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Graduate Courses

GEOG 411 – Introduction to Geographic Information Science

3 Credit Hours Concepts and methods of spatial analysis and their application using geographic information systems software and techniques. Emphasizes both theoretical and applied aspects of GIS.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab.

GEOG 413 – Remote Sensing: Types and Applications
4 Credit Hours Principles and uses of remote sensing imagery, digital data, and spectral data, with particular emphasis on geographic interpretation and mapping techniques.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 132.

GEOG 414 – Spatial Databases and Data Management
3 Credit Hours Types, sources, acquisition, and documentation of spatial data. Spatial database management methods and strategies for data sharing.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 411.

GEOG 415 – Quantitative Methods in Geography
4 Credit Hours Geographic application of statistical techniques, point pattern analysis, spatial analyses, and correlation and regression techniques.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 115 or Statistics 201.

GEOG 421 – Geography of Folk Societies
3 Credit Hours Geographical study of folk culture, emphasizing traditional material culture and rural settlement, with examples drawn from eastern North America and selected foreign areas.

GEOG 423 – Geography of American Popular Culture
3 Credit Hours Geographical study of regional variation in popular cultures, especially focused on youth cultures in the United States.
Cross-listed: (Same as American Studies 423.)

GEOG 430 – Global Environments of the Quaternary
3 Credit Hours Physical and biotic evidence of climate and environmental history over the two to three million year period that humans have inhabited Earth. Geographical and temporal patterns of change, drivers of change, and interrelationships with human society.
Recommended Background: 131 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 432 – Dendrochronology
4 Credit Hours Principles, techniques, and interpretation in tree-ring science. Applications in geography, climate, ecology, forestry, archaeology, and earth sciences.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 132.

GEOG 433 – The Land-Surface System
3 Credit Hours Characteristics of surface form, water, vegetation, and surface materials, and their regional interrelationships. People as evaluators and agents of change.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 132.

GEOG 434 – Climatology
3 Credit Hours General circulation system leading to world pattern of climates. Climatic change and modification. Interrelationships of climate and human activity.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 131.

GEOG 435 – Biogeography
3 Credit Hours Study of the changing distribution patterns of plants and animals on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. The effects of plate tectonics, climate change, and human activity on world biota.
Recommended Background: Introductory physical geography or course work in botany or ecology.

GEOG 436 – Water Resources
3 Credit Hours Global water resources and hydrologic processes: water availability, flooding, and water quality issues examined from physical and economic geographical perspectives.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 132.

GEOG 439 – Plant Geography of North America
3 Credit Hours Characteristics and distribution of major plant communities of Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Relationships to climate, soil, fire, and human d isturbance. Long-term history and future prospects.
Recommended Background: Introductory physical geography or course work in botany or ecology.

GEOG 441 – Urban Geography of the United States
3 Credit Hours Concepts and theories concerning development and significance of systems of cities and internal morphology of cities in the United States.

GEOG 442 – Urban Social Geography
3 Credit Hours Geographical study of urban culture. Social production of neighborhoods; social and behavioral aspects of territoriality, residential mobility, segregation, and the rise of post-industrial and global cities.

GEOG 445 – Cities in a World System
3 Credit Hours Urban centers in developed and developing countries, global cities, tourist and other specialized cities, and comparative urbanism.

GEOG 449 – Geography of Transportation
3 Credit Hours Examination of transportation systems, emphasizing their effects on trade patterns, land use, location problems, and development.

GEOG 450 – Process Geomorphology
3 Credit Hours Cross-listed: (See Geology 450.)

GEOG 451 – The Global Economy
3 Credit Hours Global patterns of industries and markets. International flow of resources, goods, and capital. Major trading blocs.

GEOG 454 – Terrain Analysis
3 Credit Hours Generation, analysis, and application of digital elevation/terrain data. Specific topics include GIS-based terrain data models, terrain surface parameter extraction, profile analysis, viewshed and shielding analysis, and watershed delineation.
Recommended Background: GIS course and introductory physical geography or geology.

GEOG 495 – Special Topics in Geography
1-4 Credit Hours Topics vary.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 8 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 500 – Thesis
1-15 Credit Hours Grading Restriction: P/NP only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 501 – Colloquium in Geography
1 Credit Hours Discussion of departmental research, current research literature, and general topics. May be applied toward graduate degree. Registration required of resident graduate students whenever offered.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 10 hours.
Credit Restriction: A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the MS. A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the PhD.

GEOG 502 – Registration for Use of Facilities
1-15 Credit Hours Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 504 – Introduction to Geographical Research
1 Credit Hours Research interests and methods of departmental faculty. Research frontiers in geography. Required of new graduate students.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.

GEOG 505 – Directed Research
2-6 Credit Hours Research on problems as defined by individual students.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 9 hours.
Registration Permission: Written consent of instructor and department.

GEOG 506 – Directed Readings
1-6 Credit Hours Readings on topics of interest as defined by individual students.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 9 hours.
Registration Permission: Written consent of instructor and department.

GEOG 507 – Research in Human Geography
3 Credit Hours Introduction to human geography’s questions, methods, and norms.

GEOG 509 – Topics in Geography
2-3 Credit Hours Topics vary.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 9 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 510 – Geographic Software Design
3 Credit Hours Algorithms for spatial analysis, software design, and program implementation in standalone and distributed computing environments.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 512 – Environmental Modeling and Geospatial Analysis
3 Credit Hours Geographic applications in environmental modeling and geospatial analysis. Topics include but are not limited to: modeling concepts, frameworks and approaches; Geographic Information Science (GIS) for modeling; spatial decision support systems and environmental modeling; modeling human-environmental systems; and dynamic systems modeling
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 411.

GEOG 513 – Topics in Remote Sensing
3 Credit Hours Applied research using imagery for interpretation and mapping of geographic data.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 413 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 515 – Topics in Quantitative Geography
4 Credit Hours Multivariate analysis applied to spatial and temporal problems in geography; research problems utilizing appropriate computer programs; usefulness to geographic research of techniques developed by other disciplines.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 8 hours.
Recommended Background: 415 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 516 – Topics in Qualitative Methods
3 Credit Hours Overview of key qualitative methodology in human geography. Qualitative research design and rigor; fieldwork methods; research ethics.

GEOG 517 – Geographic Information Management and Processing
3 Credit Hours Concepts and methods in management of geographic information. Database design, manipulation, sampling and analysis.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 518 – GIS Project Management
3 Credit Hours Interactions between management, technical, and application aspects of Geographic Information Systems project through simulated environment of real-world GIS sites.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 411 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 521 – Topics in Cultural Geography
3 Credit Hours Examination of trends, problems, and methods in cultural geography.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 421 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 530 – Pollen and Other Microfossils in Quaternary Research
3 Credit Hours Pollen grains and other microfossils in Quaternary sediments as proxy indicators of past vegetation, climate, and disturbance regimes.

GEOG 532 – Topics in Global Change
3 Credit Hours Emerging trends, anticipated problems and methods in global change research and response.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 434 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 533 – Topics in Physical Geography
3 Credit Hours Trends, problems, and methods in geomorphology or other areas of physical geography.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 534 – Topics in Climatology
3 Credit Hours Trends, problems and methods in area of climatology.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 434 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 535 – Topics in Biogeography
3 Credit Hours Examination of trends, problems, and methods in biogeography.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 435 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 536 – Topics in Watershed Dynamics
3 Credit Hours Trends, problems and methods in study of watershed processes.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 541 – Topics in Urban/Economic Geography
3 Credit Hours Analysis of research on urban systems, internal morphology, urban problems, urban spatial behavior, and regional economic development.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 9 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 441.
Recommended Background: 340.

GEOG 545 – Topics in Population Geography
3 Credit Hours Human population dynamics and migration, spatial variation in population composition and housing. Demographic analysis techniques.

GEOG 549 – Topics in the Geography of Transportation
3 Credit Hours Examination of trends, problems, and methods in transportation geography and transportation networks.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of instructor. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 449 or consent of instructor.

GEOG 581 – Grant Proposal Writing in Geography
3 Credit Hours Writing successful grant proposals to secure funding for research and other scholarly pursuits in geography.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 504.

GEOG 591 – Foreign Study
1-15 Credit Hours Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours.
Registration Permission: Written consent of department prior to registration.

GEOG 592 – Off-Campus Study
1-15 Credit Hours Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours.
Registration Permission: Written consent of department prior to registration.

GEOG 593 – Independent Study
1-15 Credit Hours Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit or letter grade.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours.
Registration Permission: Written consent of department prior to registration.

GEOG 599 – Geographic Concept and Method
3 Credit Hours Traditional and modern geographic thought; readings on nature, scope, problems, and methods of geography.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 600 – Doctoral Research and Dissertation
3-15 Credit Hours Grading Restriction: P/NP only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 609 – Seminar in Geography
2-3 Credit Hours Topics vary.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 611 – Seminar in Geographic Information Science
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 517 and 518 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 631 – Seminar in Natural Hazards
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

GEOG 632 – Seminar in Dendrochronology
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 432 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 633 – Seminar in Physical Geography
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 533 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 634 – Seminar in Climatology
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 534 and 532 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 635 – Seminar in Biogeography
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 535 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 641 – Seminar in Urban/Economic Geography
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 541 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 649 – Seminar in Geography of Transportation
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): 549 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

GEOG 663 – Seminar in Geography of the American South
3 Credit Hours Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

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