Courses in Geography

Undergraduate Courses:

101. World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth. 3 hrs. Introduction to descriptive and analytical principles of geographical analysis through consideration of regional themes (CC 1113).

102. Introduction to Geography. 3 hrs. Introduction to the basic elements and concepts of geography (CC 1123).

103. World Regions Through Film. 1 hr. Introduction to different geographical culture regions of the world through films. Class meest one time per week to view a different film.

104. Weather and Climate. 3 hrs. Atmospheric processes and geographic distribution of moisture, global temperatures and circulation interacting to create weather and storms; global climate patterns; human impact on climate.

104L. Weather and Climate Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite or corequisite: GHY 104. Exercises, observations, and experiments applying scientific methods to atmospheric processes; two laboratory hours per week.

105. Landforms, Hydrology, and Biogeography. 3 hrs. Geographic processes and spatial distribution of landforms; global hydrological systems; soil development and vegetation associations; human impact on landforms.

105L. Landforms, Hydrology, and Biogeography Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite or Corequisite: GHY 105. Exercises, observations and experiments applying scientific methods to landforms, soils and vegetation; two laboratory hours per week.

210. Maps and Civilization. 1 hr. Role of maps and map making in society, considering both historic development and current role of cartography.

315. Sources, Techniques, and Analysis in Geography. 3 hrs. An introduction to the principles of data collection, analysis and presentation in a geographical context (WI).

326. Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting. 3 hrs. GHY 325 recommended as prerequisite. An introduction to the atmosphere, its processes and weather forecasting.

327. Earth Surface Processes and Environments. 3 hrs. GHY 325 recommended as prerequisite. Study of the natural processes influencing the origin and development of landscapes.

330. Unveiling the Earth: The Geography of Exploration. 1 hr. Examines the ways in which geographical information accumulated through the activities of traders, missionaries, politicians and others.

331. Cultural Systems in the Environment. 3 hrs. Geographical analysis of human interactions with environment through time; considers spatial significance and distribution of various cultural elements (WI).

341. Geography and World Political Affairs. 3 hrs. The geographer’s approach to patterns of power, conflict and dispute resolution, including environmental affairs, development issues, strategic trading, multinational, electoral and local affairs.

350. Economic Geography. 3 hrs. Principles and practices of economic geography as applied at various scales from local to global.

360. World Cities. 3 hrs. The growth and structure of the world’s major cities, with emphasis on modern planning and development problems.

362. Urban Geography. 3 hrs. Review of urban development, processes contributing to development and effect these processes have on cities.

370. Conservation of Natural Resources. 3 hrs. An analysis of basic principles and problems associated with the use, misuse, and conservation of natural resources.

400. Geography of Mississippi. 3 hrs. Survey of physical, economic and historical geography of the state; emphasis on human-environment relations and problems.

401. Geography of the United States and Canada. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

402. Geography of Middle America and the Caribbean. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

403. Geography of South America. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

404. Geography of Europe. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

405. Geography of Russia. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

406. Geography of Africa. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

407. Geography of East and South Asia. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

408. Geography of Southwest Asia. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

409. Geography of the Southwestern United States. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical landscapes, settlement history, human ecology and cultural systems of the southwest United States. Course includes a field trip to the region.

410. 21st Century Cartography. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 410L. Design of maps and graphs to effectively communicate spatial information. Map and geographic data sources.

410L. 21st Century Cartography Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 410. Use of mapping software to design and construct effective maps and techniques for obtaining maps and geographic data from the World Wide Web and other sources.

411. Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. 3 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 411L. Acquisition, analysis and interpretation of aerial photographic products, digital remotely sensed imagery and the analytic tools in current use by the public and private sectors.

411L. Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 411. Application of remote sensing images interpretation principles using manual and automated analysis tools.

412. Environmental Remote Sensing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GHY 411 or permission of instructor. corequisite: GHY 412L. Advanced image processing techniques using a variety of images and computer packages; course focus is on environmental applications and integration with other spatial analysis tools.

412L. Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite: GHY 411L or permission of instructor; corequisite: GHY 412. Students are exposed to a variety of advanced image processing techniques using digital remote sensing imagery.

416. Computer Applications in Geography. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 416L. Role of personal computers in geography; concepts and applications of computerized geographic mapping, information, simulation and analytic techniques.

416L. Computer Applications in Geography Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 416. Operation of computerized geographic mapping, information, simulation and analytic systems.

417. Geographic Information System. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 417L. Concepts and applications of geographic information systems in natural and human resource management and business decision-making.

417L. Geographic Information System Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 417. Operation of computerized geographic information systems for design-making.

418. Spatial Analysis. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: GHY 417. Corequisite: GHY 418L. Theory and application of geographic information systems and spatial statistics in decision-making.

418L. Spatial Analysis Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 418. Design, construction and use of a geographic information system database.

419. Managing Geographic Information Systems. 1 hr. Theory and practice of managing a geographic information system.

422. Biogeography. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Study of plant and animal distributions, and human impacts on distributions, from a geographic, geological and biological perspective (May be taken as BSC 406.).

424. Quaternary Environments. 3 hrs. Prereqisite: Choose one (BSC 103, GHY 104, GHY 105, GLY 101, CHE 104). Intro to the principles and methods used to reconstruct paleoenvironments. May be taken as GLY 424.

424L. Quaternary Environments Laboratory. 1 hr. Co-requisite: GHY 424. Hands-on experience with the analysis and interpretations of proxy data commonly used to reconstruct past environments; may be taken as GLY 424L.

425. Environmental Climatology. 3 hrs. Acquisition, analysis and interpretation of meteorological and climatological data. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding climatic anomalies at a variety of time scales, as well as on human-environmental interactions.

427. Meteorology. 3 hrs. Study of the temporal and areal variations in composition, structure and working of the atmosphere. Practice in use of instruments and measurements.

428. Severe Storms. 3 hrs. An examination of the causes, characteristics and destructive nature of severe weather.

435. Historical Geography of the American Landscape. 3 hrs. Examines the nature and causes of change in the human landscape of the United States.

440. Population and Human Resources. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the spatial variations in demographic and non-demographic aspects of human populations.

441. Contemporary Issues in Geography Seminar. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 18 hours credit in geography. This discussion course focuses on analysis of the geographical background to topical issues.

442. Social Geography: Values Systems and Landscape Change. 3 hrs. An analysis of the relationship between geographical patterns of human social organization, social values and spatial patterns of landscape change.

451. Theory of Economic Location. 3 hrs. Principles of economic location analysis with emphasis on locational decision making and investment by different types of businesses; relevance to economic development and planning is stressed.

455. Environmental Hazards. 3 hrs.

472. Soils. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent.  Instruction on the formation, composition, properties, variability, classification, distrubution and managment of soils.

475. Fluvial Geomorphology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent. Instruction on river channel hydrology, hydraulic behavior, sediment transport, morphologic dynamics, and applications.

477. Ground Water Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Co-requisite: GLY 476. An introductory level course describing the principles and applications of ground water movement in various geological environments.
 
489. Caribbean Studies. 1-6 hrs. Variable content. Lecture series, field exercises and research offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International Education.

491. Internship. 1-9 hrs. The internship gives the students credit for practical, supervised experience in the workplace; may be repeated to a maximum of nine hours.

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. May be repeated for a total of six hours (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in GHY 492H).

493. Internship in Geographic Information. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Internship in GIS, remote sensing, and cartography; may be repeated for a total of six hours.

494. Prolaboratory in Geographic Information. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Preparation and presentation of a professional GIS, remote sensing or cartographic project; may be repeated with change of content for a total of six hours.

498. Study Abroad. 1-6 hrs. Students gain experience of foreign environments, both cultural and physical, through structured programs offered by the Department of Geography and Geology.

499. British Studies: Geography of the British Isles. 3-6 hrs. An overview of the human and physical geography of the British Isles; includes field trips and directed research.

 

Graduate Courses:

500. Geography of Mississippi. 3 hrs. Survey of physical, economic and historical geography of state; emphasis on man-environment relations and problems.

501. Geography of the United States and Canada. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

502. Geography of Middle America and the Caribbean. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

503. Geography of South America. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

504. Geography of Europe. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

505. Geography of Russia. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

506. Geography of Africa. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

507. Geography of East and South Asia. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

508. Geography of Southwest Asia. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the physical and human characteristics of the region.

510. 21st-Century Cartography. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 510L. Design of maps and graphs to effectively communicate spatial information. Map and geographic data sources.

510L. 21st-Century Cartography Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 510. Use of mapping software to design and construct effective maps and techniques for obtaining maps and geographic data from the Internet and other sources.

511. Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. 3 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 511L. Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of aerial photographic products, digital remotely sensed imagery, and the analytic tools in current use by the public and private sectors.

511L. Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 511. Application of remote sensing and image interpretation principles using manual and automated analysis tools.

512. Environmental Remote Sensing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GHY 511 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: GHY 512L. Advanced image processing techniques using a variety of images and computer packages. Course focus is on environmental applications and integration with other spatial analysis tools.

512L Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite: GHY 511L or permission of instructor. Corequisite: GHY 512. Students are exposed to a variety of advanced image processing techniques using digital remote sensing imagery.

516. Computer Application in Geography. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 516L. Role of personal computers in geography. Concepts and applications of computerized geographic mapping, information, simulation, and analytic techniques.

516L Computer Applications in Geography Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 516. Operation of computerized geographic mapping, information, simulation, and analytic systems.

517. Geographic Information Systems. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 517L. Concepts and applications of geographic information systems in natural and human resource management and business decision-making.

517L Geographic Information Systems Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 517. Operation of computerized geographic information systems for decision-making.

518. Spatial Analysis. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: GHY 517. Corequisite: GHY 518L. Theory and application of geographic information systems and spatial statistics in decision-making.

518L. Spatial Analysis Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 518. Design, construction, and use of a geographic information system database.

519. Managing Geographic Information Systems. 1 hr. Theory and practice of managing a geographic information system.

522. Biogeography. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Study of plant and animal distributions, and human impacts on distributions, from a geographic, geological, and biological perspective. May be taken as BSC 506.

524. Quaternary Environments. 3 hrs. Corequisite: GHY 524L. Introduction to the principles and methods used to reconstruct paleoenvironments. May be taken as GLY 524.

524L. Quaternary Environments Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GHY 524. Hands-on experience with the analysis and interpretation of proxy data commonly used to reconstruct past environments. May be taken as GLY 524L.

525. Environmental Climatology. 3 hrs. Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of meteorological and climatological data. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding climatic anomalies at a variety of time scales, as well as on human-environmental interactions.

527. Meteorology. 3 hrs. Study of temporal and areal variations in composition, structure, and workings of the atmosphere. Practice in use of instruments and measurements.

528. Severe Storms. 3 hrs. An examination of the causes, characteristics, and destructive nature of severe weather.

535. Historical Geography of the American Landscape. 3 hrs. Examines the nature and causes of change in the human landscape of the United States.

540. Population and Human Resources. 3 hrs. A geographical analysis of the spatial variations in demographic and non-demographic aspects of human populations.

541. Contemporary Issues in Geography Seminar. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 18 hours credit in geography. This discussion course focuses on analysis of the geographical background to topical issues.

542. Social Geography: Values Systems and Landscape Change. 3 hrs. An analysis of the relationship between geographical patterns of human social organization, social values, and spatial patterns of landscape change.

551. Theories of Economic Location. 3 hrs. Principles of economic location analysis with emphasis on locational decision making and investment by different types of business. Relevance to economic development and planning is stressed.

555. Environmental Hazards. 3 hrs.

572. Soils. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent.  Instruction on the formation, composition, properties, variability, classification, distrubution and managment of soils.

575. Fluvial Geomorphology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent. Instruction on river channel hydrology, hydraulic behavior, sediment transport, morphologic dynamics, and applications.

577. Ground Water Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Co-requisite: GLY 476. An introductory level course describing the principles and applications of ground water movement in various geological environments.

589. Caribbean Studies. 1-6 hrs. Variable content. Lecture series, field exercises, and research offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International and Continuing Education.

598. Study Abroad. 1-6 hrs. Students gain experience of foreign environments, both cultural and physical, through structured programs offered by the Center for International and Continuing Education.

599. British Studies: Geography of the British Isles. 3-6 hrs. An overview of the human and physical geography of the British Isles. Includes field trips and directed research.

610. Seminar in Research Techniques and Presentation of Geographic Data. 1-3 hrs. Required of all geography graduate students.

612. Seminar in Geographic Information Science. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content to include cartographic, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing, statistical, and geographic information systems.

615. Quantitative Methods in Spatial Analysis. 3 hrs. An advanced course in statistical and other quantitative techniques applied to problems of spatial analysis.

617. Geography for Teachers. 3 hrs. Current theories, practices, and techniques used in teaching geography at the elementary and secondary levels.

623. Seminar in Environmental Climatology. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content.

624. Landscape Ecology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Principles of landscaper ecology - the effects of patterns on processes - as a framework for landscape research, analysis, and management.

631. Seminar in Cultural-Historical Geography. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content.

650. Seminar in Economic Geography. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content.

680. Seminar in History and Development of Geographic Thought. 3 hrs.

691. Internship. 1-9 hrs. The internship gives the students credit for practical, supervised experience in the workplace. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.

692. Special Problems. 1-6 hrs.

693. Internship in Geographic Information. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Internship in GIS, remote sensing, and cartography. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours.

694. Prolaboratory in Geographic Information. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Preparation and presentation of a professional GIS, cartographic, or remote sensing project. May be repeated with change of content for a total of 6 hours of credit.

697. Independent Study and Research. Hours arr. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.

698. Thesis. 1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hrs.

710. Seminar in Research Techniques and Presentation of Geographic Data. 1-3 hrs. Required of all geography gradaute students.

712. Seminar in Geographic Information Science. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content to include cartographic, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing, statistical, and geographic information systems.

715. Quantitive Methods in Spatial Analysis. 3 hrs. An advanced course in statistical and other quantitative techniques applied to problems of spatial analysis.

717. Geography for Teachers. 3 hrs. Current theories, practices, and techniques used in teaching geography at the elementary and secondary levels.

721. Tropical Lands and Peoples. 3 hrs. An examination of peoples and places in tropical regions of the world. Attention is paid to natural environments, resource management, and cultural systems.

723. Seminar in Environmental Climatology. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content.

724. Landscape Ecology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Principles of lanscaper ecology - the effects of patterns on processes - as a framework for landscape research, analysis, and management.

731. Seminar in Cultural-Historical Geography. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content.

741. Seminar in Cultural and Political Ecology. 3 hrs. A seminar covering theory and research on human-environment interactions in geography, focusing on the sub-fields of cultural and political ecology.

750. Seminar in Economic Geography. 3 hrs. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change in content.

755. Field Methods in Geography. 3 hrs. Basic methods of geographic analysis used in generating, classifying, analyzing, and reporting field-generated data.

780. Seminar in History and Development of Geographic Thought. 3 hrs.

892. Special Problems. 1-6 hrs.

894. Prolaboratory in GIScience. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and enrollment in doctoral program. Preparation and presentation of a professional GIS, cartographic, or remote sensing project. May be repeated with change of content for a total of 6 hours of credit.

897. Independent Study and Research. Hours arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources for the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of dissertation but who are actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.

898. Dissertation. 12 hrs.