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  Geospatial Science Core Courses

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Course Number
Course Title
Geog 310 Geospatial Data Systems
Geog 350 Human Geography
Geog 351 Introduction to Physical Geography
Geog 353 Geomorphology
Geog 355 Field Methods in Geography
Geog 360 Environmental Geography
Geog 370 Military Geography
Geog 382 Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
Geog 410 Advanced Geospatial Information Analysis
Geog 442 Seminar on Geographic Thought and Research Methods
Geog 470 Geography of Europe and Russia
Geog 471 Geography of the Americas
Geog 475 Geography of Asia
Geog 482 Advanced Remote Sensing
Geog 480 Geography of the Middle East and Africa
Geog 490 Global Cultural Awareness
Geog 495 Special Topics
Geog 498 Geographic Interpretation, Analysis, and Integration
Geog 499 Independent Study
 Course Descriptions

Geog 310. Geospatial Information Analysis. 3(1). This course prepares cadets with the basic tools necessary to make decisions with geographic (geospatial) information. The course introduces data sources and collection techniques (e.g. use of remote sensing and GPS). Cadets will learn methods to transform data into geospatial intelligence appropriate for decision making. Military and civilian applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology are examined in case studies, and cadets will complete projects to demonstrate the ability to solve an ill-defined spatial problem and make recommendations to a decision maker. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Physics 215. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

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Geog 350. Human Geography. 3(1). This course is designed to acquaint cadets with geography in general and its human aspects in particular. Cadets will broaden their understanding of the complex relationships between humans and the environment and specifically human movement, language, religion, race, economic activities and urban development. Each cadet is encouraged to develop a strong appreciation and comprehension of the never-ending and dynamic processes that are continually operating on the Earth and its human occupants. Final exam. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Geog 351. Introduction to Physical Geography. 3(1). The study of the Earth System (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere). Focuses on the spatial distributions within the system, the use of maps to explain the distributions, origins and processes shaping the Earth’s surface, and the influence of humans on the Earth system. Final exam or final research project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Geog 353. Geomorphology. 3(1). An analysis of the dynamic processes, distribution, and structure of the earth's physical features. Focuses on fundamental concepts of physical geology, climate, soils, and vegetation. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring of odd-numbered years.

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Geog 355. Field Methods in Geography. 3(1). Students learn design and execution of geographic field research. Phase I of the course is classroom instruction on the physical, environment, cultural, and geological aspects of a study site and instruction on specific tools to be used in a field of study. Phase II consists of a week-long field laboratory where students apply their skills in the natural environment. Phase III returns to the classroom where cadets learn various methods of analysis and discuss results. Final exam. Prereq: Department approval. Sem hrs: 3 summer.

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Geog 360. Environmental Geography. 3(1). Focuses on problems of population growth, planet sustainability and environmental change. Also examines geographic aspects of resource management, conservation, and land use. Environmental issues unique to Colorado are discussed. Final project or final exam. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years.

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Geog 370. Military Geography. 3(1). Analysis of the significant influence geography exerts on military operations, war, and national security. Examines how the physical, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of geography and meteorology affect the planning and execution of today's military operations. Final exam or final research project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Geog 382. Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis. 3(1). Introduction to photogrammetry using both vertical and oblique imagery. Mechanisms for exploiting the electromagnetic radiation spectrum are investigated using particle and wave theory equations. Digital image processing techniques are presented and applied using the Applied Geography Laboratory facilities and raster data from commercial spaceborne sensing systems. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Geo 310. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Geog 410. Advanced Geospatial Information Analysis. 3(1). This course builds on the techniques and concepts learned in Geospatial Information Analysis (Geo 310). Topics covered include more advanced discussions on spatial interpolation, error and uncertainty, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and multi-objective decision making. Emphasis is on advanced analytical techniques including vector and raster data modeling and data systems used to solve Air Force spatial problems. The course provides project design strategies to meet changing needs of the global battle space. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Geo 310. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Geog 442. Seminar on Geographic Thought and Research Methods. 3(1) Examines the evolution of geographic thought and the impact of modern technologies on the nature of the discipline. Cadets will complete a research proposal suitable for graduate-level research funding on a topic of their choice. Library and/or field research required. Final project or final exam. Prereq: C1C standing and Geo or ForArStu major or department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Geog 470. Geography of Europe and Russia. 3(1). Geographical analysis of the physical and cultural landscapes of Western and Central Europe, Russia, as well as former Soviet states in Europe. Topical analyses include demography, language, religion, industry, and geopolitics. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring of odd-numbered years.

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Geog 471. Geography of the Americas. 3(1). Geographical analysis of the physical and cultural landscapes of North, Middle, and South America. Focuses on the regional distribution of resources and land uses, economic structure, industrial development, settlement patterns, demographics, and other population characteristics. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall of odd-numbered years.

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Geog 475. Geography of Asia. 3(1). Geographic analysis of the physical and cultural landscapes of East, Central, and Southeast Asia. Focuses on the regional distribution of resources, economic structure, industrial strength, settlement patterns, and patterns of population growth. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall of even-numbered years.

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Geog 480. Geography of the Middle East and Africa. 3(1). Geographic analysis of the physical, cultural, economic, and political diversity of the Middle East and Africa. Topical analyses include resources, demography, language, religion, industry, and geopolitics. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years.

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Geog 482. Advanced Remote Sensing. This course builds on the techniques and concepts learned in Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (Geo 382). Students will explore advanced analysis techniques for extracting information from satellite imagery of various spatial and spectral scales. The goal of this course is to provide students with experience in tackling geospatial problems with remote sensing data—from development of the questions, to identification of the necessary data, and finally selection and execution of appropriate analysis techniques. The course will include several case studies.

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Geog 490. Global Cultural Awareness. 3(1). This course will introduce students to major ideas, institutions, and events that shape human cultures and societies. It will use a comparative approach to the study of cultures around the world, focusing particularly on religions, languages, traditions, ways of life, and perceptions. The major objective of the course is for cadets to be able to compare and appreciate global cultures in a spatial context. The course will enable students to interact more sensitively and effectively with people from other cultures. Final project. Prereq: Soc Sci 112. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Geog 495. Special Topics. 3(1). Selected topics in geospatial science. Final project, final exam, or research paper. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

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Geog 498. Geographic Interpretation, Analysis, and Integration. 3(2). Capstone course in Geospatial Science. Using field experiences and case studies, the course is designed to assess the student’s ability to integrate and synthesize geoscience knowledge, analytical techniques, and research methods in geospatial science and cognate disciplines as they apply to the support of the battle space. Final project. Prereq: C1C standing. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Geog 499. Independent Study. 3(0). Independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Research paper or final project. Prereq: Department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

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