Graduate Catalog 2019-2021

GEOG - Geography

GEOG 5080 Environmental History

The study of how humans and nature have interacted over time. Examines the ways that the natural landscape has shaped human societies and has been transformed by developing human civilizations. Global, regional, and local histories detail environmental changes due to shifting socio-economic forces. Also presents the development of the American conservation movement and its modern expressions

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GEOG 5100 Adv Geographic Information

Prerequisite: GEOG 3100 or permission of instructor. Advanced topics in geographic analysis, including types of spatial data and their acquisition, field methods, Geographic Information Systems, spatial analysis, geostatistics, and cartographic design. Students will be expected to complete a course project that applies modern geographic techniques to a local problem.

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GEOG 5110 Remote Sensing

Prerequisite: GEOG 3100 or permission of instructor. Survey of remote sensing methods, including aerial photography, satellite imagery, and digital image processing.

3

GEOG 5112 Weather and Climate

An examination of atmospheric composition and structure, clouds, precipitation, and atmospheric motion and winds, organized weather systems, including air masses, fronts, and severe weather. Discussion of global climates includes circulation, wind systems, climate classification, and climate change.

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GEOG 5120 Natural Hazards

A survey of the human geography of natural hazards, with emphasis on the U.S. Includes foundation concepts and issues regarding natural hazard risk; the rise of environment risk from the complex interaction between the physical environment and humans society.

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GEOG 5130 Wetland Environments

A survey of physical properties, functions, and values, and geographic variety and distributions of wetlands environments.

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GEOG 5205 Political Geography

An examination at local, national, and international levels, of the organization of political space and its impact on political processes and patterns of control and conflict within society.

3

GEOG 5210 Military Geography

This course examines the impact of physical and cultural geographic factors on military and humanitarian relief operations in a variety of physiographic and cultural regions throughout the world from ancient times to the present.

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GEOG 5215 Insurgency and Terrorism

This course examines the impact of physical and cultural geographic factors on military and humanitarian relief operations in a variety of physiographic and cultural regions throughout the world from ancient times to the present.

3

GEOG 5220 Economic Geography

This course presents an overview of basic theories and principles in economic geography, including the changing geographies of the global economy, income disparities at a variety of scales, the mobility and immobility of capital and labor, basic economic theories, economic influences on environmental degradation and preservation, and decision-making by both states and firms. This course will also examine issues of lived experiences with the global economy, both contemporarily and historically.

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GEOG 5230 Urban Geography

This course explores the human, environmental, and physical geographies of urban areas. The course offers a critically evaluation of urban landscapes and an interpretation of the function and interconnectivity of cities at many scales. It will present theories in urban geography toward city patterns within the United States and globally

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GEOG 5250 Geography of Health

This course examines the spatial patterns of health at global, regional, and local scales; the human ecology of disease; spatial patterns of disease diffusion and distribution; and the geographic distribution of health-care services.

3

GEOG 5305 Cultural Geography

A study of human culture from a geographic perspective, examining the distribution of humans and human activities across space and how social groups and actors use and attach meaning to places and spaces.

3

GEOG 5310 Geo of Race & Ethnicity

This course examines the spatial patterns of racial and ethnic identities at the global, regional, and local scales; the legal and social foundations for racial and ethnic identity, and role of spatial processes in social, political, and economic outcomes for different racial and ethnic groups.

3

GEOG 5400 Resource Use

An examination of the nature of natural resources, their distribution, usage, and renewal, and concepts that define resources and their allocation, the geographic dimensions of natural resources, as well as the impact of their exploitation. Topics may include forests, fisheries, minerals, natural amenities, tourism, water resources, human-environmental interaction, resource evaluation, and institutional influences on resource use and management.

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GEOG 5450 Environment & Society

Study of the basic principles of ecology, resource economics, and environmental history as they relate to environmental management and resource conservation issues around the world. Addresses the social impacts of air, water, and soil pollution, human population growth, food production, deforestation, and many other environmental issues.

3

GEOG 5500 Comparative Regional Geography

This is a graduate-level regional geography course focusing on comparisons of the general and unique characteristics of selected geographic realms and regions. It explores the spatial patterns and processes that contribute to the formation of diverse culture regions around the world.

3

GEOG 5940 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson. Independent reading and reports arranged by the instructor according to the individual student’s preparation, background, and needs.

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GEOG 5950 Special Topics

Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need.

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GEOG 5990 Academic Workshop

A time-concentrated study of a special topic.

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GEOG 6940 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson. Independent reading and reports arranged by the instructor according to the individual student's preparation, background, and needs. Open to graduate students only.

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