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Courses - Winter 2020
GEOG
Geographical Sciences Department Site
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 in 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.
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 study 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"?
GEOG212
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.
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.
There is a $40.00 lab fee with this course. This course will be taught online at http://elms.umd.edu using Live Classroom software.
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.
GEOG340
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Survey of landform types and role of processes in their generation. Frequency of occurrence and implications for land utilization. Emphasis on coastal, fluvial, and glacial landforms in different environmental settings. Landform regions of Maryland.
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.
There is a $40.00 lab fee with this course.
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 with this course. This course will be taught online athttp://elms.umd.edu using Live Classroom software.
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.
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.
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.
There is a $40.00 lab fee with this course. This course will be taught online at http://elms.umd.edu using Live Classroom software.
GEOG498
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG646
Programming for GIS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Additional information: This class is recommended for all MSGIS students who have no prior computer programming background as well as those who wish to have additional practice. The skills learned in this class will be useful for more advanced courses such as GEOG656 (Programming and Scripting for GIS), GEOG657 (Web Programming), and GEOG650 (Mobile GIS).
An introduction to computer programming using Python and web programming languages. It is required for students in the MSGIS program before they enroll in more advanced programming courses (GEOG656 and GEOG657). This course teaches students the fundamentals concepts of computer science. Students will learn about the components of a computer program such as data management, conditional statements, iterative statements, and file processing. Students will develop programs and web apps for the purpose of automating tasks and assisting with data analysis.
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 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.
For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu. Students must pay a $40.00 lab fee.
GEOG653
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: GEOG579 or GEOG506; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must be in Geospatial Information Sciences (Master's) program; or must be in the Geospatial Information Sciences (Graduate Certificate) program.
Methods of spatial analysis including measuring aspects of geometric features and identifying spatial patterns of geospatial objects that are represented as point, line, network, areal data, and 3-D surfaces.
For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu. Students must pay a $40.00 lab fee.
GEOG660
Advanced Remote Sensing Using Lidar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: GEOG652.
Recommended: GEOG656 and GEOG654.
Credit only granted for: GEOG660 or GEOG788G.
Formerly: GEOG788G.
Lidar, also known as laser scanning, is an active remote sensing tool that can produce high-resolution point clouds. Lidar is being applied to problems such as terrain modeling, biomass estimation, change detection, feature extraction, and measuring tree canopy. Topics covered are fundamentals of lidar, current developments in lidar technology, and different applications where lidar is being used. Students will get hands-on learning about lidar data management, processing, and analysis.
For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu.
GEOG664
GEOINT Systems and Platforms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
There are numerous systems and platforms that support the collection, visualization and dissemination of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). Platforms such as satellites and aircraft carry sensors systems that can detect both physical and man-made objects on the earth. Ground-based processing systems are used to analyze and visualize sensor data, and also to create and disseminate GEOINT products that guide decision-making. In this course you will learn how to develop and implement source-to-screen GEOINT workflows, and will understand how to use a system of systems approach to describe the programmatic and technical strengths and weaknesses of many different GEOINT systems and platforms.
GEOG665
Algorithms for Geospatial Intelligence Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Recommended: 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.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or must be enrolled in Geographical Sciences MPS or graduate certificate program.
Exposes students to fundamental algorithms in geospatial intelligence and their application in methodological and substantive domains, and their implementation in computer programs and software systems. Current topics include spatial and space-time analysis, cartographic transformations, data compression and reduction, MapReduce and distributed data access, genetic algorithms, clustering and indexing algorithms, filtering algorithms, geometry and tessellation algorithms, routing algorithms, localization algorithms, and complexity and scaling. Implementation of algorithms will be explored through pseudo-code and a variety of scripting, data access, and programming languages.
GEOG677
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: GEOG676.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Geography department.
This course is designed to: (1) introduce the concepts and theories that are related to an increasingly important technology b (2) introduce various technologies or techniques for creating, analyzing, and disseminating GIS data and services via the Web. Students will be required to practice almost all of the Web GIS tools including client side mapping frameworks like the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, Mapbox, Leaflet, Google Map API, OpenLayers; server side systems including ArcGIS Enterprise (Server/Portal/DataStore), GeoServer; data formats for the web WMS, WFS, Feature Services, MapServices. Students will also be exposed to the experience of working with the Cloud environment such as AWS EC2 and Azure.
For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu. Students must pay a $40.00 lab fee.
GEOG899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F