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Thematic Sequences

GEO 1—Urban Geography

Applies geographic concepts to develop an understanding of the patterns, processes, and meanings of change within and among U.S. urban areas. The sequence first examines the changing distribution of economic activities and social groups. Second, the sequence is concerned with underlying processes resulting in distinctive distributions of people and activities observed in U.S. urban areas. The sequence also evaluates the problems and consequences for U.S. cities resulting from changing economic and social geography and examines practices and policies for the planning of U.S. urban areas.

GEO 2—Earth's Physical Environment: Geographic Patterns and Processes

Provides an understanding of the geographical patterns that characterize the Earth's physical environment and the processes responsible for these geographical patterns. The objectives are to study Earth's physical environment and their geographical distribution at global, regional, and local scales; to develop an understanding of the processes that connect Earth's physical subsystems, including the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere; and to apply concepts (e.g., systems and budgets) and geographic tools (e.g., field research, geographic information systems, and remote sensing) to the geographic analysis of a particular environment or set of environments.

GEO 3—Global Geographic Change

Applies geographic concepts to understand patterns, processes, and meaning of change in the human landscape at the global scale.

GEO 4—Global Forces in Regional Contexts

Applies geographic concepts to understanding patterns, processes, and underlying meaning of changes in a region's landscape.

GEO 5—Geospatial Techniques

Provides an introduction to geospatial techniques (including GIS, Remote Sensing, and Map Interpretation). Objectives are to build the skills necessary to read and interpret both traditional and digital maps, to gain an understanding of GIS concepts and applications, and to apply this new knowledge by focusing on more advanced GIS tools and applications.

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