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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOG 448 - Geographic Approaches to Environmental Resource Analysis

Examination of the techniques and methodologies used for the evaluation and sustainable management of environmental resources from a variety of perspectives.

Prerequisites: GEOG 107 and GEOG 250.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

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Students will outline the legal and managerial boundaries of environmental analysis, including: administrative tools, key concepts, and terminology.



Through homework and tests, students will identify the managerial authority of local, state, and federal agencies in environmental conservation and preservation.  Students will be able to look at a specific issue and identify impacted stakeholders.

Students will demonstrate linkages between environmental issues at local, State, National, and International contexts.




Students will diagnose the linkages between environmental issues at all scales, tracing the interplay between physical conditions and land-use decisions.


Students will examine state and U.S. management systems for water, land, and air quality.



Students will read technical papers and derive the methods and limitation of these quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. 


Students will create an experimental design project to demonstrate a recognition of how to control for a variety of environmental variables.


Through a problem-based exercise students will design a series of protocols that will allow them to isolate a variable and test its change in the natural environment.

Students will construct field tests to monitor environmental conditions for a variety of resources including vegetation and geomorphic change.


Through a series of field-based class sessions, students will develop a study plot designed to monitor change to an environmental variable of their choosing.

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