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Top GEOG 100 CLIMATE JUSTICE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Unequal distribution of social, economic and political power that creates winners and losers from climate change. Case studies of climate-change-related environmental degradation, conflict, conservation, climate denial, renewable energy, and investment. Concepts and actions to promote climate justice. Lec/rec. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEOG 102 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Processes that shape the earth's surface. Weathering, mass movement, landforms, river systems, groundwater, biogeography, human effects on the landscape. Use of maps and imagery. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEOG 103 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to how human activity affects or is influenced by the earth's surface, including languages, religions, migration, development, and resources. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEOG 105 GEOGRAPHY OF THE NON-WESTERN WORLD (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the rich variety of environments, population and settlement dynamics, cultures, geopolitical changes, and economies in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Lec/lab/rec. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 105.

Top GEOG 106 GEOGRAPHY OF THE WESTERN WORLD (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the rich variety of environments, population and settlement dynamics, cultures, geopolitical changes, and economics in Europe and Russia, Australia and Oceania, and the Americas. Lec/rec. (SS) (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 106.

Top GEOG 199 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top GEOG 201 FOUNDATIONS OF GEOSPATIAL SCIENCE AND GIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Basic physical science principles underlying geospatial technologies such as GPS, mobile devices, and online mapping and navigation tools used in GIS, remote sensing, and geovisualization. Concepts and applications in government, business, and the environment. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 301.

Top GEOG 203 HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT GEOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
How human societies manage resources, physical limits to sustainability, role of science in the use and management of resources, and how societal resource use adversely affects other societies, in human history and across spatial scales. Lec/rec. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEOG 240 CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER AND SOCIETY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to social, ecological and economic impacts of climate change induced water problems in various geographic regions and cultures. Approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation in various parts of the world. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 204.

Top GEOG 250 LAND USE PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Overview of the history and current practices of land use and community planning. Use basic geospatial tools to assess land use patterns and planning processes. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEOG 251 GEOGRAPHY OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to the geographic concepts and processes for effective disaster management, including response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness. Risk assessment and evidence-based best practices to prepare and respond to emergencies in a variety of geographic contexts. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 205.

Top GEOG 295 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC FIELD RESEARCH (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Two-week course taught in the fall program in various locations throughout the west. Collect and analyze data associated with both human and physical geography. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 296.

Top GEOG 299 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top GEOG 300 SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE COMMON GOOD (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Geography of human relationships to the earth's systems with an emphasis on individual impacts and collective efforts to achieve environmental sustainability. Lec/rec. (SS) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top GEOG 311 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the physical, historical, cultural, political, and development geography of Africa south of the Sahara. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 325.

Top GEOG 313 GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Geographic analysis of Asia's lands and peoples. Emphasis on regional physical environments, resources and development potentials, population trends, and international importance to the United States. Offered once every other year. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 327.

Top GEOG 314 GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Focuses on the diverse landscapes, peoples and cultural traditions of Latin America, a vast region extending from the United States-Mexican border to the southern tip of South America. (NC) (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEOG 323 CLIMATOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Systematic analysis of global and regional climates. Physical principles of climate, climate classifications, and distribution and characteristics of climate regimes. Lec/lab. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: GEOG 102 [D-] or GEO 202 [D-] or GEO 102 [D-]

Top GEOG 324 GEOGRAPHY OF LIFE: SPECIES DISTRIBUTIONS AND CONSERVATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Plant, animal, and biotic community distribution and dynamics. Effect of climate, tectonics, disturbance on extinction, speciation, and succession. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 324.

Top GEOG 330 GEOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBALIZATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course WIC Core Course
Introduction to the geography of global wealth and inequality with a focus on contemporary development, underdevelopment, and globalization problems in Asian, African, Caribbean, Latin American, and Pacific Island countries. (Bacc Core Course) (Writing Intensive Course) Equivalent course is GEO 330. PREREQS: GEOG 105 [D-] or GEOG 106 [D-] or GEO 105 [D-] or GEO 106 [D-] and or consent of instructor.

Top GEOG 331 POPULATION, CONSUMPTION, AND ENVIRONMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of population patterns and trends, emphasizing historical growth and more recent demographic changes; using geographic tools to understand patterns of spatial distribution, to use and analyze data sources, and to gain experience interpreting and displaying data about population structure and dynamics; and developing the ability to evaluate the relationship between population, consumption, resources, and quality of life. Patterns of consumption, as individuals and societies will be examined and different future scenarios will be examined with reference to environmental, social and economic sustainability. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 350.

Top GEOG 340 INTRODUCTION TO WATER SCIENCE AND POLICY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Policy and science of the hydrologic cycle. Emphasis on interaction between water's natural time-space fluctuations and human uses. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 335 and SOIL 335.

Top GEOG 340H INTRODUCTION TO WATER SCIENCE AND POLICY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Policy and science of the hydrologic cycle. Emphasis on interaction between water's natural time-space fluctuations and human uses. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top GEOG 350 GEOGRAPHY OF NATURAL HAZARDS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to the geography of risk, natural hazards, and disasters, focusing on concepts of vulnerability, adaptation and resilience of human society in the Pacific Northwest and globally. Equivalent course is GEO 304.

Top GEOG 360 GISCIENCE I: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND THEORY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Fundamentals of spatial data, geographic information systems (GIS), and introductory spatial analysis, programming, and modeling. Equivalent course is GEO 365 and GEO 465.

Top GEOG 361 GISCIENCE II: ANALYSIS AND APPLICATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Applications-based course. Development and conduct of geospatial analyses using various spatial data structures, techniques and models. Students acquire, clean, integrate, manipulate, visualize and analyze geospatial data through laboratory work. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 480. PREREQS: GEOG 360 [C-] and MTH 112 [C-] and (ST 201 [C-] or ST 351 [C-] )

Top GEOG 370 GEOVISUALIZATION: CARTOGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Basic cartographic principles. Design, compilation, and construction of maps. Equivalent course is GEO 360. PREREQS: GEOG 201 [D-] or GEO 301 [D-]

Top GEOG 371 GEOVISUALIZATION: WEB MAPPING (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Current developments in Internet mapping and advanced cartographic skills applied to web-based maps. Techniques of Internet mapping and principles of web-based cartography, including multimedia, animation, 3D visualization, and user interface design. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEOG 201 [D-] or GEO 301 [D-]

Top GEOG 399 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top GEOG 399H SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top GEOG 400 FIELD TRIPS (1-16) 
Participation in group field trips that are not a part of any other course. Transportation fee is charged. Students may prepare guides for trips. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required

Top GEOG 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent, original research subjects guided by faculty conferences and resulting in a brief written report. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEOG 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent, original study that culminates in a senior thesis. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEOG 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent reading in specialized topics guided by and discussed in faculty conferences. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEOG 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEOG 408 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEOG 410 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Pre-career professional experience under joint faculty and employer supervision. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: 12 credits of upper-division geography and departmental approval required.

Top GEOG 423 SNOW HYDROLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamentals of snow hydrology. Physical principles of snow formation, snowpack accumulation, energy balance, snowcover-climate interactions, snow metamorphism, snowpack ablation, snowpack/snowmelt chemistry, remote sensing of snow, avalanches, field methods, snowmelt/runoff modeling techniques, and watershed processes. Equivalent course is GEO 483.

Top GEOG 424 HYDROLOGY FOR WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
A quantitative introduction to surface and subsurface hydrology with a focus on decision making for the water resource professional PREREQS: MTH 251 [C-] and /or consent of instructor

Top GEOG 430 RESILIENCE-BASED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Causes and consequences of conflict over natural resource management at local to global scales; principles for managing social-ecological systems for resilience. Field trip(s) may be required; transportation fee charged. Equivalent course is GEO 420.

Top GEOG 431 GLOBAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT (3) 
Examines resource development issues and strategies in the Global South. Issues and strategies from agriculture, forestry, fisheries, energy, wildlife management, mineral development, land use, and health are examined. Equivalent course is GEO 426.

Top GEOG 432 GEOGRAPHY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Overview of food and agriculture in relation to production and consumption regions as a basis for distinguishing different types of food and agricultural systems. Local and global examination of the geographic aspects of breeding, location in agricultural systems, and adaptation in agro-ecosystems using field study, explorations of literature, and lecture. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. (Bacc Core Course) Equivalent course is GEO 449.

Top GEOG 440 WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An investigation of the various approaches to water resources geography within the U.S. Explores the disciplines that address water resources management, their tools, and their limitations. Topics include engineering, law, economics, risk assessment, game theory, conflict resolution, and the fine arts. Equivalent course is GEO 425. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division geography and any course dealing with the hydrologic cycle.

Top GEOG 441 INTERNATIONAL WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An investigation of the various approaches to water resources geography at the international level. Explores the interaction between water science and policy through issues of current "hydropolitics" and water resources development. Topics include water quality, dams and development, conflict and cooperation, climate change, and water institutions. Equivalent course is GEO 424. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division geography and any course dealing with the hydrologic cycle.

Top GEOG 450 LAND USE IN THE AMERICAN WEST (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Development of a conceptual framework for land use study; analysis of land as a resource, land use trends, land use principles, and management issues as related to planning, focusing on the American West, the fastest growing region in the nation. Equivalent course is GEO 423.

Top GEOG 451 PLANNING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR RESILIENT COMMUNITIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Applies GIS skills and techniques to determine and analyze future land uses. Determine suitable land uses that incorporate community goals, site constraints and minimize use conflicts. Regulatory and market-based implementation strategies for land uses will also be discussed. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 452. PREREQS: GEOG 360 [C-] or GEOG 560 [C-] or GEO 365 [C-] or GEO 465 [C-]

Top GEOG 452 SUSTAINABLE SITE PLANNING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Use of geographic concepts and techniques in site planning to create sustainable management reports for local sites. Inventory of environmental characteristics and human uses, conceptual design for future uses of the site, principles of green infrastructure and sustainable building practices. Local field trip required, transportation fee charged. Equivalent course is GEO 451. PREREQS: GEOG 250 recommended.

Top GEOG 462 GISCIENCE III: PROGRAMMING FOR GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Introduction to the extension of geographic information systems (GIS) through programming. No prior programming experience is expected. Teaches a pragmatic approach to design and write programs for geospatial analysis. Equivalent course is GEO 578. PREREQS: GEOG 361 [C-] or GEOG 561 [C-] or GEO 480 [C-]

Top GEOG 463 GISCIENCE IV: SPATIAL MODELING (4) 
Introduction to spatial simulation models representing attraction, segregation, individual entities, and processes of spread, applied to contemporary problems in human and physical geography. PREREQS: GEOG 462 [C-] or GEOG 562 [C-] or GEO 578 [C-]

Top GEOG 464 GEOSPATIAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTELLIGENCE, SECURITY, AND ETHICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Applications and implications of geospatial science (GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis) in intelligence, human, environmental, and ethical domains. Concepts and practices of ethics in geospatial science, including data access, management, visualization, and decision-making. Equivalent course is GEO 567. PREREQS: GEOG 360 [C-] or GEOG 560 [C-] or GEO 365 [C-] or GEO 465 [C-] and senior standing

Top GEOG 472 GEOVISUALIZATION: GEOVISUAL ANALYTICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Concepts and techniques underlying the production of maps by computer. Practical experience with a variety of computer mapping packages. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 445. PREREQS: GEOG 370 [C-] or GEOG 371 [C-] or GEO 360 [C-]

Top GEOG 480 REMOTE SENSING I: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Fundamentals of satellite remote sensing and image analysis. Topics include physical principles of remote sensing from the ultraviolet to the microwave, sensors and sensor technology, and environmental applications of remote sensing through image analysis. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 444. PREREQS: GEOG 201 [C-] or GEO 301 [C-]

Top GEOG 481 REMOTE SENSING II: DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Digital analysis of remote sensor data. Image display enhancement, classification, and rectification principles. Practical experience with an image processing system. Equivalent course is GEO 466. PREREQS: (GEOG 480 [C-] or GEOG 580 [C-] or GEO 444 [C-] or GEO 544 [C-] ) and (ST 202 [D-] or ST 352 [D-] )

Top GEOG 495 FIELD GEOGRAPHY OF OREGON I (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Designed as a capstone experience. Challenges students to assess the origins of the physical features of a landscape, and evaluate the impacts of features on the area's human geography, and vice versa. Three weekend field trips required, transportation fee charged. Equivalent course is GEO 435. PREREQS: GEOG 295 [C-] or GEO 295 [C-] and junior or senior standing. Restricted to Earth Science and Geography majors.

Top GEOG 499 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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