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GEOGRAPHY (GY)

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GY 101 Atmospheric Processes and Patterns. 4 hours.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Earth-space relations, latitude and longitude, seasons, time, weather, climate, and vegetation. Particular attention is given to the causes of weather and climate and why they tend to be different from place to place.

GY 102 Earth Surface Processes. 4 hours.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Study of earth-surface processes, with consideration of human interaction with the physical environment. Subjects include landforms, water resources, soils, and mapping the physical environment.

GY 105 World Regional Geography. 3 hours.

Introduction to geography through a survey of the world’s major geographic regions. Examines their physical and cultural features, economies, and populations.

GY 110 Principles of Human Geography. 3 hours.

Introduction to geography as a science for learning the fundamentals of human behavior and decision making. Examines how human events, natural resources, economies, development, and urbanization impact the way humankind lives, organizes its space, and makes decisions for the future.

GY 155 Freshman Seminar: Emerging Global Issues. 3 hours.
Open to first-year students only.

Analysis of selected contemporary global issues and forces that shape our local communities and the world in which we live, including population, natural resources, agriculture, environmental change, and terrorism.

GY 200 Principles of Planning. 3 hours.

Survey of the basic elements of regional and urban planning. Provides a comprehensive overview of the planning profession.

GY 204 Map and Air Photo Interpretation. 4 hours.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Fundamentals of map reading and interpretation.

GY 317 Natural Hazards. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101 and GY 102, or permission of the instructor.

Examination of the causes, consequences, and spatial distribution of climatic, geomorphic, and human-induced natural hazards.

GY 320 Freshwater Studies (same as BSC 320 and GEO 320). 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BSC 114:115 (or BSC 118) and either BSC 116:117, BSC 120, GEO 101, or GY 101.

Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to freshwater natural history and ecology with specific emphasis on the common freshwater habitats of Alabama.

GY 330 Computer Mapping and Graphics. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 204 or permission of the instructor.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Introduction to computer graphics and their application in both the natural and social sciences, with special emphasis on mapping.

GY 339 Natural Resources and Environmental Planning. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: 8 hours of natural science and 6 hours of social science.

Analyzes human interactions with the physical environment and ways of dealing with them. Integrates environmental science, social science, and planning, and includes environmental impact assessment.

GY 341 Geography of the United States and Canada. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 105 or GY 110.

Study of the physical and human geography of the United States and Canada.

GY 344 Geography of Africa. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 105 or GY 110.

Study of the physical and human geography of Africa.

GY 350 Geography of the South. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 105 or GY 341.

Study of the physical and human geography of the southeastern United States.

GY 351 Geography of Alabama. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 105 or GY 110.

Study of the varied geographical dimensions of the state of Alabama, both past and present.

GY 358 Urban Geography. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 110.

Examines the growth of cities, their spatial distributions, internal dynamics, functional bases, and social and political patterns.

GY 363 Geomorphology (same as GEO 363). 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 102 or GEO 101.

Study of physical, chemical, and biological processes operating at the Earth’s surface and landforms and landscapes such processes develop.

GY 365 Industrial Development and Location. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 110 or permission of the instructor.

Systematic study of the principles and processes underlying the development, location, and spatial organization of economic activities from both a national and international perspective.

GY 370 Special Topics in Geography. 3 hours.

GY 377 Cultural Geography. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 105 or GY 110.

Study of the way in which culture influences elements of both physical and human landscapes with emphasis on how cultures are spread over space and how cultures make sense of space.

GY 402 Climatology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 101.

Introduce the fundamentals of the earth-atmosphere system as they comprise the climate of Earth, drive spatral and temporal climate variability, and impact human life.

GY 404 Physical Geography of the Southeastern United States. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101 and GY 102 or GEO 101.

A study of the physical landscapes in the southeastern United States. Emphasis is on the geological setting, geomorphic features, climate, soils, and vegetation, and the interrelationships of these conditions that shape the landscape in this region.

GY 405 Directed Research in Physical Geography. 1 to 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the department.

Hands-on, problem solving in the field of physical geography.

GY 406 Directed Research in Human Geography. 1 to 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the department.

Hands-on, problem solving in the field of human geography.

GY 407 Boundary Layer Climates. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 402.

Introduce the nature of the atmosphere near the ground and the interactions these processes have with the physical, biological, and human systems on Earth.

GY 409 Environmental Reconstruction. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101 or GY 102.

This course covers the theories, tools, and techniques used in historical ecology with a focus on the establishment of reference conditions for habitat conservation and restoration efforts.

GY 412 Hydroclimatology. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 402.

To provide a basic understanding of the water of Earth, especially with relation to the effects of precipitation and evaporation upon the occurrence and character of water in streams, lakes, and on or below the land surface.

GY 418 Geography of National Parks. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: 8 hours of geography, biological sciences, or geology.

Survey of the geographic character, purpose, and management of a selection of parks administered by the U.S. National Park Service.

GY 420 Remote Sensing I. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: Grade of “C-“ or higher in GY 204 or permission of the instructor.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Introduction to the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation, interaction between energy and earth features, remote sensing instruments, and information extraction from remotely sensed data.

GY 424 Cartography Practicum. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience in cartography, supervised by faculty and staff of The University of Alabama. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 424 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 425 Cartography Internship. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience on a cartographic project, supervised by the staff of an off-campus agency. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 425 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 430 Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 4 hours.
Prerequisite: Grade of “C-“ or higher in GY 204 or permission of the instructor.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Introduces the basic concepts of GIS, including definition and components of GIS, spatial data structures, data sources, data input, manipulation and analysis, applications of GIS, and managing GIS.

GY 432 Special Research in Geography. 1 to 4 hours each semester.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

GY 433 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Practicum. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience in GIS, supervised by the faculty and staff of The University of Alabama. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 433 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 434 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience in GIS, supervised by the staff of an off-campus agency. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 434 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 435 Remote Sensing II. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 420.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Analysis and extraction of thematic information from nonphotographic remotely sensed data for geographic information systems. Topics include image processing, image enhancement, and image classification.

GY 436 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 4 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 430.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. Evaluation of case studies, spatial model development, and database design for geographic information systems.

GY 438 Application Issues in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 4 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 420 or GY 430.

Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory period. In-depth study of various topics in the application and technical issues of geographic information systems.

GY 440 Community Facilities Planning. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 110; and GY 200 or permission of the instructor.

Principles, processes, and analysis of public facility location planning, with emphasis on the spatial search process, impact analysis, and public facility location models.

GY 441 Land Use Regulations. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 200 or permission of the instructor.

Theory and use of zoning, eminent domain, taxing and police powers, enabling acts, charters, official maps, codes, nuisance ordinances, and environmental impact statements in community planning.

GY 444 Field Studies in Africa. 6 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 105 or permission of the instructor.

Three-week intensive field study in Ghana. Explores geographical perspectives on Africa’s level of development and the responses of the African peoples to their circumstances.

GY 452 Environmental Decision Making. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101, GY 102, and 6 hours of social science; or permission
of the instructor.

Review of the history of natural resources in the U.S. and current environmental topics, followed by discussion of techniques to facilitate environmental decision making and management.

GY 453 Environment and Society (same as SOC 444). 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 110 and 9 hours of additional social science.

Exploration of the linkages between the biophysical environment and human social systems. Public policy implications are viewed from a social science perspective.

GY 455 Planning Practicum. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience in planning, supervised by faculty and staff of The University of Alabama. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 455 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 456 Planning Internship. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience in planning, supervised by the staff of an off-campus agency. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 456 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 458 Urban Planning and Analysis. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 110; GY 358 or permission of the instructor.

A study of contemporary urban landscapes, political and economic power structures, and resultant conflicts. Includes an in-depth analysis of the role of externalities, the urban planner, urban policymaking, and analytical methods in the planning and administration of urban landscapes.

GY 460 Environmental Management. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101 or GY 102, and GY 200.

Introduces students to the impact of humans on the planet and the patterns of human behavior necessary to preserve and manage the environment in a self-sustaining manner. Emphasis is on writing and speaking.

GY 461 Social Impact Assessment. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101 and SOC 101.

This course focuses on the theories, philosophies, and methodologies of assessing the social consequences of environmental change.

GY 465 Regional Planning and Analysis. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 110; GY 200 or permission of the instructor.

Principles and processes of regional planning and the analytical methods appropriate for solving regional planning problems. Case studies and the role of the planner in the regional planning process are discussed.

GY 466 Regional and Urban Transportation Systems. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 110 and 9 additional hours of social science, or permission of the instructor.

Examines the location and function of the multimodal North American transportation system, the urban transportation planning process and methodologies. Assesses the political and environmental contexts of transport systems, including impacts of continued reliance on the automobile.

GY 467 Topics in Global Environmental Change. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and 12 hours of natural science.

Review and discussion of changes in the physical environment, both natural and human-made. Emphasis is on deforestation, changing land use, and recent climate changes.

GY 470 Special Topics in Geography. 3 hours.

GY 472 Soil Science. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: 8 hours of natural science.

Three hours lecture and required field and lab work. Introduction to the study of soils, including soil formation, classification, and the interpretation of soils to reconstruct environmental histories.

GY 483 Environmental Science Internship. 3 to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the department.

Individual work experience in environmental science, supervised by the staff of an off-campus agency. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 483 cannot be applied to the geography minor.

GY 486 Watershed Dynamics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 102 or permission of the instructor.

An examination of the physical operation of watersheds focusing on surface water hydrology, erosion, and sedimentation.

GY 488 Planning and Government. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GY 200.

Examines the planning process within the context of local government.

GY 489 Forest Ecology and Vegetation Analysis. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: GY 101, GY 102, and BSC 116: 117.

Three hours lecture and required field work. Study of the nature of forest communities and the interrelationship of organisms that compose them.

GY 490 Geography Internship. 3–9 hours.
Prerequisites: 18 hours of geography and permission of the department.

Work experience in an agency involved in geographical analysis. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the geography major. Credit for GY 490 cannot be applied to the geography minor.


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