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Courses - GEOG Graduate Level

**The below information has been altered from the published version of the catalog. GEOG 475 and GEOG 575 are now properly double-numbered in the courses listed below. A list of differences in the online and published version of the catalog is available. **

 

500. Multivariate Geographical Analysis (4)

Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or any introductory statistics course or consent of instructor.
Examination of advanced multivariate statistical techniques employed by geographers in analysis of spatial phenomena. Emphasis on applications in geographical research, using spreadsheet and statistical software.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours seminar, 2 hours laboratory)

502. Qualitative Geographic Analysis (4)

Prerequisite: GEOG 360 or consent of instructor.
Examines qualitative geographic methodologies and methods through the theoretical frameworks that geographers employ in their research. Introduces survey, interview, and focus group techniques, textual analysis, participant observation, and ethnography. Includes a hands-on research experience.
(4 hours discussion). Letter grade only (A-F).

540./440. Land and Water Resources (3)

Prerequisite: ESP 200 or GEOG 340 or consent of instructor.
Examines interrelationships between land and water as components of the human environment. Focus is on management, use and human impacts, with an emphasis on water resources.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion)

541./441. The Geography of Mars (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOG 130 or GEOG 140 or GEOL 102 and GEOG 280 or consent of instructor, and graduate student standing.
Introduction to the geography of Mars, providing a physical regionalization of the Martian surface and climate and an understanding of underlying tectonic, geomorphic, and meteorological processes. The course reviews remote sensing fundamentals and data sources for geographical analysis of Mars.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours seminar, 2 hours activity)

543. Watersheds: Processes and Management (4)

Prerequisite: ESP 200 or GEOG 340 or consent of instructor.
Basic principles of watershed hydrology, including hydrologic processes, runoff behavior, precipitation patterns and watershed models. Evaluation of water quality elements such as nonpoint source pollution. Laboratory and field exercises will include hydrologic data collection, processing and evaluation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours Lecture, 2 hours Laboratory)

545. Palaeoclimatology (4)

Prerequisites: ESP 200 or GEOG 340 and GEOG 200 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor.
Reconstructing and dating past climates, climate changes, and their environmental impacts, using such proxies as sediment sequences, packrat middens, ice cores, tree rings, corals, and documentary data.. Earth's changing orbital parameters, internal forcing mechanisms, and human factors are analyzed.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours, lab activities 2 hours)

548./448. Environmental Assessment (3)

Prerequisite: ESP 200 or GEOG 340 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to the policy framework and techniques for assessing impacts on various aspects of the biological and physical environment. The course is a survey of multiple topics involving various types of environmental assessment, including data collection, processing and evaluation. (Undergraduates register in GEOG 448; graduates register in 548).
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture, activity)

558./458. Hazards and Risk Management (3)

Prerequisite: ESP 200 or GEOG 340 or consent of instructor.
Broad overview of hazards and disasters, whether natural or technological, emphasizing the physical and social dynamics that interact to produce hazard, the spatial and temporal distributions of various hazards, and policy options for disaster preparation, loss reduction, and community resilience.
Letter grade only (A-F).

565./465. Social Geography (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 360 or consent of instructor.
The geographies of society, including various methodological and theoretical approaches to social geography. Topics may include socio-spatial inequality, crime, housing, religious systems, medical and health geography, feminist geography, the geography of sexuality, the geography of race, or poststructuralist geography.
Letter grade only (A-F).

567./467. Urban Geography: Metropolitan Problems (3)

Prerequisite: GEOG 360 or consent of instructor.
Geographic components of metropolitan problems and their solutions. Problems related to transportation systems, housing, evolution of ghettos, urban perception and behavioral patterns will be discussed in terms of theoretical and practically applied urban planning solutions.
(Lecture, problems 3 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

575./475. Geographical Applications in Remote Sensing (4)

Prerequisites: GEOG 473 or consent of instructor.
Focuses on remote sensing applications. Students will be introduced to sophisticated imagery and analysis techniques, as applied to weather and fire modeling, arid lands environmental problems, or the urban environment.
(Seminar 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

584./484. Advanced Concepts in Presentation Cartography (4)

Prerequisite: GEOG 482 or consent of instructor.
Advanced theory and techniques for presentation cartography including communication, visualization, terrain representation, animation, and color.
Letter grade only (A-F).

585./485. Principles of Geographic Information Science (4)

Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or equivalent and GEOG 280 or consent of instructor
Fundamental concepts and techniques of geographic information systems and science are introduced. Emphasizes spatial analyses to address spatial questions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

586. Field Methods in Landscape Analysis (4)

Prerequisite: GEOG 340 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to field techniques, including formulation of field plans, recording direct observation, field mapping, sampling techniques, interviewing, and organzing and evaluating data for presentation.
(Seminar 1 hour; Field Work 6 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

587A. Applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS): Environment and Natural Resources (4)

Prerequisites: GEOG 485 or GEOG 585 or consent of instructor.
The use of Geographic Information Systems and science for spatial query, problem analysis, spatial modeling and decision support in natural resource assessment. Students who possess a background in GIS are introduced to environmental applications. Emphasizes the use of raster GIS.

587B. Applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS): Urban and Economic (4)

Prerequisite: GEOG 485 or GEOG 585 or consent of instructor.
Builds on introductory knowledge of Geographic Information Systems, spatial analysis and spatial data and focuses on urban and economic applications and analyses.

588./488. Geographic Information Science (GIS) Programming (4)

Prerequisite:GEOG 485 or GEOG 585 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to programming techniques for Geographic Information Sciences and applications for geography and related disciplines.
(Seminar 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

596. Geographic Thought and Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Proseminar in the history of 20th century Anglophone geographic thought with emphasis on the theoretical and subdisciplinary perspectives current in the field today.
Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Seminar in Physical Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Physical/environmental issues and problems.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of departmental advisor. Letter grade only (A-F).

650. Seminar in Cultural Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Systematic investigation of human occupancy in its varied environmental and regional settings.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department advisor. Letter grade only (A-F).

666. Seminar in Urban Geography (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Geographic concepts and techniques of research applied to specific urban areas.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department advisor. Letter grade only (A-F).

680. Seminar in Geospatial Science (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Application of geographic concepts and methodology to selected cartographic, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analytic problems.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of departmental advisor. Letter grade only (A-F).

696. Seminar in Geographical Research Methods (3)

Prerequisites: GEOG 596, graduate standing in geography, and concent instructor.
Critical survey of contemporary methodologies available for framing research in geography, emphasizing the connection between research models, research questions, and the selection and limitations of particular methods, techniques, and data.
Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1‑3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Research in geography supervised on an individual basis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1‑6)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Planning, preparation and completion of thesis for the master's degree.


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