Land use and land cover changes can have far-reaching social and environmental impacts. This course will study primary land use systems, land use and land cover change, and will focus on ecosystem impacts of these systems and their dynamics, such as impacts on hydrology, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem services. The concepts and methods that you will learn will be broadly applicable to other fields and geographic locations. This course requires at least an introductory course in GIS. Most course material is available through SU’s D2L platform (access via but you can download a recent Geo 533 Syllabus.