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Course Listings - Spring 2004

Geography Department
Course Descriptions
Spring 2004

GEOG 101 S Cultural Geography
(4 credits)
Keiffer, Artimus

The objective of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of the cultural patterns created through human interactions with the environment and the processes responsible for cultural change. Topics will include: origins of culture in prehistory, human adaptations to the natural environment, the impact of different resource systems (hunting-gathering, agrarian, industrial) on nature in historical and spatial perspective, the creation of culture areas of the world, how states influence cultural survival, and the impact of globalization. The course will follow a lecture/discussion format to enhance critical thinking and writing abilities. Prerequisites: None.

GEOG 120 S Human Ecology
(4 credits)
Keiffer, Artimus

Humans can be considered a threatened species. Humans have induced this situation by overcrowding cities, exceeding the carrying capacity of available land, polluting the air, water and land, and eliminating many of the ecological systems that have evolved over thousands of years. But as population continues to grow, and more land is converted to other uses rather than food production, it will soon become apparent that life, as we know it today, will change in the next 100 years. This course examines some of the basic ecological systems that help sustain our existence, how humans have impacted these systems, and how governmental interference and hidden agendas have hampered efforts to rectify them. It is hope the student will have a better understanding of what needs to be done in the future, to make the world a better place for future habitation by our offspring no matter what part of the world they live in.

GEOG 280 S Geography of Ohio
(4 credits)
Keiffer, Artimus

For anyone raised, living or intending to stay in Ohio, this course is a must. Understanding one's place in space is a fundamental aspect of Geography. This course will examine Ohio, its physical development, how it was forged out of the Northwest Territory, settled by scores of Europeans and Africans, and later became an important component of the industrial power of the United States. Also, the importance of Ohio in developing the American culture: its innovations, traditions and perceptions. This is shown in its economic activity, its peoples, its visual landscape, and its architecture. Ohio is a prominent point in the American way of life. It is considered the "heart" of the Midwest and is a major transportation corridor to other points in the Midwest. Its early importance in supplying its neighboring states with raw materials, its available resources to aid in manufacturing and its people, all reflect and symbolize the dedication and devotion of those who settled here and continue to live here. To understand one's place in space is to understand who one is.

GEOG 292C Population Geography
(4 credits)
Medvedkov, Olga

Examination of major population trends on global and regional scale. Population growth, distribution and redistribution of population due to natural increase and migration, population-resources equations, and people as an ultimate resource are the main topics. The role of political, social and economic conditions in demographic change will be assessed. A lecture/discussion format is suggested. There will be two exams, one oral report, a final paper and several computer assignments. Cross-listed as SOCI 292 (Population Problems); you may enroll in either SOCI or GEOG 292. Prerequisite: none.

GEOG 390 Geographical Information System
(5 credits)
Medvedkov, Olga

GIS is an advanced course in spatial analysis and computer mapping which is targeted to majors in Geography, but also benefits majors in Business and Management, Political Science, and others. The GIS market is booming and reached a $4 billion industry this year with 17% of growth occurring in the private sector. Geographic Information systems have been confined mostly to public sector agencies until recently. Now they are becoming as widely used as spreadsheet analysis to a broad section of American businesses. Falling software and hardware prices, more readily available date and greater ease of use all have contributed to GIS adoption by a much wither spectrum of enterprises. People who are working with large data bases concerning such issues as site location, city zoning. Retail analysis, customer targeting, electoral patterns, to name a few, prefer to MAP IT OUT. A visualization is a great tool to analyze large data bases. During this course students work in a computer lab environment (new GIS Lab), learning GIS concepts and technology and applying them to real life situations while doing projects. Student will gain skills in digitizing, data base management, multilayer computer mapping, and spatial analysis. During the course students will create a portfolio which will be graded. There will be two tests (midterm and final). The highest weight will be given to the final paper/research project. Prerequisites: GEOG 280 or GEOG 290 or GEOG 304, or permission of instructor.

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