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GPHY
Geography


GPHY 111CS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 121D  HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 141D  GEOGRAPHY OF WORLD REGIONS

GPHY 262   SPATIAL SCIENCES TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATION

GPHY 284   INTRODUCTION TO GIS AND CARTOGRAPHY

GPHY 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

GPHY 291   SPECIAL TOPICS

GPHY 321   URBAN GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 322   ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 325   CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 357   GPS FUNDAMENTALS & APPLICATIONS IN MAPPING

GPHY 365   GEOGRAPHICAL PLANNING

GPHY 384   ADVANCED GIS AND SPATIAL ANALSIS

GPHY 411   BIOGEOGRAPHY

GPHY 425   GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT

GPHY 426   REMOTE SENSING & DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING

GPHY 429R  APPLIED REMOTE SENSING

GPHY 431   HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 441R  MOUNTAIN GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 445   REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 446   EAST ASIA IN THE GLOBAL SYSTEM

GPHY 457   ADVANCED GPS MAPPING FOR GIS

GPHY 461   TOURISM PLANNING

GPHY 484R  APPLIED GIS AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS

GPHY 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

GPHY 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

GPHY 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

GPHY 494   SEMINAR

GPHY 497   GEOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION

GPHY 498   INTERNSHIP

GPHY 499   SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE

GPHY 501   GIS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING

GPHY 503   SETTLEMENT GEOGRAPHY

GPHY 504   GIS RESEARCH FUNDAMENTALS

GPHY 505   BIOCLIMATOGRAPHY

GPHY 520   LAND USE PLANNING

GPHY 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

GPHY 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

GPHY 594   SEMINAR


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

GPHY 111CS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
F,S 4 cr. LEC 3 LAB 1
-- Weather and climate, soils, vegetation, land forms, and water with emphasis on their interdependence and distribution.

GPHY 121D HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Global geographies of population and economic development; patterns of language and religion; global distributions of agriculture, industry, and urban landscapes; use of human geography to analyze selected world problems.

GPHY 141D WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
F,S,Su 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Resume of major world regions; their cultures, populations, resources, utilization of land; emphasis on regions outside Anglo-America.

GPHY 262 SPATIAL SCIENCES TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATION
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
--Fundamentals of GPS, GIS and remote sensing, and their application in a wide range of disciplines. Exploration of the increasing use of geospatial technologies in our world and their impact on our lives. Students will gain hands-on experience with GPS receivers, and GPS, GIS and remote sensing software.

GPHY 284 INTRODUCTION TO GIS SCIENCE AND CARTOGRAPHY
F, S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: CAPP 120: Introduction to Computers or equivalent knowledge.
-- Concepts of spatial thinking; understanding spatial relationships and interaction in the natural and built environment. Spatial data principles, data models, relational database concepts, contemporary digital cartography, map design and composition, spatial data conversion, introduction to spatial analysis and synthesis.

GPHY 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

GPHY 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

GPHY 321 URBAN GEOGRAPHY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 121 or GEOG 234
-- Historical evolution and spatial patterns of urban phenomenon; human-environment interaction in urban area; distribution of economic and social activities in the city; spatial structure of urban system in national and regional background.

GPHY 322 ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GHPY 121.
-- Contemporary research questions and methodologies in economic geography; geographical distribution of economic activities; principles of spatial interaction; application of locational theory in urban and rural settings.

GPHY 325 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GHPY 121
-- American cultural landscape evolution; origins and diffusions of American culture traits; evolution of American culture regions.

GPHY 357 GPS FUNDAMENTALS & APPLICATIONS IN MAPPING
F 3 cr. LEC 1, LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 284.
-- Theory and application of the global positioning system Global Positioning System (GPS) to mapping in natural resource and land management sciences. Mapping issues and accuracy assessment are emphasized. Labs and term mapping project include hands-on experience with GPS receivers and work with Pathfinder Office and Arc GIS ArcGIS software. Students must be proficient with the latest version of ArcGIS.

GPHY 365 GEOGRAPHICAL PLANNING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 141 and GPHY 121.
-- Main factors, elements, principles, methods, tools, organization, and issues of urban and rural planning in a geographical context; integration of physical and human variables into the planning process.

GPHY 384 ADVANCED GIS AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS
F, S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 284.
-- Advanced data model concepts in the context of spatial analysis. Spatial overlay analysis and synthesis in vector and raster. Error and Uncertainty. Data modeling and database design principles to support analysis and modeling applications.

GPHY 411 BIOGEOGRAPHY
S to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 121 or BIOB 170.
-- Factors affecting the geography of plants and animals in space and time.

GPHY 425 GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in Geography program.
-- A senior capstone course for the geography option. The exploration of the history of geographic thought; the emergence and evolution of modern academic and applied geography. Contemporary trends and issues in geography.

GPHY 426 REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
-- Theory and application of remote sensing, the electromagnetic spectrum, earth-energy interactions, and operation of multispectral sensors. Applications include satellite image analysis for agriculture, environmental assessment, forestry, geology, rangeland, urban, wildlife, and others.

GPHY 429R APPLIED REMOTE SENSING
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 426 or consent of instructor.
-- Applications of remote sensing, including advanced studies of multispectral and hyperspectal sensors and image processing algorithms. Emphasis is on using remote sensing technologies for solving applied land resource issues.

GPHY 431 HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 121
-- Past geographies of North America. Political, cultural, economic, and urban evolution of North American regions from the colonial era to 1900.

GPHY 441R MOUNTAIN GEOGRAPHY
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 111 and ERTH 303. Junior standing.
COREQUISITE: ERTH 303.
-- Local, regional, and global importance of mountains. Geomorphology, climatology, and hydrology of mountain environments, and their relationship to human activities.

GPHY 445 REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Two of the following: GPHY 111, GPHY 141, or GPHY 121.
-- A topical and regional analysis of related political subdivisions or other geographical areas. Course may be taken twice if regional emphases differ.

GPHY 446 EAST ASIA IN THE GLOBAL SYSTEM
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 111, GHPY 141, GHPY 121.
-- The geographical perspective on the contemporary East Asia as a region of the world and the countries involved. Systematic themes include physical environment, history, population, culture, economy, politics, social life and international relationship.

GPHY 457 ADVANCED GPS MAPPING FOR GIS
F 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 284 and GPHY 357.
-- Advanced topics and techniques in GPS/GIS mapping, emphasizing high accuracy data collection, data quality and documentation. Advanced datalogging options, carrier phase and dual-frequency data collection, GPS photo link, and mobile GIS are some of the topics explored. Course includes topic research and presentation, and service-learning project work.

GPHY 461 TOURISM PLANNING
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 284 and GHPY 365.
-- A geographical, economic and planning perspective about the contemporary tourism and recreation of international, national and local scales. Topics include evolution, dynamics, types and patterns, analysis tools, planning issues and policies.

GPHY 484R APPLIED GIS AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 284and GPHY 384.
-- Advanced spatial analysis, synthesis and modeling concepts and methods. Semester projects apply theory and concepts to a project related to student's discipline. Students learn to develop GIS applications to address a variety of issues.

GHPY 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

GPHY 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand.

GPHY 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

GPHY 494 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM 1 Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and as determined for each offering.
-- Topics at the upper division level not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

GPHY 497 GEOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION
F,S,Su 1 - 2 cr. LAB
PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior standing in geography and consent of instructor and Department Head.
-- Student works as a tutor and undergraduate teaching assistant in a teaching laboratory under close academic supervision. Weekly meeting focuses on geography teaching, organization of class materials, and student supervision. Weekly lab emphasizes applying active learning concepts in a geography laboratory context.

GPHY 498 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 - 12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

GPHY 499 SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing; minimum 3.0cum gpa; faculty recommendation.
-- Senior thesis provides an opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member leading to the production of a research paper ("mini-thesis") and an oral presentation to the department or at a professional meeting. Excellent preparation for graduate school and professional work.

GPHY 501 GIS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING
On Demand 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Application of field methods, geostatistics, geographic information systems, remote sensing and computer modeling to the geography of landscapes. Measurement and modeling techniques applied to land, water and atmosphere as they relate to selected environmental patterns.

GPHY 503 SETTLEMENT GEOGRAPHY
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Settlement history and contemporary land use in the trans-Mississippi west. Evolution of cultural landscapes in the Mountainous West.

GPHY 504 GIS RESEARCH FUNDAMENTALS
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Geographic Information Science Fundamentals in the context of developing a research program. Spatial data principles, data models, conversion and sampling strategies, analysis methods and cartography. Lab exercises uses GIS software. Students specialty area explored through literature review and individual project.

GPHY 505 BIOCLIMATOGRAPHY
On Demand 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: GEO 211 or BIOE 370.
-- The distribution of plants, as controlled by climate, geologic history and geographic location. Changes over time in distribution patterns as related to climate change and other human activities.

GPHY 520 LAND USE PLANNING
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- History and philosophy of land use planning; application of geographical skills to contemporary land use planning issues. Selected topics include population pressure and land requirement, law, eminent domain, property right, public control over private land use, institution, and economics in land use planning.

GPHY 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

GPHY 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

GPHY 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM 1 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

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