Course descriptions

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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 meets on 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

413. Field Methods. 3 hrs. Basic methods used to classify, analyze, and report field-gathered data in geography.

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. This course focuses on understanding the relationships between nature and society that make people and places vulnerable to hazards, and the societal responses to hazards including mitigation, preparedness, and post-disaster recovery.

472. Soils. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent. Instruction on the formation, composition, properties, variability, classification, distribution, and management of soils (same as GLY 472).

473. Water Resources. 3 hrs. Study of hydrologic processes and their application to needs of cities, industry, agriculture, and recreation.

474. Watershed Management. 3 hrs. Investigation of watersheds as planning and management units; emphasis on relationship of water to other resources.

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 (same as GLY 475).

477. Groundwater Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Co-requisite: GLY 476. Principles and applications of ground water movement in various geological environments (same as GLY 477).

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


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)