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GEOG
Geographical Sciences Department Site
GEOG100
Introduction to Geography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An introduction to the broad field of geography as it is applicable to the general education student. The course presents the basic rationale of variations in human occupancy of the earth and stresses geographic concepts relevant to understanding world, regional and local issues.
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.
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 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"?
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.
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.
GEOG333
The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOG201 and GEOG202; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
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.
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 lab materials fee.
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)
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 of 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
Cross-listed with 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
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.
GEOG421
Changing Geographies of China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of BSOS-Geography department. Or GEOG202; and GEOG201; and (GEOG435, GEOG333, or GEOG332).
Recommended: GEOG130; or GEOG140.
Credit only granted for: GEOG328B or GEOG421.
Formerly: GEOG328B.
Covers physical geography, history, and economic and political systems of the world's most populous country. The major focus will be on geographical issues in China's contemporary development: agriculture, population, urbanization, resource and energy, and environment.
GEOG441
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. Restriction: Open to GEOG, GIS, & ENSP-Coastal, Land Use, Global majors only.
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. Restriction: Open to GEOG, GIS, & 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.
GEOG498I
Topical Investigations; Algorithms for Geospatial Computing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with CMSC498Q and GEOG788I. Credit only granted for GEOG498I, CMSC498Q, or GEOG788I.

Geometric primitives and algorithms for discrete and continuous spatial data processing. Point data representation and analysis: spatial data structures, neighbor finding and range queries, clustering algorithms. Terrain modeling: grids and triangle meshes, algorithms and data structures for building and querying triangulated terrain models. Terrain analysis: segmentation through watershed computation, algorithms for visibility computation. Applications to LiDAR data processing and analysis for terrain reconstruction, urban modeling, forest management and coastal areas modeling. Algorithms for road network analysis and reconstruction from GPS and satellite images.
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, S-F
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.
GEOG646
Programming for GIS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
GEOG653
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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.
Restriction: Must be in Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences program. For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu. Students must pay a $40 lab fee.
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GEOG655
Spatial Database System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: GEOG653.
Restriction: Must be in Geospatial Information Sciences (Master's) program; or must be in Graduate Certificate: Professional Studies-Geospatial Information Sciences.
This course is designed to help students understand, analyze, design, and implement spatial databases. While the basic concepts and theories of database will be introduced, the focus of this course will be on providing students with hands-on experiences to practice the technical skills used in spatial database design and implementation. SQL, Oracle, and ArcSDE are the key topics.
Restriction: Must be in Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences program. For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu. Students must pay a $40 lab fee.
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GEOG662
Advances in GIS and Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
GEOG670
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Credit only granted for: GEOG670 or GEOG788A.
Formerly: GEOG788A.
Additional information: Students do not need any experience using open source GIS, but students are expected to be comfortable using a desktop GIS such as ArcGIS.
An exploration of techniques for using Free and Open Source Software for GIS (FOSS4g) from conception to final presentation of results. Advanced concepts and techniques including enterprise GIS, spatial SQL, parallel processing, and displaying the results of GIS analysis over the Internet will also be covered.
Must be in Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences program.
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GEOG676
Advanced Programming for Geography and Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
Students must pay a $40 lab fee.
GEOG682
Open Source Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is information that is publicly available that is collected and analyzed to support decision-making. The collection and analysis of OSINT is often considered to be the first step in developing an all-source intelligence product, where OSINT is fused with Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), and Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT), and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). In this course you will learn about the sources, ethics, and methods that are associated with OSINT, and will also develop knowledge and skills related to open-source geospatial technologies and organizations such as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
GEOG683
Hazards and Emergency Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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.
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.
GEOG697
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: 24 credits in GEOG courses.
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.
An independent research project that demonstrates competence in geospatial intelligence technologies. This project can originate from an internship, from relevant work at a current or past employer, or can be developed in conjunction with a department faculty. The student will prepare a project report and presentation which shall contain an executive summary, background information including a literature review and establishment of requirements, a detailed technical description of the project data and methods, a discussion of results obtained, and final conclusions and recommendations. The final project submission will include all data, computer code and/or workflow documentation required to replicate the project results. In completing this project, students develop a concrete example of how GEOINT technologies can be applied to solve real-world problems, and begin developing a portfolio that can be presented to potential employers.
An independent research project that demonstrates competence in geospatial intelligence technologies. This project can originate from an internship, from relevant work at a current or past employer, or can be developed in conjuction with a department faculty. The student will prepare a project report and presentation which shall contain an executive summary, background information including a literature review and establishment of requirements, a detailed techincal description of the project data and methods, a discussion of results obtained, and final conclusions and recommendations. The final project submission will include all data, computer code and/or workflow documentation required to replicate the project results. In completing this project, students develop a concrete example of how GEOINT technologies can be applied to solve real-world problems, and begin developing a portfolio that can be presented to potential employers.
GEOG788
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Geography
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG788I
Selected Topics in Geography; Algorithms for Geospatial Computing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Cross-listed with CMSC498Q and GEOG498I. Credit only granted for GEOG498I, CMSC498Q, or GEOG788I.

Geometric primitives and algorithms for discrete and continuous spatial data processing. Point data representation and analysis: spatial data structures, neighbor finding and range queries, clustering algorithms. Terrain modeling: grids and triangle meshes, algorithms and data structures for building and querying triangulated terrain models. Terrain analysis: segmentation through watershed computation, algorithms for visibility computation. Applications to LiDAR data processing and analysis for terrain reconstruction, urban modeling, forest management and coastal areas modeling. Algorithms for road network analysis and reconstruction from GPS and satellite images
GEOG789
(Perm Req)
Independent Readings
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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, S-F
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.
GEOG797
Professional Project
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: GEOG795; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ENCE662.
Restriction: Must be in Geospatial Information Sciences (Master's) program.
Data and materials can originate from an internship (internal or external) or from relevant work experience with current employer. Under direction of faculty advisor, students will prepare a project report containing explanation of the requirements for the work, technical account of the activities undertaken, including literature review, description of methods and approaches taken, a critical discussion of results, along with conclusions and recommendations developed from the project. Final project will consist of a full-fledged GIS application that is up and running and can be tested, providing potential employers with a portfolio demonstrating student's ability to manage and develop a GIS application in real world situations.
Restriction: Must be in Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences program. For permission to enroll, contact geog-gis@umd.edu. Students must pay a $40 lab fee.
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GEOG798
Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Seminar Series
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOG799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOG899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.