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Courses - Fall 2017
GEOG
Geographical Sciences Department Site
GEOG110
The World Today: Global Perspectives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The most critical issue facing the world today is the sustainability of both human and physical systems in the 21st century. This class uses the context of regions of the world to explore the 21st century issues of climate change, development, politics, economy, and demography. Each region will be used to highlight aspects of sustainability.
GEOG130
Developing Countries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
An introduction to the geographic characteristics of the development problems and prospects of developing countries. Spatial distribution of poverty, employment, migration and urban growth, agricultural productivity, rural development, policies and international trade. Portraits of selected developing countries.
GEOG140
Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Fires
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Catastrophic Environmental Events (CCE) that are becoming more common i this time of global environmental change and it is essential that today's students be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be leaders as we, as a society, understand the upheaval that these CCEs are causing. Students will examine how CEEs shape human society and ecosystem from the interdisciplinary perspective afforded by the field of Geography. Students will use the latest geographic science concepts and techniques in exploring these events. Using satellite imagery they will gain a multi-scale perspective of the ecological and societal aspects of the events.
GEOG170
Introduction to Methods of Geospatial Intelligence and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: MS
GenEd: DSNS
Introduction to technical methods used in gathering, analyzing, and presenting geospatial information, addressing the needs of geospatial analysis, such as environmental monitoring, situational awareness, disaster management, and human systems. Topics include basics of locational reference systems, map projections, satellite and airborne remote sensing, global positioning systems, geographic information systems, cartography, and introductory statistics and probability. The course is a gateway to more advanced technical classes in geoinformatics.
GEOG201
Geography of Environmental Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with GEOG211)
A systematic introduction to the processes and associated forms of the atmosphere and earth's surfaces emphasizing the interaction between climatology, hydrology and geomorphology.
GEOG211
Geography of Environmental Systems Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in GEOL120, GEOL100, or GEOG201.
A laboratory course to accompany GEOG 201. Analysis of the components of the earth's energy balance using basic instrumentation; weather map interpretation; soil analysis; the application of map and air photo interpretation techniques to landform analysis.
This is a 2 hr, 1 credit lab which parallels GEOG 201; Required for GEOG majors; optional for non-majors. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
GEOG212
(Perm Req)
Career Planning for Geographical Sciences, GIS, and ENSP Majors
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Geography; GEOG-GIS & Computer Cartography).
Increase student knowledge of professional development opportunities in Geographical Sciences through classroom activities and invited speakers, and to build awareness of career development tools and strategies.
GEOG306
Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Geographic Environmental Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Essentials in the quantitative analysis of spatial and other data, with a particular emphasis on statistics and programming. Topics include data display, data description and summary, statistical inference and significance tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and some advanced concepts, such as matrix methods, principal component analysis, and spatial statistics. Students will develop expertise in data analysis using advanced statistical software.
Restricted to the following major codes (22060, 22061, 2299I, 2299V, or 2299X) only
GEOG330
As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: GEOG330, GEOG360, or GEOG362.
Formerly: GEOG362.
Cultural geography course on society and sustainability. Culture is the basic building block that is key to sustainability of societies. Course will cover sustainability of societies on different scales, examining local, regional, and worldwide issues. Sustainability will be examined as a key element of environmental sustainability. How societies adjust to rapid world change will be examined as a positive and/or negative factor in sustainability.
GEOG332
Economic Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: GEOG203, GEOG303, or GEOG332.
Formerly: GEOG303.
Principles of managing scarce resources in a world where everyone faces tradeoffs across both time and space. Focuses on the relationship between globalization processes and changing patterns of locational advantages, production, trade, population, socioeconomic and environmental grace and sustainability.
GEOG335
Population Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG201; and GEOG202.
Credit only granted for: GEOG435 or GEOG335.
Formerly: GEOG435.
The spatial characteristics of population distribution and growth, migration, fertility and mortality from a global perspective. Basic population-environmental relationships; carrying capacity, density, and relationships to national development.
GEOG372
Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Principles of remote sensing in relation to photographic, thermal infrared and radar imaging. Methods of obtaining quantitative information from remotely-sensed images. Interpretation of remotely-sensed images emphasizing the study of spatial and environmental relationships.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
GEOG373
Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Characteristics and organization of geographic data; creation and use of digital geospatial databases; metadata; spatial data models for thematic mapping and map analysis; use of geographic information system in society, government, and business. Practical training with use of advanced software and geographic databases.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
GEOG384
(Perm Req)
Internship in Geography I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: GEOG211, GEOG306, GEOG212, and GEOG201; and (ENGL393 or ENGL390).
Restriction: Must be in Geography program.
Supervised field training to provide career experience. Introduction to professional level activities, demands, opportunities. Placement at a public agency, non-profit organization, or private firm. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in preceding semester.
GEOG384H
(Perm Req)
Internship in Geography I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: GEOG211, GEOG306, GEOG212, and GEOG201; and (ENGL393 or ENGL390).
Restriction: Must be in Geography program.
Supervised field training to provide career experience. Introduction to professional level activities, demands, opportunities. Placement at a public agency, non-profit organization, or private firm. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in preceding semester.
GEOG385
(Perm Req)
Internship in Geography II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG211, GEOG306, GEOG212, and GEOG201; and must have completed a Junior (Professional) English course.
Restriction: Must be in Geography program.
Supervised field training to provide career experience. Introduction to professional-level activities, demands, opportunities. Placement at a public agency, nonprofit organization, or private firm. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in preceding semester.
GEOG385H
(Perm Req)
Internship in Geography II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG211, GEOG306, GEOG212, and GEOG201; and must have completed a Junior (Professional) English course.
Restriction: Must be in Geography program.
Supervised field training to provide career experience. Introduction to professional-level activities, demands, opportunities. Placement at a public agency, nonprofit organization, or private firm. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in preceding semester.
GEOG398
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG398H
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Geography
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GEOG416
Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG306, STAT100, MATH107, or MATH111; and (GEOG201 and GEOG202); and (GEOG331 or GEOG330).
Corequisite: MATH130, MATH140, or MATH120; or MATH220.
Credit only granted for: GEOG416 or GEOG498N.
Formerly: GEOG498N.
Develops skills to carry out research that integrates environmental and economic aspects of sustainability by introducing extensively used quantitative tools for analyzing human-environmental interactions in the field of ecological economics. These include, e.g., index number calculations and decomposition analysis, Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), environmental input-output analysis and life-cycle analysis, and multi-criteria decisions aid (MCDA). Students will need laptops to run models during class.
For majors only. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
GEOG418
Field and Laboratory Techniques in Environmental Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GEOG422
Changing Geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG201; and GEOG202; and (GEOG335 or GEOG333).
Recommended: GEOG130 or GEOG110.
Credit only granted for: GEOG328C, GEOG422.
Formerly: GEOG328C.
Students will develop an understanding of the geographic contexts of SubSaharan Africa, including an overview of the physical, bioclimatic, historical, cultural, political, demographic, health and economic geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will fill in the map of Africa by studying the spatial distribution within each of these geographic domains. In addition to an overview of geography South of the Sahara, the Congo will be taken as a more intensive case study through additional readings, lectures and discussions.
GEOG423
Latin America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG201 and GEOG202; and (GEOG332, GEOG435, or GEOG333).
Recommended: GEOG130 and GEOG110.
Credit only granted for: GEOG313 or GEOG423.
Formerly: GEOG313.
A geography of Latin America and the Caribbean in the contemporary world: political and cultural regions, population and natural resource distribution, economic and social development, poverty, crime, urbanization, migration trends, and natural disasters.
GEOG431
Culture and Natural Resource Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: GEOG421 or GEOG431.
Formerly: GEOG421.
Basic issues concerning the natural history of humans from the perspective of the geographer. Basic components of selected behavioral and natural systems, their evolution and adaptation, and survival strategies.
GEOG432
Spatial Econometrics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG201; and GEOG202; and GEOG306; and GEOG332.
Also offered as: GEOG732.
Credit only granted for: GEOG498E, GEOG432, GEOG788E, GEOG732.
Formerly: GEOG498E.
An introduction to modern econometric techniques in general and spatial econometrics in particular, using the popular open source statistical computer language R. A focus on using statistical computing to produce analytical reports for real-world applications, research papers, and dissertations.
GEOG442
Biogeography and Environmental Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG301. And GEOG201 and GEOG211; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Also offered as: GEOG642.
Credit only granted for: GEOG642, GEOG442, GEOG447, or GEOG484.
Formerly: GEOG447.
Biogeographical topics of global significance, including a consideration of measurement techniques, and both descriptive and mechanistic modeling. Topics may include: scale in biogeography, biodiversity, carbon geography, climate and vegetation, interannual variability in the biosphere, land cover, global biospheric responses to climate change, NASA's Mission to Planet Earth and Earth Observation System. The class focuses on both natural and athropogenic controls, impacts of biography on climate and ecosystem services and different methods in biogeography.
GEOG475
Computer Cartography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG373 and GEOG306.
Credit only granted for: GEOG471 or GEOG475.
Formerly: GEOG471.
Advanced skills of computer mapping using more sophisticated software packages. Map projection evaluation and selection, coordinate system conversion, techniques of quantitative thematic mapping, map design and generalization, hypermedia and animated cartography. Emphasis on designing and making cartographically sound sophisticated thematic maps.
For majors only. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
GEOG476
Object-Oriented Computer Programming for GIS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG373 and GEOG376; or permission of BSOS-Geography department. And must have completed MATH220; or must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH120, MATH130, or MATH140.
Restriction: Must be in Geography program; or must be in GIS minor.
Credit only granted for: GEOG498G or GEOG476.
Formerly: GEOG498G.
Expands on conceptual and practical aspects of programming for geographic applications. The main focus of this course is to provide students more advanced programming in object oriented programming languages (i.e. Python). In addition, students will develop a proficiency in applying these advanced programming principles to manipulating spatial data sources within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
GEOG498
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG498K
Topical Investigations; Web GIS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
For majors only.
GEOG498Q
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: permission of department or instructor required.
GEOG601
(Perm Req)
The Nature and Practice of Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG601 or GEOG788N.
Formerly: GEOG788N.
Introduces students to the nature and practice of science in physical and human geography, including practical methods for research productivity, professional, societal and ethical obligations of scientists, the philosophy of science, and the scientific literature. Students will prepare and critically evaluate research proposals.
GEOG608
Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment Summary
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG642
(Perm Req)
Biogeography and Environmental Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Also offered as: GEOG442.
Credit only granted for: GEOG788C, GEOG642, or GEOG442.
Formerly: GEOG788C.
Biogeographical topics of global significance, including a consideration of measurement techniques, and both descriptive and mechanistic modeling. Topics may include: scale in biogeography, biodiversity, carbon geography, climate and vegetation, interannual variability in the biosphere, land cover, global biospheric responses to climate change, NASA's Mission to Planet Earth and Earth Observation System. The class focuses on both natural and athropogenic controls, impacts of biography on climate and ecosystem services and different methods in biogeography.
GEOG671
Remote Sensing Instruments and Observtions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG472; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Detailed examination of land remote sensing instruments, observatories and resultant measurements in the optical portion of the EM spectrum. Includes computer-based exercises that examine the importance of data geo-registration and radiometric calibration in land measurements.
GEOG732
Spatial Econometrics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG201; and GEOG306; and GEOG202; and GEOG332.
Also offered as: GEOG432.
Credit only granted for: GEOG498E, GEOG432, GEOG788E, GEOG732.
Formerly: GEOG498E, GEOG788E.
An introduction to modern econometric techniques in general and spatial econometrics in particular, using the popular open source statistical computer language R. A focus on using statistical computing to produce analytical reports for real-world applications, research papers, and dissertations.
GEOG788
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Geography
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG788Q
Selected Topics in Geography; Studying Social Networks: Theory, Methods, and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
This course is intended as a survey of the theory and methods pertaining to social networks. Class time will be devoted to learning principles, theoretical perspectives, and appropriate software packages (mainly those in R) for designing a study for gathering network data, and analyzing those data. The readings are a combination of introductory-level material, classic, scholarly readings in the field, and empirical studies that apply social network analytic techniques to topics relevant to the social sciences as a whole. The first weeks are structured around readings, group discussion, and lab (e.g. going through example scripts in R). The last few weeks are geared more towards students individual projects, culminating in small presentations (similar to conference paper presentations) on a topic of your choosing, and a final paper/project, again shaped according to your own needs/interests.
GEOG788Z
Selected Topics in Geography; Topics in Data Visualization with Processing and Applications in R
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOG789
(Perm Req)
Independent Readings
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG790
Internship in Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Field experience in the student's specialty in a Federal, state, or local agency or private business. Research paper required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG798
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Departmental Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GEOG799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.