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Geology and Geography

Geography Courses


GGY 1010. Principles of Geography (3 credits)
The study of the earth’s physical and human geography from a spatial perspective. Techniques and methodology to study interactions between human activities and the physical environment are emphasized.

GGY 1020. World Regional Geography (3 credits)
Survey of most countries and regions of the world. An examination of cultures, economies, and physical characteristics as they relate to regional development and contemporary problems in world affairs. Presents an overview of the multicultural earth.

GGY 1150. Earth Science (GLY 1150) (3 credits)
The same course as GLY 1150.

GGYL 1150. Earth Science Laboratory (GLYL 1150) (1 credit)
The same course as GLYL 1150.

GGY 2000. Cultural Geography (3 credits)
Concept of culture applied to the human environment. Geographical variations and evolution resulting from interaction between cultural and physical processes. Culture and technological change. Population and migration. Cultural effects on perception of the environment.

GGY 2040. World Geography Bowl (1 credit)
Students will prepare for the NC regional World Geography Bowl through map exercises and discussions on a broad range of Geography topics. May be repeated for credit up to three times. PREREQ: GGY 1010 or 1020.

GGY 2060. Economic Geography (ECN 2060) (3 credits)
Geographic analysis of the location, development and distribution of major industries, resources, agricultural products, and economic services. Study of economic development problems and prospects.

GGY 2460. Weather and Climate (GLY 2460, PHS 2460) (3 credits)
Study of atmospheric elements and controls, weather analysis and forecasting, and air pollution issues. Also includes a survey of world climate regions and applications of climate data.

GGY 2500. Introduction to Cartography (3 credits)
Concepts and skills of map use and interpretation. Cartographic techniques and conventions for production of thematic maps. Basic concepts of geographic information systems and remote sensing.

GGY 2620. Environmental Geology (GLY 2620) (3 credits)
The same course as GLY 2620.

GGY 2700. Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4 credits) 
An introduction to the concepts and uses of GIS technologies and GIScience concepts. Lecture topics include history of GIS, GIS data structures, sources of data, GIS tools, and applications. Lab emphasis will be on spatial data handling in a computer environment; data analysis, production, and information display for planning and decision making.

GGY 3290. Society and the Environment (3 credits)
A study of the social aspects of the natural environment. Environmental factors influencing societal development, and ideological conceptions which relate people to their surroundings are explored. The interdependence of culture and physical resources is stressed.

GGY 3312. Political Geography (PLS 3312) (3 credits)
An examination of how geography and politics are tied together at a variety of spatial scales and in different global locations. Includes discussions of political geography both within and between states as well as those areas beyond the states, such as the sea and outer space.

GGY 3550. Geographic Traditions and Methods (3 credits)
Review of the major approaches in geographic scholarship including research methods.

GGY 3700. Geography of Africa (3 credits)
Examines the historical geography, cultures and physical environments of the African continent. Analysis of current issues and study of economic development problems and prospects.

GGY 3720. North America (3 credits)
Analysis of physical and cultural bases of North American geographic patterns. Emphasis upon natural conditions, settlement patterns, and regional structure.

GGY 3770. Geography of American Indians (3 credits)
An historical and cultural geography of American Indians from the time of European contact. Will focus upon population dynamics, settlement, patterns, economic development, land use, and physical resources.

GGY 3780. Geography of Latin America (3 credits)
Geographical analysis of cultures and environments of Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and South America. Examination of demographic, political, and economic processes that shape regional development.

GGY 3790. Geography of Asia (3 credits)
Geographical analysis of cultures and environments of South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Examination of demographic, political, and economic processes that shape regional development.

GGY 3800. World Prehistory (3 credits)
This course will provide access to a broad perspective on homonid prehistory around the world from our earliest known ancestors (with focus on ardipithecus and australopithecus) to the transition to protohistory and early history. The course will examine the development of culture across space and through time with a focus on the emergence of cultural hearths in each global region.

GGY 4010. Internship in Geography (3-4 credits)
Practical experience with a planning agency through an arranged internship. Supervision is provided by a designated official of the agency and by a member of the department faculty. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

GGY 4020. Coding for the Geosciences and Geospatial Technologies(1 credit)
Focuses on current desktop and web programming langauges used in the geosciences and/or geospatial technologies. PREREQ: GGY 2500.

GGY 4030. Ground Penetrating Radar (GLY 4030) (1 credit)
Subsurface remote sensing using ground penetrating radar (GPR). Students will gain experience in the capture and interpretation of GPR data using the instrument and associated software that can be used in a variety of disciplines (e.g. geology, geography, archeology, engineering, etc.). PREREQ: GGY/GLY 1150.

GGY 4040. Remote Sensing (GLY 4040) (3 credits)
Remote sensing of Earth’s surface. Techniques of photography, multispectral scanning, and microwave imagery from airplane, satellite, and manned-spacecraft platforms. Image interpretation, practical applications in Earth Science, and use of remotely sensed data in Geographic Information Systems.

GGY 4050. Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
An exploration of mathmatical and statistical techniques used in Geography to analyze and describe patterns in spatial data. PREREQ/COREQ: GGY 2500 and MAT 2100

GGY 4100. Land Use Planning (3 credits)
Study of the diverse factors affecting human use of the physical environment. The roles of topography, soils, groundwater, wastewater, streamflow, wetlands, and landscape ecology in environmental land use planning will be considered in detail. PREREQ: GGY 1010 and GGY 2500.

GGY 4610. Geospatial Technologies Certificate Capstone (1 credit)
Practical demonstration of knowledge through the development and completion of a real word project using appropriate geospatial data and technologies. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

GGY 4700. Writing in the Geosciences (GLY 4700) (3 credits)
Development of skill in fundamental communication in the geosciences. Students study methods of communication and research as well as practice presentations. Writing will be addressed as a process involving drafts, revisions, and peer review.

GGYS 2xxx. General Topics in Geography (1-4 credits)
This course will focus on a topic of general interest and explore its breadth. The topic will be announced in the schedule of classes. Possible topics include general methodological and topical concepts.

GGYS 4xxx. Special Topics in Geography (1-4 credits)
This course will focus on a topic of general interest and explore it in depth. The topic will be announced in the schedule of classes. Possible topics include regional areas or specialized fields. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

Graduate courses

GGY 5030. Descriptive Regional Analysis (3 credits)
Qualitative definition of geographical regions in the light of human interests: physical, biotic, demographic and socio-cultural determinants; the relevance of regional factors for planning and policy issues in education, government, the economy, and the general welfare.

GGY 5050. Geographics (3 credits)
Visualization of spatial data. Utilization of mapping software to create high quality graphics for interdisciplinary analysis in business, marketing, education, demographics, etc. Study of contemporary advances in computer mapping technology and geographic information systems.

GGYS 5xxx. Special Topics in Geography (1-4 credits)
Course content will change from offering to offering. It will meet the special needs of individuals within the master’s program at UNCP and of students who seek credit by enrolling in special departmental offerings such as short courses, seminars, and special intense summer experiences that focus on concepts within the discipline of geography. Offerings will be on an announced basis.