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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


At the University of Northern Iowa the Geography curriculum is very inline with the job market today. Our courses reflect real life situations and allow the students to think about situations in different ways using different teaching methods and learning objectives.

Course Number Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
GEOG 1110 World Geography

Reasons for and consequences of variations over surface of the earth of cultural, economic, physical, and other attributes of places. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 1120 Human Geography

Interaction between peoples and their environments. Spatial patterns and processes of population distribution, characteristics, and movement, human environmental impact, and economic activity. (Offered Fall and Spring)

GEOG 1310 Maps and Map Interpretation Survey of various types of maps available from perspective of map maker and user. Emphasis on reading, analysis, and interpretation of information on maps. (Offered Fall) 3
GEOG 1210 Physical Geography

Explanation of patterns of solar energy receipt, atmospheric pressure, winds, and precipitation around the Earth. Emphasis on how solar energy, water, and crustal movements interact to determine characteristics of natural environments on Earth. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Offered Fall and Spring)

GEOG 2210 Recent Climate Change

Brief overview of the climate system. Examination of the evidence for recent global and regional climate changes. Analysis of the importance of greenhouse gases, solar changes, aerosols, and cloud changes as contributors to climate changes. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 2220

Environmental Geography

Study of geographic dimension of human-environmental interaction. Historical perspectives on Earth's environmental problems, the place of humankind in ecological systems, and issues of sustainable development. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 1120 (970:010) or GEOG 1210 (970:026) or GEOG 2210 (970:028) or GEOG 1110 (970:040) or consent of instructor. (Offered Odd Falls)

GEOG 2110 Economic Geography

Analysis of changing spatial structure of the economy and inter-relationships between geography and economics within a global perspective. (Offered Even Springs)

GEOG 2120 North American Cities

Principles of urban geography, including urban growth and change, structure and dynamics, and analysis and planning in North American cities. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 4110/5110 Cultural Geography

Examination of the nature and dynamics of culture relative to issues and landscapes that arise out of the interactions between people and their physical and human environments. Special emphasis on socio-economic development and the process of globalization. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Odd Springs)

GEOG 4130/5130 Political Geography

Geographic factors in origin, development, behavior, and interaction of states. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Intermittent offerings)

GEOG 4140/5140 Geopolitics

Classical and contemporary geopolitical theory; introduction to formal applications; and consideration of geopolitical goals of specific states. Prerequisite(s): one previous 100-level course in social science; junior standing. (Intermittent offerings)

GEOG 4190/5190 Transportation Planning and Policy

Transportation policy goals and objectives, transportation planning processes, characteristics and problems of transportation systems. Use of current methodologies and techniques to support decision making related to transportation policy, operations, and management. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 4120/5120 Demography and Population Geography

Geographic perspectives on demography and migration in a changing world. Patterns, processes, and models of population structure, change, distribution, and movement. Relationships with complex spatial mosaic of socioeconomic and environmental systems. Elements of population analysis and geodemographics. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Odd Falls)

GEOG 4180/5180 Locational Analysis for Business

Practical and theoretical use of geographic models and concepts in business. Locational analysis, site selection, market area analysis, and real estate evaluation. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4220/5220 Soils and Landscapes

Study of soils as result of inter-relationships among climates, ecosystems, and landscapes of the world. Soil formation, distribution, properties, and classification, and applications of soil geography to other disciplines. Lecture, 2 periods; lab/field trips, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) or GEOG 1210 (970:026); junior standing. (Offered Even Falls)

GEOG 4210/ 5210 Climatology

Fundamentals of physical and dynamic climatology. Application of fundamentals to classification and mapping of global distribution of climatic types, and reconstruction of past climates. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 4230/5230 Rivers

Runoff processes, stream discharge, sediment transport, drainage basins, properties of alluvium, channel changes, floodplains, terraces, human adjustments to floods, human impacts on rivers, and river water quality. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4240/5240 Reconstructing Ice Age Environment

Understanding and practice in the methods scientists use to detect environmental change over the past ~3 million years of the earth's latest ice age, especially evidence for environmental changes that result from glacial/interglacial cycles. Additional focus on how environmental changes affect the landscape we observe in Iowa and the midwest. (Offered Even Fall)

GEOG 4250/5250 Laboratory Methods in Environmental Geography

Experience with the most common analytical methods for the characterization of sediments and soils for environmental research. (Offered Odd Spring)

GEOG 3210 Natural Hazards and Disasters

Examination of causes, physical processes, and geographic distribution of natural hazards. Discussion of prediction methods and social impact of such disasters. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4150/5150 Regional Geography

Study of geography of selected region including evolution and dynamics of its cultural, social, economic, political, and environmental dimensions. May be repeated on different regions. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 2230 Natural Regions of North America

Description and explanation of various landforms of North America. Focus on structures and surface processes that form distinct physical regions of North America (e.g., Rocky Mountains), and kinds of landforms that make each region unique. (Offered Even Springs)

GEOG 4160/5160 Historical Geography

Examination of geographic development of selected region or of significance of geographic factors in historical development of selected topic. May be repeated on different regions or topics. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4340/5340 Spatial Data Analysis

Analysis and interpretation of spatial point processes, area, geostatistical and spatial interaction data. Applications to geographic data in real estate, biology, environmental and agricultural sciences using S-Plus software. Please note pre-requisites in the Academic Catalog (Offered Odd Springs)

GEOG 4310/5310

GIS Applications

GIS techniques to conduct spatial analysis of social and environmental topics. Focus on an individual research project and associated functional capabilities of GIS packages. Variable social/environmental focus. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 3310 (970:164); junior standing.(Offered Spring)

GEOG 2310 Geographic Information Systems I

Fundamental concepts and operations of Geographic Information Systems with applications. Lectures are supplemented by computer-based projects. Lecture, 2 periods; lab 2 periods. (Offered Fall and Spring)

GEOG 4360/5360 Thematic Cartography

Application of cartographic principles and techniques in compiling thematic maps. Emphasis on cartographic production; essentials of computer mapping and map reproduction. Lecture, 2 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4170/5170 Regional Analysis and Planning

Introduction to processes, methods, and techniques of regional analysis and planning. Planning seen as political and technical process. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4520/5520 Issues in the Teaching of Geography

Strategies and methods for teaching geography and incorporating geographic perspective in social studies courses. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Odd Spring)

GEOG 4370/5370 Remote Sensing of the Environment

Examination of physical basis of Remote Sensing and various sensing systems available for monitoring, mapping, measuring, and identifying phenomena on the earth's surface. Emphasis on non-photographic systems operating within the electromagnetic continuum. Various modes of multispectral scanning. Lecture, 2 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 4320/5320 Geographic Information Systems II

Technical issues in GIS and ways of implementing GIS as a decision support system for solving problems of a spatial nature in selected fields. Lecture, 2 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 3310 (970:164) or consent of instructor; junior standing. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4350/5350 Global Positioning System Field Survey Methods

Utilization of global positioning system (GPS) to collect, process, and analyze geographic data. GPS theory and techniques including field survey experiences. Applications within an integrated geographic information system (GIS) framework. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 3179 Cooperative Education in Geography

Practical experience in business, industry, or a government agency. May be repeated for maximum of 3 hours. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of geography at UNI; cumulative GPA of 2.50; junior standing; consent of department. (Formerly 970:177) (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 4550 Senior Seminar in Geography

Examination of specific topics through application of geographic principles and analysis. Discussion of readings during first half semester and student presentations during second half semester. Research paper required. Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of geography. (Offered Spring)

GEOG 4380/5380 Satellite Image Processing

Scientific and computational foundation of digital image processing techniques for extraction of earth resources information from remotely sensed satellite data. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 4370/5370 (970:173g); junior standing. (Even Springs)

GEOG 3580 Readings in Geography

Maximum of 3 hours can be applied toward Geography major. Prerequisite(s): consent of department head. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 4560 Professional Seminar

Issues and opportunities involved in transition from undergraduate to professional life. Design and completion of essential documents including resume, professional portfolio, graduate program applications, and standardized examinations. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 3598 Research Experience in Geography

Conducting of supervised research or scholarly project. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of geography; consent of instructor. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 6000 Graduate Colloquium

Weekly presentations by a faculty member, visitor, or student. May be repeated for maximum of 2 hours. (Offered Fall, Spring)

GEOG nnnn Internship in Geography

Practical experience in business, industry, or a government agency. May be repeated for maximum of 3 hours. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): minimum of 9 hours of geography at UNI; graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00; consent of department. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 6550 Seminar

Topics listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated on different topics. (Variable)

GEOG 6285 Readings in Geography

Prerequisite(s): consent of department head. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 6010 Nature of Geography and Its Research Methodology

Analysis of various currents of thought concerning the nature and scope of geography and the way they have changed over time. Examination of various geographic research methodologies in the context of these philosophical issues. (Offered Fall)

GEOG 6598 Directed Research Project

Research leading to research paper for students in the non-thesis option. Prerequisite(s): 970:294. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

GEOG 6299 Research

(Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)