Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Geography Courses

The information below includes the course number and name, semester hours in parenthesis, whether it's offered in the fall or spring, and a brief course description.
 

GHY 1010: Introduction to Physical Geography (3) F;S. - A comprehensive study of our physical earth emphasizing the distributional patterns and interrelatedness of its land, soils, natural vegetation and habitat, and weather and climate. Examinations of envionmental issues including hazardous wastes, acid rain, floods, droughts, deforestation and air pollution. (Core Social Sciences) 

GHY 1011: Global Climate Change (4) F;S. - This course provides a scientific examination of global climate change, including the physical patterns within the atmosphere, climate change due to both natural and anthropogenic forcing mechanisms, and projections of future change at various spatial scales. Students will employ the scientific method in a series of field-based experiments to answer problems and address issues that complement the lecture material and focus on aspects of global climate change. Lecture three hours, lab two hours. GEN ED: Science Inquiry Perspective (Theme: "Global Environmental Change") 

GHY 1012: Global Change of the Biosphere (4) F;S. - An introduction to the patterns, dynamics, and causes of change in the biosphere. Students will examine the fundamental geographic determinants of biodiversity patterns, and the natural and human factors that drive biotic change, including climate change, land cover change, and biological invasions. Students will use the scientific method in hands-on laboratory activities to investigate causal relationships between global change processes and biome shifts, species migration, extinction, and loss of biodiversity. Lecture three hours, lab two hours. GEN ED: Science Inquiry Perspectve (Theme: "Global Environmental Change") 

GHY 1020: World Regional Geography (3) F;S. - The study of our contemporary world divided into the regions of North America, Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Russian Realm, and South, East and Southeast Asia. Examination of global issues including population problems, technology and culture change, rural versus urban development, and international trade, political identity and international conflict. (Core Social Sciences, Core Multi Cultural Designator, Loc to Global-Region in Global, Loc to Global-Global Resources ) 

GHY 1040: Intro to Human Geography (3) F. - This Course examines the spatial patterns of human society. By focusing on the description and analysis of the spatial dimensions of human language, economy, religion and government, this course is a celebration of human diversity. Lectures, readings, films, slides, writing exercises, map quizzes and class discussions will help the student to understand and appreciate the geography of the human mosaic. (Core Social Sciences, Core Multi Cultural Designator, Hist & Soc-Cultural Diversity) 

GHY 2310: Cartographic Design (3) F;S.- Map Interpretation and Map Making - An introduction to the relevance of maps, techniques of map interpretation, and map construction. Students will develop a knowledge of basic computer operations, cartographic communication theory, map use, data selection and processing, map design, and computerized map production techniques. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. (Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator)

GHY 2812: Geospatial Data and Technology (3) F;S.- An introduction to geospatial data and technology used by geographers, planners and others. This includes the collection, management and output of geospatial data. Topics include computing fundamentals, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, and database management systems. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. (Same as PLN 2812) (Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator)

GHY 3000: Communicating Geographic Information (3) F;S. - This course introduces students to writing styles in geography and provides practice with written and oral communications skills in a variety of academic and professional contexts. Students will critically evaluate geographic writing and oral presentations, use writing as a means of enhancing clarity of thought and depth of knowledge in geography, and communicate effectively in academic and professional settings. (GEN ED: Junior Writing. Core Writing Designator) 

GHY 3011: Europe and the Russian Realm (3) On Demand - A study of this region's contemporary geographic condition. Emphasis on resource development, superregional cooperation, environmental problems, industrial shifts, marketing and international trade, relations with the United States, and the potential for internal and international political stress.( Core Multi Cultural Designator, Core Writing Designator) 

GHY 3012: U.S. and Canada (3) S.- A survey of the physical, demographic, economic, and political patterns in the United States and Canada, with a focus on characterisitics of regions. Students will examine historical and contemporary factors contributing to the geographic diversity and interdependence of the two countries.(Core Writing Designator) 

GHY 3013: North Carolina (3) F;S. - The study of contemporary conditions and problems of land and people in a southern state. Topics include: economic development and potential for change, population mobility, urbanization and the impact of development in rural and environmentally fragile areas, regional impact of changing life styles, national and international interdependence. 

GHY 3014: Geography of Latin America (3) F.-This course stresses the diversity of physical environments, cultural traditions and economic activities within Latin America and places special emphasis on the unique approaches that geographers bring to the study of this region. This course develops understanding of spatial patterns in Latin America through current readings, class discussions, lectures, slides, and videos. (Core Multi Cultural Designator) 

GHY 3015: The Geography of Asia (3) F. - An introductory survey of the region. Emphasis is placed on the geographic patterns and the similarities and differences in physical and cultural environments, population growth, mobility and urbanization; natural resource location and exploitation; economic growth and international linkages; the environmental implications of development; and political stability and change. (Core Multi Cultural Designator, Core Writing Designator)

GHY 3100: Weather and Climate (3) S.- This course focuses on the basic principles, elements, and control of meteorology and climatology. The primary objectives are to familiarize the student with major components of the earth's atmosphere, to enhance the student's understanding of the spatial distribution of meteorological elements, and to demonstrate the interactions between human activities and atmospheric elements. (Pre:GHY 1010) 

GHY 3110: Vegetation, Soils, and Landforms (3) F.- A systematic analysis of the spatial characteristics of vegetaion, soils, and landforms especially as they interact in the North American realm. Consideration is given to the processes affecting the ecosystem and their relation to people's activities. Lecture 2 Hours, Laboratory 2 Hours. (Pre: GHY 1010) 

GHY 3130: GHY of Biodiversity 
(3) S.- The study of past and present geographic patterns of biodiversity.The course focuses on the living environment, emphasizing the physical and ecological conditions and processes that influence the distribution of organisms, communities, and ecosystems. Topics include past climates and continental configurations, dispersal and invasion, patterns of speciation and extinction, biodiversity, and application of biogeographic concepts of environmental conservation. 

GHY 3140:Mountain Geography (3) On Demand - This course explores the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments. Specific topics include: global change in mountain environments, mountain meteorology, mountain hazards, glacial processes, mountain peoples and cultures, health and health care, human adaptation to mountains, and sustainable mountain development. Case studies are drawn from mountain regions around the world, especially the Appalachians, Andes, and Himalayas, with regional emphasis varying by the instructor. 

GHY 3200: Geographic Perspectives on Human Behavior (3)S.- An approach to understanding the ways in which people perceive, behave in and structure their geographical environment. The course emphasizes variations in spatial behavior such as the use of personal spaces and social territories, choosing locations for social activities, migration, and diffusion of ideas and innovations across geographical space and regional organization. Solutions to contemporary problems are stressed. 

GHY 3210: Economic Geography (3) S. - The geographic analysis of world economic systems, regions and patterns, as affected by interrelationships between both human and physical variables. Emphasis will be equally divided between theoretical and real-world patterns. Specific subjects of study include agriculture, manufacturing, services, transportation, urban/rural relationships, international markets and trade, and cultural differences in economic patterns. Recommended for business majors. (Core Multi Cultural Designator, Core Writing Designator) 

GHY 3310: Environmental Remote Sensing (3)S. - An introduction to remote sensing technologies used for environmental and geographic analysis. Topics include aerial photo interpretation, satellite sensors, analysis of satellite imagery, thermal and radar sensors, and applications of remote sensing technology for vegetation, hydrology, landform, settlement, and economic development studies. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. 

GHY 3320: Environmental Issues in Appalachia (3) F.- This course offers a systematic study of the physical and cultural setting of Appalachia. Topics include weather and climate, landforms, soils, vegetation, population, settlement and resource use. Emphasis is placed on the various interactions between people and their environment (e.g. air and water pollution, accelerated erosion, landslides)(Core Speaking Designator) 

GHY 3500: Independent Study (1-4) F;S. 

GHY 3520: Instructional Assistance
 (1)F; S.- A supervised experience in the instructional process on the university level through direct participation in a classroom situation. Graded on a S/U basis. (Pre: junior or senior standing) 

GHY 3530-3549. Selected Topics (1-4) On Demand 

GHY 3800: Intro to Quantitative Methods (3)F; S.- This course will introduce students to a suite of statistical methods used to address research and applied problems in the fields of geography and planning. The course will include discussions of geographic data, sampling techniques, probability theory, parametric/non parametric techniques in hypothesis testing, and introductory spatial statistics. Classes will address conceptual and theoretical aspects of each technique in conjunction with manual and software-based analyses of geographic data. (Same as PLN 3800) (Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator) 

GHY 3812: Introduction to GIS (3)F; S.- This course covers principals of geographic information science and applied practice with geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasis will be on the primary functions of GIS use, map design, and spatial analysis relevant to social and environmental issues through laboratory exercises and projects. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. (Pre: GHY 2310, 2812)(Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator) 

GHY 3820: GIS for Environmental & Social Sciences (3) F; on demand. - The application of geographic information science (GIS) to the environmental and social sciences. Topics include geospatial data, coordinate systems, cartographic design, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Lab exercises complement classroom lecture and discussion. An independent project will allow students to apply GIS concepts and skills to a research topic in their discipline. (Core Computer Designator) 

GHY 4200: Urban Geography (3) F. - Spatial organization of human activity focusing on the evolution and organization of city systems, the internal structure of urban areas, and urban problems, policies and planning with emphasis on problem solving and field work. The course is applied in nature and recommended for majors in social studies, business and planning. 

GHY 4230: Political Geography (3) On demand - Spatial aspects of territoriality, boundaries, voting patterns, government programs, formation of political units, political development and integration, and environmental policy. 

GHY 4240: Transportation Geography & Planning (3) F.- This course examines the link between land use and the way people travel. Students will have the opportunity to study metropolitan evolution, historical trends in transportation, and the combined effect of the two. Additional study explores the many facets of travel (foot, bike, transit, automobile) and specific land use planning practices that attempt to offer more choices for transportation and land use. (Same as PLN 4240)( Dual listed with GHY 5240) 

GHY 4620: Synoptic and Regional Climatology (3) F. Alternate years- This course focuses on atmospheric controls and processes at the synoptic scale. Basic meteorological elements and concepts such as jet streams, long-range forecasting, cyclogenesis, and vorticity are discussed. Local and regional climatic patterns and anomalies are examined with respect to the dynamics of the large-scale circulation features of the atmosphere. (Pre: GHY 3100) (Dual listed with GHY 5620) 

GHY 4810: Digital Image Processing (3) F. - Course focuses on acquisition of digital images, image processing, image enhancement techniques for interpretation, and applications of remote sensing technology .Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. (Pre: GHY 2812, GHY 3310)(Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator) 

GHY 4812: Geographic Information Systems (3) F;S.- GIS is a wide ranging topic encompassing five distinct functions within a total system context. These functions are: 1) data input, 2) data storage, 3) data management, 4) data manipulation and analysis, and 5) data output. Emphasis will be placed on the applications frequently found in geography and planning. This course is project oriented to give the student maximum experience in each of the functions of a GIS and to allow the student to associate the technical areas of GIS with real-world scenarios. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. (Pre: GHY 3812) (Dual Listed with GHY 5812)(Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator) 

GHY 4814: Principals of Geocomputation (3) S. - GeoComputation is spatial analysis with or without a geographic information system (GIS). The increasing power of computational environments enable the creation of new methods for analyzing geographic data. This course will include principles of GeoComputations, GIS programming, and linking GIS with environmental models. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours. (Pre: GHY 3812) (Dual listed with GHY 5814) 

GHY 4820: Geographical Hydrology (3) S. - The study of the occurrence and movement of water on the earth, with a focus on applications of surface hydrology. Water movement through the hydrologic cycle, flood analysis, and water use/water policy are emphasized. (Pre: GHY 1010, GHY 3100, GHY 3110) (Dual listed with GHY 5820) 

GHY 4830: Senior Seminar (3) F;S. - This course provides a capstone experience, bringing together a variety of geography and planning skills, abilities and knowledge. It integrates academic concepts with real-world experience and helps the student advance from the undergraduate academic environment to a geography career and/or to graduate study. (Same as PLN 4830)(Core Speaking Designator, Core Writing Designator, Gen Ed Capstone Experience) 

GHY 4900: Internship in Geography & Planning (3-12) F;S. - The internship emphasizes field work in the areas of locational analysis, environmental assessment and impact, and/or land use planning and is conducted jointly with an appropriate public or private agency. The type of internship, location of field experience, and sponsoring agency must be satisfactory to the student and to the departments. A research paper is required. Graded on an S/U basis.

 

Planning Courses

PLN 2410: Town, City and Regional Planning (3) F;S. - Introduction to the principles, philosophies, processes, and theories of planning. Emphasis is placed on planning approaches to the solution of contemporary regional, urban, and environmental problems.(Core Social Sciences, Core Cross Disciplinary Design)

PLN 2500:Independent Study (1-4) F;S.

PLN 2812: Geospatial Data and Technology (3) F;S. - An introduction to geospatial data and technology used by geographers, planners and others. This includes the collection, management and output of geospatial data. Topics include computing fundamentals, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, and database management systems. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.( Same as GHY 2812)(Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator)

PLN 3431: Planning Techniques (5) F;S- The student gains insight into the research phase of the planning process, becomes acquainted with a variety of planning applications and has opportunities to develop skills and abilities relating to the preparation of of planning studies and community plans. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours - Must have the same professor for lab and lecture. (Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator, Core Speaking Designator, Core Writing Designator, Gen Ed Writing in the Major)

PLN 3500: Independent Study (1-4) F;S. 

PLN 3520: Instructional Assistance (1) F;S. - A supervised experience in the instructional process on the university level through direct participation in a classroom situation. Graded on a S/U basis. (Pre: junior or senior standing) May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours.

PLN 3530-3549. Selected Topics (1-4) On Demand. 

PLN 3730: Land Use Regulations (3) F;S. - The study of zoning, subdivision, and other land use controls with particular reference to North Carolina applications. Also includes the role of planners in the implementation phase of the planning process, planning ethics, public meetings, and the legal framework of land use controls.

PLN 3800:Intro to Quantitative Methods (3) F; S.- This course will introduce students to a suite of statistical methods used to address research and applied problems in the fields of geography and planning. The course will include discussions of geographic data, sampling techniques, probability theory, parametric/non parametric techniques in hypothesis testing, and introductory spatial statistics. Classes will address conceptual and theoretical aspects of each technique in conjunction with manual and software-based analyses of geographic data. (Same as GHY 3800) (Core Computer Designator, Core Numerical Data Designator) 

PLN 4240:Transportation Geography & Planning (3) F.- This course examines the link between land use and the way people travel. Students will have the opportunity to study metropolitan evolution, historical trends in transportation, and the combined effect of the two. Additional study explores the many facets of travel (foot, bike, transit, automobile) and specific land use planning practices that attempt to offer more choices for transportation and land use. (Same as GHY 4240)(Dual listed with GHY 5240) 

PLN 4425: Task-Oriented Group Faciltation Methods (3) S.- Develop leadership and group facilitation skills through hands-on instruction that demonstrates how to conduct focused conversation, lead workshops, and accomplish action planning. Application opportunities using these skills include community development, organizational planning, education, government, and other occasions when people want to actively participate in the creation of their own futures. (Same as COM 4425)( Core Speaking Designator) 

PLN 4450: Planning for Sustainable Communities (3) S.- This course familiarizes student with the opportunities and challenges of sustainable development in the context of community experience and civic life in the U.S. .Emphasis is placed on linking collective behaviors; the social, ecological, and economic impacts of those behaviors; and strategies for increasing sustainability at the community scale. (Dual Listed with PLN 5450) 

PLN 4460: Environmental Policy & Planning (3) S. - This course familiarizes students with the philosophical, legal, and institutional foundations of environmental policy and planning in the U.S. . Students will have the opportunity to study policies and planning tools for federal, state, and local agencies. (Dual Listed with PLN 5460)

PLN 4470: Community Development (3) F. - This course introduces students to conventional and alternative approaches to community development. Students will have the opportunity to study aims and strategies employed by community development professionals, activists, and community members in urban and rural settings. Topics for reading and discussion included: poverty and race, affordable housing, economic revitalization, environmental justice, and public participation in planning. ( Dual listed with PLN 5470)

PLN 4700: Project Management
(3) S. - Simulated experiences involving complex procedures and methods pertinent to planning projects. The student will have opportunities to develop and utilize various project management skills and abilities, to include preparation of a community development proposal for external funding. Open to geography, planning, political science, real estate and leisure studies majors. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours. (Dual Listed with PLN 5700)(Core Speaking Designator, Core Writing Designator)

PLN 4830: Senior Seminar
(3) F;S.- This course provides a capstone experience, bringing together a variety of geography and planning skills, abilities and knowledge. It integrates academic concepts with real-world experience and helps the student advance from the undergraduate academic environment to a geography career and/or to graduate study. (Same as GHY 4830)(Core Speaking Designator, Core Writing Designator, Gen Ed Capstone Experience)

PLN 4900: Internship in Geography & Planning (3-12) F;S. - The internship emphasizes field work in the areas of locational analysis, environmental assessment and impact, and/or land use planning and is conducted jointly with an appropriate public or private agency. The type of internship, location of field experience, and sponsoring agency must be satisfactory to the student and to the departments. A research paper is required. Graded on an S/U basis.

Honors Courses

GHY 1510: Freshman Honors Physical Geography (3) F. - A comprehensive study of our physical earth emphasizing the distributional patterns and interrelatedness of its land, soils, natural vegetation and habitat, and weather and climate. Examinations of environmental issues including hazardous waste, acid rain, floods, droughts, deforestation, and air and water pollution. Enrollment by invitation or prior honors standing . For enrollees, this course will substitute for GHY 1010. Core Social Sciences, Honors

GHY 1515: Freshman Honors World Regional Geography (3) S. - The study of contemporary world as defined by its major regions. Examination of major global issues including population problems, technology and cultural change, rural versus urban development, local/global development tendencies, political integrity, and internal/international conflict. Enrollment by invitation or prior honors standing. for enrollees, this course substitute for GHY 1020. Core Social Sciences, Core Multi Cultural Designator, Honors

GHY 3510: Advanced Honors Seminar in Geography
(3) S. - Seminar on selected geographic topics. Enrollment by invitation of the Department or by applications. Barring repetitive content, qualified students may repeat course once. For enrollees, this course may substitute for the appropriate Geography elective.

GHY 4510: Senior Honors Thesis (1-4) F;S.- Independent study and research for an end product, the honors thesis; directed by a member of the geography department, supported by 2 additional faculty/readers, in all constituting the senior thesis committee. (PRE: completion of an approved honors sequence, including GHY 3510). Enrollment by qualified applicants only. For enrollees, this course may substitute for a Geography & Planning free elective or other course as agreed upon by the Geography & Planning Honors Advisor.


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