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Lower Division Geography and Environmental Studies Courses

GES 100-4. Environmental Systems: Climate, Vegetation, and Soils. A general introduction to energy and mass budgets, including atmospheric motion, solar radiation, and water budgets. Includes consideratio n of climactic elements as they interact with soils, vegetation, animals, and humans in ecosystems. Index

GES 101-4. Environmental Systems: Landforms. An introductory survey primarily concerned with the agents and processes of landform shaping. Major emphasis is on the genesis, distribution, and utility of surface features in a variety of learning situations, including lect., self-study, lab., tutorials, and field trips. Index

GES 105-2 to 4. Introduction to Map and Compass. A basic introduction to topographic maps will be given. This will include the process involved with making and field-checking maps; discussion of symboliza tion, scale and landform representation. The development of the compass will be outlined and basic compass skills will be taught. Field trips required. Index

GES 198-3. World Regional Geography. A survey of world regions with emphasis on place names within the context of instability, conflict, and environmental deterioration. Issues studied include population growth, resource utilization, urbanization, and spatial inequity. Index

GES 199-4. Introduction to Human Geography. A systematic introduction to the broad field of human-land interactions and spatial order. Emphasis is placed on the major themes of geographic inquiry includin g population numbers and distribution, changing resource use, location decisions, settlements, transportation, political units, and a geography of the future. Field trips optional. Index

GES 200-3. Geographic Regions of the World. An introduction to the world's great geographic realms and their human and physical characteristics. A variety of geographic themes such as population growth, u rbanization, economic development and environmental deterioration are set in their regional contexts. This course is designed especially for GES majors and those interested in the Teacher Education Program. Index

GES 201-3. Economic Geography: Resources, Development, and the Future. Introductory consideration of the location of resources, the role of natural resources in economic and technological development and resource utilization and the future. Use of the theory of spatial organization and behavior in economic activity including agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, service activities, urban location, systems of cities, and growth patterns. Index

GES 210-3. Humans and Environments. An overview of global environmental issues including climate change, sustainable agriculture, waste management, deforestation, population and energy. Individual, local, state, regional, national and international decision-making tools and implications will be explored through case studies in industrialized and nonindustrialized countries. Index

GES 298-1 to 6. Professional Experience 1. Same as GES 498. Prer., consent of instructor. Index

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Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies,
Columbine Hall, COH2
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 80918
Phone: 719.262.4065
Fax: 719.262.4066


BA in Geography
Dr. Robert Larkin

MA in Applied Geography
Dr. John Harner