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Are you prepared for Fall 2020 registration?

Fall class registration is almost upon us! Geography faculty are offering a number of great courses for you to consider. We created two visual guides to help you plan your Fall Schedule: one with all fall GEOG courses to meet major, minor and certificate requirements and another featuring HUM courses instructed by geography faculty. 

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Geography Fall 2020 Courses   Geography Humanities Courses Fall 2020


Fall 2020 Highlighted Courses

GEOG 1130 - World Regional Geography 

 2 - 3:30 p.m. | MW | Prof. Welford
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the geographic regions of the world while emphasizing the nature of their physical resources, economies, culture and politics. This course will address the issues of globalization that include growing health, wealth and education inequalities; emergent disease transmission; cultural appropriation and loss; migration; and environmental change among other issues. This course is an excellent introduction to geography for non-declared freshman and sophomore undergraduate students. 

GEOG 2320/6286 - Drones for Mapping & Communication

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | TTH | Prof. Dietrich 
8-week course (Aug – Oct)

This course focuses on using remotely-piloted aerial systems (RPAS) for both environmental mapping and communication purposes. Students will engage in classroom and field exercises and will gain hands-on experience with data collection, current UAS regulations, flight control systems, UAS platforms/sensors, basic aerial mapping techniques, and aerial photography/videography. No prerequisites required.

GEOG 4159/5159 - Climate Change and Social Justice

1 - 1:50 p.m. | MWF | Prof. Millsaps
This is a participatory action research focused class where students engage in research on climate change and social justice issues with a focus in and around Iowa. No pre-requisites required.

GEO 4230/5230 - Rivers

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. | TTH | Prof. Dietrich
The Fall 2020 Rivers course will focus on river mechanics – how rivers work, watershed processes, and river and watershed management (human impacts and environmental restoration).

About Geography at UNI

Welcome to the Department of Geography at the University of Northern Iowa. If you are familiar with the discipline of Geography, you'll find a lot of useful information on our site. If you are new to Geography, then you might be surprised at what, and how much we do. Geography is the science of place and space. We use high-tech tools to discover and explain spatial patterns in the natural and human worlds. Geographers are active in the study of global warming, natural hazards, globalization, homeland security, rural and economic development, disease outbreaks, and much more. We still make maps, of course; but these days you aren't likely to see a geographer hunched over a drafting table. We use space-based technology and cutting-edge computer technology to create digital maps and interactive representations of the Earth and people.  If you need any additional information, please contact the department head, Dr. Mark Welford.

Please investigate the links to discover more about our undergraduate and graduate programs and our faculty, staff, and students who make our programs possible. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Mark WelfordMark Welford
Professor and Head
Department of Geography