GEG Courses

GEG120 - Introduction to Physical Geography (3 cr.)

The study of natural processes of the earth-environment system and its component subsystems of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Special focus on real or locational differentiations of naturally occurring phenomena and the physical processes operating to produce such patterns. Technology employed by physical geographers given due attention. The impact of human activities on the natural environment and its processes stressed. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts.

GEG121 - Human Geography (3 cr.)

Explores the concepts and potential of human geography in the world today. Topics include globalization, agriculture and rural societies, urbanization and placemaking, geographies of economic development, politics of territory and place and environmentalism in the world today. (Fall, Spring & Summer). Liberal arts.

GEG199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring).

GEG224 - World Regional Geography (3 cr.)

Introduction to regional geography concepts with emphasis on common and specific issues of non-Western regions in an era of contemporary globalization, including the study of diverse features of history, institutions, economy, society and culture of non-Western civilization. Liberal arts. (Spring).

GEG299 - Independent (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

GEG301 - Global Planning Principles (3 cr.)

Examination of the global planning principles for environmental, rural and urban development. Critical study of the interrelations among global, national and local planning strategies. (Spring, Winter & Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: sophomore standing.

GEG303 - Environmental Conservation (3 cr.)

Philosophy and principles of the wise use of natural resources (soil, water, forest, rangeland, wildlife, minerals, energy, recreation resources) including their nature, significance and distribution patterns. Natural planning concepts emphasized. (Spring & Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: any introductory course in geography, environmental science, biology, or anthropology.

GEG304 - Economic Geography (3 cr.)

The study of geographical perspectives of the world economy, exploring the economic factors affecting population, production and distribution, locational decisions, human-environment interactions, exchange and consumption of wealth in the global context. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisites: any 100-level course in GEG or ECO, or ENV201 or POI.

GEG307 - Urban Geography and Planning (3 cr.)

Investigates the geographical dimensions of urbanization and potential of geography for planning. Topics include patterns of global urbanization, city spaces and urban structures, neighborhoods and place identity, as well as urban planning concepts and skills. (Spring). Liberal arts.

GEG310 - Geography of the U.S. in Global Perspective (3 cr.)

Cultural, demographic, historical, political, economic, and physical attributes of the United States interpreted from a geographic perspective. An interpretive-descriptive account of distinctive regions created by the interplay of said attributes. America's status and role in global affairs emphasized throughout the course. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

GEG319 - Geography of New York State (3 cr.)

Natural environment and historical development of the State are studied with emphasis placed upon the cultural, economic, resource, recreational, urban, transportational and political patterns that have emerged. (Spring). Liberal arts.

GEG332 - Environmental Justice (3 cr.)

Globalization has produced distinct environmental issues and movements throughout the world. This course will compare the global environmental notions and movements that have developed in the North and South as well as within the U.S. It will explore the political ecology of environmental issues and the way in which race, class, and gender have shaped environmentalism within the United States. (Spring & Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GEG121 or ENV101 or POI.

GEG345 - The Adirondacks: An Historical Geography (3 cr.)

Evolution of geographic patterns of human endeavors from initial exploration through mid-twentieth century. Settlement, population, transportation, economic activities, ethnicity and cultural landscapes emphasized. Field trips to Great Camps, former mining and mill towns, abandoned farms, mines, cemeteries, resort hotels and the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. (Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: junior standing

GEG350 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Mapping (3 cr.)

Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), map design, and ArcView GIS. Use of ArcView GIS for preparing maps, and for storing and retrieving spatial data. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: GEG120 or GEL101 or sophomore standing.

GEG350R - Geographic Information System/Mapping Recitation (0 cr.)

Students registering for GEG350 must register for the corresponding GEG350R recitation section.

GEG360 - Global Field Study (3 to 6 cr.)

This course includes both classroom meetings and field-based study in a foreign country to examine the relations between the global-system and local communities. Topics include globalization, cross-cultural understanding, economic development, environmental issues and political power. Students will learn to critically evaluate responsible citizenship within a global community. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or POI.

GEG370 - Exploring sub-Saharan Africa (3 cr.)

An in-depth geographic study of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Surveys physical geography, natural resources, history, cultures, demography, political geography, economic activities and current issues of African states south of the Sahara. Liberal arts. (Fall). Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

GEG380 - Sustainable Transportation (3 cr.)

This course offers a comprehensive overview of all transportation modes, including road, rail, maritime and air transportation. The significance and impacts of each mode will be investigated through the lenses of sustainability. Transportation systems in urban areas will be an emphasis. Economic feasibility analysis, policy-making, planning and implementation will be used as critical methods for achieving a more sustainable future in the context of combating climate change. Liberal arts. (Every other Spring). Prerequisites: GEG121 or GEG301, GEG307, or ENV201, or SCM301, or POI.

GEG399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Fall).

GEG432 - Environmental Governance (3 cr.)

The course focuses on the social, economic, legal and political structures that shape our interactions with the environment today. It highlights the interrelations with environmental governance at global, national and local levels. Students will learn how to integrate public participation to address the challenges of environmental governance. Approved AWR. (Every other spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GEG332 or SOC367.

GEG485 - Sustainable Communities (3 cr.)

The class will examine geospatial networks and planning for sustainable communities through case study research. Students will conduct research on sustainability topics such as food systems, mixed land-use design, green jobs, parks and green space, and bicycles and walkability. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GEG121 or ENV201 and junior standing.

GEG499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring & Fall).

GEG599 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring & Fall).

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