A course exploring the fundamental characteristics of earth's physical environment. Emphasis is placed on identifying interrelationships between atmospheric processes involving energy, pressure, and moisture; weather and climate; and terrestrial processes of vegetative biomes, soils, and landscape formation and change. Fulfills elementary certification requirements in education, and USP cross-disciplinary requirement. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Emphasizes basic laboratory studies of identifying interrelationships between atmospheric processes involving energy, pressure, and moisture; weather and climate; and terrestrial processes of vegetative biomes, soils, and landscape formation and change. Laboratory: 1 credit (30 contact hours).
Provides applications of ecological and geographical concepts, including activities related to the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere such as tree identification and care, soil analysis and care, pollinators and other beneficial insects, companion planting, solar requirements of plants, and water conservation. Pre-requisite or Co-Requisite: GEO 130 or BIO 120. Laboratory: 1.0 credit hour (30 credit hours).
Introduces regional geography with a focus on the world's physical and human landscapes. Emphasizes connections between regions and how each region affects and is affected by global issues such as economic restructuring, food production, and environmental change. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Provides a geographic study of world regions defined conceptually and historically as non-Western. Includes global patterns of social, cultural, economic and political differences between the West and Non-West and the processes key to making the Non-Western world, such as colonialism and imperialism. Considers significant current issues including sustainable development, environment, human rights, and gender relations. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
This course addresses environmental questions of global importance, including population growth, resource consumption, environmental degradation, biodiversity conservation, toxic contamination and environmental justice. (Fulfills Gen Ed Global Dynamics requirement at the University of Kentucky.) Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
This course will focus on the dynamics and effective of conflicts over boundaries, territory, environmental resources, and civil and political rights. A geographic lens will be used to understand contemporary world conflicts. This course introduces students to an understanding of conflict as both grounded in localities and an effect of global interconnections - political, economic, and cultural. The course will focus on six major contemporary conflicts. Students will become versed in the debates and possible options for solution of these problems. While lectures will provide students with an understanding of the coordinates of the conflicts, recitations sections provide an opportunity for discussion and debate. The readings are chosen to supplement lecture material, providing a greater depth of understanding of the issues at stake. (Fulfills the Global Dynamics requirement of General Education at the University of Kentucky.) Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Presents a study of the spatial distributions of significant elements of human occupancy of the earth's surface including basic concepts of diffusion, population, migration, settlement forms, land utilization, and impact of technology on human occupancy of the earth. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
An introduction to environmental systems such as weather and climate, vegetation, land forms and soils, and how the quality of these systems is modified by human use. Resource issues discussed include: atmospheric pollution and global warming; groundwater, flooding, and flood plain management; volcanic activity and earthquakes; and biospheric processes associated with deforestation and lake eutrophication. Case studies based upon important environmental problems illustrate how human activity and environmental systems interrelate. Fulfills USP Cross-Disciplinary requirement. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Focuses on the historical development, contemporary character, and alternative futures of cities in both developing and developed regions. Emphasizes the spatial, social, economic, and political processes of major world cities. Includes a specific focus on contemporary urban problems. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Presents a geographic approach to the study of gender relations, emphasizing the role of space and place in shaping the diversity of gender relations throughout the world. Stresses the importance of gender relations in understanding a variety of issues through the application of case study analysis. Includes the design and use of urban and rural environments, "Third World" development, regional economic restructuring, changing political geographies, and migration. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
A survey of the atmospheric controls associated with local, regional, and global weather and climate variability. Includes fundamental coverage of the physics and chemistry of energy, gases, pressure and moisture, with a goal of promoting understanding of general weather analysis and forecasting, severe storms, atmospheric pollution, descriptive climatology, and global climate change. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Introduces the study of environmental science and the role of the interrelationship between humans and their environment in contemporary issues. Emphasizes the basic principles of environmental science, functions of ecological systems, contemporary environmental conditions and problems, techniques for investigating these systems, and theories on humanity's place in the world's ecosystems and physical environment. Integrated Lecture/Lab: 4 credit hours (60 contact hours).
Introduces specialized topics in the field of geography to meet current trends and investigations of contemporary issues in the discipline. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits under different subtitles. Lecture: Variable.