Geography 3330 - University of Utah

Urban Environmental Geography

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Urban Environmental Geography fulfills a General Education science integration distribution requirement. The course applies Earth systems science to issues of urban growth. Urban Environmental Geography explores the interrelatedness of dynamic urban settings, urbanization, and impacts of urbanization. How does physical environment impact urbanization and, conversely, how does urbanization impact Earth’s environments? Why are cities located where they are? Why do settings differ? GEOG/ENVST3330 explores these questions using an Earth systems approach, meaning, we systematically explore local, regional and global relationships of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and anthrosphere.
After this course studentsl: (1) understand how a few core concepts of physical and life sciences explain many ways that urban settings differ; and (2) are able to evaluate the general physical characteristics of urban settings anywhere. Students master skills essential to planners and activists including: how to interpret and draw contour maps and topographic profiles; how to read geologic, hydrologic, weather, and zoning maps; and how to use Google Earth to visualize conditions.

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