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GEO100 - Introduction to Geography

Introduces students to regional differences throughout the world in terms of landforms, climates, soils and vegetation as well as population characteristics and economic activities. Representative areas such as Western Europe, Russia, Japan and Latin America are developed.

GEO102 - Geographic Systems for Elementary Education

The geography component focuses on basic geographic literacy, physical characteristics of places and regions, human characteristics of places and regions, and the interactions between places and people. Co-requisites: ECO 102 and POS 102 (1 cr.)

GEO105 - Human Geography

The course provides insights into the existing patterns and distributions of various social groups. Broad outlines of human evolution, development and demographic patterns are emphasized. (3 crs.)

GEO150 - Introduction to Tourism Studies

An overview of the tourism industry is emphasized. Topics include introductory principles, measuring and forecasting demand, tourism planning, tourism marketing, tourism development, and the role of the geographer. (3 crs.)

GEO155 - Hospitality Industry and Operations

The course provides an introduction to the broad world of hospitality services and its relationship to the tourism industry. The course will provide an overview of the history, direction, and organizational structures of the hospitality industry and its role in the global tourism industry at various geographical scales. The nature and scope of this industry and basic operational concepts will be examined. Principles of sustainable operations will be emphasized.

GEO205 - World Cities Geography of Tourism

This course will introduce the geography of tourism in selected cities of the world with an emphasis on form and function. Topics include an analysis of resources for tourism, the organization of related land use patterns, and developmental processes.

GEO217 - Demographic Analysis

A basic course that deals with demographic processes and the identification of population trends. Emphasis is placed on distribution patterns and environmental ramifications.

GEO220 - Geography of North America and Pennsylvania

This course will lead the student on an investigation of the key environmental, cultural, economic, and political issues that face North America and Pennsylvania. Course materials will provide a larger context for understanding the patterns and processes shaping people and places in North America presently. There are in-depth discussions of the historical processes that have helped to shape each region in North America and Pennsylvania. As the world continues to globalize there are ever-increasing economic and cultural linkages among places in North America that are essential to investigating and describing every “corner” of the continent.

GEO277 - Casinos and Gaming Entertainment

Casinos and gaming entertainment are a growing sector of the tourism and hospitality industries. This course examines the history and development of gaming and casino operations. Managerial, technical, and operational concepts of casinos and gaming entertainment will be reviewed. Other topics will include regulatory issues and implications for game protection. Within a global context, the socio-cultural, environmental, and economic impacts of casinos and gaming entertainment will be examined. Responsible gaming operations and management will be emphasized.

GEO325 - Geography of Europe

A study of forces that have shaped the human landscape of Europe. National and regional disparities ranging from land relief and climate to social and economic phenomena are studied.

GEO328 - Geography of Latin America

This course is a regional analysis of the physical and cultural environments that make the human landscape. Present Latin American society is studied through a historical perspective. (3 crs.)

GEO330 - Meetings Expositions Events and Convention Operation

Through a global approach, this course examines the structure and role of conventions and destination management at various geographical scales. The course content will explore the theories and practices relevant to successful conventions and the role these play in destination management. Strategies required for successful planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of conventions will be introduced. Issues will be considered from the perspectives of the service providers, host community, and visitors. (3 crs.)

GEO340 - Historical Geography

This course is a study of the interrelationships of the natural and cultural environments and the historical development of the cultural landscape. Historical development of the United States is emphasized. (3 crs.)

GEO351 - Research Methods for Tourism Studies

This course will lay a foundation for senior-level course work in the tourism studies concentration. Secondary research techniques will be reviewed. Qualitative, quantitative and observational methodologies will also be examined. The focus will be practical skill development for data collection, analysis and interpretation. (3 crs.)

GEO352 - Hotels, Resorts and Lodging

This course provides an understanding of the hotel, resorts, and lodging sector of the tourism industry within a geographical context. This sector's growth and development, planning, design, and operations will be reviewed. The course will also review sustainable practices, industry opportunities, and future trends.

GEO358 - Comprehensive Tourism Planning

Students will become familiar with the process of tourism planning as a mechanism to sustainable tourism development. An understanding of the principles, practices and procedures of tourism planning at various geographical scales will be introduced. The student will apply concepts of tourism planning through experiential activities, which includes the submission of a written tourism plan. (3 crs.)

GEO360 - Emergency Management

This course examines the emergency management process in dealing with both natural and technological (human-induced) hazards. Topics covered in the course include: the history of emergency management in the United States, and the disaster life cycle model and its four phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery). These concepts will prepare the student for understanding how disaster events can be managed and losses from these events can be reduced. Specifically, the knowledge and theories learned in this course will be used to analyze case studies of both success stories and failures during past disaster events in order to learn valuable lessons for facing future threats. (3 crs.)

GEO383 - Dark Tourism and Extreme Topics

This course explores some of the more extreme phenomenon of the tourism industry, which is one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries. This course will focus on growing special interest markets within the tourism industry with an emphasis on more extreme topics that touch upon death, destruction, and the macabre. In this course, students study the impacts of dark and extreme tourism development on the culture, society, ecomomies, and the environment at different geographical scales. (3 crs.)

GEO420 - Disaster Vulnerability

This course examines the process of conducting vulnerability assessments in analyzing both natural and technological (human-induced) hazards. Topics covered in the course include the model of place vulnerability, the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in vulnerability assessments, and feedback mechanisms which can exacerbate or mitigate against expected losses from hazard events. These concepts will prepare the student for understanding where and why disaster events occur most frequently, and it will allow them to determine effective methods for reducing future losses from these events. Specifically, the knowledge and theories learned in this course will be used to analyze trends in disaster losses and locations, and future scenarios will be modeled to determine their potential impacts.

GEO426 - Impacts and sustainability of Tourism

This course will cover the principles of sustainability and sustainable tourism development. Material will cover economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism. Case examples will be used to illustrate the characteristics, methods of measurement, management and evaluation of sustainable tourism. (3 crs.)

GEO474 - Developing the Master Plan

The course examines planning as a process. Attention is focused on the elements and activities necessary to prepare and implement a comprehensive plan. The course provides an opportunity for the student to apply acquired planning skills to specific urban and regional problems. (3 crs.)

GEO479 - Internship

The internship is designed to provide the student the opportunity to apply classroom theory to realistic, professional-level situations. It is intended to give the student a concentrated practical experience at a progressive agency or organization. The concepts and experiences acquired in the classroom are honed and fine-tuned at this level to prepare the student for his/her career undertaking.