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Department of GEOGRAPHY
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
The Department of Geography offers two separate majors reflecting the disciplines position straddling the social and natural sciences: the geography major and the interdisciplinary environmental studies major. While these programs overlap to some extent, they differ in their substantive focus: the geography major is oriented more to social, economic, and political concerns, while the environmental studies major revolves more explicitly around human interactions with the natural, physical, and biological environment, with a stronger interdisciplinary focus. Students may double major in geography and environmental studies; a maximum of ten (10) semester hours may be double-counted toward both majors. For details on the environmental studies major, see Environmental Studies, below.
Geography is an integrative discipline bridging the social sciences, physical sciences, and humanities in the study of the relations between human beings and the earth. Geography is fundamentally the study of space, much as history is the study of time. Why phenomena and events occur where they do, and the ramifications they have for other places and cultures, are essential geographic questions. Within this framework, geographers examine such issues as the linkages between international development and environmental conservation, the opportunities and problems associated with growth in Florida, the geographic bases of religious and linguistic conflicts, and the implications of economic restructuring on regional power balances, deforestation, and hunger. The value of a geographic perspective is that such issues become more than isolated events when they are given theoretical grounding and are placed in a broader context of global understanding. In an interdependent world where decisions made in one country impact the lives of people in all societies, responsible world citizenship requires a solid foundation in geographic knowledge.
Several career paths await the graduating geographer in the public and private sectors. Geographers bring important knowledge and analytical techniques to resource management and planning agencies. Their training enables geographers to determine where public facilities and infrastructure are best located so that the greatest number of people benefit. These abilities and skills are also valued by private firms investing in residential or commercial development; a geographer can pinpoint where investments are likely to yield the best returns. Geographers fill such job titles as cartographer, intelligence officer, economic analyst, and soil conservationist. Another rapidly developing field is metropolitan and regional planning, in which geographers are engaged in monitoring environmental problems, land use changes, waste disposal, housing, transportation patterns, and poverty. Geographers in private business are involved in industrial location research, marketing, planning for utility companies, environmental and site location consultants, real estate firms, port and airport authorities, travel agencies, and in transportation planning for airlines or trucking firms. Many agencies are implementing geographic information systems (GIS), while consulting firms serving state and local governments are increasingly called on to provide technical support for geographic computer applications. Geographers play a key role in developing and extending these new computer technologies. Moreover, geographers find many jobs as teachers in a world integrated to the point that an understanding of geographic differences is essential to a basic education.
The geography department has expertise in the two areas of human geography and environmental problems. Students can concentrate in one of these areas but the natural linkages between them mean that courses in both are necessary for a complete geographical education. In human geography, faculty interests cover a number of interrelated topics, including global power relationships; the terrain tactics of war; social problems such as poverty and residential segregation, and the impact of policies designed to alleviate them; and the spatial structure of services, telecommunications, and international trade. The faculty also focuses on a number of environmental and resource issues, including the impacts of natural hazards such as hurricanes, the causes and effects of deforestation, toxic waste, and the development of policies to solve these and other similar problems. The department also has a geographic information systems and data analysis laboratory with several microcomputers running GIS and statistical software, plus digitizers and plotters.
State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites
The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.
The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:
A geography major consists of thirty (30) semester hours, including GEO 1400, 3140, 3200C, 3540, and 4185C. No geography course with a grade below C will apply toward completion of the major. As part of the required (30) credit hours, the student must take at least six (6) credit hours of courses at the 4000 level (excluding GEO 4185). A maximum of three (3) credit hours of GEO 4905 Directed Individual Study (DIS) internship will be credited toward the major.
Requirements for Minor
A geography minor consists of twelve (12) semester hours of course work in geography (including GEO 1400) completed with a grade of C or better.
For more information contact Dr. Patrick OSullivan, Undergraduate Geography Advisor, Department of Geography, 323 Bellamy, (850) 644-8381, or visit our World Wide Web site at http://www.fsu.edu/~geog.
Environmental Studies Major
Housed within the Department of Geography, environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program of study that provides an in-depth understanding of the social and institutional context of contemporary environmental concerns. Environmental studies offers a broad-based program that gives students a grounding in the physical sciences but emphasizes the social and policy dimensions of environmental issues, such as land use concerns, ecosystems management, resource conservation, pollution, natural hazards, and the relations between economic development and environmental degradation. The geography major, in contrast, emphasizes the social construction of space. After completing the core, students are given considerable latitude to choose from among a wide number of optional courses, essentially tailoring the major to fit their own interests. The major is especially valuable for those who plan to conduct graduate work in urban planning, social sciences, business, or law.
The major in environmental studies requires forty-one (41) semester hours beyond liberal studies requirements with a grade of C- or better in each course; at least eighteen (18) semester hours must be taken in upper level (3000 and 4000) courses.
1. Basic Core Curriculum: all of the following courses [total twenty (20) semester hours].
BSC 2010/2010L Biological Science I and Biological Science I Laboratory (CHM 1045 is prerequisite)
CHM 1045/1045L General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory
GEO 1331 Environmental Science
GEO 3200C Physical Geography
GEO 4185C Spatial Data Analysis (or equivalent)
SYA 4300 Methods of Social Science Research
2) Environmental Issues Courses: five (5) courses [fifteen (15) semester hours] from the following list; note that some courses listed below have prerequisites:
BSC 2011 Biological Science II (3)
BSC 3052 Conservation Biology (3)
BSC 3312 Marine Biology (3)
BSC 4515 Aquatic Pollution Biology (3)
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3)
ECP 3302 Economics of Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (3)
ECP 3322 Economics of Living Marine Resources (3)
ENV 4001 Environmental Engineering (3)
ENV 4041 Environmental Systems Analysis (3)
ENV 4341 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering (3)
ENV 4611 Environmental Impact Analysis (3)
GEO 4261C Soils and Landforms (3)
GEO 4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment (3)
GEO 4372 Natural Resources Assessment and Analysis (3)
GEO 4930 Special Topics in Geography (Environmental Conflict and Economic Development) (3)
GLY 1000 Dynamic Earth (3)
GLY 1892 Environmental Issues in Geology (3)
GLY 4700C Geomorphology (3)
GLY 4820 Principles of Hydrology (3)
ISC 2003 Global Change, Its Scientific and Human Dimensions (3)
MET 1010 Introduction to the Atmosphere (3)
OCE 1001 Elementary Oceanography (3)
PCB 3044 General Ecology (3)
URP 3000 Introduction to Planning and Urban Development (3)
URP 4314 Introduction to Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning (3)
URP 4423 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Resource Management (3)
URP 4936 Special Topics in Urban and Regional Planning (Sustainable Development) (3)
URP 4936 Special Topics in Urban and Regional Planning (Coastal Ecosystems) (3)
3. Elective Courses: two (2) of the following courses or any two (2) courses [six (6) semester hours] not previously taken from section two:
ECP 3113 Economics of Population (3)
GEO 3540 Economic Geography (3)
GEO 4142 Geographic Information Processing and Systems (3)
GEO 4184 Analytical Mapping and Computer Cartography (3)
GEO 4450 Medical Geography (3)
GEO 4471 Political Geography (3)
GEO 4602 Urban Geography (3)
PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society (3)
PAD 4603 Administrative Law (3)
PUP 3713 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
SYD 3012 Population and Development in Florida (3)
SYD 3020 Population and Society (3)
URP 4022 Collective Decision Making (3)
URP 4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues and Transportation Planning (3)
Requirements for Minor
A minor in environmental studies consists of Part I of the major requirements described above [twenty (20) semester hours], not including the liberal studies requirements. All courses must be completed with grades of C- or better.
For more information, contact Dr. Jay Baker, Advisor for Environmental Studies, (850) 644-8380 or email@example.com, or visit the departments web site at http://www.fsu.edu/~geog.
Graduate programs are available leading to the master of arts (MA) and master of science (MS) degrees, and the PhD in geography. The graduate program in geography leads to a research-oriented degree centered around two intellectual foci corresponding to the faculty's expertise: environmental management and social systems analysis.
Undergraduates contemplating a graduate degree in geography should take the Graduate Record Examinations prior to submitting an application. In addition, it is strongly recommended that such individuals develop proficiency in math and statistics during their undergraduate course work.
Definition of Prefixes
GEA - Regional Geography
GEO - Systematic Geography
GEA 1000. World Geography (3). A regional survey of the human occupation of the face of the earth, local cultures, political systems, and development problems.
GEO 1331. Environmental Science (3). The causes of local and global environmental problems, their impacts, and alternative strategies for their management.
GEO 1400. Human Geography (3). Introductory survey of world cultures, population problems, global economic restructuring, international development, and political interdependence.
GEA 3210. United States and Canada (3). The physical diversity and the cultural and political patterns of North America.GEA 3270. Florida (3). The physical, social, and economic geography of the state.
GEA 3704.East and Southeast Asia (3). A survey of the societies and the nations of East and Southeast Asia, including their historical development, cultural diversity, their linkages to the world ecomony, and their current socio-political structures.
GEO 3140. Map Analysis (3). An introduction to the acquisition, processing, and presentation of cartographic data.
GEO 3200C. Physical Geography (3). Global variations in climate, landforms, and the natural habitat.
GEO 3423.Sports Geography (3). Examines geographical basis of sports at different spatial scales, including locational strategies of franchises, recruiting patterns and the urban political economy of professional sports arena.
GEO 3540. Economic Geography (3). The geography of economic activity at local, national and global scales: regional development, spatial structure of agriculture, manufacturing and services, the global economy, third world poverty, and population growth.
GEO 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)
GEA 4400. Latin America (3). The contemporary Latin American landscape, societies and problems.
GEA 4500. Europe (3). Europes terrain, variety of cultures, economy, and recent trends toward unity.
GEA 4520. Britain and Ireland (3). The physical and human geography of the U.K. and Ireland.
GEA 4554. Russia and Southern Eurasia (3). The peoples, cultures, and places of the former Soviet Union. Discusses the regions natural environment, historical development, and contemporary politics.
GEO 4057. Survey of Geographic Thought (3). Changing paradigms in the philosophies of space.
GEO 4142. Geographic Information Processing and Systems (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2060; GEO 3140; or consent of instructor. Survey of GIS topics, including locational control, spatial data structures, spatial/cartographic statistics, modeling and analysis, and future trends in decision support, sensors, and geographic methods.
GEO 4164C. Quantitative Geography (3). Prerequisite: GEO 4185C. Emphasis on the selection and use of models appropriate for the study of geographic issues. Probability; descriptive and inferential statistics; logit, regression, correlation, and factorial models.
GEO 4184.Analytical Mapping and Computer Cartography (3). Prerequisite: GEO 3140. An advanced examination of computer mapping systems, theory, methodology, and applications.
GEO 4185C.Spatial Data Analysis (3). Introduction to quantitative analysis of spatial data including measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling, statistical testing, correlation, point pattern analysis, and trend surface analysis.
GEO 4261C. Soils and Landforms (3). Soils, hydraulic, and landform processes and their spatial variations.
GEO 4340. Living in a Hazardous Environment (3). Types of environmental hazards (natural and human-made) and their effects, techniques for the analysis of risks, strategies for recovering losses.
GEO 4372. Natural Resource Assessment and Analysis (3). Assessment and analysis of policies concerning natural resources and environmental management in the U.S. and internationally.
GEO 4420. Cultural Geography (3). The study of the processes by which various cultural features have diffused throughout the world. Emphasis is on the contemporary cultural landscape.
GEO 4450.Medical Geography (3). Prerequisites: GEO 1400, 4185C. Applies geographical concepts and techniques to health-related problems, including the ecology of health, disease diffusion, medical cartography, and health care access.
GEO 4460. Historical Geography (3). Concepts, approaches, and research methods for analysis of spatial patterns of the past; changes through time.
GEO 4471. Political Geography (3). The spatial dimensions of political processes from the local to the global level, including elections and geopolitics.
GEO 4480. Military Geography (3). The geography of warfare; tactics and terrain, strategy and the theater of war, insurgency, war in cities, geopolitics and grand strategy.
GEO 4602. Urban Geography (3). The historical growth of cities; spatial structure of commercial, industrial, and public facilities within cities; residential segregation; urban problems of poverty, fiscal distress, and hyperurbanization in the third world.
GEO 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-5). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
GEO 4930r. Special Topics in Geography (3). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
GEO 4932. Honors Work (3).
GEO 4941r.Internship (3-6). Provides students with an opportunity to apply skills in supervised situations off-campus. Course may be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours. Only three (3) may be counted toward the major.
GEA 5195r. Advanced Area Studies (3).
GEO 5058. Survey of Geographic Thought (3).
GEO 5118C. Introduction to Geographical Research (3).
GEO 5146. Geographic Information Processing and Systems (3).
GEO 5147. Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3).
GEO 5165C. Quantitative Geography (3).
GEO 5262C. Soils and Landforms (3).
GEO 5287. Water Resource Analysis (3).
GEO 5345. Disaster Preparedness and Hazards Mitigation (3).
GEO 5377. Natural Resource Assessment and Analysis (3).
GEO 5425. Cultural Geography (3).
GEO 5465. Historical Geography (3).
GEO 5472. Political Geography (3).
GEO 5481. Military Geography (3).
GEO 5545. Advanced Economic Geography (3).
GEO 5605. Urban Geography (3).
GEO 5908r. Directed Individual Study (1-5).
GEO 5918r. Supervised Research (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
GEO 5934r. Seminar in Current Topics (3).
GEO 5947r. Supervised Teaching (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
GEO 6980r. Dissertation (1-9). (S/U grade only.)
For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and master's and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.