Geography

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Geography, GEOG

5030. British Isles Field School. 6 hours. (Regional Science) Applying geographical field techniques in a foreign setting – the British Isles and Ireland. The field school is centered on five base sites – Plymouth, Cork, Galway, Aberystwyth and Edinburgh. At each site, students conduct one-day human and physical geography field exercises. Topics include: mapping historic changes in commercial function in Plymouth; combining field mapping, air photo and map analysis to measure coastal erosion in Cork; field survey of rural service provision in Tipperary County; physical and human dimensions of flood hazard in Aberystwyth; comparison of medieval, Georgian and modernist town planning in Edinburgh. Duration of fieldwork is approximately three weeks.

5040. Ghana Field School. 6 hours. (Regional Science) Geography of health and economic development in Ghana. The trip includes visits to herbalists, hospitals and rural clinics, a gold mine, slave castles, and industrial sites such as cocoa processing plants and timber mills. Duration of fieldwork is approximately three weeks.

5050. Cartography and Graphics. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Construction and interpretation of topographic maps; thematic mapping of geographically referenced data; field mapping and survey techniques; introduction to geographic information systems and computer graphics.

5060. Computer Cartography. 3 hours (1;2) (Regional Science) Introduction to conceptual and practical aspects of computer cartography. Topics include importation of digital maps, map editing, editing map attribute databases, map design and printing.

5110. Research Design and Geographic Applications. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Themes in geographical research, application of scientific method in spatial problem-solving and analysis.

5120. Research in Physical Geography. 3 hours. (Earth Science) Study of physical processes manifest at or near the earth’s surface. Topics will focus on atmosphere, hydrologic, geomorphic, and tectonic processes and associate phenomena. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5130. Research in Human Geography. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Study of spatial and ecological relationships with cultural, demographic, political, economic and social forces shaping human settlement patterns. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5150. Water Resources Seminar. 3 hours. (Earth Science) Topics will be considered from ecology, ground water hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. Special consideration is given to energy flows within the watershed, and the economic, political, legal and ecological consequences of ground water depletion. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5170. Map-Air Photo Analysis and Remote Sensing. (Earth Science) 3 hours. Evaluation and interpretation of maps and aerial photographs, including infrared imagery and remote sensing techniques.

5190. Advanced Quantitative Techniques. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Application of advanced statistical procedures including multivariate techniques to analysis of point and areal patterns and spatial data. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 3190 or consent of department.

5210. Seminar in Urban Geography. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Study of current perspectives on geographic inquiry as they relate to metropolitan development and change; the economic, social and political production of space; economic restructuring; segregated spaces; spatial conflicts; corporate and urban hierarchy; urban physical environment. Prerequisite(s): either ECON 4650, GEOG 4210, PSCI 4020 or SOCI 3300.

5350. Geomorphology. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Processes of land form analysis. Glacial, desert, fluvial and other settings are reviewed along with basic processes of construction, erosion and weathering.

5400. Environmental Modeling. 3 hours. (2;2) (Earth Science) Modeling of environmental processes and human impacts on the environment to include topics on sensitivity, calibration and evaluation, watersheds, non-point source pollution, hydrological models, GIS, water and air quality models, pollutant transport and fate, and ecotoxicology. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of department.

5500. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4 hours. (2;4) (Earth Science) Introduction to the concepts and applications of computer-based spatial data handling, known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. Illustrates the essential methods of GIS and its applications in fields including geography, business, administration, planning and environ-mental science. Students gain application skills via a series of laboratory exercises illustrating problem solving strategies using different up-to-date software packages. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

5520. Intermediate Geographic Information Systems. 4 hours. (2;4) (Earth Science) Step-by-step approach to GIS database construction and maintenance, spatial data integration and analysis, and cartographic presentation. Topics include the advanced spatial data models and structures for vector-based GIS, commonly used map projections and coordinate systems, design and implementation of a GIS project in an area pertinent to the student’s interests. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 5500 or consent of department.

5550. Advanced Geographic Information System. 3 hours. (1;3) (Earth Science) Advanced spatial analysis through the use of specialized computer software and the design and development of spatial data bases. The course includes project planning, database development, data manipulation and analyses, cartographic output and project presentation. Prerequisites: GEOG 3050, 4500 or consent of the department.

5560. Visual Programming for Geographic Information Systems. 3 hours. (1;2) (Earth Science) Modern GIS embraces the concept of open systems, which means GIS software can be customized to fit specific requirements of individual implementation environments. To meet the high demand of this kind, this course introduces basic concepts and skills of object-oriented programming and GIS customization. Software design and implementation for spatial data visualization, database query, graphical user interface (GUI) customization and function module integration. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 5500, 5550 or consent of instructor.

5600. Seminar in Environmental Policy. 3 hours. (Regional Science) Analysis and evaluation of environmental policy, including spatial, historical, economic, ecological and institutional dimensions of contemporary resource management issues.

5650. Environmental Geology. 3 hours. (Earth Science) Geologic aspects of land-use planning; earthquakes, landslides, coastal processes, streams and flooding, soils, groundwater and waste disposal; planning for the future.

5700. Global Dynamics. 3 hours. (2;2) (Earth Science) Biosphere-geosphere models on a global scale. Topics include past global changes and climate variability, assessing impacts of global change, dynamic biogeography, interdisciplinary approaches, economics and policy issues, and applications of GCM, GIS and remote sensing. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of department.

5850. Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology. 3 hours. (Earth Science) Topics include principles of groundwater flow; aquifer properties and characteristics; geology of groundwater occurrence; groundwater development and methods for assessing and remediating groundwater contamination. Emphasis on application of basic principles.

5900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Research by graduate students in fields of special interest. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

5950. Master’s Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

5960. Geography Institute. 3 hours. For students accepted by the university as participants in special institute courses. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

Geology – see Undergraduate Catalog

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