Sep 20, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Numbering System Each course in the curriculum is defined by an alphabetical prefix and a 3-digit number. The 3-digit number indicates the level of study: 100- and 200-level courses are lower division; 300- and 400-level courses are upper division; 500-, 600- and 700- level courses are graduate courses.

When a W is added to the end of the course number, this means that the course will satisfy the Writing Requirement. However, not all sections of courses with a W meet the writing requirement. Refer to the schedule of classes to see which sections of the course are designated as W.

000-level course designation Developmental courses for ESL students; placement determined by testing of entering students.

100-level course designation Courses with no prerequisites, survey courses or courses defining basic concepts and presenting the terminology of a discipline.

200-level course designation Courses of intermediate college-level difficulty, courses with 100-level course(s) as prerequisite(s) or survey courses devoted to particular areas or fields within a discipline.

300-level course designation Courses of advanced college-level difficulty taken by majors and upper-division students; these are often considered to be courses in the major, offered for students clearly interested in and qualified in the subject.

400-level course designation Advanced upper-division courses and/or seminars, tutorials and honors courses for majors and upperdivision students.

Alphabetical Prefixes The following prefixes are used, preceding the 3-digit number, to designate the field of study. They are listed here alphabetically, with the department or program and field to which they pertain. Specific departments and programs appear alphabetically in the table of contents, the index and the HEGIS Code  section. 
 

 

Film and Media: Media—Analytical Courses

  
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    MEDIA 39400 - Mass Communications and the Law


    GER 3/A
    Relationship of mass media to significant constitutional problems.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 39500 - Mass Media in Developing Countries


    GER 3/A PD/A
    Exploration of impact of transnational corporations on developing countries and issues of cultural domination.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 39600 - International Communications


    GER 3/A
    Examination and analysis of policy issues raised by structures, flows, and contents of international communications. Areas covered include print and TV news flows, transnational culture industries, telecommunications and the Internet.
    MEDIA 18000 is a prerequisite for all 200-, 300-, and 400-level MEDIA and MEDP courses.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 39700 - Cult TV and its Audiences


    GER 3/A
    This course explores the historical and cross-cultural development of “cult” television, from cancelled programs whose narratives are kept alive by fan audiences, to the mainstreaming of cult audience behavior for high-rated programs today.

     
    prereq: MEDIA 27100
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    MEDIA 39800 - Complex Television Narratives (W)


    This course examines the historical emergence and characteristics of long-term arc-driven TV serials. Emphasis will be on the narrative strategies and formal features of dramatic serials, with some attention to complex comedies. This course falls under the Media Analysis and Criticism concentration of the Media major.
    prereq: MEDIA 27100 (Television Culture, previously MEDIA 37100) or MEDIA 37100 or MEDIA 39700 (Cult Television Theory and Audiences) or Permission of instructor
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Film and Media: Media—Practice and Production Courses (MEDP)

 MEDIA 18000  is a prerequisite for all 200-, 300- and 400-level MEDIA and MEDP courses.

  
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    MEDP 15000 - Media and Film in a Digital Age


    The first part of a 2-semester sequence that introduces students to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of film, video and digital media production in a lecture.lab format.
    cross-listed FILMP 150
    prereq: MEDIA 18000 or FILM 10100
    4 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 16000 - Media & Film in a Digital Age II


    Second part of a 2-semester sequence that introduces students to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of film, video and digital media production in a lecture/lab format.
    cross-listed FILMP 16000
    prereq: MEDP/FILMP 15000
    4 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 20100 - Reporting and Writing I (W)


    The sequence will introduce students to the fundamentals of reporting through interviews, observation and documentary research, and to the forms in which journalists present their reporting. It will also ask them to grapple with some of the ethical, legal and technological issues facing contemporary journalism, and will provide a basic understanding of the workings of state and city government.
     
    coreq: MEDP 15000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 20200 - Reporting and Writing 2(W)


    The sequence will introduce students to the fundamentals of reporting through interviews, observation and documentary research, and to the forms in which journalists present their reporting. It will also ask them to grapple with some of the ethical, legal and technological issues facing contemporary journalism, and will provide a basic understanding of the workings of state and city government.
     
    coreq: MEDP 16000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 23900 - Entertainment Journalism (W)


    Development of practical, theoretical, and rhetorical skills for writing reviews and feature stories about entertainment and the arts.
    prereq: MEDP 29200
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 24000 - Effective Speechmaking


    Development of skills in speechmaking and media presentation.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 25000 - Digital Design and Usability


    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of 2D design and interaction design for digital media. The class approaches the subject from a creative and conceptual perspective. Students choose which digital production tools are most effective to address specific creative design problems.
     
    prereq: FILMP 15000/MEDP 15000 and FILMP 16000/MEDP 16000
    3 hrs. 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 26000 - Introduction to 2D Animation


    This hands-on class is an introduction to animation using 2D digital tools. Historical precursors to digital animation including experimental and animated film as well as contemporary animation will be screened. Class time will consist of screenings, in-class demonstration, production and critique. 
     
    prereq: MEDIA 18000. MEDP 15000, MEDP 16000
    4 hrs. 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 27500 - Desktop Publishing


    An introduction to the aesthetics of print layout and design, using a computer.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 28100 - Portable Video Production


    Elements of single-camera video production. Lectures and studio practicum
     
    Material Fee: $20
    prereq: MEDP/FILMP 15000
    coreq: MEDP/FILMP 16000 (or MEDIA/FILM 15100)

    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 28200 - Studio Television Production


    Elements of multi-camera studio production.
     
    prereq: MEDP/FILMP 15000
    coreq: MEDP/FILMP 16000 (or MEDIA/FILM 15100)

    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 28300 - Electronic News Gathering


    This workshop guides students through the research, writing, digital video production and digital editing of community television news stories.
     
    prereq: MEDP 28100
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 28500 - Web Production I


    An exploration of the production of Internet distributed media, primarily words and images distributed as Web pages, using HTML and image manipulation software.
    prereq: MEDP/FILMP 15000
    coreq: MEDP/FILMP 16000 (or MEDIA/FILM 16100)
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 28600 - Sound for Film and Video I


    Basic sound theory and production sound recording techniques, concentrating on microphones, field mixers and recording equipment, boom operation and on-set procedures.
    cross-listed FILMP 28600
    prereq: FILMP 25100 or MEDP 28100
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 29000 - Developing the Documentary (W)


    This workshop guides students through the research, writing and production planning essential for eating a video or film documentary.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 29400 - Magazine Writing (W)


    This course prepares students for publishing articles in magazines, feature sections of newspapers and online Internet publications by developing writing portfolios and studying the workings of the publishing industry.
     
    prereq: MEDP 29200
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 29500 - Online Journalism (W)


    Evaluating and employing the Internet as a source of information for journalists, as a subject of journalistic coverage and as a new form of newspaper publication.
     
    prereq: MEDP 29200
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 29600 - Feature Writing (W)


    A course on advanced feature writing media taught periodically, with topic listed in Schedule of Classes.

    prereq: MEDP 29200
    3 hrs 3 cr
  
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    MEDP 31000 - Advanced TV Studio Production


    An advanced multi-camera television studio workshop and a continuation of Studio Television Production.
    prereq: MEDP 28100, 28200
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 31100 - Directing Documentary Video Production


    Exploration of the aesthetics of documentary form that provides students with an in-depth and hands-on understanding of preproduction and production of documentary video.
    Material Fee: $20
    prereq: MEDP 28100 or FILMP 35200 prereq or coreq: MEDIA 18000 is a prerequisite for all 200-, 300-, and 400-level MEDIA and MEDP courses.
    4 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 31200 - Advanced Documentary Digital Editing


    The aesthetic and technical considerations in editing the documentary video using digital equipment.
     
    Material Fee: $20
    prereq: MEDP 31100 or perm instr.
    4 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 31600 - Experimental Production


    Experimental methods of film and video production, emphasizing innovative and non-traditional formal and conceptual practice.
     
    prereq: FILM 25100 or MEDP 28100 or perm. instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 33100 - Web Production II


    An exploration of the production of Internet-distributed media, especially animation, sound, and video, using GIF Animation, Flash, and sound tools.
     
    prereq: MEDP 28500
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 34100 - Web Programming


    Advanced programming skills for website design. Dynamic content development explored through state of the art programming languages for the creation of interactive web sites. Students will create web pages that utilize the most current techniques in web development.  The curriculum in this class emphasizes an integrated and creative approach to web programming, including detailed instruction and practice in the technical aspects. It is designed to give students a basic introduction to the tools and techniques used by web programmers.

     
    prereq: MEDP 28500
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    MEDP 34500 - Web Design Projects


    A project-based class designed to give students the experience of solving practical problems in web production and to add to the advanced student’s web design portfolio with a comprehensive project. Students will work independently and in teams on a large-scale collaborative project.
     
    prereq: MEDP 33100 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 34900 - Introduction to Physical Computing


    This hands-on class is an introduction to electronics, circuit building and the programming of microcontrollers for the production of interactive creative works that may include installation and art objects.
     
    prereq: MEDP 150, MEDP 160
  
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    MEDP 35000 - Workshop in Public Communication Graphics


    In this studio workshop course, questions regarding the communicative powers of visual culture will be applied to the creation of advanced functional design projects.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000, submission of creative portfolio of graphic work (posters, layouts, montages, three-dimensional objects, or packaging, etc.) for assessment, and perm instr.
    4 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 35500 - Physical Computing: Interactive Installation


    A hands-on course focusing on the current state of interactive media in a collaborative environment.  Students will create projects integrating video, sound and text exploring design concepts and using sensors for real-time interactivity.
    Material Fee: $20
    prereq: MEDIA 18000, MEDP 15000, MEDP 16000, MEDP 28500
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 36000 - 3D Animation and Modeling


    This hands-on production course will examine essential concepts and practices that form the basis of 3D animation. While this course primarily focuses on the use of 3D animation for linear video output, we will also explore the possibilities of this digital framework for other media and expressive forms, such as print, graphic novels, film making, and net-based art.
     
    prereq: MEDP 15000, MEDP 16000, MEDIA 18000, MEDP 25000, MEDP 28500
    3 hrs. 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 36500 - 3D Virtual Environments


    This course is an introduction to skills and creative approaches for the development of computer-generated 3D interactive virtual environments. Students will develop 3D virtual environments using standard 3D game design techniques and technologies. This class approaches the subject from both a technical and creative perspective. It gives students an introduction to the tools and techniques used to design 3D computer games and how those processes may be applied to create artistically focused work.
     
    prereq: MEDP 36000
    3 hrs. 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 37200 - Investigative Reporting (W)


    Understanding and practicing journalism that explores significant social issues and injustices, using diverse sources developed through the enterprise of the reporter.
    prereq: MEDP 29200
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 37700 - Neighborhood News (W)


    An advanced reporting and writing class that will produce a community newspaper and on-line news outlet serving underserved neighborhoods. This class may be repeated once for credit.

     
    prereq: MEDP 29200 or permission of instructor
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    MEDP 38300 - Sound Design


    Aesthetics of sound design with practical instruc­tion in audio post-production technology.

    prereq: FILMP 25100 or MEDP 28100 or perm. instr.
    3 hours 3 credits
  
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    MEDP 39909 - Game Programming


    An introduction to the practical and conceptual aspects of digital game creation. Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of game-development tools and approaches, while exploring a variety of theoretical, social, and other aspects of modern game culture.

    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 39950 - Motion Graphics


    This course examines the design and use of computer animation and effects for digital video. The course emphasizes the use of motion graphics to animate and render typography, effects and the compositing of distinct visual assets as well as its function within a greater narrative.
     
    prereq: MEDIA 18000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 45100 - Film and Video Production Seminar


    Individual student films produced under faculty supervision.
    May be taken twice for credit.
    Material fee $20
    cross-listed FILMP 45100
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Film and Media: Media—Special Topics, Honors and Advanced Studies

  
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    MEDIA 29853 - The Horror Film


    GER 3A
    A historically informed exploration of the international horror film genre in cultural context. Includes a consideration of filmic conventions, marketing practices, and audience reception.  We will explore cultural fears, and how art and industry manage to express and profit from those fears.
     
    prereq: MEDIA 18000 or FILM 10100
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 29900 - Special Topics in Media Studies


    GER 3/A
    Taught periodically, with topic listed in Schedule of Classes.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000, others variable
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 39900 - Special Issues in Media Studies


    GER 3/A
    Taught periodically, with topic listed in Schedule of Classes.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000, others variable
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 40100 - Independent Research


    Directed research or creative endeavor.
    Material Fee: $20
    prereq: 2 advanced level courses, perm dept.
    1-6 hrs 1 cr. per hr.
  
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    MEDIA 40200 - Honors Project


    Open to Jr/Sr only. Students must present a proposal for an individual project to be completed under faculty supervision. Successful completion qualifies student for departmental honors at graduation.
    prereq: 3 advanced-level courses; 3.0 GPA and 3.5 major GPA; perm dept.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDIA 49800 - Internship


    Opportunity to gain professional experience.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000 and 2 other MEDIA or MEDP courses or equiv; perm dept and host institution
    1-6 cr, 40 working hrs per cr.
  
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    MEDIA 49900 - Advanced Seminar


    Readings, discussion, and papers on significant problems in fields of media studies.
    prereq: perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    MEDP 29900 - Special Topics in Media Practice


    A course on media practice taught periodically, with topic listed in Schedule of Classes.


    prereq: MEDIA 18000 and other prerequisites varying according to topic offered
    3 hrs 3 cr
  
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    MEDP 39900 - Special Topics in Advanced Media Production


    Taught periodically, with topic listed in Schedule of Classes.
    prereq: MEDIA 18000, others variable
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Geography

  
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    GEOG 10100 - People and Their Environment


    GER 2/B

    A broad overview of subjects and ideas in geography, possibly the most internally diverse of the social sciences.  Covers the geographical aspects of topics including weather and climate, landforms, religions, food, cities, economics, culture, politics and much more. While students will be expected to understand the basics of each of the topics covered, the overarching emphasis will be on understanding the relationships among them. As such, the course builds from one topic to the next, ultimately stressing the sheer geographical complexity and wonder of modern life. interact with it. Contemporary economic, politi­cal and social patterns and problems are dis­cussed.

     

     
    3 hrs 3 cr.
    offered fall and spring.

  
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    GEOG 15000 - World Regional Geography


    GER 2/B PD/A or D
    A survey of the world’s major regions. Geographic concepts and principles are used to study the physical, economic, social and political conditions and problems in the culturally diverse world. Spatial expression of culture; specialized behavior patterns; adaptations and way of life in distinct environments. Regional interdependence; implications for development.
    prereq: ENGL 12000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
    Offered fall and spring
  
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    GEOG 18300 - Special Topics: Introductory Geosciences


    Introductory special topics in geography, environmental geosciences, or spatial sciences.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 22100 - Economic Geography


    GER 2/B
    An introduction to the sub-discipline of economic geography, which will include an exploration of the history of both economics and geography, and a rigorous global approach to the subjects. Students will come to understand the history of the development of economic thought, leading up to, and transformed, by today’s crisis, as well as the particularly geographical nature of economic phenomena and processes, and the immense contributions geographers have made to the understanding of economics. Course focus is on the dominant form of global economic activity today, which is capitalistic, and the way this economic structure plays out through different geographies at different historical moments in time.
    Not open to freshmen
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
    Offered fall and spring
  
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    GEOG 22600 - Environmental Conservation: Resource Management


    GER 2/B
    Introduces students to environmental studies with a focus on policy and management of resources. The course will examine issues pertaining to sustaining our resource base (biodiversity, food, soil, water and energy), a review of factors influencing sustainable use, and how humans have impacted these key elements of the natural system.


     
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    GEOG 22700 - Environmental Conservation: Urban Problems


    GER 3/B
     Covers topics related to environmental problems and their connection to urban areas. The course will begin with a survey of urban systems (transport, water, food, waste and energy) followed by investigating how these systems contribute to environmental problems and their solutions. This investigation will also include a discussion about the connections between rural and urban areas and urban planning that attempts to minimize environmental hazards.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 24100 - Population Geography


    GER 3/B PD/B or C
    Course will explore several critical issues such as the relationship between population growth and development; immigration and internal migration; how age, race and gender affect other demographic processes; and how and why these processes vary around the world. Additionally, students will examine the “mechanics” of computing population growth and change as well as different ways to visually display measures of population. Offered fall and spring.
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 24200 - Medical Geography


    GER 3/B
    This subfield integrates human and physical geography. Two major themes are disease ecology (relationship of disease to natural and human environment) and spatial/social aspects of provision of medical care in society. The course will examine the concepts and methodologies that form the basis of the discipline.
    GER 3B
    prereq or coreq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 credits
  
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    GEOG 25100 - Geography of the United States and Canada


    GER 2/B
    Seeks to familiarize students with the regional geography of the United States and Canada. More specifically, the goals are to acquaint students with the dynamic nature of human and physical features that characterize the study area; the ways in which human and natural phenomena interact to create unique place characteristics and sub-regions; the key environmental issues that characterize the study area and its constituent parts; major trends that are affecting the geography of the two countries; and the locations of principal features. The course begins with general overview material, and then examines the various sub-regions of the study area in much greater detail, focusing on key characteristics and environmental challenges
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 26000 - Geography of New York State


    GER 2/B
    The goals of the course are to learn about the geography of New York State – its physical environment, the distribution of its people and their activities, and the interrelationships between the people and the environment in NYS. and to apply geographic principles and reasoning to a real world situation where NYS is used as an example of regional analysis; and to explore, navigate through, and use the geographic information available on the Internet, especially the information provided by the State of New York. For those in the education sequence an addition goal is to gather and use information about NYS within the guidelines of the National Geography Standards for presentation at a grade-specific level.
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or perm instr.

    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 27000 - Regional Geography of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Analysis of relationship of natural environment to economic, social and political life of Mexico, Central America and West Indies.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 27100 - Regional Geography of South America


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Analysis of relationship of natural environment to economic, social and political life of South America.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 27200 - Regional Geography of Europe


    GER 3/B PD/D
    Analysis of relationship of natural environment to economic, social and political life of modern Europe.
    3 hrs 3 credits
  
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    GEOG 27400 - Regional Geography of the Middle East and North Africa


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Analysis of relationship of natural environment to economic, social and political life of Middle East and North Africa.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 27500 - Regional Geography of Sub- Saharan Africa


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Analysis of the relationship of natural environment to economic, social and political life of Africa south of Sahara.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 27700 - Regional Geography of East Asia


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Analysis of East Asia’s potentials in terms of natural resources, population, industry and agriculture, with emphasis on China.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 27800 - Regional Geography of Russia and Central Asia


    GER 3/B PD/A or D
    Analysis of the relationship of the natural environment to economic, social and political life of Russia, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and Mongolia.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 28300 - Special Topics: Geography and Geosciences


    Special topics in regional or topical geography, environmental geosciences, or spatial sciences
    prereq: Vary by course. Regional courses would have no prerequisites. Topical and technical courses would have appropriate introductory-level prerequisites.

    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 31100 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics


    GER 3/B
    This course covers the basic principles of fluid mechanics  include statics, forces on plane and curve surfaces, kinematics of fluid motion, integral and differential representation of conservation of mass, linear momentum, the first Law of Thermodynamics, Bernoulli’s equation, dimensional analysis, and elementary viscous flow. Frictional losses in laminar flow and simple pipe flow analysis are covered. Understanding of the physical phenomena is stressed and vector notation is introduced and used whenever suitable.
    cross-listed PHYS 31100
    prereq: PHYS 12100 or PHYS 12000 and MATH 15500
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 32100 - Transportation Geography


    GER 3/B
    A geographic study and modeling of transportation routes and their influences on the location of economic activity.
    prereq: GEOG 221 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
    not offered 2011
  
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    GEOG 32800 - Urban Environmental Problems: Evaluations and Solutions


    GER 3/B
    Open to Jr/Sr only. The special environmental problems of urban and metropolitan areas will be studied, including water supplies, waste management, environmental impact and waterfront use. Natural physical processes, methodologies and techniques will be reviewed and applied to decision making. Transportation fee for field work may be required.
    prereq: GEOG 101 or GEOG 150 or URBS 101 and Jr/Sr standing
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 33400 - Political Geography


    GER 3/B
     Political geography concerns the nature and consequences of human efforts to divide and control Earth. Major topics to be covered by this course include the origin and evolution of countries and their constituent political units; the defining and drawing of political boundaries; territorial conflicts and disputes; the impact of boundaries on personal and cultural identity; centripetal and centrifugal forces that encourage the success or failure of political units; jurisprudence, crime and punishment; electoral geography; war, piracy and terrorism; ownership of ocean floors and outer space; the environmental impacts of political power (zoning, incorporation, height restrictions, land tenure); and symbols of power in the landscape. Lectures and assignments will stress the relevancy of political geography to issues that affect our everyday life.
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or perm instr
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 33500 - International Pollution Issues


    GER 3/B
    A study of international trans-boundary pollution and the science, source terms, transport pathways and international impacts of contamination events. The regional focus will change yearly pending current global environmental events.
    prereq: GEOG 101 or GEOL 101 or PGEO 130 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 34100 - Urban Geography


    GER 3/B
    Open to Jr/Sr only. Spatial analysis of functions of metropolitan areas. Social and economic characteristics of cities and suburbs. Land use and transportation patterns.
    prereq: GEOG 101 or GEOG 150 or perm instr, Jr/Sr only
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 34200 - Geography of International Migration and Ethnicity


    GER 3/B PD/B
    Quantitative and qualitative examination of historic and contemporary international migration patterns. Spatial demographic impacts of immigration policy in the United States with a focus on major urban centers. Comparative analysis of ethnic and racial minorities in the United States.
    prereq: GEOG 24100 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 34300 - Urban Geographic Theory


    GER 3/B
    Spatial analysis of contemporary and theoretical issues concerning the economic growth, transportation, land use, social segregation and political fragmentation in metropolitan areas.
    prereq: GEOG 34100 or equiv.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 34700 - Cultural Geography


    GER 3/B
    This course provides an overview of the field of cultural geography. It will cover the basics as well as recent developments in social and cultural geographic theory. The main focus is to understand relationships between cultures and environments through geographical analyses of processes, landscapes, and identities.

     
    Open to Jr/Sr only.
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or perm instr,
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    GEOG 35700 - Geography of New York City and Vicinity


    GER 3/B
    Informed immersion in NYC is the main objective of this course. Students will learn by exploration and observation more than by media. The city is the laboratory to complement readings, lectures and discussion. Students will emerge from this class with an enhanced appreciation of the entire city. Study assignments include keeping a journal of walking assignments as well as readings. Field work will focus on the five boroughs of New York City. (Students with difficulties in walking or using public transportation or who have phobias regarding unfamiliar neighborhoods should consider this before registering.) 
    Open to Jr/Sr only.
    prereq: GEOG 10100
    3 hrs 3 cr.
    Offered fall.
  
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    GEOG 37000 - Geography of Sustainable Development in Developing Countries


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Reviews the theories and approaches of international development. Themes include development theory, availability and distribution of resources, population growth, food production, water supply and forestry. The course will also highlight the development and environmental problems that challenge the achievement of sustainable development such as population growth, food and world economic crises, increasing number of the poor and climate change. The course will provide students with theory, methods, problems and analysis of factors that influence sustainable development in developing countries.
    prereq: one of the following: GEOG 10100, 15000, 27000, 27100, 27500, 27700 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 37100 - Rural Water Supply in Developing Regions


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Covers concepts, methods and analysis of rural water utilization and related problems and challenges in developing countries. It will discuss water management and quality and their relationship with sanitation and hygiene education. The course will also discuss methods of providing drinking water in a sustainable manner.
    prereq: GEOG 10100, 15000, 27000, 27100, 27500, 27700 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 38000 - Seminar in Geographic Concepts and Methodology


    GER 3/B
    An investigation of the evolution, conceptual framework, and methodological approaches of modern geography. Course goals are: increase student competence and marketability as a teacher; review content of geography with teaching in mind; share strategies, ideas activities (as befits a seminar course); familiarization with national and state standards; develop and acquire appropriate classroom-ready materials; acquire a classroom-ready photo collection; explore links to other subjects; and develop appropriate bibliographies of children’s literature and websites.
    prereq: perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 38100 - Special Topics in Geography


    GER 3/B
    Open to Jr/Sr only. Topics to be announced.
    prereq: GEOG 101, 200-level course of which special topic is logical outgrowth, perm instr.
    1-4 hrs (lec or lec/lab) 1-3 cr
  
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    GEOG 38200 - Special Topics in Geography


    GER 3/B
    Open to Jr/Sr only. Topics to be announced.
    prereq: GEOG 101, 200-level course of which special topic is logical outgrowth, perm instr.
    1-4 hrs (lec or lec/lab) 1-3 cr
  
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    GEOG 38300 - Special Topics in Geography


    GER 3/B
    Open to Jr/Sr only. Topics to be announced.
    prereq: GEOG 101, 200-level course of which special topic is logical outgrowth, perm instr.
    1-4 hrs (lec or lec/lab) 1-3 cr
  
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    GEOG 38500 - Geographic Studies in the Field


    Geographic Studies in the Field course offered either through the department or in conjunction with Education Abroad, taught primarily outside the formal classroom.
    prereq: Vary by course
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 39100 - Individual Study in Geography


    Individual studies and readings, with lab or fieldwork where appropriate, carried out under faculty guidance.
    prereq: 2 sem of geography, perm dept.
    1-3 cr
  
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    GEOG 39200 - Individual Study in Geography


    Individual studies and readings, with lab or fieldwork where appropriate, carried out under faculty guidance.
    prereq: 2 sem of geography, perm dept.
    1-3 cr
  
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    GEOG 39300 - Individual Study in Geography


    Individual studies and readings, with lab or fieldwork where appropriate, carried out under faculty guidance.
    prereq: 2 sem of geography, perm dept.
    1-3 cr
  
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    GEOG 49000 - Honors in Geography


    Upper Jr/Sr geography majors only. Individual research to be carried on under faculty guidance. Results must be embodied in an honors essay or equivalent.
    prereq: perm dept.
    1 sem 3 cr.
  
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    GEOG 49800 - Internship


    Open to qualified geography majors and minors, upper Jr/Sr only. Opportunities for working in positions of responsibility in professional institu¬tions for academic credit. See undergraduate adviser.
     

     
    1-4 cr.


Geographic Techniques and Methods

  
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    GTECH 20100 - Introduction to Geographic Methods


    Introduces the means by which geographers analyze the world to better understand geography and geographical processes. It offers an introduction to various methods for interpreting and analyzing spatial data including, cartography, GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics and survey research.
     



    Material Fee: $15
    prereq: GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 and MATH 10100 or equiv or perm instr.
    6 hrs (2 lec, 4 lab) 4 cr.
    Offered fall and spring.

  
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    GTECH 30100 - Quantitative Methods in Geography


    Open to Jr/Sr only. Process of spatial analysis. Application of scientific methods to geographic research; sampling; distribution measurement; statistical analysis of spatial data.
    prereq: GTEC 201, STAT 113 or 213 or perm instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    GTECH 32000 - Earth from Above


    Introduces remote sensing image interpretation and a basic understanding of the use of remote sensing technology in the study of environmental issues and the monitoring of Earth systems. The first half of the course focuses on aerial photography, photogrammetry and image interpretation. The second half focuses on the use of remote sensing in Earth system sciences. Extensive lab exercises include practical assignments and computer-based analysis of remote sensing images. Students will learn basic image interpretation and some web-based image processing skills through various lab exercises.
    Material Fee: $15
    prereq: GTEC 20100
    6 hrs (2 lec, 4 lab) 4 cr.
  
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    GTECH 32100 - Remote Sensing of the Environment


    Focuses on use of satellite images to study the environment and the physical processes involved in remote sensing to better understand the nature and properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it interacts with the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface and a wide variety of satellite sensors. These sensors make measurements in the optical, thermal and microwave electromagnetic spectrums and are used to study issues related to global environmental science and natural resource management. The course includes heavy lab components which will include practical assignments, field exercises, computer-based analysis of remotely-sensed images and the use of image processing software (ENVI) to analyze satellite images. Field measurements will be made in Central Park to facilitate better understanding satellite measurements.
    Material Fee:$ 15
    prereq: GTEC 32000 or perm instr.
    4 hrs (2 lec, 2 lab) 3 cr.
  
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    GTECH 32200 - Digital Image Processing


     Course emphasizes the acquisition and nature of digital image data and the tools required to process and analyze remotely sensed data. Topics include: image preprocessing, spectral mixture analysis, image transformation, image classification and accuracy assessment, change detection, information extraction from LIDAR and radar. At least one application for each image processing method will be introduced. This is an advanced remote sensing course. The course includes lab exercises through which students will obtain hands-on experience in digital image processing. The labs include practical assignments and computer-based analysis of remotely-sensed images, and also field work to evaluate the results. The lab will use ENVI, an image processing software, together with the comprehensive data analysis tool IDL.

     
    prereq: GTEC 32100, and multivariate statistics, elementary linear algebra or perm instr.
    4 hrs (2 lec, 2 lab) 3 cr.

  
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    GTECH 35000 - Field Topographic Surveying


    Field use of surveying equipment. Notebook and computer data collection relating to horizontal and vertical location on the landscape, including the use of global positioning systems. Field record-keeping and preliminary analysis of results. Fee for transportation, accommodations and food allowance required.
    prereq: GTEC 20100, perm instr.
    90 hrs of field/lab work (1 day lab, 10 days field) 3 cr.
    Offered summer intersession (check with dept. in April).
  
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    GTECH 35100 - Field Techniques in Geography


    Observation and analysis of physical geography, biogeography and geomorphology of selected areas. Field geographic techniques such as ground-truthing of remotely sensed images, the use of maps, compasses and GPS to navigate. Fee for transportation, lodging and food allowance required.
    Material Fee: $300-400
    prereq: GTEC 20100, any two additional geography or geology courses, perm dept.
    90 hrs field/lab work (3 days lab, 7 days field) 3 cr.
    Offered summer intersession (check with dept. in April).
  
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    GTECH 36100 - Geographic Information Science I


    Covers the GIS production process from data modeling and acquisition to editing, analysis, and cartographic output. GTECH 710 addresses students from both geography and other disciplines. Lecture examples, as well as hands-on exercises cover a range of application areas. The course is divided into two equally important parts: lectures, which introduce the theory of GIScience, and lab exercises, which help students with many aspects of the software. The lectures discuss concepts, data, tools, and major aspects to assignments. The laboratory sessions introduce the geospatial data and software tools needed for accomplishing the assignments. They will start at a very basic level, requiring little more than elementary experience with the Windows operating system.
    Material Fee:$ 15
    prereq: GTEC 20100
    4 hrs (2 lec, 2 lab) 3 cr.
  
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    GTECH 36200 - Geographic Information Science II


    Examines the principles of geographic information systems (GIS) including an overview of data structures, data types, methods of data analysis, cartographic modeling, and object-oriented GIS. It will also compare the relative merits of different types of GIS software packages. The primary software used will be ArcGIS.
    Material Fee:$ 15
    prereq: GTEC 36100, STAT 11300
    4 hrs (2 lec, 2 lab) 3 cr.
  
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    GTECH 38000 - Analytical and Computer Cartography


     

    Introduces  modern cartographic theory and conventions, but also provides significant introductory hands-on experience in map design using computer software, specifically ESRI’s ArcView GIS. The majority of topics covered in the course are divided into a lecture and laboratory section. Students are presented with fundamental design theories and principles associated with particular types of maps or related graphic materials in lectures, and then challenged to implement these principles in self-guided hands-on exercises utilizing the software. The course is intended to cover the basic principles of cartography as well as modern techniques which influence map design, presentation, and interpretation processes. Students will develop a series of hard copy maps, charts, and graphics as well as design materials for presentation through digital media.
    Material Fee:$ 15
    prereq: GTEC 20100
    4 hrs (2 lec, 2 lab) 3 cr.

 

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