Undergraduate-level Geography Courses

GEO 100 – 349

Not all courses are offered on a regular schedule. See the Class Schedule on MaineStreet for courses offered each semester.


GEO 100 – World Geography  Introduces students to the major world cultural regions and their characteristics, development and interaction. It focuses particularly on the relationship between cultural groups and the environment within and between each region. Students will be challenged to acquire factual knowledge of cultural regions necessary for geographic literacy and to critically evaluate explanations of these patterns.

Satisfies the General Education Population and Environment and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements.

Credits: 3

GEO 212 – Geography of Maine

This course provides a geographical perspective on the historical development of Maine over the last 500 years. The course begins with European contact in the early 1500s, and then examines the evolution of Maine as a borderland during the colonial period, the American settlement of Maine in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the growth of industrial manufacturing and tourism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the de-industrialization and development of a service economy in Maine today. The course pays particular attention to environmental, cultural, and cross-border issues. (GEO 212 and HTY 212 are identical)

Satisfies the General Education Population and the Environment Requirement

Cross-listed as HTY 212

Credits: 3

GEO 265 – The Power of Maps

Humans have been making maps for thousands of years, but never before were maps as present in everyday life as they are today.  Just think of the GPS in cars and the locator apps on our phones. It is more important than ever that we understand maps, how they are made, and how they have shaped society, from guiding imperial expansion to influencing urban development, land use, tourism, and surveillance.  This course teaches students the history of maps and map-making from the first rock carvings of ancient cities to Google Earth and smart bombs. Major topics will include how maps have been essential tools for government, warfare, territorial control, social and economic planning, and artistic expression. We will explore how map-making technology has changed over time, the drive for increasing accuracy, and how the design of maps reflects the cultures that produce them.  Students will also learn how to make their own maps to tell a spatial historical narrative.  Most broadly, this course will teach students how to read maps as rich documents that are fascinating windows on the past.  If this course was taken under as a topics course in HTY 398, it cannot be repeated for credit.

Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Artistic and Creative Expressions requirements.

Cross-listed as HTY 265

Credits: 3

GEO 275 – Geography of Globalization

Examines changing demographic, economic, political, and cultural connections across the globe over the past 500 years; their representation through maps, and our current awareness of the globe and the Earth’s environment. (GEO 275 and HTY 275 are identical)

Satisfies the General Education Population & Environment and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives Requirements.

Cross-listed as HTY 275

Credits: 3

GEO 349 – Geography of Climate Change 

Introduces students to theories of environmental sustainability transitions and resource use in the context of climate change.

Prerequisites: Any ANT course or GEO course or permission.

Cross listed as ANT 311

Credits: 3

GEO 349 – Early Modern North America in Atlantic Perspective

Reflecting the increasing globalization of modern society, this course employs an Atlantic perspective to understand the international history of early modern North America. Focuses on the geography of the European empires that shaped North America, beginning with the Spanish and the French, and then focusing on the British and the revolt of the American colonies. (GEO 349 and HTY 349 are identical)

Satisfies the General Education Western Cultural Tradition and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements.

Cross-listed as HTY 349

Credits: 3

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