Thee following descriptions are of Geography and Anthropology courses as shown in the LSU General Catalog. The most recent course offerings are updated by LSU once a day. Changes to course availability made during the day will not be reflected until the next day.
Listed as GEOG in the LSU catalog
The course number is listed at the beginning of the course description. General education courses are marked with an asterisk (*). Total credit hours are in parenthesis.
(Required of majors)
*1001 Human Geography: Americas and Europe (3)
Principal themes of human geography, including the spatial distributions and interactions of culture, history, economy, population, and environment, with a regional emphasis on the Americas and Europe. 1001 and 1003 do not need to be taken in numerical order.
*1003 Human Geography: Africa and Asia (3)
Principal themes of human geography, including the spatial distributions and interactions of culture, history, economy, population, and environment, with a regional emphasis on Africa and Asia. 1001 and 1003 need not be taken in numerical order.
*2040 Geospatial Technology (3)
Introduction to concepts and applications of modern geospatial technologies to various disciplines. Discusses the collection, input, storage, analysis, and visualization of spatial and attribute data.
*2050 Physical Geography: The Atmosphere (3)
Physical principles, processes, and operations in the atmosphere; world climatic realms. Credit will not be given for both this course and GEOG 2061. This course may be taken for elective geology credit.
*2051 Physical Geography: Land and Water Surfaces, Plant and Animal Realms (3)
Surface elements of the earth’s environment and the relationships among those elements. Credit will not be given for both this course and GEOG 2061.
(All majors select three courses)
2039 Cartographic Drafting and Graphic Presentation (3) 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab.
Basic drafting instruments and techniques necessary for preparation of maps and scientific graphics.
4040 Advanced Cartography (3) Prereq.: GEOG 2039 or equivalent.
Cartographic history; map projection; advanced techniques of data presentation and cartographic production.
4044 Computer Cartography (3)
No programming knowledge necessary. Introduction to selected mapping packages.
4049 Advanced Computer Cartography (3) Prereq.: CSC 1250 or 1253 and GEOG 4044.
Use of computer mapping programs; theory and methods of display of point, line, and area elements in thematic maps; algorithms involved in encoding, editing, storing, retrieving, and displaying data from a digital cartographic data base.
4019 Aerial Photo Interpretation of Cultural Features (3) 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab.
Analysis of land use/land cover, urban, industrial, and military aspects from aerial photographs. Credit will not be given for both this course and GEOG 4020.
4020 Aerial Photo Interpretation (3) Prereq.: GEOL 1001 and 1003 or GEOG 2051. 2 hrs.
lecture; 2 hrs. lab.
Analysis and mapping of geologic structure, lithology, and landforms from aerial photographs. Credit will not be given for both this course and GEOG 4019.
4045 Environmental Remote Sensing (3) Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken
for elective geology credit. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab.
Basic energy and matter relationships; principles of primary remote sensors; environment studied via remote sensing techniques.
4041 Field Methods in Geography (3) 1 hr. lecture; 4 hrs. lab.
Fall semester emphasis on interpretation of the cultural landscape; spring semester emphasis on the physical landscape.Cannot be repeated for credit. Students must have Saturdays free.
4042 Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (3) Also offered as ANTH 4042. Prereq.:
permission of instructor.
The use of vector-based GIS application software for the input, management, analysis and presentation of geospatial data. Emphasis is placed on how the GIS relates to database management systems as part of building an enterprise-wide GIS.
4046 Web GIS (3)
Visualizing, analyzing, and distributing spatial data via web technologies. Emphasis placed on how the technologies of web servers, geographic information system software, and database management systems interact to make map-enabled websites possible.
4047 Geographic Information Systems (3) Prereq.: CSC 1250 or 1253 or equivalent.
Geographic information systems used in land resource management and planning; data structures and algorithms for automated retrieval and analysis of spatial data; structuring cartographic data into spatial data; integration of remotely sensed data into geographic information systems.
4048 Methods of Spatial Analysis (3)
Mathematical, statistical, and spatial analytical methods for handling and interpreting data related to geography.
(B.A. candidates select two systematic and one regional course)
2010 Human Geography (3)
Survey of patterns and processes of world’s cultures and landscapes.
2080 Humans and the Environment(3)
Exploration of geographic concepts that underlie nature-society relationships and human-dimensions of environmental change.
4012 Elements of Cultural Geography (3)
Culturally oriented proseminar in American geographical thought during the present century.
4060 Political Geography (3)
Systematic, cultural-political geography; emphasis on technical and philosophical aspects and on American political landscapes; territorial political entities (cadastral, civil, national, imperial); role of the lands and seas, nature and objects of war; impacts of political entities on the landscape.
4072 Urban Historical Geography (3)
Spatial evolution of cities and city-systems in western civilization through the classical, medieval, mercantile, and industrial periods to 1945.
4073 Urban Geography (3)
Internal arrangement, external relations, and locational aspects of urban places, with emphasis on U.S.; urban places identified by presence of tertiary economic activities.
4074 Place and Culture (3)
See ANTH 4074.
4077 Economic Geography (3)
Location, characteristics, and relationships of primary, secondary, and tertiary economic activity; measurements and theories of location of economic endeavor.
4078 Environment and Development (3)
Geographic theories and methods for analyzing relationship between environment and development.
4079 Geography of Religion (3) Also offered as REL 4079.
The theory and methods of analyzing the culture and movement of religious rituals and traditions over space and time.
4080 Historical Geography (3)
Advanced concepts and principles of historical geography.
4086 Cultural Ecology (3) Also offered as ANTH 4086.
Cultural adaptation to difficult and distinctive environments, including mountains and highlands, the arctic, deserts, the humid tropics, and grasslands; subsistence strategies, local knowledge, household economies, land use practices, and resource management institutions.
4087 Gender, Place, and Culture (3) Also offered as ANTH 4087 and WGS 4087.
The geographies of everyday life showing how notions of maleness and femaleness influence how we understand and relate to the world around us, from our built environment, to the places we invest with meaning, and the very ways we live, work, travel, and explore.
3001 Geography of Louisiana (3)
Development and current distribution of physical and human geography of Louisiana.
4000 Modern India: Society and Culture (3)
See SW 4000. Interdisciplinary analysis of politico-cultural issues of contemporary pan-Indian society.
4002 South Asian Society, Polity, and Culture (3)
See INTL 4002. Historical anthropology of South Asia examining the four major cultural traditions (Hindu/Buddhist, Islamic, British and nationalist) which currently shape the politics of nationalism, development, ethnicity, caste and gender in the region.
4031 Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
Physical and cultural geography of Latin America and the Caribbean.
4033 Central Asia and Afghanistan (3) Also offered as INTL 4033.
Survey of the geography of Central Asia and Afghanistan; emphasis on geographic elements of the history, ecology, environment, economy, and strategic importance of the region.
4035 Geographical Survey of East Asia (3)
General survey of the physical and cultural geography of the region; focus on economic development and international relations.
4037 Geography of China (3)
Geographic survery of natural environment, population and economy of China and its relationship to the rest of the world.
4050 Historical Geography of the South (3)
Physical and cultural geography of the southern U.S.; emphasis on geographical elements identified with the south and their historical development; environment, exploration, population, agriculture, and cultural landscape.
4051 North Africa and the Middle East (3) Also offered as INTL 4051.
Survey of the geography of North Africa and the Middle East; emphasis on the geographic elements of the history, ecology, economy, and politics of the region.
4052 Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
Physical and cultural geography of the United States and Canada.
4055 Geography of Europe (3)
Geographical survey of the natural, cultural, and economic resources of Europe and their relationships to the rest of the world.
(B.S. candidates select any three courses)
3013 Meteorology (3) Prereg.: GEOG 2050 or equivalent.
Temporal and areal variations in composition and structure of the atmosphere; meteorological instruments and measurements. May be taken for elective geology credit.
4014 Climatology (3) Prereg.: GEOG 2050 or equivalent.
Climatic phenomena; methods in development of regional climatology.
4015 Physical Climatology (3) Also offered as ENVS 4015. Prereq.: GEOG 3013 or 4014
or equivalent and MATH 1552 or equivalent.
Exchanges of radiation, energy, matter, and momentum between the earth’s surface and the atmosphere that produce characteristic environmental conditions near the ground important to both rural and urban land uses. May be taken for elective geology credit.
4016 Methods of Climatological Analysis (3) Prereq.: GEOG 3013 and 4014; or equivalent.
Analysis and interpretation of climatological data and application to physical and human problems.
4018 Geographical Hydrology (3) Prereq.: MATH 1021 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture;
2 hrs. lab.
Analysis of basic hydrologic processes with geographical perspective; variability of runoff and groundwater; floods and droughts; climatic and land use impacts on local and global water resources.
4221 The Tropical Atmosphere (3) Prereq.: GEOG 3013 or 4014.
Comparative analysis of the tropical and mid-latitude atmospheric circulation systems, including monsoon systems, tropical cyclones, and easterly waves; elements of interannual tropical variability such as El Niño-Southern Oscillation.
Geomorphology and Coastal
4022 Geomorphology (3) Prereq.: GEOL 1001, 1003.
Basic principles underlying the study of land forms; emphasis on processes shaping the natural landscape. May be taken for elective geology credit.
4024 Coastal Morphodynamics (3) Prereq.: MATH 1021, 1022, or 1023.
See OCS 4024. Basic morphodynamic processes operative along coasts; emphasis on modern coastal process response systems.
4029 Coastal Resources and Management (3)
Introduction to coastal environments and contemporary global coastal and estuarine management.
Biogeography and Environment
2200 Hazards, Disasters and the Environment (3)
Exploration of the interaction processes between natural/technical hazards and society that cause disasters; introduction to the natural and technological hazards and disasters; hazards and disaster management; environmental considerations and impacts.
3070 Environmental Conservation (3)
Factors governing human use of the earth and its resources.
4083 Environmental Change of the Ice Age (3) Prereq.: GEOG 2050 and GEOG 2051 or GEOL
1001 and GEOL 1003 or consent of the instructor. Also offered as ANTH 4083.
Theory of climatic variability on orbital to inter-annual time scales and the methods of reconstructing ecological and climate variability with biological, geological and historical archives.
Other Geography Courses
4023 Coastal and Shallow-Marine Depositional Systems (3) May be taken for elective
See GEOL 4023. Dynamics of sediment transport in coastal zones and on continental shelves; sea- level changes; morphological, sedimentary and stratigraphic attributes of coastal and shallow-marine lithosomes.
4090 The History of Geography (3) 3 hrs. lecture and proseminar discussion.
Development of geography since ancient times; emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.
4164 Deltaic Geology (3)
See GEOL 4164. Prereq.: consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab.
Processes of deltaic sedimentation and the nature of deltaic sediments; Mississippi River delta compared to other modern and ancient deltas.
4997 Special Topics in Geography (3) May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Permission of instructor.
4998 Independent Reading and Research in Geography (1-6) May be repeated for credit.
An honors course, GEOG 4999, is also available. Permission of instructor. Credit will
not be given for this course and GEOG 4999.
Supervised reading or research on topics selected by qualified advanced students.
4999 HONORS: Independent Reading and Research in Geography (1-6) Same as GEOG 4998, with special honors emphasis for qualified students. Permission of instructor. Credit will not be given for this course and GEOG 4998.
7074 Poetics of Place (3)
Same as ANTH 7074.
7901 Introduction to Graduate Study (1)
Same as ANTH 7901. Techniques and methods of their profession for incoming graduate students.
7902 Introduction to Research Methods in Geography (3)
7906 Settlement Geography: Exploration (3) May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit with consent of department.
7910 Form-Process Relationships in Coastal Environments (3)
7911 Selected Topics in Geography (3) May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. when topics vary. Permission of instructor.
7917 Advanced Physical Geography (3) May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit with consent of department.
7921, 7922, 7923 Research and Field Work in Geography (3-6 each) Each course may be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor.
7926 Advanced Geomorphology (3) May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit with consent of department.
7935 Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis (3) Prereq.: EXST 7003 or equivalent.
Spatial analytical methods for handling and interpreting data related to geography.
7936 Advanced Qualitative Research in Geography and Anthropology (3) Also offered
as ANTH 7936.
Explore the varied tools, techniques and methodologies of qualitative inquiry. Students gain practival experience creating and working with multiple forms of qualitative data and engaging in qualitative analysis and interpretation.
7937 Geographical Literature (3)
7938 Culture History (3) May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit with consent of department.
7939 Seminar in Cultural Geography (3) May be repeated for max of 9 sem. hrs. credit
when topics vary.
Explores different theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches in cultural geography.
7942 Coastal Climatology (3) Prereq.: A basic course in either meteorology or climatology,
or consent of instructor.
Meteorologic and climatologic phenomena occurring in coastal areas.
7946 Coastal and Estuarine Resources (3) Prereq.: GEOG 4029; or equivalent.
Nature of coastal and estuarine resources and their perception, evaluation, and exploitation.
7950 Problems in the Geography of Latin America (3) Prereq.: reading knowledge of
Spanish or Portuguese.
Problems in the cultural and economic geography of Latin America.
7960 Hydroclimatology (3) Prereq.: GEOG 4014 or 4015 or equivalent. 1 hr. lecture;
4 hrs. lab.
Field measurements and laboratory analyses of radiation and water budgets in rural and urban environments; emphasis on evapotranspiration rates and climatic consequences.
7973 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3) Prereq.: GEOG 4047 or equivalent.
Theory and methods of design, development, implementation, and applications of geographic information systems.
7975 Advanced Remote Sensing Seminar (3) Prereq.: GEOG 4045 or equivalent. May be
taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary.
Selected topics in remote sensing.
8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) “S”/“U” grading. Permission of instructor.
9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem.) “S”/“U” grading. Permission of instructor.
Listed as ANTH in the LSU catalog
General education courses are marked with asterisks (*).
*1001 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Prehistory (3)
Origin and evolution of people; evolution and its physiological bases; human prehistory; human diversity; origin and development of human culture through the rise of civilization.
*1003 Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology (3)
Diversity of human cultures; nature of culture, social organization, subsistence patterns, economics, law, politics, religion, language, and other institutions of culture viewed in cross-cultural perspective.
*2015 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
Archaeological goals, methods, techniques, and interpretations; particular prehistoric cultural sequences or projects; relationship of archaeology with other social, life, and earth sciences.
2016 Field Methods in Archaeology (3-6) Prereq.: ANTH 2015 or equivalent.
Techniques of survey, mapping, excavation, and recording; participation in one or more archaeological excavations. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit.
*2050 World Archaeology (3)
Survey of human culture history from the stone age to the present; spread of humanity around the globe; major cultural developments including hunting and gathering, origins of agriculture, discovery and spread of metalworking, rise of ancient civilizations, and development of the modern world.
*2051 Introduction to World Ethnography (3)
Sex roles, economic pursuits, values, beliefs, families, and other institutions of selected nonwestern peoples; implications for American culture.
*2423 Introduction to Folklore (3) See ENGL 2423.
3004 Archaeology and the Bible (3) See REL 3004.
3015 The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (3) See CLST 3015.
3060 Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics (3)
Cultural variation in language and its uses; problems of language classification and areal linguistics; practice in phonemic and morphemic analysis of nonwestern languages.
3401 The Study of Folklore (3) Also offered as ENGL 3401.
History of the study of folklore; methods of collection, interpretation, and analysis of folklore materials; myth, folktale, legend, folk song, ballads, folk humor, festival, and folk speech; psychological, contextual, and structural analysis of oral literature; specific reference to the heritage of Louisiana and the South.
3909 Undergraduate Seminar in Anthropology (3)
May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit when topics vary.
4002 South Asian Society, Polity, and Culture (3) See INTL 4002.
4003 Indian Civilization of Middle and South America (3)
Ancient Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations; modern Indian groups in Latin America.
4004 The North American Indians (3)
Origin, distribution, language, and culture of the aboriginal population.
4010 Human Osteology (3) Prereq.: ANTH 1001; or BIOL 1001, 1002 or 1502.
Examination of the human skeleton including skeletal anatomy, bone growth, bone pathology, and forensic anthropology.
4012 Archaeology of Death (3)
Archaeological approaches to the study of historic cemeteries and ancient burials.
4015 North American Archaeology (3)
4016 Old World Archaeology (3)
Cultural developments in prehistory ranging from the earliest evidence of humans to the foundations of civilization.
4017 Louisiana Archaeology (3) Prereq.: ANTH 4015 or equivalent.
Two overnight field trips. Archaeological data relative to the Indian cultures dating from the end of the Pleistocene period to the early historic era.
4018 Historical Archaeology (3) Also offered as HIST 4151.
Broad range of archaeological goals, methods, and interpretations unique to the study of the historic past; colonial and plantation archaeology in the southeastern U.S.
4019 Geoarchaeology (4) Also offered as GEOL 4019. Prereq.: GEOL 1001 or GEOL 1201
or ANTH 2015 or GEOG 2051 or permission of instructor.
3 hrs. lecture plus equivalent of 3 hrs of lab per week devoted to an applied fieldwork problem. Geological, stratigraphical, geochemical and geophysical techniques employed in the study of archaeological sites and materials.
4020 Method and Theory in Archaeology (3) Prereq.: ANTH 1001 or 1003, and ANTH 2015;
Empirical method and theory in archaeological research emphasizing the logic of scientific argument; history of American archaeology, survey of modern archaeological interpretations, types of explanation, logic of archaeological classification, and formation of research designs.
4021 Advanced Field Methods in Archaeology (3-6) Prereq.: ANTH 2015 and 2016 or equivalent
and at least one upper-division or graduate course in archaeology.
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. credit when topics vary. Advanced techniques of surveying, mapping, excavation, soil sampling, and recording.
4023 Latin American Cultures (3)
Spanish-American cultures in Latin America; their relationship to current societal changes.
4031 Comparative Religions (3) Also offered as REL 4031.
Religious systems in different levels of sociocultural evolution.
4032 Religion, Gender, and Society (3) See REL 4032.
4040 Physical Anthropology (3) Prereq.: ANTH 1001, or BIOL 1002; or BIOL 1202.
Evolutionary theory, human variation, fossil record of human evolution, and primate behavior.
4050 Black Music in America (3)
Cultural and historical survey of musical genres created and developed by black Americans.
4051 Africa (3)
Peoples and cultures of Africa; emphasis on cultural transformation and contemporary societies; Topics include: kinship, gender, religion, healing, economics, politics, urbanism, post-colonialism, and transnationalism.
4053 African-American Cultures (3)
Cultures of African-Americans in the western hemisphere; their origins, development, and present distinctiveness.
4060 Language and Culture (3) Prereq.: ANTH 3060 or ENGL 4010 or ENGL 4012 or COMD
2050 or equivalent. Also offered as LING 4060.
Relationships between various aspects of language and culture.
4064 Pidgin and Creole Languages (3) Prereq.: ANTH 4060 or equivalent. Also offered
as FREN 4064 and LING 4064.
Linguistic, sociolinguistic, and anthropological study of new languages that emerge in contact situations, particularly among peoples of different races and cultures; languages of the slave trade and European commercial expansion from the 15th through 18 th centuries.
4074 Place and Culture (3) Also offered as GEOG 4074.
Consideration of place and culture as two core concepts in geography and anthropology.
4081 Human Evolution (3)
The biological and cultural evolution of the human species.
4082 Social and Cultural Anthropology (3) For graduate students with little or no
Culture, society, and language in primitive and complex settings.
4083 Environmental Change of the Ice Age (3) See GEOG 4083.
4085 History of Anthropological Theory (3)
Major theories in all branches of anthropology; emphasis on cultural and social anthropology.
4086 Cultural Ecology (3) See GEOG 4086.
4087 Gender, Place, and Culture (3) Also offered as GEOG 4087 and WGS 4087.
4090 Ethnographic Methodology (3)
Theories and techniques of ethnography; emphasis on utilization of informants.
4440 Vernacular Architecture and Material Culture (3) Also offered as ARCH 4440. Subject
matter and instructor may vary; additional details available from department.
World vernacular architecture, including indigenous and folk buildings; other forms of material culture.
4470 Folklore of the African Diaspora (3)
African, Caribbean, and African-American cultures from the viewpoint of the diaspora.
4475 American Folklore (3) See ENGL 4475.
4909 Undergraduate Seminar in Anthropology (3) Prereq.: written consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. when topics vary.
4997 Special Topics in Anthropology (3) May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. when topics vary.
4998 Independent Reading and Research in Anthropology (1-6) Prereq.: written consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. An honors course, ANTH 4999, is also available. Supervised reading or research selected by qualified advanced students.
4999 HONORS: Independent Reading and Research in Anthropology (1-6) Same as ANTH 4998, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
7032 Comparative Studies in World Costume (3) See HUEC 7032.
7060 Conversation and Discourse (3) Prereq.: completion of one course in linguistics.
Also offered as LING 7060.
Analysis of language in use; conversation, narrative, culturally specific genres; emphasis on discourse structures in naturally occurring context.
7074 Poetics of Place (3) Prereq.: ANTH/GEOG 4074 or permission of instructor. Also
offered as GEOG 7074.
Combination of the observational method of social science with the literary insights of poetry and fiction; understanding of how places where humans live out their lives convey a variety of meanings beyond that of the strictly utilitarian.
7105 Seminar in Historical Archaeology (3) Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary.
7108 Mesoamerican Archaeology Seminar (3) Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary.
7200 Human Fertility (3)
Biological, behavioral, and demographic aspects of human reproduction.
7901 Introduction to Graduate Study (1) Same as GEOG 7901.
Techniques and methods of the profession for incoming graduate students.
7906 Nature of Culture (3)
7909 Selected Topics in Anthropology (3) May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Also offered as LING 7909.
7954 Anthropology of Complex Societies (3)
Anthropological assumptions of theory and technique; problems generated by applying these assumptions to contemporary Africa, India, Latin America, and Anglo-America.
7962 Field Methods in Linguistics (3) Prereq.: at least one upper-division or graduate
linguistics course. 2 hrs. lecture; 1 hr. individual consultation. Also offered as
Recording and analyzing a living nonEuropean language and using a native-speaking informant.
7999 Research in Anthropology (1-6) Prereq.: written consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Total credit earned in ANTH 4998 and 7999 cannot exceed 9 sem. hrs. Also offered as LING 7999. Individual supervision of advanced research and field work in anthropology.
8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) “S”/“U” grading. Permission of instructor.