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Undergraduate Geography Department courses have three prefixes: GEA (regional geography), GEO (thematic geography), and GIS (methods and techniques).

GEA 1000 World Geography. A regional survey of the world's cultures, nations and peoples, their interactions with the natural environment, role in the world system, and contemporary political events. Meets FSU Liberal Studies Social Sciences requirements and Liberal Studies cross-cultural (X) requirements.

GEA 2210 United States and Canada. Introduction to geographic variations in physical, social, economic, political and cultural phenomena in North America, their historical development, and the regional systems that comprise these countries.

GEA 2270 Florida. Florida's climate, soils and vegetation, landforms, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, service activities, urban and rural problems, and the impact of population and economic growth on the state's landscapes.

GEA 3173 Third World in Film. Weekly feature films are used to investigate how the developing world is constructed as a distinct region, how its geography influenced its history, cultural systems, and development prospects, and how residents have attempted to redefine the concept of “development.”

GEA 4405 Latin America. This course begins with a discussion of the pre-Columbian period, focusing upon the Aztec and Incan civilizations. The colonial period is then reviewed, with emphasis upon Mexico and Peru. Current economic and political issues are also addressed. Meets Liberal Studies diversity in western culture (Y) requirement.

GEA 4500 Europe. A regional survey of Europe's physical and human geography leads to a discussion of the seemingly contradictory tendencies towards geographical separation and supranationalism in European politics.

GEA 4520 Britain and Ireland. The physical and human geography of the United Kingdom and Ireland, their historical emergence, cultures and politics, contemporary political and economic issues, immigration, etc.

GEO 1330 Environmental Science. This course acquaints students with the basic concepts of ecology, including an emphasis on the impacts of people on nature, resources and energy use, pollution, population growth, and the means for solving or alleviating environmental problems.

GEO 1400 Human Geography. Introductory survey of global cultures, selected aspects of urban and economic geography, the world system, international development, and population growth. Meets Liberal Studies cross-cultural multiculturalism (X) requirement.

GEO 2200c Physical Geography. (previously GEO 3200C). This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic concepts and skills of physical geography, including such topics as latitude and longitude, Earth-sun relationships, weather and climate, landforms, water systems, natural vegetation, and soils.

GEO 3423 Sports Geography. Rigorous overview of sports as an industry and cultural form, including their historical origins and diffusion; spatial patterns of recruitment; race and gender issues in college and professional sports, and the urban political economy of sports facilities.

GEO 3502 Economic Geography. An interrogation of the historical emergence of capitalism and industrialization is followed by an examination of firms' location decisions and the structure of regional economies. Case studies of different industries illustrate these ideas. Colonialism, trade, and third world poverty and development are also addressed.

GEO 4114 Environmental Field Methods. Hands-on experience in the techniques and applications of environmental theory in local contexts using extensive field work.

GEO 4162c Spatial Data Analysis. This course emphasizes the techniques commonly used to analyze geographic data statistically, including sampling, probability theory, tests of significance, and simple regression. No computing or statistical experience is required.

GEO 4300 Biogeography. Examines the spatial distribution of flora and fauna, the causal properties that explain these, observation and modeling techniques, and human impacts on ecosystems.

GEO 4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment. Overview of natural hazards such as hurricanes and earthquakes and human-made hazards such as nuclear power and air pollution. The emphasis is on the effects of hazards on society and what can be done to reduce risk, including tools to choose rationally among public policy alternatives.

GEO 4357 Environmental Conflict and Economic Development. An investigation of conflicts that arise when individuals or institutions attempt to implement policies designed to stimulate economic development or foster preservation of natural resources. Alternative conceptions of environment and development are engaged, with the goal of building social policies that provide for the needs of both society and nature.

GEO 4372 Natural Resource Analysis. This course traces the historical development of policies concerning natural resources, conservation, and environmental management in a variety of local contexts.

GEO 4403 Global Change, Local Places. Examines four dimensions of global change – economic, environmental, cultural, and political – with a focus on how globalization is impacting individual countries and how different places respond to the challenges of the international system.

GEO 4421 Cultural Geography. (Previously GEO 4420). The study of various cultural features that have diffused throughout the world, including agriculture, language and religion. Emphasis is on the contemporary cultural landscape, particularly that of the U.S. Meets Liberal Studies cross-cultural multiculturalism (X) requirement.

GEO 4450 Medical Geography. Spatial distribution of health and illness, including local, national and global patterns of diseases, demographic dimensions of health measures, access to medical services as they reflect and affect social structures; techniques of measurement and analysis of spatially coded medical data.

GEO 4471 Political Geography. Analyzes the spatial dimensions and expression of political behavior ranging from struggles over the state at levels ranging from the local community (e.g., municipal government) to national politics (e.g., elections) to international geopolitical relations in the world-system.

GEO 4602 Urban Geography. This course examines the origins of cities, the historical development of urban places in the U.S., urban economies, housing markets, neighborhoods, suburbanization, gentrification, inner city poverty, global cities, urban planning, zoning, and public services, and third world urbanization.

GEO 4905 Directed Individual Study (DIS). Students may customize coursework for a variable number of credit hours under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must confirm a DIS topic and work assignment with the faculty member before registering.

GEO 4930 Special Topics in Geography. A variety of subjects are offered on an occasional basis under the heading of "Special Topics." There is a limit of 9 hours for GEO 4930.

GEO 4941 Internship (S/U only). Work experience, paid or non-paid, with a local private or public sector employer. Approval of the Intern Coordinator is required prior to registration. All internships involve writing a 10-page paper relating the experience to the student’s coursework. Final grades are assigned by the supervisor at the institution in which the internship is performed. Maximum 6 credits.

GIS 3015 Map Analysis (previously GEO 3040). This course covers the conventional means of survey of topography and collection of statistics on an areal basis are introduced. Other topics include the history of cartography, topographic maps, map projections, and map interpretation.

GIS 4006 Computer Cartography (previously GEO 4184). Prerequisite: GIS 3015 (previously GEO 3040) or consent of instructor. Students learn how to used PC-based software to digitize material, create thematic maps and surface modeling, and integrate cartographic, graphic and database software. Suggested as a course taken prior to GEO 4043).

GIS 4043 Geographic Information Systems (previously GEO 4151). Prerequisite: GIS 3015 (previously GEO 3040) or consent of instructor. Introduction to GIS topics, including data structures, input and output of spatial data, vector and raster methods of data manipulation, surface models, analysis and modeling of statistics, institutional issues and future trends in decision support.


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