Geography Lab
at Concord University
The courses listed below are offered regularly by Dr. Saladyga or other faculty and support EGL objectives by examining the intersection of human and environmental systems.  F = Fall; Sp = Spring; Su = Summer.

Geography 200

Geography 210

Physical Geography

Natural Disasters

An introductory course that examines the reciprocal relationships between Earth systems and humans, emphasizing the spatial and temporal patterns of climates, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water resources.  3 credits.  (F, Sp, Su)
An examination of the risks, underlying causes, social and environmental impacts, and mitigation of natural disasters.  Special attention is given to temporal trends and spatial patterns of natural disasters such as those associated with drought, hurricanes, flooding, landslides, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.  3 credits.

Geography 260

Geography 311

Applied Meteorology

GIS and Cartography

           Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or instructor consent.  Examines meteorological phenomena, including extreme weather events, using case studies and relevant instrumentation.  Emphasis is placed on applied aspects of meteorology such as weather forecasting.  3 credits.
An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartographic theory, technique, and application.  Emphasis is placed on the construction, interpretation, and analysis of maps as a visual form of communication.  3 credits.  (F) 

Geography 312

Geography 340

Geographic Data Analysis

Geography of Soils

This course introduces methods used in the analysis, interpretation, and display of geographic data that are relevant to the subfields of human and physical geography and related disciplines.  Computer software applications and example datasets are used to accomplish course objectives.  3 credits.  (Sp)
 Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or instructor consent.  A study of the physical, biological, and chemical properties of soils. Particular attention is given to the geographic variation of these properties.  A significant portion of the course is dedicated to a research project, which includes field sampling, data analysis, and presentation of results.  4 credits.  (F odd)

Geography 360

Geography 380

Meteorology and Climatology

Biogeography and Environmental Change

Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or instructor consent.  This course is a study of Earth’s dynamic climate - past, present, and future.  The course is divided into two sections: 1) Climate Processes and Variability and 2) Climate and Society.  The first section addresses fundamental principles of climatology and paleoclimatology, while the second section addresses the complex interactions between human societies and climate systems.  4 credits.  (Sp odd)  
 Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or instructor consent.  The objectives of this course are to examine patterns and processes in the biosphere using a multi-scale approach and through the application of theoretical, field, and laboratory methods.  Emphasis is placed on understanding past environments in the context of rapid, human-induced environmental change.  
4 credits.  (F even)

Geography 411

Geography 412

GIS Design and Application

Advanced Methods in Geospatial Analysis

Prerequisite: GEOG 311.  This project-based course builds upon the topics and concepts covered in GEOG 311 (GIS and Cartography).  Emphasis is placed on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in solving real-world problems.   3 credits.  (Sp)  
 Prerequisites: GEOG 311, 312, and 411.  An advanced course in the methods used to collect, analyze, and model geospatial data.  Course topics may include spatial statistics, terrain/watershed analysis, or remote sensing applications, including drone technology.   3 credits.  (F)