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This 2004-2006 Bridgewater State College Catalog Web Addenda contains the most up-to-date information. Information in this Catalog Web Addenda supersedes the published version of this catalog.
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Maps are valuable tools for displaying, interpreting and analyzing patterns of human-environment interactions. This course introduces the basic concepts and procedures necessary to design, construct, interpret, update, and present straightforward and effective maps using computer techniques. Students will practice skills of georeferencing and digitizing raster-based images at various scaled to produce vector-based may layers for integration into geographic information systems (GIS). This course provides the necessary background for more advanced courses in GIS. Fall semester
Prerequisite: For majors or minors in geography only; GEOG 151 and GEOG
This course provides a survey of spatial techniques that geographers use to define, research, and analyze geographic issues and phenomena. Students will learn to identify real-life geographic problems at a range of spatial scales, from the local to the global. Instructional methods will emphasize hands-on exposure through local field problems and field trips, access to library resources and journals, instrumentation, basic surveying, and professional presentation skills. Spring semester
Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or consent of instructor
Students will learn how to use meteorological measurements from local and global networks of weather stations to produce and analyze weather maps/charts using computer software. Laboratory exercises use meteorological software to visualize and interpret atmospheric patterns based on data from advanced computer models, satellite remote sensing, and networks of weather stations. In addition, students will augment computer modeling with laboratory techniques for simplifying, visualizing and analyzing complex atmospherics processes, such as the global circulation, turbulence and icing. The course includes field trips to professional meteorological agencies and observatories. Alternate spring semesters
Prerequisites: GEOG 121 or BIOL 121
This field and lab-based course presents the scope of biogeography as currently practiced in North America . In addition to the academic underpinnings of evolution, disturbance, ecology, and conservation, we explore the key topics of biomes, biodiversity, and animal and plant migration. Organisms vary greatly over space and over time, and thus are a prime topic of study for the geographer. Alternate fall semesters
Prerequisite: GEOG 290 or consent of instructor
This course investigates the complex physical systems involved in the movement of water and how water interfaces with the human landscape. Students will outline and define the economic and legal relationships involved in the supply and demand of this required resource, and analyze problems associated with the management and planning of the distribution of this vital resource. Alternate spring semesters
Prerequisite: GEOG 290
Process is the action produced when a force induces a change. The experiences in this course will introduce the student to the physical processes that create landforms on the earth's surface: mountains, river valleys, caves, dunes, coastlines, glaciers. Field work and laboratory techniques used in modern physical geography will help us analyze problems associated with current challenges in the earth's changing surface. Alternate fall semesters
Prerequisite: Any GEOG course or consent of the instructor
This course describes problems of environmental justice as they affect disadvantaged populations. The course reviews the history of this social movement in the United States. It then examines studies that link the environmental and civil rights movements in recent years and that describe the major problems of identifying environmental injustice both in categorical terms and as a spatial issue. Special attention is given to spatial measurement issues. Alternate years, fall semester
This course provides a survey of the regional geography of the Middle East including the physical setting, environmental issues, economic development, and the evolution of the Middle Eastern landscaped and cultures. Special emphasis will be placed on current geopolitical issues in the region. Alternate years, fall semester
This course provides a survey of the physical and human geography of South Asia, particularly India , Pakistan , Bangladesh , Nepal , Bhutan , Maldives , and Sri Lanka . This course emphasizes the region's major environmental, economic, and cultural geography patterns, processes, and issues. Problems related to religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity are examined in the context of modernization and economic development. Interrelationships between South Asian nations will also be explored.
This course offers a study of the physical and human geography of East Asia , in context of the interrelationships between East Asian countries, their neighbors, and the world. This course will investigate major political, economic, social, and environmental geography patterns, processes, and issues of China , Taiwan , Japan , Korea , Vietnam and Malaysia .
Prerequisite: GEOG 151
The land and people of the United States intertwine to form a vast, complex, ever-changing fabric. As one of the great economic powers in the world, the U.S. must meet the challenges of governing a huge country of pronounced regionalisms, while living next door to the economic and political questions marks of Mexico and Canada . Students will explore such diverse topics as ancient mountain systems, environmental and resource issues, urban and rural immigrant populations and their historic and current distributions, regional cuisines, and America 's appeal to the traveler. Alternate years, spring semester
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
This course entails vigorous analysis of various topics of special interest. The course will be offered on an occasional basis and may be taken for credit more than once with change of topic.
Prerequisite: GEOG 213 or consent of instructor
This course offers a solid background in the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the analytical capabilities of GIS and apply them to real-world situations. Application of GIS techniques to problems in a variety of fields, including land use planning, natural resource management, transportation, and urban and regional planning will be examined. Students develop their own projects and work at a more advanced level solving spatial problems with GIS. Students will have the practical experience of using GIS programming skills to solve real-world problems in a customize fashion. Spring semester
Prerequisite: GEOG 130 or GEOG 331 or consent of instructor
This course examines environmental regulation as a significant aspect of environmental geography, which is the study of spatial aspects of the interaction between humans and the natural world. In the United States , much of that interaction is mediated through environmental regulations, which in turn arise from a series of landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, and Superfund. Students will learn about the origins of these acts, how they give rise to regulations, and how enforcement of regulations is articulated at the federal, state, and local levels. Innovations such as toxic reduction will be discussed in a regulatory context, as will the implications of regulatory programs for non-government organizations, consultants, and private industry. Alternate years, spring semester
Prerequisite: GEOG 290 or consent of instructor
This course enables undergraduate students majoring in primary or secondary education to develop a detailed understanding of the discipline of geography. State, national, and international framework documents are examined, with particular attention to current Massachusetts frameworks. The course is organized around such fundamental geographic concepts as place, scale, regions, and human-environment interaction. It demonstrates how geographers use these concepts to develop a greater understanding of the world. Alternate years, fall semester
Prerequisite: GEOG 462
This course is intended for students with a strong interest in urban and regional planning. The course examines past cases and future proposals for a variety of land use and zoning decisions. The focus is on applying good growth management practices that allow communities to sustain their economic health, foster diversity, and promote sense of place. Students will analyze current trends in population, employment and housing in order to construct an example master plan that relates these factors to land use and development choices that promote smart growth. Alternate years, spring semester
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and acceptance by the supervising
Students who are accepted by a faculty member as a participant in an undergraduate field or laboratory research project enroll in this course. Projects entail research in the faculty member's subdiscipline and are publicized as they become available. Students are extensively involved in experimental planning, execution, analysis, and reporting, and present their results to the department.
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