Environmental Planning  3

Prereq.:  GEOG 110 or permission of instructor. Examines the environmental impacts of land development and natural constraints on planning and public policy decision-making. Case studies and field work will emphasize aspects of environmental planning in the Greater Hartford region. Spring.

GEOG 446    Sub-Saharan Africa      3

Relationships between physical environment and human development in Africa south of the Sahara. Spring. (E) [I] [GR]

GEOG 448    Russia and Neighboring Regions      3

Environmental, cultural, and economic patterns that give character to the various regions of Russia and the N.I.S. Its contemporary political economy viewed in a spatial and historical context. Examination of Russia's relationship with Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe and the EC. Fall. (E) [I] [GR]

GEOG 450    Tourism Planning  3

Prereq.:  GEOG 290, 291 or permission of chair. Integrated and sustainable development approach to tourism planning explored through lectures, seminars and case studies at the national, regional, and community levels. Focus on public and private initiatives in tourism planning. Fall.


GEOG 451    Tourism Development in Southern New England     3

Prereq.:  GEOG 290 or 291 or permission of instructor or department chair. Study of the tourism industry, including perspectives on supply, demand, and socio-economic impacts. Focus on issues, problems, and opportunities in tourism, including functions of state and regional tourism agencies in southern New England. Spring. (E) [GR]


GEOG 452    European Union    3

Environmental, cultural, and economic patterns that give character to the different countries, regions, and cities of the European union. Analysis of spatial changes associated with European integration. Spring. [I] [GR]


GEOG 453    Recreation and Resort Planning      3

Prereq.:  GEOG 450 or permission of instructor or department chair. Study of the supply, location, distribution, use, planning, management, and impact of recreation facilities in both urban and rural situations. Spring. [GR]

GEOG 454    Geography of Tourism Marketing      3

Prereq.:  GEOG 290 and MKT 295 or permission of instructor. Examination of geographic elements and issues within the tourism industry, with a focus on how these may influence the spatial aspects of tourist behavior and industry development strategies. Fall. [GR]

GEOG 455    New Directions in Tourism     3

Prereq.:  GEOG 450 or permission of instructor or department chair. Study of contemporary forms of tourism including ecotourism, heritage tourism, and educational travel, which have their own impacts, management, and planning needs, and which differ notably from the traditions of mass tourism. Spring. [GR]


GEOG 459    Field Studies in Regional Geography 3 TO 6

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. On-site group studies in regional geography. This course normally involves travel outside the United States. Only 3 credits may be applied to General Education requirements.  May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits but only six of these credits may be used toward the Geography major. Winter, Summer. [I]

GEOG 466    Remote Sensing    3

Prereq.:  GEOG 266 or GEOG 378. Computer analysis and interpretation of satellite remote sensing data for inventorying, mapping, and monitoring earth's resources. Spring. (O)  

GEOG 469    Readings in Geography   1 TO 3

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Directed independent studies in geography. May be taken more than once for credit. On demand.

GEOG 470    Geography of Health & Disease 3

Prereq.:  GEOG 220 or permission of instructor. Investigation of health-related topics using geographical frameworks and methodological techniques. Themes include disease distribution, health care access, and HIV/AIDS in a global context. Spring. (O)  

GEOG 471    Topics in Human Geography     3

Prereq.:  GEOG 220 or permission of instructor. Selected topics in human geography. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Cross listed with MKT 471. No credit given to students with credit for MKT 471. On demand.

GEOG 472    Topics in Physical Geography  3

Prereq.:  GEOG 272 or 275 or 374 or permission of instructor. Selected topics in physical geography including urban climates, microclimatology, global change, coastal environments, and the impact of glacial and periglacial processes on landforms. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Fall.

GEOG 473    Geography of Natural Resources      3

Prereq.:  GEOG 110 or permission of instructor. Examines the definition, location, and evaluation of management. Focus on management strategies and cost benefit analyses of environmental degradation associated with resource use. Examples illustrated with GIS and remote sensing techniques. Spring. (O) [GR]

GEOG 475    Energy Resources and Climate Change   3

Prereq.:  GEOG 272 or GEOG 374 or ESCI 129 or permission of instructor. Seminar on geographical bases of energy resources and global climate change. Emphasis on the geographical, physical, environmental, economic, and social impacts of energy resource development and use and their effects on global climate regions and sustainability. Spring.

GEOG 476    Advanced Cartography    3

Prereq.:  GEOG 256 or 276 or permission of instructor. Advanced design and production of maps using cartographic/GIS and graphic software. Use of statistical packages to process data for cartographic purposes. No knowledge of computer programming required. Spring.  

GEOG 478    GIS Design and Implementation   3

Prereq.:  GEOG 378 or permission of instructor. Advanced study of geographic information systems and applications. Students will prepare a proposal to develop GIS for a municipality or non-profit organization.  Portions of the database will be implemented. Concentration on vector software. Fall.  

GEOG 479    Geographic Information Systems Applications     3

Prereq.:  GEOG 378. Advanced study of applications in geographic information systems. Applications will vary but will include urban/ regional planning, natural resources management, and public safety. May be taken twice for credit under different content. Spring. (E)  

GEOG 483    Topics in Planning      3

Prereq.:  GEOG 241 or permission of instructor. Selected topics in planning. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand.

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