Courses

Physical processes of atmosphere in relation to day-to-day changes in the weather.  (3)  (Same as Atmospheric Science 1050)

Introductory analysis for general education.  Regional character, spatial relationships, major problems of Europe, North America (United States and Canada) and Latin America.  Organized around basic concepts in the field of geography.  (3)

Introductory analysis for general education.  Regional character, spatial relationships, problems of environment and development of the former Soviet Union, Pacific World, South and East Asia, Africa and Middle East.  Organized around basic concepts in the field of geography.  May be taken independently of Geography 1100.

Examines human culture as a geographical element; the power of culture and human institutions in human-environmental interaction and the creation of agriculture, folk culture, popular culture, cities and a broad range of cultural landscapes.  Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing.  (3)

This course will explore the role of physical science, environmental politics and public policy in shaping contemporary debate concerning climate change, mitigation and adaptation strategies.  (3)

Introduction to technologies used to map a changing world, with an emphasis on digital mapping explorations of human and environmental interactions on earth.  Course includes lab and fieldwork to introduce geographic information data collection and analysis techniques.  The course serves as a survey introduction to how geospatial technologies are used in human and environmental interactions on earth for many different fields, jobs and circumstances, such as: virtual globes, geographic information systems, global positioning satellites and remote sensing.  (3)

Introduction to methods of map interpretation and geographic communication through maps.  Primary Emphasis is on the development of skills in map analysis, with laboratory work and possible field analysis.  Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing.  (3)

Intensive examination of selected North American areas and distributions.  Regional systems, problems and planning.  Prerequisite: sophomore standing.  (3)

Physical, human, economic, and political geography of Missouri; regions of the state.  Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or junior standing.  (3)

Survey of Europe's lands and peoples; emphasis on historical areal relationships as reflected in Europe's changing economic and political organization.  Prerequisite: sophomore standing.  (3)

Cultural, physical and economic geography of China, Japan and Korea, with emphasis on China.  Landscape analysis, determination of regional identities, and study of political forces evident in the development of the contemporary scene are stressed.  Prerequisite: Geography 1200.  (3)

An introductory survey of the geography of Asia from India through Southeast Asia to China and Japan, emphasizing factors contributing to cultural similarities and variations, conflicts of interest, and current development.  (3)

Physical environment and culture in the regional development of South America.  Prerequisite: one course in geography or instructor's consent.  (3)

A regional survey of Africa south of the Sahara Desert with an emphasis on the geographical dimensions involved in pressing social and environmental issues such as economic development, environmental change, political administration of space, and cultural self-determination.  (3)

Examination of the interacting natural systems that comprise the Earth's physical environment, including the atmosphere, biosphere, and landforms.  Focus on relating fundamental physical, chemical and ecological processes to the global geographic patterns they produce.  Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing.

Historical perspectives on the human agency in transforming the earth, with emphasis on international environmental problems.  Topics include basic biogeography; environmental impacts of population growth, underdevelopment and overdevelopment; and new approaches to managements of global resources.  Prerequisite:  Geography 1100 or 1200.  (3)

Geographical location and organization of world's major economic activities.  Emphasizes agricultural and industrial patterns, commodity flows, transport networks, geographical principles of market and industrial location, internal spatial organization of cities, land-use models, geographic aspects of economic growth.  (3)

Study of cities:  origin, development, distribution, social, economic, and demographic significance.  Consideration of theories of structure, urban hierarchies, and land use planning.  Prerequisites:  Geography 1100, 1200 and two other geography courses, or instructor's consent.  (3)

Introduces concepts of computer analysis of geographic data and emphasizes the techniques for handling geographic data. Application of computer-based GIS systems in coursework. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; instructor consent required. (3)

Physical environment and culture in the regional development of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Prerequisite:  one course in geography or instructor's consent.  (3)

Physical, cultural, historical and regional geography of Southeast Asia, with an introduction to East Asian geography.  Emphasizes the problems of tradition and development.  (3)

Cultural, physical and historical geography of the Middle East, with emphasis on cultural adaptations to environments and conflicts over the resources. 

Topical and regional analysis of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.  Historical development of distinctive cultural regions.  Relations with neighboring areas.  Impact of Westernization of economic activities, settlements, population.  (3)

Geographic analysis of social, economic and political issues confronting Russia and the NIS, including environmental problems, economic interdependence and prospects for regional economic development, population change and migration, inter-ethnic relations and ethno-territorial conflict.  (3)

Independent investigation leading to a paper or project.  May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.  Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.  (1-3)

Major concepts of African geography in current and historical perspective. (3)

Analysis of selected geographical patterns and themes in the continent's past.  Focus is explicitly geographical, stressing extensive use of maps and recent scholarly work by historical geographers.  Prerequisites: junior standing or instructor's consent.  (3)

Examines AIDS science, sociopolitical causes of the epidemic, global AIDS policy and transnational AIDS activism.  (3)

This is a course on the social and cultural geography of North America. We will focus on Native American peoples, place-making, their land, natural resources, and their use of geotechniques for social and cultural empowerment. Indigenous geographies exist today despite repeated attempts by Euro-Americans to destroy, marginalize, distort, or ignore them. At the same time, native peoples have used western technologies and science to construct representations of ‘indigenous geographies.’ Throughout the course, we will study the principles and systems underlying some indigenous geographies, indigenous ways of knowing the world, natural resources, relationships to animals and landforms, sense of place, place-names, sacred land, counter-mapping and geographic information systems. We will attempt to attain some cross-cultural understanding of these geographies within the context of North America geography. (3)

A study of the world distribution of climates based on "cause and effect" relationships.  Special attention is given to the impacts of climate on humanity.  Prerequisites: Geography 1050 or equivalent or graduate standing.  (3)

Study of natural regions of the United States by integrating topics from landforms, climate, soils, vegetation, water, resources, and land use. Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or Geography 2610 and junior standing or consent of instructor. (3)

Systematic study of landforms and the processes which govern them. Provides a foundation for the theoretical, technical, and practical understanding of environmental systems. Prerequisites:  Geography 2610 and junior standing, or consent of instructor. (3)

This course provides an overview of geography’s role in regional planning. In particular, this course focuses on the use of GIScience and location analysis in efficiently addressing regional service needs. Geographic issues will be addressed to highlight the practical relevance of location analysis with respect to planning. Utilization and implementation considerations using GIS and location analysis will be explored.  (3)

Geographic factors in the development of political boundaries, traditions, and societal perspectives.  Spatial patterns and geopolitical processes are explored in selected regions of the world.  Prerequisites: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing.  (3)

Introduction to the principles of remote sensing of the environment. Digital imagery from spacecraft, conventional and high-altitude aerial photography, thermal imaging, and microwave remote sensing. Prerequisite: Geography 2840. (3)

Principles of computer-assisted cartography. Automated cartographic display. "Hands on" experience with computer mapping software and hardware systems. Role of computers in map design. Digital encoding of geographic data. Prerequisite: Geography 2840. (3)

The geospatial sciences play a critical role in how we approach and understand issues in national security including environmental disasters, terrorism, military support, infrastructure security, law enforcement, resource management, and epidemiological concerns. These complex issues have a tremendous spatial component and geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and geographic information systems are essential for developing/implementing security plans and responding to emergencies/disasters. This course will discuss topics related to the contribution of the geospatial sciences in the collection, processing, visualization and analysis of spatial information related to national security.  (3)

Independent readings selected in consultation with supervisory faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and Independent Study Contract needed. (1-3)

Energy balance of biological systems including plant canopies, forests and animals. Effects of weather events on plant and animal production discussed. Prerequisites: Geography 1050, graduate standing, or instructor's consent. (3)

This course is an exploration of the various aspects of contemporary white supremacy in the USA including the significance of place in the origin, diffusion, and practice of white supremacy; emphasizing the imprints on the landscape; and analyzing the connections among culture, politics, economics, and religion. This course is designed as an upper level seminar using individual writing, classroom presentation, and group discussion as vehicles for learning and applying concepts of Human Geography. (3)

Examines the role of natural resources play in contemporary conflicts among indigenous peoples, neocolonial states and corporations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The course emphasizes understanding the social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological issues at stake in individual case studies set in a global context. Possible solutions to these conflicts are examined. (3)

Analysis of the patterns and processes of plant distribution in the contemporary landscape, stressing environmental influences and vegetation dynamics, particularly as they relate to North Amerian vegetation. Prerequisite: Geography 2610 or instructor's consent.  (3)

Systematic study of river mechanics, stream-channel form, river management and restoration. Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of stream systems. Prerequisites: Geography 2610 and Geography 3630 or instructor's consent.  (3)

Application of statistical methods to geographic research. Prepares students to utilize advanced methodologies and models in spatial analysis. Includes computer analysis of geographical data. Prerequisite: Mathematics 1100 or equivalent. (3)

Study and research on fundamental themes in geography. Integration of these themes into regional and systematic approaches to the teaching of geography. Enrollment is restricted to students pursuing or considering careers in teaching. Prerequisites: junior standing or instructor's consent.  (3)

Explores demographic, economic, and social issues surrounding immigration and migration. The course focuses on the global labor migration system, immigration to the United States, and internal migration within the US, as well as the linkages between these systems.  (3)

This course is designed for social science students interested in learning about the tools available in GIS for linking to and analyzing spatial qualitative data. This course is not structured to provide a complete understanding of GIS principles and practices. Rather, the course makes use multiple data sources (qualitative and quantitative), applied within a social context, using spatial investigation procedures to detect geographical trends in data sets. We will primarily focus on qualitative research methods and how they may be applied to GIS, and how GIS can enhance qualitative research. Our class will undertake an original project using American Indian oral histories to better understand the relationships between places, culture, society, economics, and the environment. At the conclusion of the course students, 1) will have a basic understanding of geographic information systems; 2) knowledge of qualitative research methods and GIS; 3) participate in original geographic information social science research. (3)

Examination of the landscape-scale approach to biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics, and habitat management. Particular emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems to analyze the spatial dimension of ecological patterns and processes. Prerequisite: Geography 4840 or instructor's consent. (3)

Provide students with principles and applications of landscape ecology and firm understandings of spatial analysis techniques using GIS. Discuss metrics for spatial pattern and models for landscape-scale dynamics. Prerequisite: NATR 4365; FOR 4320 or equivalent; basic statistics; Geography 4810 recommended; consent of instructor. (3)

 

The course presents a review of the geography of transportation. Four major sets of ideas are discussed: spatial organization, network analysis, allocation, and urban transportation analysis. (3)

Resource management techniques for processing digital imagery acquired by land resource satellites; emphasis on classification and mapping of agricultural land uses and wildlife habitats. Prerequisite: Geography 4830. (3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor's consent; departmental consent for repetition. (1-3)

Advanced study and application of Geographic Information Systems technology to natural resources planning. Focus on individual research projects. Prerequisite: Geography 3040 or instructor's consent. (3)

Regularized individual work experience with local, regional, state or national agencies, with guidance and readings supplied by faculty coordinator. May repeat to maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisites: upper-level standing in geography, cartographic training, and departmental consent. (1-3)

A seminar in selected themes in geography. Class will focus on research, writing, presenting, and discussing themes in contemporary geography. Required of all majors prior to graduation. Prerequisite: Five courses in geography or instructor's consent. Winter semester only. Writing Intensive. (3)

Special work for Honors candidates in geography.  (3)

The geospatial sciences play a critical role in how we approach and understand issues in national security including environmental disasters, terrorism, military support, infrastructure security, law enforcement, resource management, and epidemiological concerns. These complex issues have a tremendous spatial component and geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and geographic information systems are essential for developing/implementing security plans and responding to emergencies/disasters. This course will discuss topics related to the contribution of the geospatial sciences in the collection, processing, visualization and analysis of spatial information related to national security.  (3)

Energy balance of biological systems including plant canopies, forests and animals. Effects of weather events on plant and animal production discussed. Prerequisites: Geography 1050, graduate standing, or instructor's consent.  (3)

Case studies in the patterns and processes of human-environmental interactions. Study of the cultural forces responsible for the continual transformation of the earth's cultural landscapes. Prerequisite: Geography 2550 or instructor's consent.  (3)

Examines the role of natural resources play in contemporary conflicts among indigenous peoples, neocolonial states and corporations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The course emphasizes understanding the social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological issues at stake in individual case studies set in a global context. Possible solutions to these conflicts are examined. (3)

 

Analysis of the patterns and processes of plant distribution in the contemporary landscape, stressing environmental influences and vegetation dynamics, particularly as they relate to North American vegetation. Prerequisite: Geography 2610 and junior standing, or instructor's consent.  (3)

Systematic study of river mechanics, stream-channel form, river management and restoration. Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of stream systems. Prerequisites: Geography 2610 and Geography 3630 or Instructor's consent.  (3)

Application of statistical methods to geographic research. Prepares students to utilize advanced methodologies and models in spatial analysis. Includes computer analysis of geographical data. Prerequisite: Mathematics 1100. (3)

Study and research on fundamental themes in geography. Integration of these themes into regional and systematic approaches to the teaching of geography. Enrollment is restricted to students pursuing or considering careers in teaching. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor's consent.  (3)

Explores demographic, economic, and social issues surrounding immigration and migration. The course focuses on the global labor migration system, immigration to the United States, and internal migration within the US, as well as the linkages between these systems.  (3)

Study of basic writing, dominant geographers, case studies, bibliographies and development of research methods. Prerequisites: Geography 2780 and three other geography courses, or instructor's consent. (3)

This course is designed for social science students interested in learning about the tools available in GIS for linking to and analyzing spatial qualitative data. This course is not structured to provide a complete understanding of GIS principles and practices. Rather, the course makes use multiple data sources (qualitative and quantitative), applied within a social context, using spatial investigation procedures to detect geographical trends in data sets. We will primarily focus on qualitative research methods and how they may be applied to GIS, and how GIS can enhance qualitative research. Our class will undertake an original project using American Indian oral histories to better understand the relationships between places, culture, society, economics, and the environment. At the conclusion of the course students, 1) will have a basic understanding of geographic information systems; 2) knowledge of qualitative research methods and GIS; 3) participate in original geographic information social science research.  (3)

Examination of the landscape-scale approach to biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics, and habitat management. Particular emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems to analyze the spatial dimension of ecological patterns and processes. Prerequisite: Geography 4840 or instructor's consent.  (3)

Provide students with principles and applications of landscape ecology and firm understandings of spatial analysis techniques using GIS. Discuss metrics for spatial pattern and models for landscape-scale dynamics. Prerequisite: NATR 4365; FOR 4320 or equivalent; basic statistics; Geography 4810 recommended; consent of instructor.  (3)

Introduces concepts of computer analysis of geographic data and emphasizes the techniques for handling geographic data. Application of computer-based GIS systems in coursework. Prerequisite: Geography 2840. (3)

Introduction to fundamental concepts and modes of analysis in transportation geography. Focus on descriptive, explanatory, as well as normative approaches. Topics reviewed include spatial organization, transportation economics, spatial interaction, network analysis, location/allocation, and urban transportation planning.  (3)

Resource management techniques for processing digital imagery acquired by land resource satellites; emphasis on classification and mapping of agricultural land uses and wildlife habitats. Prerequisite: Geography 4830.  (3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Repeatable upon consent of department. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.  (1-3)

Advanced study and application of Geographic Information Systems technology to natural resources planning. Focus on individual research projects. Prerequisite: Geography 4840 or instructor's consent.  (3)

Research not leading to thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and Independent Study Contract needed. S/U grading.  (1-6)

Advanced studies to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and Independent Study Contract needed.  (1-3)

Research leading to a thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent. Graded on a S/U basis only. (1-8)

Advanced readings and analysis of topics in the geography of the Middle East. Emphasis is on case studies of human-induced environmental problems in the region today. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.  (3)

May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and departmental consent. (1-3)

 

Application of scientific methods in geographic research. Critical evaluation of current geographical methodology.  (3)

Directions and stages in the development of American geographic thought. Course is built around landmark writings by American geographers. Prerequisite: graduate standing in geography and instructor's consent.  (3)

Techniques of geographical investigation in the field.  (3)

Analysis of remotely sensed data for resource management application. Acquisition of data, project planning, hands-on image interpretation experience, design of output products and project report preparation. Prerequisite: Geography 4830 or instructor's consent.  (3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: instructor's consent; departmental consent for repetition.  (1-3)

The exact nature and content of the program of study is highly flexible, and customized to the student's interests. Full-time students typically take three 3-credit courses for each of their first three semesters (Fall1, Spring1, and Fall2), with the fourth semester (Spring2) largely reserved for completing thesis research and writing. 

Beyond the two required courses - Geography 8750 and Geography 8760, which are normally taken during the first two semesters, students are expected to participate in two graduate seminars and take two courses in geographic methods and techniques (see degree requirements for full details, or the course checklist for a worksheet). Available courses include Geography classes numbered 7000 or above, as well as a host of relevant coursework available in other allied disciplines.

7520—Meteorology of the Biosphere (Atmospheric Science 7520)
7550—Themes in Cultural Geography
7620—Biogeography: Global Patterns of life
7630—River and Stream Dynamics
7710—Spatial Analysis in Geography
7770—Migration and Immigration
7780—Themes in Political Geography
7810—Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I
7815—Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis II (Natural Resources 8395)
7830—Remote Sensing
7904—Resources and Indigenous Peoples
7904—Transportation Geography
7904—Geospatial Sciences in Homeland Security
7904—GIS for the Social Sciences
7840—Geographic Information Systems I
7860—Advanced Remote Sensing
7940—Geographic Information Systems II

8270—Seminar in the Geography of the Middle East
8710—Seminar (recent examples include)

"Indigenous Geographies" (Palmer)
"Human Impacts on the Environment" (Urban)
"Geographies of Drugs and Terrorism" (Hobbs)
"Political Ecology" (Larsen)
"Population Geography" (Foulkes)
"White Nationalism on the American Landscape" (Brown)
"Location Modeling" (Matisziw)

8750—Research Design
8760—Geographic Thought
8820—Field Geography
8840—Seminar in Applied Remote Sensing
8080—Research
8090—Thesis Research