Geography Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

GGR  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

GGR  230 MAP AND IMAGE INTERPRETATION      (4)

Fundamentals of map reading and image analysis.  3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

GGR  239 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS      (4)

Basic concepts, theory, and multidisciplinary applications in GIS.  3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  SAS

 

GGR  240 WORLD GEOGRAPHY WEST      (3)

Physical and cultural elements of Europe, Russia, and North and South America; areal distributions and factors influencing location, development, global processes, and international issues.  SPW

 

GGR  241 WORLD GEOGRAPHY EAST      (3)

Physical and cultural elements of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific regions; areal distributions and factors influencing location, development, global processes, and international issues.  SPWG

 

GGR  241H WORLD GEOGRAPHY EAST-HONORS      (3)

Physical and cultural elements of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific regions; areal distributions and factors influencing location, development, global processes, and international issues.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPWG

 

GGR  246 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE      (1)

Explores the cultural, urban, physical and environmental geography of a particular North American region or city, featuring an extensive field trip.  Repeatable.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

GGR  248 FOODS OF THE US      (3)

Exploration of the food regions of the United States in relation to culture, immigration, natural resource use, agriculture, and technology.  Impacts of urbanization and societal trends are also discussed.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  CU

 

GGR  250 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY      (4)

Studies the physical elements of the environment.  3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  LAB

 

GGR  259 LANDFORMS AND REGIONS      (3)

Geographic approach to interactions between the earth's crust, climate, and water, emphasizing the spatial arrangement of surface features. Prerequisite: any introductory science course.

 

GGR  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem. Letter grade only.   May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

GGR  300 ECOTOURISM      (3)

Introduces the history, concepts, principles, marketing, planning, and management of ecotourism activities and development.  Cross-listed with PRM 300.  Letter grade only.  GLB

 

GGR  320 INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING      (4)

Introductory principles of electromagnetic radiation and analysis techniques of both visible and nonvisible forms of remotely sensed data. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: (GGR 230 and GGR 250) or International Exchange Student Group

 

GGR  330 CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN      (3)

Symbolization and design strategies of maps and charts with emphasis on computer cartography and applied projects.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 230 or International Exchange Student Group

 

GGR  331 GIS PRINCIPLES I:  FOUNDATIONS      (4)

Overview of computer applications in map production, including geographic information systems.  Co-convenes with GGR 531.  3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 230

 

GGR  346 UNITED STATES GEOGRAPHY      (3)

Analyzes the relationships between physical and cultural aspects of the United States with an emphasis on contemporary geographic trends.  SPW

 

GGR  346H UNITED STATES GEOGRAPHY- HONORS      (3)

Analyzes the relationships between physical and cultural aspects of the United States with an emphasis on contemporary geographic trends.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

GGR  348 GEOGRAPHY AREA STUDIES      (3)

Geography of selected areas, such as a continent or country. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit for different areas.  SPW

 

GGR  371 URBAN AND ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY      (3)

Spatial variations of urban and economic activity.  Empirical and theoretical considerations of urban and economic spatial patterns.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

GGR  370W CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY      (3)

Systematic analysis of the spatial dimensions of the human mosaic, particularly ethnic considerations. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  JWRT

 

GGR  376 REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY OF TOURISM AND RECREATION      (3)

Geographic perspectives on the global patterns of tourism and recreation. Cross-listed with PRM 376.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  SPW

 

GGR  380W GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT AND METHODOLOGY       (3)

Examines history and philosophy of geography and critical geographic research designs and paradigms. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Prerequisite: (GGR 230 and GGR 250) and (GGR 370W or GGR 371) JWRT

 

GGR  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.  

 

GGR  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

GGR  399H MODULAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE-HONORS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

GGR  408 GEOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  

 

GGR  422 REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES I      (4)

Introductory principles of electromagnetic radiation and analysis techniques of visible and near infrared photography and imagery.  3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.   Co-convenes with GGR 522.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 230 and GGR 250 and (MAT 125 or MAT 125H)

 

GGR  423 REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES II       (4)

Analysis techniques of nonvisible remotely sensed radar and thermal imagery.  3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Co-convenes with GGR 523.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: GGR 230 and GGR 250 and (MAT 125 or MAT 125H)

 

GGR  424 REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES III      (2)

Instrumentation and procedures required for gathering and interpreting remotely sensed data in the field.  1 hr. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Co-convenes with GGR 524.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 422

 

GGR  433 GIS PRINCIPLES II:  PROJECT DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION      (4)

Designing and implementing multiple layer geographic information system with raster and vector data.  Co-convenes with GGR 533.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: GGR 331

 

GGR  435 GIS PROGRAMMING I:  TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS      (4)

Introduction to computer principles and their application in a GIS environment.  Co-convenes with GGR 535.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 433

 

GGR  436 GIS PROGRAMMING II:  DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND INTERNET GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS      (4)

Introduces database management systems for GIS and implement interactive map services on the Web.  Techniques include database design, SQL, Internet, ArcIMS, MapObjects and VB.NET.  Co-convenes with GGR 536.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 433

 

GGR  437 GIS ANALYSIS I:  ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING - RASTER       (4)

This course provides extensive exposure to the raster (cell-based) GIS spatial data model, including the conceptual structure, important GIS operations, object manipulations, and multidisciplinary modeling of the environment.  Co-convenes with GGR 537.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  GGR 435 or GGR 436 and Prerequisite or Corequisite:  STA 270 or STA 472

 

GGR  438 GIS ANALYSIS II:  SPATIAL DATA ANALYSIS - VECTOR      (4)

The course will focus on principles and techniques of vector-based spatial data analysis.  Emphasis will be placed on spatial modeling and spatial statistics.  Co-convenes with GGR 538.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  GGR 435 or GGR 436 and Prerequisite or Corequisite:  STA 270 or STA 472

 

GGR  451 SNOW AND ICE IN OUR ENVIRONMENT      (3)

Geography of the earth's cold region.  Topics include seasonal snow, ice, glaciers, avalanches, snowmelt water resources and winter recreation.  Co-convenes with GGR 551.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

GGR  452 NATURE AND PROPERTIES OF SOILS      (3)

Analyzes soils as natural bodies and managed resources, focusing on impacts of landforms, hydrology, nutrients, and organisms on soils.  Prerequisite: GGR 250 or International Exchange Student Group

 

GGR  453 QUATERNARY ENVIRONMENTS      (3)

Multidisciplinary methods of studying Quaternary environments with an emphasis on the timing, magnitude, and causes of climatic change.  

 

GGR  454 SOILS LAB      (1)

Analyzes soil patterns, methods of sampling, and techniques of determining physical and chemical properties of soils.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Corequisite: GGR 452

 

GGR  457 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOGEOGRAPHY      (3)

Spatial distribution of organisms and factors influencing those distributions, both past and present.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 250 or BIO 181 or BIO 181H or BIO 182 or International Exchange Student Group

 

GGR  459 PROSEMINAR IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY     (3)

 May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Instructor's consent required.  

 

GGR  461 FUNDAMENTALS OF WEATHER AND CLIMATE      (4)

Fundamental properties and processes of the atmosphere.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

GGR  462 APPLICATIONS IN CLIMATOLOGY      (3)

Macroclimates, microclimates and climate instrumentation.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

GGR  479 PROSEMINAR IN CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY      (3)

May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Instructor's consent required.  

 

GGR  480C FIELD ANALYSIS      (4)

Integrates geographic concepts, tools, and techniques of spatial analysis.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: GGR 250 and GGR 380W CAP

 

GGR  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Individualized original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.

 

GGR  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  

 

GGR  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS       (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.

 

GGR  499H CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS - HONORS       (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group