Earth and Environmental Science (GEOG 1030)
EES is a survey course in physical and environmental geography, designed to introduce students to the major natural systems of the Earth, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, and how people impact, and are impacted by, earth systems at local to global scales. Specific topics typically include weather and climate, atmospheric pollution, climate change, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, river systems and hydrology, glaciers, and soils. A 3-4 hour field trip is included.
Field Trip Guide
Urban Geography (GEOG 4120)
The 21st century is an incredibly
exciting time to study cities. No other time in
human history have so many people lived in urban areas, nor have cities ever
been as dominant and well-connected as they are today. This course is designed to
serve as an introduction to the complex and dynamic urban system, including the
physical, economic, political, cultural, social, and environmental forces that
shape the form and function of cities, as well as how individuals and groups
experience urban life. Of particular concern in an increasingly urban world are
issues of urban sustainability and the role of cities in environmental, economic,
and social change at local to global scales. Therefore, a portion of this
course is devoted to understanding cities as a force of change, and how
development may be guided to produce healthier, more livable communities.
Field trip to North Omaha, April 2013.
Biogeography (GEOG 4100)
Charles Darwin once described Biogeography as “that
grand subject, that almost keystone of the laws of creation.” As will become
apparent to you throughout this course, biogeography is not only the study of
how life is distributed about the Earth and why; it also provides an elegant
and robust framework within which we can understand and explain natural
phenomena in the areas of evolutionary biology, geology, sociology, and
anthropology. Indeed, as the authors of your textbook suggest, few patterns in
ecology, evolution, and conservation biology make sense without considering how
life varies across space. The goals of this course are to address the
fundamental biogeographic question of why organisms are found where they are,
as well as introduce you to a biogeographic way of thinking that I hope will
expand your understanding of, and appreciation for, the Earth’s incredibly
diverse and dynamic biosphere.