Courses of Instruction
GEOGRAPHY (GEO-Arts and Science)
MPF, MPT 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity (3)
Application of human geography
concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes
at global, regional and local scales. IIC, IIIB.
MPF 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues (3)
Introduction to world
geography emphasizing regional approach and comparisons; combines analysis and
synthesis of characteristics distinctive to each principal culture realm; focuses
upon selected topical issues involving ethnic, political, economic, social, and
environmental aspects. IIC, IIIB.
MPF, MPT 121 Earth's Physical Environment (4)
Study of the earth's
physical environment, using systems approach to understand energy and material
cycles, global circulation, and temporal dynamics. Focus on influence of physical
processes on spatial patterns and on interrelationships of the atmosphere, soils,
vegetation, and landforms. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVB, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.
133 Imagining Russia (2)
Survey of Russian history, society, politics, economy,
literature, film and arts from a variety of intellectual perspectives. Classroom
lectures plus out of class cultural presentations. Cross-listed with POL/RUS/ATH/ HST 133.
175 First Year Seminar in Environmental Science (1)
Introduces students to the
multidisciplinary nature of environmental science and the solution of environmental
problems. Cross-listed with BOT, CHM, ENV, GLG, MBI, MTH, STA, and ZOO
179 Introduction to Jewish Studies (1)
Introduction to Jewish studies as a subject
of academic study, basic concepts in Jewish studies and multidisciplinary approaches
to Jewish studies. Cross-listed with ART, ENG, GER, HBW, HST, POL, PSY, REL.
Note: Advanced courses in geography are open to students who have
had six semester hours of geography, or six of anthropology, economics, political
science, history, sociology, or geology or are of junior or senior standing.
MPF, MPT 201 Geography of Urban Diversity (3)
Location of economic activities
and social groups among and within U.S. urban areas. Geographic perspectives on
underlying processes and resulting problems resulting from changing distributions.
MPF 207 Civilization of the Middle East (3)
Survey of cultural, political, economic,
and social developments in the Middle East, viewed in geographical and historical
perspective, with attention to images of the area prevalent in our society. Cross-listed
with ATH and REL 207. IIIB, H.
MPF 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)
Introduction to historic
parameters, geographic variables, state policies, and sociocultural contexts of
industrialism in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore).
Cross-listed with HST, ITS, SOC, and POL 208. IIIB, H.
MPF 209 Civilizations of Africa (3)
Survey of cultural, political, economic,
and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa, viewed in geographical and historical
perspective with attention to images of the area prevalent in our society. Cross-listed
with ATH, BWS, HST, and REL 209. IIIB, H.
MPT 211 Global Change (3)
Application of physical and human geography concepts
to understanding processes of change in the use and allocation of resources from
combined environmental and social perspectives.
219 Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
Topical and regional analysis
of cultural and physical spatial patterns and problems in the United States and
MPT 221 Regional Physical Environments (3)
Brief, intensive review of patterns
in the earth's physical environment followed by a comparative analysis of
selected, distinctly different regions. Geographic techniques for data collection
and analysis demonstrated and employed in the examination of these environments.
Prerequisite: GEO 121 or permission of instructor.
241 Map Interpretation (3)
.Introduces a variety of maps that there are in the
world, including their symbolization and component parts. Illustrates map uses,
and provides opportunity for the student to analyze and apply the map information.
MPT 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation (3)
and policy perspectives on the use and management of natural resources.
275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
Topics include contamination of
earth systems and pollution mitigation; use, abuse, and conservation of natural
resources; land use, conservation and preservation, planning and management and
the value of biodiversity and wilderness. Emphasis is on the multidisciplinary
nature of environmental problems and their solutions. Prerequisites: at least
one course from each of the following three categories is either pre- or co-requisite:
1) BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115 or BOT 191 or ZOO 113; 2) CHM 111 or CHM 142/5; and 3) GLG 111 or 121 or 141 or GEO 121. Cross-listed with BOT, CHM, GLG, MBI, MTH, STA,
MPT 301 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (4)
Analysis of physical and cultural
features of that area south of the Sahara Desert. Cross-listed with BWS 301.
MPT 304 Latin American Development (4)
Analysis of the regional character of
South America, Middle America, and the Caribbean with particular reference to
environmental, population, urban, and developmental problems.
306 Peoples & Cultures of Russia (3)
Description and analysis of the cultures
of Russia and Eurasia with a focus on non-Russian peoples and contemporary survival.
307 Geography of Russia (3)
Analysis of physical and cultural geography of Russia.
Emphasis on historical, environmental, and geopolitical contexts of the contemporary
MPT 308 Geography of East Asia (3)
Analysis of cultural and physical landscapes
of China, Japan, and Korea.
311 Geography of Western Europe (4)
Regional analysis of the British Isles,
France, Benelux, Germany, and Scandinavia with emphasis on cultural, political,
and economic patterns and problems.
MPT 333 Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
Exploration of the underlying causes,
potential impacts, and mitigation measures of natural hazards including wildfire,
severe weather events, and geologic hazards. Particular attention is paid to impacts
on humans. Prerequisite: GEO 121.
340 Internship (1-20)
Supervised work experience in federal, state, and local
government agencies, public service, and appropriate commercial or industrial
organizations. Prerequisite: junior and senior geography and urban and regional
planning majors only; permission of instructor and department chair required.
378 Political Geography (3)
Analysis of geographic factors significant in understanding
international relations and internal politico-territorial organizations; detailed
studies of specific problem areas.
395 Scholarship & Practice in Geography (1)
A collaborative seminar in which
students investigate how geographers can and do contribute as professionals and
relate these opportunities to their own academic interests and skills in the discipline.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Note: The following courses require 12 semester hours in geography or a combination
of geography, geology, and social science (economics, political science, history,
or sociology), of which six must be advanced.
401/501 Sustainable Regions (3)
Applies concepts such as ecological, economic,
and social sustainability, the land ethic, ecological footprint, native ecosystems,
urban sprawl, and local food systems to the landscapes around us. Analyzes the
sustainability of human activities in relation to geographical scale from local
MPT 405/505 The Caribbean in Global Context (3)
Investigation of the geography
of development in the Caribbean Basin, defined as Caribbean Islands, Guyanas,
and Caribbean coast of Central America. Emphasis on development prospects and
obstacles associated with agricultural and industrial exports, tourism, state
policies, and the U.S. role in the region.
408/508 Geography of the Silk Road (The Heart of Asia) (3)
Examines the geography
of the Inner Asia region including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan,
Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Inner Asian China (Xinjiang).
410/510 Advanced Regional Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
Specific area to be announced
each time course is offered. Offered infrequently.
MPT 421/521 Climatology (3)
Study of the earth's climate and atmospheric
processes involving energy, moisture, and motion, which give rise to climatic
regions. Prerequisite: GEO 121 or permission of instructor.
424/524 Geomorphology (4)
Origin and development of landforms with emphasis
on fluvial systems. Process and response systems. Prerequisite: GLG 111; MTH 103,
104, and six hours of advanced geology or geography. Cross-listed with GLG 454/554.
3 Lec. 1 Lab. CAS-D/LAB. Offered infrequently.
MPT 425/525 Hydrogeography (3)
Investigation of the hydrologic cycle focusing
on the surficial component parts of precipitation, infiltration, soil moisture,
evaporation, transpiration, and surface runoff, and variation of these from place
to place over the earth's surface. Prerequisite: GEO 121 or permission of
MPT 426/526 Watershed Management (3)
Impacts of urban and agricultural land
use on water resources; common watershed-scale tools for water quality and quantity
management. Prerequisite: GEO 121.
MPT 428/528 Soil Geography (4)
Study of soil morphology, formation, classification,
and geographical distribution of soils. Field work and laboratory work required.
Prerequisite: GEO 121 or GLG 111 or 112 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
MPT 431/531 Global Plant Diversity (3)
Research-focused seminar on floristic,
ecological, and cultural influences on global patterns of plant diversity, especially
in tropical regions. Comparative topics include the role of disturbances and global
environmental change. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115, BOT 191, or higher, GEO 121
or higher, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BOT 431/531. CAS-D.
MPT 432/532 Ecoregions of North America (3)
Ecological study of vegetation that
applies an understanding of climate, soils, and physiography across the continent
toward interpreting major vegetation types and local patterns of diversity. Discussions
and field work focus on current research and conservation issues. Required field
trip. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115, BOT 191, or higher; GEO 121 or higher; or
permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BOT 432/532.
MPT 436/536 Women, Gender, and the Environment (3)
Seminar discussing literature
on the role of women in their relationships with natural resources as advocates,
practitioners, and scholars. Ideas on ecofeminism will be introduced from more-developed "north" and
developing "south" perspectives, and then directed toward the study
of gender and development, and participatory tools in gender analysis.
437/537 Regional Land Use Capability Analysis (3)
Study of the effects of soils,
vegetation, climate, water resources, and geomorphology on the use of land by
human beings; resource data inventories for use in planning; and critical review
of capability analysis in planning projects at local, state, and national levels.
441/541 Geographic Information Systems (3)
Introduction to the conceptual, operational
and institutional issues associated with the use of current Geographic Information
Systems technology. Demonstrates the application of widely available commercial
GIS products to geographic problem-solving. Prerequisite: GEO 241 or permission
442/542 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)
of GIS technology to geographic problem-solving. Follows on from topics introduced
in GEO 441/541 to provide (a) in-depth understanding of the technical and substantive
issues associated with the use of GIS and (b) advanced-level training in the functionality
of major GIS products. Prerequisite: GEO 441/541 or permission of instructor.
444/544 GIScience Techniques in Landscape Ecology (3)
Using geographic tools
such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning
system (GPS) receivers, and computer-based analysis, students will study a range
of current topics in landscape ecology.
447/547 Aerial Photo Interpretation (4)
Interpretation and analysis of aerial
photographic images for the purpose of identifying objects and characterizing
their significance. Examples will be drawn from both human and physical environment.
448/548 Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing (3)
Description of non-photographic
remote sensing such as radar, thermal infrared, and multispectral scanning. Experience
with machine-based interpretation of multispectral imagery.
MPT 451/551 Urban and Regional Planning (3)
Introduction to the purposes and
possibilities of urban and regional land use planning. Topics include historical
development of planning, theoretical rationale for planning, and major analytical
and legal tools and techniques available to planners at urban and regional levels.
MPT 454/554 Urban Geography (3)
Geographic principles related to the distribution,
function, structure, and regional settings of urban centers. Prerequisite: some
other urban course in social sciences or permission of instructor.
MPT 455/555 Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America (3)
Since the 1960s,
changes at both global and local levels have affected the American city. Traditional
study of the city has not focused on race and the effect of such changes on race.
Conflicts with racial undertones occur on a daily basis in most American cities.
More often these are conflicts over production, distribution, and consumption
of public and private goods and are manifest in the housing market, job market,
and access to education and social services amongst others. This seminar focuses
on race in urban America within the context of conflict and change. Cross-listed
with BWS 455.
457/557 Global Cities, World Economy (3)
Examines the strategic role of global
cities within the world economy; processes of globalization and economic restructuring;
social, political, and cultural challenges for global cities. Prerequisites: GEO 201, 451, 454, or 459 or permission of instructor.
458/558 Cities of Difference (3)
Feminist geographic perspectives on urban theory
and on the construction, use, and transformation of urban space. Prerequisite:
GEO 201 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ARC 458/558.
MPT 459/559 Advanced Urban and Regional Planning (3)
Application of planning
tools and techniques to significant urban and regional land use problems. Evaluation
of major planning tools for redevelopment of central cities and declining regions
in the U.S. Innovative techniques for solving American urban spatial problems
at local to national levels. Prerequisite: GEO 451/551 or permission of instructor.
460/560 Advanced Systematic Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
Specific topical field
announced each time course is offered.
461 Migrants & Diasporas (3)
Examines the lives of contemporary migrants,
paying attention to identity, home, belonging, and the acceleration of international
migration through globalization. Service-learning weekend trip required.
462/562 Public Space (3)
A seminar that examines issues relating to public space.
This includes both a conceptual and historical introduction to the topic, as well
as more in-depth analysis of different aspects relating to politics, cultural
diversity and exclusion, and design. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission
467/567 Land Use, Law and the State: Geographic Perspectives (3)
legal basis for urban and regional planning in the United States through analysis
of relevant case law, statues, and secondary texts. The course offers both practical
knowledge of land use law and deeper understanding of its wider geographic context
MPT 473/573 Development and Underdevelopment (3)
Survey of developmental problems,
policies, and prospects in the Third World emphasizing the interface between politics
and economics. Representative concepts and issues are alternative theories of
Third World development, New International Division of Labor, intra-national geography
of development, women in development, and capitalist vs. state socialist development
policies in the Third World. Case studies are drawn from Latin America, Asia,
MPT 475/575 Global Periphery's Urbanization (3)
Countries of the Third World
have experienced an unprecedented rate of urban growth and expansion since the
middle of this century. As Third World countries continue to industrialize, urbanization
and related problems will increasingly become important and will continue to be
on the agendas of national governments, international agencies, planners, and
academics well into the next century. Explores Third World (Africa, Asia, and
Latin America) urbanization literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.
476/576 Global Poverty (3)
Increasing attention has been placed on poverty around
the globe by academics, practitioners and activists. With increasing globalization,
global poverty has become entrenched. This course examines what poverty is, how
it is measured, what causes poverty and how poverty can be alleviated in the global
periphery and semi-periphery.
480 Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6)
Departmental honors may be taken for
a minimum of four semester hours and a maximum total of six semester hours in
one or more semesters of student's senior year.
MPC 491 Senior Seminar (4)
Requires the selection and development of a geographic
research problem/topic and the submission of a final research paper. Student expected
to build upon research, writing, and oral presentation skills developed as an
undergraduate, provide peers with constructive criticism, and share on a continuing
basis both research experience and development of the topic. Each student must
select and work with at least one faculty adviser, not necessarily from the geography
department, with appropriate expertise. Required for geography majors. Prerequisite:
senior standing. Offered Fall semester only.
MPC 492 Geography of the Auto Industry (3)
Applies geographic principles to
understanding the production and distribution of motor vehicles. Origin and growth
of motor vehicle production in the United States, diffusion of Japanese production
methods, global interdependence of automotive production, spatial implications
of changing customer preference for different products, and impact of demand for
quality and satisfaction. Prerequisite: senior standing.
MPC 493 Urban Field Experience (3)
Development of modern urban design and planning
principles, emphasizing the central role of Chicago as a laboratory for the processes.
Study of Chicago as an illustrative case study for understanding contemporary
issues in urban design and planning. Importance of direct field observation methods
in the study of urban design and planning patterns. Requires two long-weekend
field trips to Chicago and field work in Chicago.
MPC 494 Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business (3)
the need for interdisciplinary understanding of the pattern of declining quantities
of critical resources and growing public awareness of environmental degradation,
an understanding of relevant ecosystems, social and economic institutions and
policy, and the prospects for the business community to facilitate resolution
of these concerns. Three alternative prerequisites: (A) senior standing as a business
major and one of BOT 131 or GLG 121 or ZOO 121; or (B) senior standing as a science
major and ECO 201 and 202; or (C) senior standing and completion of Thematic Sequence
ECO 5 Sustainable Systems. Cross-listed with BUS, BOT, GLG, and ZOO 494.
MPC 496/596 Biodiversity of Kenya (5)
Intensive field-workshop on: 1) the ecology
of tropical ecosystems in Kenya; 2) indigenous human relationships with Kenyan
environments; and 3) conservation issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.
Includes pre-trip seminars that introduce basic concepts in Kenya's ecology,
a two-week intensive field experience in Kenya, and follow-up discussions and
project presentations. CAS-D. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cross-listed
with BOT 496/596.
601 Seminar in Research Techniques (3)
Survey of basic tools of graduate research
in geography, including bibliographic resources, published data sources, and introduction
to computer methods in geography.
602 History of Geographic Thought (4)
Selected reading from Strabo to present.
Emphasis is on 20th century geographic thought.
604 Research Project Development (1)
Research hypotheses in geography; organizing
and defining a research project; proposal development.
605 Teaching Skills in Geography (1)
Strategies for teaching contemporary geographic
concepts in discussion and laboratory components of introductory geography courses.
Required of all new graduate teaching assistants. Credit/No credit. Credit does
not count toward graduate degree. Summer only. Prerequisite: admission to geography
610 Research in Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
Advanced work on selected topics
undertaken by individual students. May be taken for no more than four semesters.
620 Geography Seminar (1-4; maximum 12)
Advanced research in selected specialty
areas. Subject announced each time course is offered.
680 Research Paper (1-4; maximum 4)
Writing a research paper of a quality for
publication. Offered infrequently.
690 Internship in Geography (1-12)
Supervised application of principles and
methodologies in an apprentice/intern relationship in a public or private agency.
700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-12; minimum 3, maximum 12)
710 Special Problems in Geography (1-4; maximum 12)
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