Geography (GRY) courses
GRY 100 World Regional Geography
A survey of the world's geographic regions focusing on the location of Earth's major physical features, human populations and cultures, and their interactions. Topics include natural systems, globalization, ethnic and geopolitical conflicts and human impacts upon the environment. This course provides both an introduction to geography as a discipline and a basic geographic foundation for those interested in current international issues, politics, history and public affairs. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the social sciences for the associate of arts degree.
GRY 108 The Principles of Sustainability
An introduction to the multidisciplinary concept of "sustainability," including the difficulty of defining sustainability and implementing sustainable development programs. Emphasis is placed on understanding basic environmental and social processes and patterns and how they relate to current events.
GRY 110 Economic Geography
Location, distribution, and extent of world economic activity. Topics include resource extraction, agriculture, manufacturing, retailing and services.
GRY 135 Atmospheric Science
An introductory survey of the earth's weather climate. A description of the physical processes of the atmosphere is followed by a survey of the world's varied climatic regions. The laboratory involves the preparation and interpretation of meteorological data and the classification of climates. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the natural sciences for the associate of arts degree.
GRY 142 Introductory Physical Geography
A study of the earth's natural systems including weather and climate, rocks and minerals, landforms and processes of landform development, biogeography, water resources and soils. Map fundamentals and the interrelationships of the geographic factors of the natural environment are emphasized. Students who take GRY 240 and GRY 142 may receive credit for only one of these courses. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the social sciences for the associate of arts degree.
GRY 197 Selected Topics in Geography
Course devoted to a single topic that can vary from semester to semester depending on student and faculty interest. Topics are limited to those requiring no prior geography background. Examples: Geography of the Home Community, Geography of Energy Resources, Geography of Sport. Students should check the current class schedule to determine the topic title for any given semester. Since topics will vary, this course may be repeated, with permission, to a total of 5 hours credit. Variable Content Course. Course fee.
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers
Open to Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School Majors. A course designed to give students an understanding of the processes of science and the basic concepts of earth science using the inquiry approach in hands-on laboratory activities. Content includes maps, earth in space , weather and climate, soils and vegetation, rocks and minerals, landforms, processes of landform development, water resources, environmental relationship to the physical setting. Does not apply toward the major in Secondary Education. Students who take GRY 240 and GRY 142 may receive credit for only one of these courses.