Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5000. Research Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of research methods in geography. Topics include spatial sampling, hypothesis construction and testing and geographic modelling.

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5010. Geography Proseminar

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Geography (RG354).

Grading Basis: Graded

Presentation by geography faculty of current research topics.

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5100. Location Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues and approaches in location analysis. Topics include location theory and models; representation issues; use of geographic information systems (GIS) for data preparation, analysis and display; evaluation of service areas; land use allocation; accessibility and locational conflict; and implications for planning and public policy.

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5110. Regional Development and Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of theory and practice in regional development and planning. Emphasis on evaluation of regional problems and public policies designed to resolve them, with a primary focus on the United States.

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5130. GIS in Transportation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Geography (RG354).

Grading Basis: Graded

Discussion of the uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for transportation rate establishment, for visualizing the results of transportation models for predicting flows, for exploring the impact of transportation on the location of economic activities, and for the planning of transportation facilities in cities.

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5140. Geographical Analysis of Social Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focus on geographical perspectives toward research on selected social issues, with an emphasis on methods of behavioral analysis and relevant social geographical concepts such as social space, activity spaces and time-space budgets, and diffusion.

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5150. Visualization in Geographic Information Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Design of spatial data displays and computer generated maps.

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5220. Geography of Sustainable Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptualizing international development; understanding theories, strategies and ideologies of development; and use of case studies to understand development in practice. Emphasis placed on the concept of sustainable development and sustainability, grassroots-driven approaches to development, the role of women, and geographic explanations as to how and why uneven development has occurred.

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5230. Advanced GIS for Remote Sensing for Geoscience Applications

Also offered as: GSCI 5230

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who took GSCI 4230

Grading Basis: Graded

Research methods for using Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and image interpretation to investigate problems in geoscience. Includes research techniques for data acquisition, processing and analysis of Digital Elevation Models and satellite imagery. Geologic materials, processes, landforms and landscapes. (CLAS C&C 4/26/11)

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5290. Advanced Urban Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of social and economic patterns within urban areas, with emphasis on individualized research. The implications for planning are stressed.

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5310. Adanced. Fluvial Geomorphology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed GEOG 3310 (RG 3166).

Grading Basis: Graded

Research methods for analyzing fluvial forms and processes. Theoretical discussion of factors controlling open-channel flow, sediment transport, channel morphology, adjustments of rivers to environmental changes and human impacts. River management and restoration strategies. Requires one weekend field trip.

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5390. Advanced Physical Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Problems involving the application of physical processes in our changing environment.

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5500. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the theory and methods for representing, acquiring, storing, manipulating, displaying, and analyzing geographic features in relation to the surface of the earth.

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5505. Remote Sensing of Marine Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to remote sensing applications in oceans and seas. Applications include image analysis of sea surface temperature, winds, altimetry, sea ice, chlorophyll, primary productivity, and bathymetry. Graduate section includes individualized projects.

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5510. Application Issues in Geographic Information Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: Geog 5500 (RG5743)

Grading Basis: Graded

Operational and management issues in geographic information systems (GIS). Implementation of traditional planning and management theories and techniques in GISs. Topics include problems of data exchange standards, implementation of GIS in an institutional setting including benchmarking a GIs, applications of GIS in various fields, social impacts and legal aspects of GIS. Practical work includes analytical exercises using GIS culminating in an application project.

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5512. Introduction to Spatial Data Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 5500 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the fundamentals of spatial data science. Students will also learn how to apply a high-level programming language, R, for spatial data analysis, visualization, and modeling.

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5515. Web GIS

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to Internet GIS. The basics of system architecture, geospatial web services, mashups, key elements of mobile GIS solutions, the functionality of geoportals and web technologies, web mapping interoperability using universal data standards such as OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) web services, and the current state of e-business and e-government web mapping interests.

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5516. Fundamentals of Spatial Database Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed GEOG 4516.

Grading Basis: Graded

The theories and principles behind Spatial Database Systems. Students will learn how to design and implement spatial databases.

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5518. Mobile GIS

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed GEOG 4518.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course covers how to develop, test, and publish mobile GIS web and native apps across multiple mobile platforms (Android, iOS, etc.).

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5519. Spatial Big Data Analytics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent required. Not open for credit to students who have passed GEOG 4519.

Grading Basis: Graded

Covers the collection, analysis, and visualization of spatial big data to support better decision-making in geographic contexts.

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5520. GIS Modeling of the Urban Environment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of GIS methods and spatial analysis for studying spatial patterns of land use and human activity in an urban environment

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5530. GIS Applications in Health Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of GIS methods for health research, health care policy making, and planning.

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5560. GIS and Environmental Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: GEOG 5500 (RG 5415)

Grading Basis: Graded

Applicability of Geographic Information Systems to solve environmental problems. Case studies address environmental assessment and monitoring, analysis and modeling, planning and management.

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5600. Spatial Data Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Univariate statistics focused on the use of spatial statistics, including geostatistics in geographical research. Problems specific to spatial data analysis are addressed.

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5610. Spatial Statistics and Modeling

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GEOG 5600 (RG353).

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study in the methods and practice of multidimensional statistics and spatial modeling.

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5612. Spatial Econometrics

Also offered as: ECON 5612

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GEOG 3500Q or equivalent; or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Concepts, theories, methods, techniques, and programming for spatial econometrics. An introduction to estimating and interpreting econometric models for analysis of socioeconomic relationships and human-environment interactions.

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5620. Computer Applications in Spatial Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced seminar in the design of Geographic Information Systems software for solving problems in spatial analysis.

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5700. Contemporary Europe: A Geography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the peoples, countries, and landscapes of Europe (excluding the republics of the former U.S.S.R.). Emphasis on the economic, political, and social forces both maintaining national identities and shaping a united Europe.

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5810. Special Problems in Geography

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5890. Internship in Geography

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A fieldwork internship program under the direction and supervision of the geography staff. Students will be placed in agencies or industries where their academic training will be applied. One 8-hour work day per week (or its equivalent) for the host agency during the course of the semester will be necessary for three academic credits. A written report will be required.

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6000. Themes in Geographic Thought

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the historical development of geography since the early nineteenth century. Emphasis on the last century of intellectual developments that have led to the emergence of contemporary geography as a research discipline.

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6800. Practicum in College Teaching in Geography

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Geography (RG354).

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Guided development of college-level instruction. Drafting of course objectives, selection of texts, development of course and lecture outlines, selection of grading mechanisms, and incorporating feedback for improvement of instruction.

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6810. Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6820. Advanced Topics in Regional Analysis

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6830. Advanced Topics in Population Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6840. Advanced Topics in Urban Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6850. Advanced Topics in Geography of Public Policy

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6860. Advanced Topics in Economic Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6870. Advanced Topics in Physical Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6880. Advanced Topics in Environmental Geography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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