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Geology and Geography

Geology Courses

GLY 1000. Physical Geology (3 credits)
Introduction to earth materials and processes. Topics include minerals and rocks, weathering, landscape formation by streams, glaciers and ocean waves, study of volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics.

GLYL 1000. Physical Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
Study of common minerals and rocks; use of topographic and geologic maps. PREREQ: Current enrollment in or completion of GLY 1000.

GLY 1150. Earth Science (GGY 1150) (3 credits)
Includes topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Minerals and rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes; ocean tides and currents, shoreline processes; atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, weather patterns; sky observation, solar system.

GLYL 1150. Earth Science Laboratory (GGYL 1150) (1 credit)
Study of common minerals and rocks, topographic maps, climate classification, weather processes. PREREQ: Current enrollment in or completion of GLY 1150.

GLY 1250. Earth History (3 credits)
Geologic history of the earth as recorded in the rock record. Topics include geologic time, evolution of the atmosphere, continents and oceans, fossils, and the development of life through time.

GLYL 1250. Earth History Laboratory (1 credit)
Study of animal and plant fossils, environments of deposition, geologic maps. PREREQ: Current enrollment in or completion of GLY 1250.

GLY 2260. Oceanography (3 credits)
Ocean circulation, properties of ocean water, waves and tides, and processes of shoreline erosion and deposition. The relationship between marine processes and human use of coastal areas will be emphasized. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150.

GLY 2460. Weather and Climate (GGY 2460, PHS 2460) (3 credits)
The same course as Geography 2460.

GLY 2620. Environmental Geology (GGY 2620) (3 credits)
Aspects of geology related to problems arising from intensive use of the earth by modern society. The use of earth materials, energy resources and groundwater will be considered along with land use planning. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150.

GLY 3100. Minerals and Rocks (3 credits)
Study of minerals and rocks with an emphasis on origins, classification, and identification. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150 and concurrent enrollment in GLY 3110.

GLY 3110. Minerals and Rocks Laboratory (1 credit)
A survey of minerals and rocks with an emphasis on environments of origin, classification, textural features, and identification. Laboratory stresses mineral and rock identification and typical associations. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150 and concurrent enrollment in GLY 3100.

GLY 3250. Paleontology (3 credits)
Study of fossil invertebrates, vertebrates and plants with emphasis on evolutionary trends. PREREQ: GLY 1250, GLYL 1250, and BIO 1000.

GLY 3660. Geomorphology (3 credits)
Advanced study of land forms-fluvial, solution, glacial, marine, eolian, volcanic, and structural. History of geomorphic theories and regional land forms will also be covered. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150.

GLY 4010. Geology Internship (3 credits)
Practical experience with a consulting firm, university, museum, or government agency through a planned internship. Supervision is provided by a designated member of the firm, university, or agency and by a member of the departmental faculty. PREREQ: Departmental approval.

GLY 4030. Ground Penetrating Radar (GGY 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.

GLY 4040. Remote Sensing (GGY 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.

GLY 4150. Geology Field Trip (1-3 credits)
Field trip to selected geologic sites to increase appreciation and understanding of geologic, biologic, and cultural resources in areas outside of the UNCP community. A fee is charged to cover travel expenses. Course may be taken for credit up to 3 times. PREREQ: GLY 1150.

GLY 4250. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (3 credits)
Study of environments of deposition of sediments and stratigraphic principles including facies and correlation. Classic examples from the geologic record will be used. PREREQ: GLY 1250.

GLY 4700. Writing in the Geosciences (GGY 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.

GLYS 2xxx. General Topics in Geology (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.

GLYS 4xxx. Special Topics in Geology (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 dinosaurs, natural disasters, etc. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.


Graduate Courses

GLY 5010. Essentials of Earth Science (3 credits)
Advanced study of topics in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and solar system astronomy.

GLY 5020. Essentials of Earth History (3 credits)
An Advanced study of earth history as recorded in the rock record. Topics include geologic time; evolution of the continents, oceans and atmosphere; fossils and the development of life through time; and the historical development of geologic concepts. PREREQ: GLY 5010 or permission of the instructor.

GLY 5030. Geology of North Carolina (3 credits)
Study of the geology of North Carolina. Areas include the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Newark-type Basins, and Coastal Plain. Topics include rocks, structures, environmental geology, economic geology, and plate tectonic implications of these regions. May include field trips.

GLY 5410. Meteorology and Climatology (3 credits)
Analysis and presentation of weather and climate information. Emphasis on explanatory methods in basic meteorology. Graphical representation and modeling of weather elements, atmospheric processes and climate regions.

GLYS 5xxx. Special Topics in Geology (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 geology. Offerings will be on an announced basis.

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 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 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 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 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.

Geo-Alumni information form

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List of Geo-Alumni

Spring 2016

  • Jay Ritchie, III, Geoscience *
  • Dusty Smith, Geography
  • Madeleine Smith, Geography *
  • Chantal Szafranski, Geography *

Spring 2015

  • Veronica Oquendo, Geography - 2014 Thomas E. and Cheryl E. Ross Scholarship receipient
  • Lisa Rember, Geography

Fall 2014

  • Thomas Rogers, Geography

Spring 2014

  • Kim Edwards, Geography
  • Daryl Rember, Geoscience

Fall 2013

  • Trey McLellan, Geoscience

 

* a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, International Geographical Honor Society

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