MSU Billings Catalog

GPHY - Geoscience: Geography

GPHY 111 Intro to Physical Geography. 3 Credits

Stresses the understanding of the broad concepts of physical geography. Includes topography, climate and other geographic aspects of the earth’s environment. Laboratory required. 2009-2011.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab. 1 Credit

Corequisite(s): GPHY 111.

Enhances the lecture material of GPHY 111 through the use of experiential activities. 2009-2011.

Lab Hours 1

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 121 Human Geography. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Analyzes the interrelationships between man and his environment, including such topics as race, origin and dispersal of technology, livelihood patterns and settlement.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 141 Geography of World Regions. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Covers the regions of the world as the home of mankind, showing people’s adaptation to their physical environment.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 282 Mapping Techniques. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Introduces map interpretation, computer cartography, spatial data and Geographic Information Systems.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 291 Special Topics. 1-12 Credits

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 294 Seminar/Workshop. 0.5-6 Credits

Lecture Hours .5-6

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 380 Principles of GIS. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisite(s): GPHY 282.

Introduces GIS, spatial analysis, map production, and spatial data handling.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 440 Geography of Montana. 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): ENST 210 or consent of instructor.

Considers the physical geography and resources of Montana with emphasis on its location in the nation with respect to transportation, economy and future development.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 460 Urban Policy and Development. 3 Credits

(once every other year) Explores the complexity of the city as an evolving social and ecological landscape. The primary emphasis is understanding the ensemble of economic, political, social, and environmental forces that shape and are shaped by contemporary urban areas. Issues include the evolution of urban spatial forms, policy and governance, and the city as an increasingly globalizing entity. Specific consideration will be given to the experience of Billings, MT, and the role of the energy, medical, and public sectors as underpinning geographies in the urban economy and social and physical landscape.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 484 Applied GIS/Spatial Analysis. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisite(s): GPHY 380.

Applies GIS to a project-based curriculum where students propose, research, and develop a course-long project of their choosing. Students gain experience in spatial data handling, database theory and application, sensor networks, and real-time data analysis.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 485 Internet GIS. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisite(s): GPHY 380.

Introduces students to web-based GIS including web design, programming using ArcGIS for Server, open-source web-server applications, online charting and graphing, real-time data processing, and spatial analysis. Web-based mapping experience gained through this class can be applied to geography, environmental science, business, medicine, and history.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 487 Remote Sensing/Raster GIS. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): GPHY 282.

Introduces students to remote sensing and photogrammetry using aerial and satellite imagery. Students gain experience with the classification of imagery, object detection and extraction, spectral analyses of plants, and 2D/3D data collection and processing. Remote sensing is used in environmental analyses to detect and monitor fire hazards, pollution, climate change, and agriculture.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 491 Special Topics. 1-12 Credits

Lecture Hours 1-12

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 492 Independent Study. 1-3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and department chairperson.

Provides advanced students an opportunity to explore material not covered in regular geography courses. A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment.

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 494 Seminar/Workshop. 1-3 Credits

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL

GPHY 498 Cooperative Educ/Internship. 1-9 Credits

Department: NAS/PS/SOCL