Course descriptions

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400. Technology Commercialization. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Senior standing. Technology Commercialization will examine the theory, practice, implications, and history of technological innovation. Students will be introduced to key concepts in this field. The relationship between theories of technology development and various strategies for commercializing new technologies will be explored.

410. Applied Technology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Student must be in final semester prior to graduation. Students will apply the knowledge gained from all courses in the Applied Technology BS curriculum to evaluate and apply technology in the workplace, and will increase their awareness of the types of applied technology used and the issues involved in making applied technology successful.


101. Basic Economics. 3 hrs. Principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics applied to current social issues for understanding of policy proposals

201. Principles of Macroeconomics. 3 hrs. A study of a nation’s economy; topics include inflation, unemployment, gross domestic product, business cycles and international influences (CC 2113)

202. Principles of Microeconomics. 3 hrs. A study of market systems; topics include supply and demand, the behavior of firms and households in different market structures, government intervention in markets, barriers to trade and foreign exchange markets (CC 2123)

305. Economic Issues. 3 hrs. A survey of history of economic thought, economic history of the United States and the fields of economics

327. Economics of Africa. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 101 or 201 or 202. Introduce students to the study of the economics of Africa from ancient time to the present

330. Money and Public Policy. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. A study of the nature and functions of money, financial institutions, monetary theory, and the political, social and international context in which economic policy is formulated

336. Survey of International Economics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. An introductory study of why nations trade, tariff and nontariff barriers to trade, commercial policy, balance of payments accounting, exchange rate determination, balance of payments adjustment and the international currency system

340. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. An intermediate study of the determination of prices in factor and final product markets

345. Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. An intermediate study of the determination of aggregate income and employment

401. Public Finance. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. A study of federal and state spending and fund-raising policies within the context of the social goals of the society

436. International Economics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 336. An intermediate study of international trade theory and international monetary theory; the pure theory of trade and comparative advantage, economic integration, international resource movements, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments adjustment mechanisms and international monetary systems

440. Economic Development. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. Emphasis on the economic tools for economic development with particular attention to regional growth and change; case studies include a number of countries and successful examples of regional, corporate and local development

444. Economics of Health Care. 3 hrs. Study of economic issues in the health care sector

450. Introduction to Econometric Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: BA 303. Specification, estimation and interpretation of econometric models

470. Comparative Economic Systems. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. A course designed to acquaint the student with the origins, development, and characteristics of fascism, socialism and capitalism

492. Special Problems in Economics. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of chair. Individual study on an approved topic in Economics (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in ECO 492H)

493. Contemporary Economic Problems. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ECO 336, 340, and 345. A capstone course for economics majors. Application of the tools of economics to current macroeconomic and microeconomic issues

498. International Economics Seminar Abroad. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Consent of program director. Conducted in various locations abroad: a series of lectures and discussions involving authorities on international economic issues and practices

499. International Economics Research Abroad. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of program director. A research course in international economics offered for students enrolled in ECO 498


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

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 asBSC 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 asGLY 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

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


101. American Government. 3 hrs. An introduction to American national government and politics(CC 1113, 1153)

201. Great Issues of Politics. 3 hrs. An introduction to the central concepts, issues, and questions of political life

301. State and Local Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of political institutions and processes in the 50 states and their local governments

303. American Political Movements. 3 hrs. A study of Afro-American, Old and New Left, Radical Right, Counter-Culture, and Feminist movements

304. Politics of Popular Culture. 3 hrs. A survey of the political aspects of contemporary popular culture

305. Religion and Politics. 3 hrs. This course aquaints students with the broad scope of religious influences in contemporary American political life.

311. Research Methods. 3 hrs. Course is designed to familiarize and equip students with the basic tools for conducting research and data analysis in Political Science.

321. American Political Theory. 3 hrs. Surveys American political thought from the contributions of the Iroquois Federation through Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King and other contemporary thinkers

330. United States Foreign Policy. 3 hrs. Theory and practice of American foreign relations with emphasis on contemporary case studies

331. World Politics. 3 hrs. Theories of conflict and cooperation among states in the international system

350. Political Systems of the Modern World. 3 hrs. A survey of major foreign political systems, with emphasis on advanced industrial democracies

370. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 hrs. The course surveys the subfields of Public Administration. These include: organizational theory and behavior; public policy; budgeting; and a history of public administration.

375. Government and Economics. 3 hrs. An analysis of those governmental policies in the U.S. and elsewhere designed to promote economic prosperity, insure economic stability and provide public services (No prior courses in economics are required.)

380. Introduction to Law in American Society. 3 hrs. A basic course to familiarize students with the court structure, the legal profession and the role of law in American society

401. Political Socialization. 3 hrs. How we learn and what we learn about politics

402. Urban Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of political issues in America’s metropolitan areas

403. Politics and Environment. 3 hrs. Course examines major political theories applied to environmental approaches. Second, the impact of these political theories on environmental policies is considered

404. The Legislative Process. 3 hrs. An examination of American legislative institutions with major emphasis upon the U.S. Congress

405. Women and Politics. 3 hrs. Examines feminist political theory, the role and status of women in U.S. politics and public policy issues related to women

406. Political Parties. 3 hrs. An examination of the role of political parties in the American political system

407. Mississippi Government. 3 hrs. An examination of political institutions and processes in Mississippi

408. The American Presidency. 3 hrs. An examination of the numerous political duties of the president of the United States

409. Southern Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of the politics and political culture of the southern states

420. Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli. 3 hrs. Examines major thinkers from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Includes, in addition to Plato and Machiavelli, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, and topics such as Feudal political thought

421. Political Theory Hobbes to Nietzche. 3 hrs. A study of modern political theory, focusing on selected theorists (e.g., Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzche) and topics such as anarchism and socialism

426. 20th Century Political Theory. 3 hrs. Thinkers from N. Lenin to Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Vaclav Havel will be analyzed. The course includes schools of contemporary thought such as feminism andpostmodernism.

431. International Law and Organization. 3 hrs. The study of the functions of intergovernmental organizations in the modern world system

432. Foreign Policies of the Major Powers. 3 hrs. Case studies illustrating the behavior of states in world affairs

450. Comparative Studies in European Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of contemporary West European political systems, including the European Union

452. The Political Systems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. 3 hrs. An analysis of the politics of Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, stressing the dynamics of parliamentary government

453. Politics and Protests. 3 hrs. Examines political social movements in the United States and abroad. No prerequisite or prior knowledge of the subject is required

454. African Politics and Culture. 3 hrs. A survey of the political systems of Africa, including both North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa

456. Latin American Governments and Politics. 3 hrs

457. Political Development. 3 hrs. A comparative analysis of political change and modernization

458. Latin American Political and Economic Development. 3 hrs

459. Human Rights. 3 hrs. Examination of governmental abuses of human rights and efforts to protect human rights

470. Science, Technology, and Politics. 3 hrs. The role of politics in science and technology is examined specifically in terms of the impact of elites, the public and technocrats

471. Public Personnel Administration. 3 hrs. Examines the U.S. Civil Service and Merit System and its impact on employees and government

472. Organization and Management. 3 hrs. The “models” or “theories” of organization. Administrative management and alternative models are evaluated as to their potential for authentic public organization

473. Public Policy. 3 hrs. Substantive areas of public policy are investigated in this course, including public health, medicine, energy, air, water pollution, land use and more

474. The Politics of Taxing and Spending. 3 hrs. This course is divided into two areas, budgeting models and their policies; issues such as taxing and fiscal policies are considered

480. United States Constitutional Law. 3 hrs. An examination of the powers of the national government and the relationship between the national and state government using Supreme Court decisions

481. The American Judicial Process. 3 hrs. This course examines the political aspects of the staffing, the structure and the operation of the state and federal court systems

484. Administrative Law. 3 hrs. An analysis of the procedures and powers of federal agencies

485. International Law. 3 hrs. The development of the modern law of nations with emphasis on conventions and cases

488. Women and The Law. 3 hrs. This course examines the constitutional and legal rights of women in the United States

489. U. S. Supreme Court and Civil Liberties. 3 hrs. An analysis of the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in protecting individual rights' primary focus is on litigation involving provisions of the Bill of Rights

491. Proseminar in Political Science. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An undergraduate seminar devoted to topics selected by the supervising professor; may be repeated once for credit with change in content

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in PS H 492.)

497. Government-Business Relations in Japan. 3 hrs. An on-site analysis of business and government linkage in Japan offered under the auspices of the Center for International Education

499. Seminar in British Politics. 3-6 hrs. Prerequisite: PS 300 or PS 452, or permission of instructor. A seminar conducted in Great Britain under the auspices of the Anglo-American Institute


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.

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