Courses

GR 100  Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Major geographic themes applied to selected regions; physical environment, human-land relationships, regional analysis.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Social & Behavioral Sciences 3C, Geography (GT-SS2).

GR 102  Geography of Europe and the Americas (GT-SS2)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Examines the physical and human geographies of Europe, including the former Soviet Union, and the Americas from the Southern Cone to Canada. Focus is on the content of these geographies, why they exist, and their current significance; supported by extensive map analysis.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both GR 102 and GR 180A1.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Diversity & Global Awareness 3E, Geography (GT-SS2).

GR 210  Physical Geography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ESS 210.
Course Description: Energy, mass budget, and human impacts on atmosphere, hydrosphere, and continental land surfaces.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both GR 210 and ESS 210.
Term Offered: Fall (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 213  Climate Migrants  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Explore the various drivers of migration, emphasizing climate and others including biogeographic, political, economic, and social factors.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 220  Mapping, Cartography, and Spatial Thinking  Credits: 3 (2-2-0)

Course Description: Spatial thinking is the science and art of making maps that play a key role in enabling geographers to visualize space and spatial patterns, as well as, convey spatial information to others. Introduction to the science of spatial thinking, including collecting spatial information and making maps, modern geographic information sciences (GIS) that have evolved from cartography, and spatial analysis techniques that are fundamental to Geography.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 303  Mountain Geography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: The physical and human dimensions of mountains. Examples from mountains around the world with case studies from Colorado.
Prerequisite: GR 100 to 499 - at least 3 credits.
Registration Information: Junior standing.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 304  Sustainable Watersheds  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: WR 304.
Course Description: Effects of climate, land use, and water use on the sustainability of water quantity and quality.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Completion of the AUCC 1B Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Credit not allowed for both GR 304 and WR 304.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A.

GR 305  Geography of Global Health  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Study, research and practice of global health using an ecological approach that integrates health with spatial thinking. Focuses on a common set of issues which transcends boundaries, both domestic and international, and a set of actions to address the geographic burden of disease. Key principles and concepts, history of global health transitions, common and emerging health issues.
Prerequisite: ANTH 200 or GR 100 or INST 200.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 311  GIS for Social Scientists  Credits: 3 (1-4-0)

Course Description: Applications of GIS techniques useful to the social sciences. Mapping techniques and GIS toolkits are practiced in lab.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 315  Quantitative Geographical Methods  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Methods to collect, analyze, display, and model geographic data.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 320  Cultural Geography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Geographic analysis of cultural phenomena, elements emphasizing human-land relationships and spatial patterns of agriculture, cities, language, religion.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 323  Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation  Credits: 3 (2-2-0)

Also Offered As: NR 323.
Course Description: Remote sensing systems and applications; characteristics of photographic, scanner and radar images; imagery interpretations.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory. Credit allowed for only one of the following: GR 323, GR 503, NR 323, NR 503.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 330  Urban Geography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Spatial distribution of urban areas and the geographic similarities and contrasts that exist between and within them.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 331  Geography of Farming Systems  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Geographic analysis of farming systems worldwide and by region; their development over time, human-land relationships, and spatial patterns.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 333  Glaciers and Climate Change  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Glacier mass balance, dynamics, past fluctuations, and glaciers' relation to climate change.
Prerequisite: GR 100 or GR 210 or GEOL 120 or GEOL 122 or GEOL 124 or GEOL 150.
Registration Information: Credit allowed for only one of the following: GEOL 381A2, GR 333 and GR 381A2.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 345  Geography of Hazards  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Causes, effects, distributional patterns, and human adjustments to environmental hazards.
Prerequisite: GR 210.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 348  Biogeography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Species distribution of plants and animals in relation to earth history and environments, evolution, and ecology.
Prerequisite: GR 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 400  History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ANTH 400.
Course Description: Anthropological/Geographical theory from its beginnings with Aristotle through recent developments into the 20th century.
Prerequisite: (ANTH 100 or ANTH 200) and (ANTH 120 and ANTH 121 and ANTH 140 or GR 100).
Registration Information: Junior or senior standing. Sections may be offered: Online. Credit not allowed for both ANTH 400 and GR 400.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 410  Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Implications and consequences for earth systems including the cryosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and human systems.
Prerequisite: GR 100 to 499 - at least 3 credits.
Registration Information: Junior standing.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 415  The Geography of Commodities  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Social relations, international trade, and environmental impacts surrounding the production, transportation, exchange, and consumption of commodities.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Registration Information: Junior standing.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 420  Spatial Analysis with GIS  Credits: 4 (3-2-0)

Course Description: Theory, application of geographic information systems for spatial analysis; conceptual basis of GIS, nature and use of geographic data, case studies.
Prerequisite: GR 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both GR 420 and NR 322.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 430  Land Change Science and Remote Sensing  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Local case studies and global cases of land-use/land-cover changes in rural, peri-urban, and urban areas.
Prerequisite: GR 100.
Registration Information: Junior standing.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 431  Land Change Science Lab  Credit: 1 (0-3-0)

Course Description: Utilize advanced remote sensing techniques and satellite images, air photos, and ancillary data to investigate land-use and land-cover changes.
Prerequisite: GR 323 or NR 323 or GR 503 or NR 503.
Registration Information: Must have concurrent registration in GR 430.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 440  Political Geography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: POLS 440.
Course Description: Examines the meaning of political space; states and nations; competition for territory, including methods and justifications; the structure of political space focusing on states; geopolitics; and the state in an era of globalization. Concepts are illustrated by real-world situations.
Prerequisite: GR 100 or POLS 101.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing. Sections may be offered: Online or Mixed Face-to-Face. Credit not allowed for both GR 440 and POLS 440.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 448  Forest Biogeography and Climate Change  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Forest adaptation and conservation in relation to global change with a focus on climate change.
Prerequisite: ESS 211 or ESS 311 or F 311 or GR 100 or GR 210 or ESS 210 or GR 303 or GR 348 or GR 410.
Registration Information: Junior standing.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 487  Internship  Credits: Var[1-9] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Academic-based work experience with selected organizations or agencies. Supervised application of principles of geography.
Prerequisite: GR 100 to 499 - at least 9 credits.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 493  Capstone Seminar  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Exploration of the linkages among the human and physical geography sub-fields, geographic techniques, and other natural and social sciences as well as how professional geographers approach issues.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Junior standing. Concurrent registration in one of the following AUCC Category 4A courses for the Major in Geography: GR 303, GR 410, GR 415, or GR 430.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 495  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 503  Remote Sensing and Image Analysis  Credits: 4 (3-3-0)

Also Offered As: NR 503.
Course Description: Interpretation and analysis of photographic, multispectral scanner, and radar data; sensor systems; applications to resource management.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory. Credit allowed for only one of the following: GR 323, GR 503, NR 323, or NR 503.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 548  Biogeography  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Species distribution of plants and animals in relation to earth history and environments, evolution, and ecology.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate.
Registration Information: Graduate Standing.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

GR 592  Special Topics in Geography  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Recent papers from the literature will be used to foster discussion among participants.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Graduate standing.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.