GEOG Geography

GEOG   5090G   Selected Topics

1-9 Credit Hours.   0-9 Lecture Hours.   0-9 Lab Hours.

Offered with or without a lab on an experimental basis. Graduate students will complete an individual term project or special report.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5090, GEOG   5090S.

GEOG   5091G   Applied GIS

4 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   8 Lab Hours.

Applications of advanced GIS design and modeling to a specific topical and/or geographic area. Topics and studies will be varied over time. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5091.

GEOG   5130G   Geography of North America

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Systematic regional treatment of Canada and the United States including the physical, cultural, and economic aspects of various subregions. Special attention will be paid to comparative themes such as resource development, trade, and migration. Graduate students will complete an individual term project or special report.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5130.

GEOG   5230G   Urban Geography

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analysis of site, situation, base, principal functions, distribution, supporting areas and internal structure of urban settlements. Graduate students will complete an individual term project or special report.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG   1101 or GEOG   1130.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5230, GEOG   5230S.

GEOG   5231G   Economic Geography

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Study of the distribution, production and utilization of the world's basic commodities. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5231.

GEOG   5330G   Population Geography

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores issues and themes related to the patterns, processes, and consequences of the spatial distribution of the world’s population. The course is organized around the fundamental components of population change, fertility, mortality, and migration. Current events related to population change and distribution in multiple geographical contexts will constitute a primary focus of the course. Graduate students will be required to complete more detailed, sophisticated assignments and complete longer, more in depth term papers.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG   1101 or GEOG   1130.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5330.

GEOG   5430G   Political Geography

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will cover the geography of political behavior from the local to the global scale by examining the relationship of geography and politics. Students will investigate the rapidly changing geopolitics of the era in which they live, with special emphasis on international relations, sovereignty, war, and terrorism. Additionally, the course will focus on redistricting, the Electoral College, and other geographic elements of our American democratic system. Graduate students will learn how to undertake an independent, supervised research project in the field of political geography.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG   1101 or GEOG   1130.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5430.

GEOG   5435G   Nature and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will examine factors that affect humans’ perspectives on resources and analyze the availability, scarcity, and valuing of natural resources, in addition to conflicts over their use. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5435.

GEOG   5441G   Remote Sensing

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce the principles and applications of remote sensing and imagery, including electromagnetic energy, the interaction between energy and earth’s surface, remotely sensed data, and the major sensor systems. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5441.

GEOG   5530G   Cultural Geography

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the world's diverse cultural landscapes. Emphasis on the connections between social, political, religious and agricultural patterns and the impact of societies on the natural environment. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5530.

GEOG   5531G   Environmental Impact and Remediation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process per the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and review criteria regarding whether a Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is issued. Students will see how the EIA process can be applied to the workflow of federal projects, from the research phase through planning, remediation, monitoring, evaluation, and improved regulatory enforcement/environmental policy. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5531.

GEOG   5540G   Advanced GIS

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

This course covers the advanced spatial analysis and modeling functions of GIS and offers both fundamental theoretical background and extensive hands-on experience in spatial analysis and modeling. Major topics include network analysis, surface modeling, spatial patterns analysis, spatial data visualization, and basics of spatial statistics. Graduate students can expect more comprehensive and rigorous course assessments (e.g. class discussion, exams, and/or term papers/projects).

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5540.

GEOG   5545G   Ecohydrology

4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

This course will cover how water interacts to connect the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems, with a focus on forests. Students will measure hydrologic processes to determine the water budget of an on-campus forest and associate these measurements to ecological processes upon which human society relies (watershed management and sustainable agriculture). This includes training on common and cutting-edge ecohydrological field equipment installation, operation, maintenance, and data analysis techniques. Additionally, students will compare their results to studies around the globe. Graduate students will write an ecohydrology research proposal in a format required by federal funding agencies.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5545.

GEOG   5590G   Field Studies-Geography

6-8 Credit Hours.   6-8 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An intensive course on a specific region of the world conducted in that region combining lecture, observation and travel. Students usually will bear tuition, travel and living expenses during the course. May be repeated for credit in different regions. Graduate students will complete an individual term project or special report.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5590.

GEOG   5890G   Directed Study

0-4 Credit Hours.   1-4 Lecture Hours.   1-4 Lab Hours.

Independent study for advanced students. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of Department Chair is required.

Cross Listing(s): GEOG   5890, GEOG   5890S.

GEOG   7531   Global Climate Change

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course investigates the global climate system in the context of current and future changes in this system. In particular the course provides an in depth study of hemispheric and smaller scale changes in the climate system with emphasis on temperature, precipitation, and severe weather.

GEOG   7535   Cultural and Political Ecology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the subfields of cultural and political ecology through an extensive review and critique of the research literature in areas including: the appropriation of nature, conservation, ecotourism, sustainability, deforestation, and environmental policies. Examples from multiple geographic contexts will be discussed and critiqued.

GEOG   7541   GIS Applications in Social Science

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce the concepts, theories, computational methods, and real-world applications of GIS in the social sciences-related fields at the graduate level.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GEOG   7631.

GEOG   7542   Geospatial Techniques and Applications

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

Geospatial Techniques and Applications aims to broaden students’ advanced knowledge and skills in the use and applications of state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to a range of environmental issues and problems. The course will provide in-depth theoretical background on issues surrounding data acquisition, image processing, and analysis to prepare students for semester-long research projects.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GEOG   5441G.

GEOG   7543   Frontiers in Geospatial Science

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

This class introduces students to recent developments in geospatial science and technologies. Students will become familiar with the most recent technological advances in Geographic Information Science.

GEOG   7630   Seminar in Geographic Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This graduate seminar provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Geography through an examination of the historical roots of the field, its fundamental theoretical traditions and concepts, and contemporary debates within the discipline.

GEOG   7631   Spatial Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce the theory and applications of spatial statistical techniques in both geographic and environmental sciences.

GEOG   7632   Seminar in Geographic Research and Methods

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analysis of research topics and methodologies in geography. Students will define a research topic, review literature in their field of interest, and work toward preparation of their capstone project or thesis research proposal.

GEOG   7830   Non-Thesis Capstone

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is reserved for students pursuing the MS in Applied Geography non-thesis option. Students will define, devise, and implement a Master’s Capstone project, which includes writing, presenting, and defending of the project. Students will present their capstone project in a public presentation open to the university community in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Applied Geography.

GEOG   7999   Thesis

1-6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is the culmination of the Master’s Thesis as it entails the final stage of the writing, presenting, and defending of the thesis project. Students will present their thesis to their thesis committee in a public presentation open to the university community in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Applied Geography. The final written thesis must be accepted by the thesis committee in accordance with the timeline laid out by the College of Graduate Studies.