Required Courses / GES Tracks

 REQUIRED COURSES

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Course Name

GES1000

4

Environmental Systems: Climate and Vegetation

GES1010

4

Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils

GES1980

4

World Regional Geography

GES1990

4

Introduction to Human Geography

GES2050

3

Digital Earth

GES3050, 4000, 4050, 4060, 4070, or 4100

4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 3

Select one from Introduction to Cartography (GES3050), Statistical Analysis in Geography (GES4000), Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (GES4050), Introduction to Remote Sensing (GES4060), Geovisualization (GES4070), or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with GIS (GES4100)


TRACKS - WHAT ARE THEY?

Courses offered in GES cover the physical and social sciences as well as geospatial techniques. We have arranged many of our course offerings into one of four different tracks. Tracks are suggested sets of courses that students might want to take according to their specific interests in the field of geography. The tracks are:

1. Human and Cultural Dynamics

2. Physical Systems

3. Environmental and Sustainability Studies

4. Geospatial / GIScience

Scroll down to see the groups of courses listed by track. If you have any questions about tracks, please contact a GES faculty member.


NON-TRACK COURSES

Students who specialize in specific tracks pick a certain number of credits from these courses.

Regional Courses

Regional courses provide an understanding of select regions around the world through analysis of the historical, cultural, and environmental essence of place.

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Course Name

GES3800

3

Regional Geography of the Pikes Peak Area

GES3820

3

Mexico, Central American, and Caribbean

GES3830

3

Geography of Colorado

GES3860

3

Geography of the American Southwest

GES3900

3

Historical Geography of the British Isles

GES4460

1-6

Field Studies in Geography: (Varies)

Tools Courses

Tools courses provide skills required for research, writing, and analysis in the social and natural sciences.

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Course Name

GES4000

4

Statistical Analysis in Geography

GES4110

4

Introduction to Field Techniques

GES4160

1-4

Teaching Geography

GES4170

4

Writing Place

GES4770

3

Develpment of Geographic Thought


TRACKS

1. Human and Cultural Dynamics - pick two or more courses from Group A and pick five or more courses from Group B.

Students who choose this track will emerge with an in-depth understanding of the forces shaping human environments. Students explore urbanization, population growth and decline, ethnic and racial segregation, social equity, international migration, globalization, and the geography of American culture, from the built landscape to food, wine, and music. This track prepares students for careers with state and metropolitan governments in public policy, city planning, and regional development, as well as with international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Group
Course Name

GES3400

3

A
Geopolitics

GES3510

3

A
Cultural Geography

GES3600

3

A
Geography of American Music

GES3850

3

A
Historical Geography of the US

GES3980

4

A
Places and Faces: Geographic Issues in Film

GES4010

3

B
Technological Devpt. and Economic Geog.

GES4560

3

B
Cultural / Political Geography

GES4600

3

B
The Cultural Landscape

GES4610

3

B
Urban Geography

GES4620

3

B
Race, Ethnicity, and Place

GES4730

3

B
Geography of Population

GES4750

3

B
Recreation, Tourism, and Environment

GES4760

3

B
Women's Space / Women's Place

GES4780

3

B
Global Migration

GES4910

3

B
The World of Wines and Vines

GES4920

3

B
Geography of Food

Subtotal: 21 credits

Choose 1 regional course (3)

Choose 2 tools courses (6) or
Choose 1 tools courses (3) and chose 1 geospatial course (4)

Total: 30-31 Credits


2. Physical Systems - pick at least one course from Group A and pick four or more courses from Group B.

The Physical Systems track emphasizes systems such as the creation and distribution of landforms and soils, atmospheric movement as it relates to climate, and the factors related to the distribution of plant communities. After successfully completing this track, a GES graduate will have the background to work in such natural-resource oriented jobs such as park ranger/interpreter, physical science technician, natural resource manager, or an environmental educator.

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Group
Course Name

GES3200

4

A
Practical Meteorology

GES3210

4

A
Weather Analysis / Forecasting

GES3250

4

A
Geography of Climate Change

GES4220

3

B
Synoptic Climatology

GES4260

4

B
Biogeography

GES4270

4

B
Advanced Biogeography

GES4280

4

B
Plant Communities / Western US

GES4290

4

B
Plant Communities / Colorado

GES4310

4

B
Principles of Geomorphology

GES4320

4

B
Mountain Environments

GES4340

4

B
Soils

GES4510

3

B
Applied Hydrology

Subtotal: 24 credits

Choose 1 regional course (3)

Choose 2 tools courses (6) or
Choose 1 tools course (3) and choose 1 geospatial course (4)

Total: 33-34 credits


3. Environmental and Sustainability Studies - pick at least one course from Group A and pick four or more courses from Group B.

Today’s college graduates are tomorrow’s leaders in how we can live sustainably on a finite planet. The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Track (ESS) emphasizes an array of geographical topics designed to address the needs of the 21st century: how to identify, connect with, and preserve certain places; what it means to value and conserve resources; and whether we should broadly embrace new goals of environmental restoration. With coursework primarily in human and environmental geography that includes fieldwork and experiential learning, the ESS track prepares students for a variety of post-graduate directions: in conservation or environmental advocacy, wildlife or land management, environmental analysis or consulting, public policy, or graduate studies.

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Group
Course Name

GES3170

4

A
Saving Place

GES3410

3

A
Resource Management and Conservation

GES4650

4

A
Restoration Geographies

GES3500

3

B
Nature and Society

GES4420

4

B
Conservation and Public Lands

GES4450

3

B
Analysis of Environmental Systems

GES4480

3

B
Environmental Problems of Colorado

GES4500

3

B
Water Resources / Problems

GES4550

3

B
Disasters and Society

GES4750

3

B
Recreation, Tourism, and Environment

Classes from other tracks - Depending on the number of courses you take from the first two groups above, you may also pick from the following classes to reach 21-22 credits: GES3250: Climate Change; GES4170: Writing Place; GES4280: Plant Communities; GES4320: Mountain Environments; GES4560: Cultural/Political Ecology; GES4610: Urban Geography; GES4620: Race, Ethnicity, and Place; GES4730: Geography of Population; GES 4920: Geography of Food.

Subtotal: 21-22 credits

Choose 1 regional course (3)

Choose 2 tools courses (6) unless you already took GES4170. Otherwise, 
Choose 1 tools course (3) and choose 1 geospatial course (4)

Total: 30-32 credits


4. Geospatial / GIScience - take both courses in Group A and pick four or more courses from Group B.

The Geospatial / GIScience track prepares students to become experts in spatial analysis using the latest geospatial technologies. Students will become proficient in visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), image processing, and customization of GIS for programming, database development, and delivery via the internet. Students completing this track will be well prepared for a wide variety of jobs in both the private and public sector using GIS and related geospatial technologies.

Course #

Credit Hrs.
Group
Course Name

GES3050

4

A
Cartography

GES4050

4

A
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GES4060

4

B
Introduction to Remote Sensing

 GES4070

 4

Geovisualization

GES4080

4

B
Advanced GIS

GES4090

4

B
Image Processing

GES4100

3

B
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with GIS

GES4120

4

B
Internet GIS

GES4130

4

B
GIS Programming

Subtotal: 23-24 credits

Choose 1 regional course (3)
Choose 1 tools course (3)

Total: 29-30 credits