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Undergraduate Courses and Descriptions

RAPP 201. Society, Nature, and Development. (3-0-3); I.
Prerequisites: BIOL 155, MATH 152, RAPP 200 and SOC 101 (Computer Enhanced), or equivalents.
An introduction to the concepts of region and regional analysis, with emphasis on the various disciplines employed and how they impact regional analysis. The use of regional analysis in forecasting, planning, and policy. This course satisfies area studies-social and behavioral sciences for general education.

RAPP202. Basic Computer Techniques in Regional Analysis. (2-2-3); II.
Prerequisites: SOC 101 (Computer Enhanced) or Math 152 or Math ACT of 20 or higher or consent of the instructor.
This course fosters skill development in community and regional research through introducing computer-based research techniques that are widely used by practitioners. Research techniques and tools are introduced that address planning a study, library investigations, collecting, processing, and analyzing data, and disseminating results. Specifically, the basic skills of spreadsheet and database use are introduced along with the essential analytical skills of charting, statistics, and mapping. In addition, the course addresses Internet communications, methods of transmitting and receiving data, data collection and compilation, and oral/written communication of results. Cross-listed with GEO 202. This course satisfies required core and computer competence for General Education.

RAPP 300. Seminar in Regional Issues I. (3-0-3); I.
Prerequisite: RAPP 200.
This multidisciplinary seminar teams faculty, students, resource people and citizens in discussion, research, analysis and action plans related to specific topics and current issues in regional analysis and includes a practical focus on regional economic development and public policy. Selected topics include: housing, transportation, education, water quality, land use, air quality, wood, employment, health and health care, crime/violence, poverty and others.

RAPP 350. Practicing Regional Analysis I. (2-12-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: RAPP 300.
Practical experience in agency, organization, or field setting related to the student’s academic program. Students will work in settings over the full semester or summer and complete a research paper, organizational analysis, position or
policy paper that integrates the intellectual world with the real world.

RAPP 376. Directed Research. (3-0-3); I, II, III.
Prerequisite: six hours of Regional Analysis and Public Policy courses or permission of the instructor.
Focused research under the direction of an IRAPP faculty member.

RAPP 450. Practicing Regional Analysis II. (2-12-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: RAPP 350.
Practical experience in agency, organization, or field setting related to students’ academic program. Students will work in settings and conduct research or execute projects that will be further developed as part of the requirements in RAPP 490.

RAPP 490. Seminar in Regional Issues II. (3-0-3); II.
Prerequisites: RAPP 350 and senior standing.
This seminar will focus on selected current issues in regional analysis and will include a practical focus on their effect on regional economic development and regional policy. Persons from this region (citizens, policymakers, and activists) will be invited to bring a firsthand view of these issues.

RAPP 560. Spatial Analysis. (3-1-3); on demand.
Prerequisites: Inferential statistics course in social or natural sciences or consent of the instructor.
This course provides students with the background and skills to evaluate, select, and apply appropriate spatial analysis techniques to solving real-world problems and issues in public administration. A wide variety of spatial tools and applications applicable to government, business, environmental studies, and academia will be explored. Specifically, students will learn concepts of spatial analytic practice, explore the methods and techniques of applying these concepts in practice, and develop the ability to evaluate, select, and apply the appropriate techniques to real-world subjects.

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