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GEOG
Geographical Sciences Department Site
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.
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.
GEOG202
Introduction to Human Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC
Introduction to what geographers do and how they do it. Systematic stud of issues regarding social and cultural systems from a global to a local scale. Looks at the distribution of these variables and answers the question "Why here, and not there"?
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.
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.
GEOG301
Advanced Geographical Environmental Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG201 and GEOG211.
Credit only granted for: GEOG398B or GEOG301.
Formerly: GEOG398B.
This course will provide the students with an overview of the key elements of physical geography, including biogeography (factors and processes that control the geographical distributions of plants and animals, climatology (processes associated with controlling variations in weather and climate), and geomorphology (factors and processes that control changes to the physical structure of the earth surface in relation to geological structures).
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.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
GEOG331
Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANTH220, ANTH260, GEOG202, or GEOG201; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG331 or GEOG361.
Formerly: GEOG361.
Introduction to global-scale interrelationship between human beings and the environment. The development of global issues including but not limited to the environment, food, energy, technology, population, and policy.
GEOG333
The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or (GEOG201 and GEOG202).
Credit only granted for: GEOG456 or GEOG333.
Formerly: GEOG456.
A socio-spatial approach to human interaction within the urban environments: ways people perceive, define, behave in, and structure world cities and metropolitan areas. Cultural and social differences define spatial patterns of social activities which further define distinctions in distribution and interaction of people and their social institutions.
GEOG372
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 lab 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.
There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course.
GEOG376
Introduction to Computer Programming for GIS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH120, MATH130, or MATH140; or must have completed MATH220. And GEOG373; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Introduces conceptual and practical aspects of programming for geographic applications. The main focus is on developing a solid understanding of basic programming techniques irrespective of the specific programming language including variables, looping, conditional statements, nesting, math, strings, and other concepts. In addition, students will develop a proficiency in applying these basic programming principles to manipulating spatial data sources within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee. Restriction: Open to GEOG, GIS, and ENSP-Coastal, Land Use, Global majors only.
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
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
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.
GEOG396
(Perm Req)
Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Geography department; and senior standing or higher; and must be in Geography program.
Formerly: GEOG397.
First course in the departmental honors sequence. Student development o a potential research topic under the guidance of a faculty advisor, culminating in a written and oral presentation of a research proposal.
GEOG397
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG396.
Restriction: Must be in Geography program; and senior standing or higher.
Formerly: GEOG399.
Second course in the departmental honors sequence. Student research under the auspices of a faculty advisor, culminating in a research paper to be defended orally before the geography honors committee.
GEOG398
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG398A
Special Topics in Geography; Issues in African Development
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398D, GVPT359F, and SOCY398Y. Credit only granted for AASP398D, GEOG398A, GVPT359F, or SOCY398Y.
GEOG398H
Special Topics in Geography
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GEOG413
Migration: Latin America and the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG313; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Recommended: HIST250; or USLT201; or LASC234.
Credit only granted for: GEOG413, or GEOG498M.
Formerly: GEOG498M.
Develops an understanding of the push and pull factors that have contributed to human mobility (migration) that has transformed the Americas. The class is divided in two parts: immigration and emigration from Latin American and Latin America migration to the United States. We will be interested in studying the migration shifts that have occurred in Latin America and the theories that help explain them. The themes that will be addressed are the history of migration with Latin America and to North America, the impact of this migration on both sending and receiving countries, and the various policy strategies and issues concerning migration.
Additional Note: Also offered as GEOG788M. Credit granted for GEOG413, GEOG498M, or GEOG788M.
GEOG415
Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG123 or GEOG306; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Recommended: GEOG340; or GEOG342; or GEOG331. Or GEOG201; and GEOG211.
Credit only granted for: GEOG415 or GEOG498D.
Formerly: GEOG498D.
The issues of climate change and land use change as two interlinked global and regional environmental issues and their implications for society and resource use are explored.
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.
Restriction: Open to GOEG, GIS, & ENSP-Coastal, Land Use, Global majors only.
GEOG430
Climate, Energy, and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG201 or GEOG202; and (GEOG306 and GEOG301).
Also offered as: GEOG630.
Credit only granted for: GEOG430, GEOG630 or GEOG498E.
Formerly: GEOG498E.
Students will learn about climate change and energy policy from multiple perspectives includingsocial economic, technological, scientific, and behavioural aspects and their interdependence.The course will also consider the report of the Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change on mitigation and applied cost/benefit analysis of Climate Change. Formatwill be discussion, supplemented with lecture segments and applied workshops asneeded. This course will make occasional use the popular open source statistical computerlanguage R for practical workshops
GEOG441
The Coastal Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG140; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG441 or GEOG498C.
Formerly: GEOG498C.
Introduction to coastal oceanography, focusing on the physical, biological, and geological aspects of ocean areqs on the inner continental shelves. Wave, currents, and tidal dynamics of bays, open coast, estuaries, and deltas. Sedimentary environments of major coastal types. Ecology and biogeochemical relationships, including benthic and planktonic characteristics. Coastal evolution with sea level rise. Human impacts: eutrophication, modification of sedimentation. The coastal future: rising sea level, hypoxia, and increased storminess.
GEOG472
Remote Sensing: Digital Processing and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG372 and GEOG306; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG472 or GEOG480.
Formerly: GEOG480.
Digital image processing and analysis applied to satellite and aircraft land remote sensing data. Consideration is given to preprocessing steps including calibration and geo registration. Analysis methods include digital image exploration, feature extraction thematic classification, change detection, and biophysical characterization. One or more application examples may be reviewed.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
GEOG473
Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG306 and GEOG373; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG473 or GEOG482.
Formerly: GEOG482.
Analytical uses of geographic information systems; data models for building geographic data bases; types of geographic data and spatial problems; practical experience using advanced software for thematic domains such as terrain analysis, land suitability modeling, demographic analysis, and transportation studies.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
GEOG477
Mobile GIS Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG306, GEOG373, and GEOG376; and (GEOG473, GEOG475, or GEOG476). And MATH140 or MATH120; or must have completed MATH220.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the BSOS-Geography department; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Credit only granted for: Geog477 or Geog498V.
Formerly: Geog498V.
Designed as an introduction to mobile GIS, to the programming concepts underlying mobile GIS development, and more importantly, to the design and implement of a mobile GIS application. Covers how to develop, test, and publish mobile GIS native apps working across two mobile platforms: Android and iOS. This course will also try to leverage the capabilities of JavaScript, Swift, Google maps, ArcGIS Server and runtime SDK to developing and publishing mobile GIS web apps.
Restriction: Open to GEOG, GIS, and ENSP-Coastal, Land Use, Global majors only.
GEOG498
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG498B
Topical Investigations; Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course considers various ways of understanding interactions and feedback loops between human and natural systems. We begin with core readings on coupled systems, then proceed into different methods for researching such systems. Students will gain fundamental understandings of this emerging area, opportunities to "'practice" appropriate methodological approaches, and a chance to conduct their own research.
GEOG498I
Topical Investigations; Data Structures for Geospatial Computing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Open to GEOG, GIS, and ENSP-Coastal, Land Use, Global majors only. The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of geospatial representations, such as spatial indexes and network data structures, and with techniques for manipulating geospatial information for geographic information systems, for spatially-based, for spatially-based decision systems and location-based services. The main topics will be vector-based map representation and querying techniques, manipulation, and analysis of terrain models, network representations for applications to road networks and social networks, scalable representations for big geospatial data. Students with some programming background will highly benefit from this course.
GEOG606
Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG305; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG605 or GEOG606.
Formerly: GEOG605.
Multivariate statistical method applications to spatial problems. Linea and non-linear correlation and regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis. Spatial statistics including: trend surfaces, sequences, point distributions. Applications orientation.
GEOG608
Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment Summary
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG615
Land Cover and Land Use Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG442, GEOG472, GEOG435, or GEOG473; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
This class provides an examination of land cover and land use change science, addressing the causes, impacts and projection of change. Key concepts of land use science are presented and recent research papers and case studies are reviewed. Class consists of lectures, invited presentations and individual student projects and presentations.
GEOG630
Climate, Energy, and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or enrolled in the Geographical Sciences Graduate Program(s).
Credit only granted for: GEOG430, GEOG630, or GEOG788E.
Formerly: GEOG788E.
Additional information: This course will make occasional use of the popular open source statistical computer language R for practical workshops.
Students will learn about climate change and energy policy from multiple perspectives including social economic, technological, scientific, and behavioural aspects and their interdependence. The course will also consider the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on mitigation and applied cost/benefit analysis of Climate Change.
GEOG651
Spatial Statistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: GEOG615; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must be in M.Prof.Studies: Geospatial Information Sciences (Master's) program; or must be in Graduate Certificate: Professional Studies-Geospatial Information Sciences.
This course is about quantitative analysis of spatial data. It is intended to provide a broad survey of various methods of exploratory statistical data analysis most useful in environmental and social sciences. The course is a mix of theory, methods, and applications geared towards helping students: (1) develop an understanding of the important theoretical concepts in spatial data analysis; and (2) gain practical experience in application of spatial statistics to a variety of social and environmental problems using advanced statistical software.
GEOG661
Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is the collection, analysis, visualization and dissemination of geospatial information to support decision-making. This course introduces the fundamental knowledge required to become a successful GEOINT practitioner, including the history of the GEOINT discipline, the intelligence applications of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, and how GEOINT products are used to support national security and humanitarian missions. Upon completion of this course you will understand the roles that technology, policy, doctrine, government, and industry play in shaping the Geospatial Intelligence discipline, and develop the technical knowledge and domain expertise to create basic GEOINT products that provide context for decision makers.
GEOG662
Advances in GIS and Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Students taking the course must be familiar with data structures, basic GIS and RS concepts, and demonstrate basic understanding of using GIS and RS software. And must be enrolled in Geographical Sciences MPS or graduate certificate program; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Focuses on state-of-the-art advances in geographic information science and remote sensing as they support geospatial intelligence. Focus on synergies between GIS and remote sensing in informatics, computer science, and spatial engineering, and their application to problem domains in human systems, physical systems, and cyberspace. Advances in GIS presents recent advances regarding fundamental issues of geo-spatial information science (space and time, spatial analysis, uncertainty modeling and geo-visualization), and new scientific and technological research initiatives for geo-spatial information science (such as spatial data mining, mobile data modeling, and location-based services). Advances in remote sensing will provide opportunity to understand and work with latest developments in the Remote Sensing datasets. The curriculum covers wide range of remote sensing data interpretation and their processing techniques.
GEOG676
Advanced Programming for Geography and Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG376; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Comprehensive instruction is provided in the advanced use of a commercial programming language and analysis tool used for scientific programming and data visualization, with an emphasis on applications in geography and remote sensing or GIS.
GEOG683
Hazards and Emergency Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Timely and accurate Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is essential for protecting people from hazardous events such as floods, wildfires, tsunamis, hurricanes, industrial accidents, and terrorist attacks. GEOINT plays a critical role in all four stages of emergency management: preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. The use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terror attacks are two of the case studies that are discussed during this course. You will develop a deeper understanding of the emergency management successes and failures that occurred during these historic and deadly events, and learn the technical skills to develop and disseminate GEOINT products that support decision-making at all four stages of emergency management.
GEOG777
Mobile GIS Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or must be enrolled in Geographical Sciences Phd or MS degree program.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the BSOS-Geography department; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
Credit only granted for: GEOG477, GEOG498V, GEOG788V or GEOG777.
Formerly: GEOG788V.
Designed as an introduction to mobile GIS, to the programming concepts underlying mobile GIS development, and more importantly, to the design and implementation of a mobile GIS application. Covers how to develop, test, and publish mobile GIS native apps working across two mobile platforms: Android and iOS. This course will also try to leverage the capabilities of JavaScript, Swift, Google maps, ArcGIS Server and runtime SDK to developing and publishing mobile GIS web apps.
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.
GEOG788B
Selected Topics in Geography; Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered on the Interactive Video Network. Contact the MEES department for more information.
GEOG788D
Selected Topics in Geography; From Communicating Science to Facilitating Learning and Didactical Skill
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOG788I
Selected Topics in Geography; Geospatial Algorithms and Data Structures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of geospatial representations, such as spatial indexes and network data structures, and with techniques for manipulating geospatial information for geographic information systems, for spatially-based, for spatially-based decision systems and location-based services. The main topics will be vector-based map representation and querying techniques, manipulation, and analysis of terrain models, network representations for applications to road networks and social networks, scalable representations for big geospatial data. Students with some programming background will highly benefit from this course.
GEOG788M
Selected Topics in Geography; Migration: Latin America and the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOG788N
Selected Topics in Geography; Global Supply Chains, Unequal Exchange and Sustainable Development
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
Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Seminar Series
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.