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Graduate Geography (GEOG)

The minimum prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. The minimum prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.

50093/70093 Variable Title Workshop in Geography (1-5)

S/U grading; IP permissible.

50195/70195 Special Topics in Geography (1-3)
Prerequisite: Special approval.

50292/70292 Field Experience in Geography (1-6)
Examination of geographic landscapes in the field. Prerequisite: special approval.

50392/70392 Practicum in Emerging Geographic Trends (1-6)
Examination of newly emerging geographic topics and techniques. Prerequisite: special approval.

51050/71050 Polar and Alpine Environments (3)
The geographic features of the earth’s cold, treeless regions are examined, including climate, soils, glaciers, permafrost, plant and animal life and human activities. Prerequisite: GEOG 21062.

51052/71052 Glaciers and Glaciation (3)

(Cross-listed with GEOL 5/74052) Examination of how glacial ice masses change the shape of the Earth’s surface, how they are integral to climate and sea-level change, and how they pose high risk hazards.

51062/71062 Advanced Physical Geography (3)
Advanced systematic analysis of the elements of physical geography. Specific methodologies and their application to physical geography are also discussed.

51066/71066 Climate Change and Its Impacts (3)
Examination of the evidence and causes of climate change and how these data are assessed. Past, present, and future impacts of climate change and variability are discussed, along with policy implications.

51073/71073 Conservation of Our Natural Resources (3)

Evaluation of past and current problems associated with the management of natural resources and the environments associated with their utilization. 

51074/71074 Resource Geography (3)
Cultural attitudes, conceptual approaches and techniques in resource geography; analysis of selected resource issues at various area scales.

51082/71082 Geography of Soils (3)

Study and analysis of different soil types in their relation to geographic factors.

52052/72052 Medical Geography (3)

Examines the geographic patterns of morbidity and mortality,  environmental correlates of major diseases and disease diffusion. Locational and accessibility issues of health care are discussed.

52064/72064 Historical Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
Study of regional origins, growth, evolution of spatial organization, changing evaluation of environments and selective geographies in United States and Canada from precolonial times to present.

54010/74010 Geography of the Global Economy (3)
Geographic analysis of the increasing inter-connectedness of economic activity. The social, technological, and political changes associated with globalization are also discussed.

54070/74070 Spatial Analysis and Location Theory (3)

Classical theories for location of economic activities and contemporary approach of spatial analysis, spatial organization of economic systems, behavioral models in economic geography, and spatial allocation problems.

55085/75085 Urban Transportation (3)
Spatial interaction patterns in urban environments. Travel behavior, commodity flows, traffic patterns and urban transportation systems. Urban transportation problems. Theoretical developments and techniques of analysis in urban

56035/76035 Marketing Geography (3)

Study of spatial arrangement and functions of market centers and the internal spatial patterns of retail/wholesale facilities in urban areas.

56065/76065 Advanced Urban Geography (3)
Investigation of advanced concepts pertaining to the spatial structure of urban areas.

56070/76070 Urban and Regional Planning (3)
Analysis of the geographical aspects of planning for cities and regions.

56092 Internship in Geography and Planning (3-6)

Preprofessional work experience in local, regional and environmental planning agencies and private business designed to utilize and develop academic skills. Prerequisite: special approval.

59070/79070 Geographic Information Science (3)
Introduction to theories and methods for geographic data processing, including data capture and input, data storage and management, and data analysis and displays. Emphasis is on laboratory exercises using GIS software packages for real world applications.

59076/79076 Spatial Programming (3)
Examination of the design, development, and use of geographic information technologies with computer programming to model, process, and visualize geographic phenomena. Prerequisite: GEOG 4/5/79070.

59080/79080 Advanced Geographic Information Science (3)
Advanced theories and techniques for handling geographic information systems, including 2D and 3D processing of geographic information, detection and analysis of geographic patterns, 2D and 3D mapping of geographic information, modeling of geographic processes, and an overview of GIS programming tools. Prerequisite: GEOG 4/59070

59162/79162 Advanced Cartography (3)
Study of the design and production of complex maps, symbolization, composition and color utilization. Prerequisite: GEOG 39161. Corequisite: GEOG 5/79163.

59163/79163 Advanced Cartography Laboratory (1)
Practical experience in the techniques of the production and reproduction of maps.

59165/79165 Geomapping (3)
Information theory, data collection, automated mapping systems, representation of surfaces, lines and points, geographic data structures and applications. Mapping by line printer, plotters and interactive terminals.

59210/79210 Earth Imagery (3)
The student in this course will be introduced to the full variety of methods of imaging the earth for environmental analysis, including satellite methods. Prerequisite: GEOG 29160.

59211/79211 Earth Imagery Lab (1)
This course will support the lecture course, Earth Imagery, by giving the student exposure to the methods of manual measurement and interpretation of images. Corequisite: GEOG 5/79210.

59230/79230 Remote Sensing (3)
(Cross-listed with GEOL 5/72030) Computer analysis of multispectral satellite datasets.Applications in Terrestrial Earth Science are emphasized.

59480/79480 Field Study in Geography (3)
Presents methods of planning and structuring field studies, the techniques of mapping and data gathering in the analysis of local field problems. Prerequisite: special approval.

59482 Field Study of Selected Rural and Urban Areas (5)

Field studies of rural and urban regional problems in the United States or Canada. One month or more in field; written report on findings. Limited to 15 students. Students pay for own board and laboratory fee. Prerequisite: approval of

59890/79890 Applied Geography (3)
Detailed investigation of application of geographic techniques and knowledge toward problem solving in the “real world.” 

60191/70191 Seminar in Topical Geography (3)
Seminar in one of the major topical fields in geography offered by title in given semester.

60197/80197 Intradepartmental Colloquium (3)

One hour credit per semester. S/U grading; IP permissible.

60199  Thesis I (2-6)
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in single semester, distributed over several semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible.

60299 Thesis II (2)
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: GEOG 60199.

60800/70800 Seminar in the Development of Geographic Thought (3)

Development of geographic knowledge and concepts with emphasis on recent development. Critical analysis of writings of representative geographers and scientists in related fields.

60881/70881 Contemporary Issues in Geography (3)
Review of some of the important philosophical, methodological and contextual research areas in geography. Designed to expose students to potential research areas.

60996 Research in Geography (1-3)
Individual research problems in geography. IP permissible. Prerequisite: special approval.

60998 Research (1-15)
Research or individual investigation for master’s-level graduate students. Credits earned may be applied toward meeting degree requirements if the department approves. Repeat registration permitted.

62062/72062 Behavioral Geography (3)
Focuses on spatial perception, cognition and behavior. How we collect and process spatial information, behavior in space, locate space and interact in space.

64040/74040 Seminar in Economic Geography (3)

Survey of recent literature in economic geography, including industrial and technological change, services and the world economy.

67091/77091 Seminar in Regional Geography (3)

Seminar on one of the major regions of the world offered by title in given semester.

69004/79004 Analysis of Spatial Data (3)

Application of distance measures and taxonomic techniques, analysis of association between different distributions, explanation and prediction of spatial and temporal trends —regression methods (linear and nonlinear), trend surface techniques, and spatial autocorrelation to the geographic analysis and spatial distributions. Prerequisite: GEOG 39002.

69009/79009 Spatial Algorithms (3)
This course explores the methodologies of how to conduct spatial analyses in a computer environment. Half the course will be in a structured teaching context and half will be project work. Prerequisite: GEOG 4/5/79006.

69010/79010 Urban Information and Systems Methodology (2)

Urban information processing procedures for acquiring and using information; research design that emphasizes systems planning prior to research; quantitative methods and stress analysis of statistical results.

69694/79694 College Teaching of Geography (2-3)
Staff training and experience in college teaching. S/U grading. Repeat registration permitted up to 10 hours for doctoral students. Maximum of 3 hours applicable toward master’s degree requirements (with department’s approval).

69701 Research and Presentation of Geographic Data (3)
Critical discussion of techniques of geographic research and preparation and presentation of research papers.

71060 Seminar in Physical Geography (3)
Research and investigation concerning theories and concepts relevant to formation of physical elements of earth’s environment. Direct and indirect relationships of physical processes — human activity and physical environment. 

72061 Seminar in Cultural Geography (3)
Investigation of theories, concepts and trends in cultural geography. Impact of beliefs, values and attitudes on rural and urban landscape.

75065 Seminar in the Geography of Transportation (2)

Concepts and theories of distribution of modes of transportation as geographic factor in spatial analysis of integrated regional development.

76081 Seminar in Urban Geography (3)
Theoretical explanations of urban spatial patterns. Application of contemporary theories, concepts and methods to selected urban geographic problems.

79007 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3)
Quantitative methods in the geographic analysis of spatial phenomena. Statistical methods of regional analysis and synthesis.

79808 Advanced Spatial Multivariate Techniques (3)

Geographic application of multivariate techniques such as: multidimensional scaling, spatial filtering, and linear programming to the spatial analysis of flows, surfaces and distributions. Prerequisite: GEOG 79007.

80199 Dissertation I (15)
Doctoral dissertation, for which registration in at least two semesters is required, first of which will be semester in which dissertation work is begun and continuing until the completion of 30 hours. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for doctoral degree.

80299 Dissertation (1 or 15)
Continuing registration required of doctoral students who have completed the initial 30 hours of dissertation and continuing until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: GEOG 80199.

80998 Research (1-15)
Research or individual investigation for doctoral students who have not yet passed their candidacy examination. Credits earned may be applied toward degree if department approves. Repeat registration permitted. IP permissible.

81091 Research in Physical Resources (2-3)
Research on basic processes related to formation of physical environment. Investigation of significant variables in resource utilization relevant to regional planning and development. IP permissible.

81098 Research in Urban Climatology (2-3)
Research on basic climatological processes both macro and micro by use of established instrument stations. Influence of expanding urbanization on climatic modification. IP permissible.

82091 Research in Human Resources (2-3)
Research on basic processes related to formation of cultural environment. Investigation of significant variables in human resource allocation and utilization, manpower, education, etc., as factors in growth and development of region. IP permissible.

89082 Foreign Field Research (1-5)
Application of field, statistical and cartographic techniques to methodological or conceptual problems in foreign region. Emphasis on research design. IP permissible. Prerequisite: special approval.

89092 Graduate Field Camp (5)
Field research problems involving individual investigation of specific urban or rural region.

89098 Research in Cartography (1-3)
Investigations into function of map as medium of scientific expression; problem of map design in relation to human perception of graphically expressed spatial information.