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Director of Graduate Studies
Master of Arts, Master of Arts for Teachers, Master of Arts in Geography and Master of Science in Environmental Science (SPEA), Master of Science, Master of Science in Geography and Master of Science in Environmental Science (SPEA), and Doctor of Philosophy
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Fields of Study
Thesis or Research Papers
Fields of Study
Thesis or Research Papers
Master of Arts/Master of Science in Geography and Master of Science in Environmental Science (Public and Environmental Affairs)
Research Project, Thesis, or Research Papers
Fields of Study
Ph.D. Minor in Geography
Courses G425 Africa: Contemporary Geographic Problems (3 cr.)G427 Russia and Its Neighbors (3 cr.)
G428 Geography of Europe (3 cr.)
G500 Research Problems in Geography (4 cr.) Examination of current research areas and research problems in geography. Introduction to research design and research methods.
G501 Research Problems in Geography II (3 cr.) P: G500. Further development of research formulation and design skills. Approaches to geographic research and the preparation of research problem statements and proposals that may lead to thesis or dissertation research. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits in second graduate degree.
G502 Introduction to Transportation Analysis (3 cr.) An examination of classical and contemporary approaches to the analysis of transport systems, spatial interaction, sustainable transport, and related environmental and economic aspects of transport at regional and national scales.
G504 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography (3 cr.) P: G488 or G588 or equivalent. Further development of quantitative techniques to geographic problems. Methods of multivariate analysis, multiple response models, and mapping of three-dimensional or greater space.
G505 Hydroclimatology (3 cr.) P: G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Hydroclimatic processes at a range of spatial scales. Topics include cloud and precipitation processes, soil water physics, runoff, and evaporation. Lecture and laboratory.
G507 Climate Dynamics (3 cr.) P: G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Climate and its interannual and longer-term variations from the perspectives of theory, observations, and modeling. Topics include climate sensitivity, stability, and feedbacks; oceans-air-land-ice interactions; teleconnections and their regional expression; drought; climate reconstruction, and prediction using numerical models.
G508 Mathematical Models in Geography (3 cr.) P: G504 or consent of instructor. An examination of formal mathematical models of spatial processes and spatial structures. Emphasis on optimization models of location and movement, spatial equilibrium models, and probabilistic models of spatial patterns.
G509 Seminar in the History and Philosophy of Geography (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. This course examines the history of geography. Particular reference is made to the use of philosophical traditions of positivism, structuralism, humanism, and postmodernism within geography and to the major debates about philosophy and methodology in the last two centuries within the discipline.
G512 Urban Transportation Analysis (3 cr.) P: G312 or G502 or consent of instructor. Aspects of urban transportation planning process. Existing travel patterns, variations in trip generation, spatial interaction and distribution models, assignment of trips to existing networks, and the evaluation of future networks.
G513 Advanced Economic Geography (3 cr.) P: G313 or consent of instructor. Advanced economic geographic theory and location decision making. Applications include agricultural, industrial, and commercial location decision making as well as geographic understanding of the wider regional development process. Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of theories and location decision making graphically and mathematically.
G514 Regional Transport Systems (3 cr.) P: G312 or G502 or consent of instructor. Theoretical and empirical analysis of transport problems and policies for state and multi-state areas. Network measurement, location theory, and flows. Regional transport planning methods for flow forecasting, flow distribution, modal choice, impact analysis, and alternative evaluation.
G515 Advanced Urban Geography (3 cr.) P: G314 or consent of instructor. In-depth study of contemporary theories of city system organization and the internal structure of cities. Emphasizes hierarchical city systems and interaction in global economy, the internal transformation of cities, and problems of urbanization such as racial and ethnic segregation, economic restructuring, and urban decline.
G517 Geography of Developing Countries: Critical Perspectives (3 cr.) Critical examination of development theories and development experiences of Third World countries in recent times. Emphasis is on global structural forces, spatial processes, political ecological relations of the poor, and the processes of migration, urbanization, rural development, and resource exploitation.
G519 Urban Land Use Planning (3 cr.) P: G314, G415, or consent of instructor. Land use planning principles including the comprehensive planning process, land use assessment, urban design, zoning and land use regulation, site and subdivision design, capital improvements, and historical preservation. Emphasizes applied aspects of land use planning in public and private sectors.
G520 Migration and Population Redistribution (3 cr.) P: G314, G320, or consent of instructor. Study of international regional and intraurban migration using micro- and macro-level approaches, and the impacts of population redistribution on origin and destination. Topics include illegal immigration to the U.S., rural to urban migration in LDCs, international migration and refugees, and gender differences in migration behavior.
G530 Transport Planning Topics (3 cr.) P: G312 or G502 or consent of instructor. Developments in transportation planning. Topics such as rail planning, urban transit planning, transportation of energy, entropy flow models, behavioral travel models. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 9 credit hours.
G531 Dynamic Meteorology (3 cr.) P: MATH M211-M212, PHYS P201 or P221 (P221 recommended), GEOG G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Introduction to dynamical processes and analysis in the atmosphere. Principles of fluid dynamics and their application to the atmosphere. Basic conservation laws and equations of motion. Circulation and vorticity. Dynamics of synoptic systems: quasigeostrophic analysis; oscillations and waves; baroclinic instability; and cyclogenesis. General circulation. Numerical modeling.
G532 Physical Meteorology and Climatology (3 cr.) Fundamental atmospheric properties and interrelationships. Radiation theory, components of energy and moisture balance, atmospheric circulation, upper-air surface relationships, and global weather system.
G533 Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology (3 cr.) P: G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Analysis and prediction of synoptic scale weather systems, emphasizing the mid-latitudes. Other topics covered include severe weather and atmospheric/oceanic teleconnections.
G534 Air Pollution Meteorology (3 cr.) P: G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Analysis of the physical laws that govern the transport, transformation, and removal of atmospheric pollutants. Primary emphasis will be on physical and chemical processes, although biological impacts will also be considered.
G535 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 cr.) Principles of remote sensing of the earth and its atmosphere, emphasizing satellite data in visible, infrared, and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Emphasis on practical applications and digital image analysis. A satellite data analysis project is required.
G536 Advanced Remote Sensing: Digital Image Processing (3 cr.) P: G535 or consent of instructor. Advanced remote sensing theory and digital image processing techniques with an emphasis on environmental science applications. Hands-on computer exercises provide significant experience in digital image processing techniques for extraction of qualitative and quantitative information about Earth's terrestrial and aquatic environments.
G537 Computer Cartography and Graphics (3 cr.) compilation, design, production, and evaluation of maps and related graphic materials. Includes cartometric procedures, symbolization, color use guidelines, map typography, photographic manipulations, computer animation, and geographic visualization techniques.
G538 Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.) Overview of the principles and practices of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Spatial data models, database design, introductory and intermediate GIS, operations and case studies of real-world GIS applications. Laboratory exercises will provide significant hands-on experience. Lecture and laboratory.
G539 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.) P: G538 or consent of instructor. Intermediate and advanced topics in geographic information science and spatial analysis techniques using GIS software. This advanced course is for students who seek a greater understanding of this rapidly developing field and want to learn how to construct, manage, and analyze their own GIS data and models.
G540 Topics in Environmental Geography (3 cr.) P: G305 or G315 or consent of instructor. Selected topics focus on the human dimensions of environmental change/conservation. Example focus topics: population-environment interactions, transport-environment interactions, and urban-environment interactions. May be repeated four times with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
G543 Cognitive Mapping and Spatial Analysis (3 cr.) An examination of theoretical, experimental, and empirical studies of cognitive mapping of spatial phenomena. Application of analytical procedures in the construction and analysis of cognitive maps is stressed.
G550 Instrumentation and Field Methods in Atmospheric Science (3 cr.) P or C: G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Sampling, instrumentation, measurement, analysis, and interpretation of data concerning features and processes of the atmospheric environment. Use of field and laboratory equipment within the context of research and standard projects. Practical application of climatological and meteorological principles.
G560 Geography Internship (1-4 cr.) P: graduate level courses in geography and consent of instructor. Faculty-directed study of geographical problems based on an internship experience. Student's area of placement must be related to major field of study. Offered fall, spring, and each summer session. Student may complete more than one internship, but total credit earned cannot exceed 4 credit hours.
G570 Micrometeorology (3 cr.) P: G304 or G532, MATH M211-M212, or consent of instructor. Atmospheric processes at the micro and local scale. Topics include energy and mass exchange over simple non-vegetated surfaces, vegetated surfaces, non-uniform terrain, and inadvertent climate modification.
G571 Topics in Micro- and Boundary- Layer Meteorology (3 cr.) P: G570, MATH M211-M212, PHYS P201 or P221 (P221 recommended), or consent of instructor. Topics may include surface-vegetation-atmosphere interaction; dynamics of turbulent transport; boundary-layer dynamics; turbulent kinetic energy and stability; dimensional analysis and similarity theory; effects of surface inhomogeneity on boundary-layer dynamics; patchiness; urbanization; regional aggregation of surface atmosphere exchange; applications to mesoscale modeling and air pollution dispersion modeling.
G572 Advanced Instrumentation and Field Methods in Atmospheric Science (3 cr.) P: G350 or G550 or consent of instructor. Sampling, instrumentation, measurement, analysis and interpretation of data concerning fluxes and variables in the boundary layer. Emphasis is on research and practical applications of micrometeorological principles.
G573 Topics in Mesoscale Meteorology (3 cr.) P: MATH M211-M212 PHYS P201 or P221 (P221 recommended), and GEOG G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Topics may include application of principles of dynamic meteorology and thermodynamics to mesoscale atmospheric phenomena; mesoscale circulations and boundary layer; fronts and frontogenesis; hurricanes and tornadoes; and flow topography interactions.
G575 Climate Change (3 cr.) P: at least two undergraduate courses in the physical sciences or consent of instructor. Evidence for and theories of climate change over a range of time scales. Sources and interpretation of proxy climate data are presented along with modeling tools for assessing climate response to a range of forcing and paleoclimate perspectives on future climate change.
G577 Topics in Atmospheric Science (3 cr.) P: G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Selected topics in microclimatology, dynamic meteorology, statistical methods in climatology and meteorology. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
G588 Applied Spatial Statistics (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Extension of traditional statistical analysis to spatial data. Spatial means and spatial variances, the examination of differences in samples over space, spatial autocorrelation, nearest neighbor analysis, map comparison techniques. Emphasis on practical applications.
G589 Atmospheric Data Analysis (3 cr.) P: an introductory course in statistics or consent of instructor. Introduction to methods of data analysis used in the atmospheric sciences, emphasizing applications. Topics include statistical forecasting, spatial interpolation, spectral analysis and filtering, vector data analysis, and model evaluation.
G602 Topical Seminar in Atmospheric Science (3 cr.) Topics will vary to consider aspects of atmospheric science. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
G603 Topical Seminar in Urban and Regional Systems (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Topics will vary to consider aspects of urban and regional geography. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
G604 Topical Seminar in Environmental Geography (3 cr.) Topics will vary to consider aspects of environmental geography. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
G639 Topical Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3 cr.) Applications of geographic information science principles in the collection and analysis of spatial data. Integration of GIS, remote sensing, and GPS technologies. Review of current literature on techniques, theory, technology, and applications with an emphasis on environmental topics. Discussion, laboratory, and research project.
G830 Readings in Geography (cr. arr.; 12 cr. max.) P: advanced courses in geography or closely related fields. Supervised readings on selected topics.
G831 Advanced Research in Geography (1-6 cr.) P: Consent of faculty member. Individual research. S/F grading.
G840 Research in Geography (cr. arr.)* P: consent of faculty member. Individual research.
G845 Master's Papers (1-6 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Research papers under supervision of faculty.G850 Master's Thesis (cr. arr.; 6 cr. max.)* Thesis.
G860 Ph.D. Thesis (cr. arr.)*
M530 Geography in Education (2 cr.)
G591 Methods of Population Analysis and Their Applications (3 cr.)