Programs by Campus




  • GEOG–G 425 Africa: Contemporary Geographic Problems (3 cr.)
  • GEOG–G 427 Russia and Its Neighbors (3 cr.)
  • GEOG–G 428 Geography of Europe (3 cr.)
  • GEOG–G 500 Research Problems in Geography (4 cr.) Examination of current research areas and research problems in geography. Introduction to research design and research methods.
  • GEOG–G 501 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.
  • GEOG–G 502 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. Note: This course is not being offered at this time.
  • GEOG–G 504 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.
  • GEOG–G 505 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.
  • GEOG–G 506 Sustainable Transportation (3 cr.) P: G502. An examina­tion of non-sustainability in the transport sector. Problems of petroleum depletion, air quality and its impact on human health, carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on global warming, transport accidents and congestion are examined along with planning, policy, and technological solutions to these problems. Note: This course is not being offered at this time.
  • GEOG–G 509 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. Note: This course is not being offered at this time.
  • GEOG–G 511 Sustainable Development Systems (3 cr.) P: G208 or consent of instructor. An examination of the notion of sustain­able development and its meaning and implementation in the areas of resources, agriculture, water, transport, cities, and tourism. Also considers how such systems can be implemented in developed countries.
  • GEOG–G 512 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. (This course is not being offered at this time.)
  • GEOG–G 513 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.
  • GEOG–G 515 Sustainable Urbanism (3 cr.) P: G314 or consent of instructor. In-depth examination of “green urbanism” and sus­tainable urban development. Sustainable urbanism is viewed as an integral part of, and not distinct from, global environmental sustainability. Lessons from European cities inform the assess­ments of North America’s urban future. Note: This course is not being offered at this time.
  • GEOG–G 517 Geography and Development: Critical Perspectives (3 cr.) Critical analysis of development theory, development practice, and the discourse of development, particularly within the context of the Third World. Geographic approach to the study of neoliberalism and globalization, commodity chains, transnational corporations, multi-lateral organizations, labor relations, NGOs, consumption practices, sustainability, gender, and culture. Note: This course is not being offered at this time.
  • GEOG–G 520 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. Note: This course is not being offered at this time.
  • GEOG–G 531 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.
  • GEOG–G 532 Physical Meteorology and Climatology (3 cr.) Topics span all the scales of atmospheric processes; from climate change to weather forecasting and surface energy budgets. Students are introduced to the physical processes and properties of the atmosphere. Skills used to study and quantify atmospheric processes, such as the use of models and remote sensing, are also developed.
  • GEOG–G 533 Advanced 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.
  • GEOG–G 534 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.
  • GEOG–G 535 Environmental 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.
  • GEOG–G 536 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.
  • GEOG–G 538 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.
  • GEOG–G 539 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.
  • GEOG–G 540 Topics in Environmental Geography (1–3 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.
  • GEOG–G 542 Sustainable Energy Systems (3 cr.) Examination of cur­rent energy use and the role of renewable energy resources in meeting future demand. The course covers the physical and technological basis for geothermal, wind, solar, hydro, and marine energy in addition to the environmental, economic, and social impacts of developing and utilizing these sustainable resources.
  • GEOG–G 549 Political Ecology (3 cr.) P: G315, G320, G341, G343, or consent of instructor. This seminar introduces political ecology, an approach which focuses on the political-economic context of natural resource conflicts with particular attention to issues of equity, justice, and power. This course covers the theoretical lineage of political ecology, its development over the last 20 years, and current hot topics in the field.
  • GEOG–G 550 Instrumentation and Field Methods in Atmospheric Science (3 cr.) P: 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.
  • GEOG–G 551 Water Resources: Semi-Arid Environments (3 cr.) P: G107 and G109 and at least one 300-level physical/biological science course or consent of instructor. This course uses a series of lectures and seminar discussions to highlight the hydro-micro­meteorological and human dynamics of semi-arid ecosystems/environments.
  • GEOG–G 555 Wind Power Meteorology (3 cr.) P: G304, G362 or consent of instructor. The science of wind power meteorology will be explained with a focus on practical elements of how to measure wind resources, estimate wind turbine loads and wind turbine siting. The class is divided into a lecture and laboratory type format with project work.
  • GEOG–G 560 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.
  • GEOG–G 561 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (3 cr.) P: G208 or consent of instructor. Introduction of global environmental change (GEC), focusing on the human causes and consequences of biophysical transformations of land systems. Emphasis on socioeconomic, political, institutional, and environmental dimensions of land change; tropical forests, grasslands, and urbanizing areas; international environmental regimes; spatial methodologies in GEC research; and integrated approaches.
  • GEOG–G 562 Dynamic Meteorology: Boundary-Layer Meteorology (3 cr.) P: G304, G107 or G109 or consent of instructor. The atmospheric-boundary layer is the interface between the free atmosphere and the surface. Basic meteorological theory for processes in the atmospheric boundary-layer that scale from the microscale to the mesoscale. Aerodynamic and energy budget concepts. Development and application of boundary-layer models and associated parameterizations. Lecture and laboratory format.
  • GEOG–G 570 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.
  • GEOG–G 571 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.
  • GEOG–G 575 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 of natural climate forcing are presented, historical evolution of climate change is quantified, and model tools and climate projections are presented along with analyses of climate change impacts.
  • GEOG–G 577 Topics in Atmospheric Science (3 cr.) P:  G304 or G532 or consent of instructor. Selected topics in microclimatology, dynamic meteorology, statistical methods in climatology climatic change, radiation theory, or other areas of climatology and meteorology. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
  • GEOG–G 578 Global Change, Food and Farming Systems (3 cr.) P: G208 or consent of instructor. Introduction to food production and consumption systems, emphasizing linkages to land use and social change on food/farming system sustainability. Topics include: urbanization, population growth, and economic liber­alization; farming livelihoods, gender and poverty; biotechnol­ogy; agro-ecology; global health.
  • GEOG–G 582 Cultural Geography (3 cr.) Familiarizes students with the basic concepts and ideas that underpin the study of cultural geography, including the history of cultural geography, the con­stitution of the cultural landscape, and how landscape fractures across the lines of ethnicity, gender, and age.
  • GEOG–G 588 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.
  • GEOG–G 589 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.
  • GEOG–G 591 Methods of Population Analysis and Their Applications (3 cr.)
  • GEOG–G 602 Topical Seminar in Atmospheric Science (1–3 cr.) Topics will vary to consider aspects of atmospheric science. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
  • GEOG–G 603 Topical Seminar in Human Geography (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Topics will vary to consider aspects of human geography. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
  • GEOG–G 604 Topical Seminar in Human-Environment Interaction (3 cr.) Top­ics will vary to consider aspects of human-environment interaction. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
  • GEOG–G 639 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.
  • GEOG–G 830 Readings in Geography (arr.–12 cr.) P: Advanced courses in geography or closely related fields. Supervised read­ings on selected topics.
  • GEOG–G 831 Advanced Research in Geography (1–6 cr.) P: Consent of faculty member. Individual research. S/F grading.
  • GEOG–G 840 Research in Geography (arr. cr.) P: Consent of faculty member. This course is eligible for a deferred grade. Individual research.
  • GEOG–G 845 Master’s Papers (1–6 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Re­search papers under supervision of faculty.
  • GEOG–G 850 Master’s Thesis (arr.–6 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade. Thesis.
  • GEOG–G 860 Ph.D. Thesis (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.

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