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1050 - Introductory Meteorology

Area: Physical

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

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1100 - Regions and Nations of the World 1

Area: Human

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)

Course Highlights

Geog 1100:  Regions and Nations (Western Hemisphere)

This section of Regions and Nations of the World course provides an introduction to the regional geography of the western hemisphere including North America, Latin America, and Europe. It consists of an introduction to regional analysis, thematically structured overviews of selected realms and regions in the western hemisphere, and geographic interpretations of contemporary social and environmental issues confronting the globe.

  • Learn about the unique and diverse cultures, places, and peoples of the western hemisphere.
  • Sharpen your understanding of the western hemisphere before traveling or studying abroad.
  • Delve deeper into issues including climate change, sustainability, globalization, and geopolitical conflict in discussion sections.

Professor Hurt + Discussion Section

Meets Social Science Requirement for Gen Ed

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1200 - Regions and Nations of the World 2

Area: Human

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.

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1550 - Cultural Geography: Introduction to the Humanized Earth (was Geog 2550)

Area: Human

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)

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1600 - Climate Change: Science and Public Policy

Area: Physical

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)

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1800 - Digital Earth: An Introduction to Geospatial Technologies

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)

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1840 - Global Environmental Change

Area: Physical

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)

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2120 - United States and Canada

Area: Human

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

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2130 - Geography of Missouri

Area: Human

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

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2210 - Geography of Europe

Area: Human

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)

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2260 - Geography of East Asia

Area: Human

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)

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2270 - Geography of Asia (same as South Asian Studies 2270)

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)

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2289 - Towns in Missouri and the Midwest: Voices and Inequalities

Focusing on towns and communities and their regional history and cultural traditions, we will examine the issues and concerns of small town America in the context of recent hardships and adverse economic trends. Examples of topics to be covered include case studies of communities such as Marceline, Missouri (Walt Disney's boyhood home), race and the immigration of non-whites in to rural areas; gender roles in small communities, the role of religion in small-town identity formation, and other current issues faced by "middle America". The responsiveness of government, large corporations, and institutions to the problems of diverse communities will be critically examined, with a multidisciplinary approach that will draw on key theories and works in the disciplines of sociology, rural sociology, community development, and geography. 

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2293 - Globalization, Identity and Citizenship

This course examines the forces of globalization that are transforming our world, and explores the various responses - psychological, social and political -- that people have been making over the past fifty years. Part I examines globalization as an economic and geographical process, generating huge social consequences, with rapid growth, population movements, political change and a vast gap between global wealth and poverty. Part II focuses on the ways in which individuals are now seeking to find themselves in this globalizing world. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which national identity, faith, gender and sexuality are emerging as key loci around which contemporary people (especially young people) are trying to forge new social identities for themselves. The course will conclude by examining the recently emerging (and highly contested) concept of 'global citizenship'.

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2340 - South America

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

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2450 - Themes in Geography of Africa South of the Sahara

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)

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2610 - Climate, Landforms & Vegetation: Introduction to Physical Geography

Area: Physical

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.

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2660 - Environmental Geography

Area: Human and Physical

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)

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2710 - Economic Geography

Area: Human

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)

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2720 - The City

Area: Human

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)

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3040 - Introduction to Geographic Informations Systems

Area: GIS

Introduces theory, concepts and techniques related to the creation, manipulation, processing, and basic analysis of spatial data using GIS. Data management, current data models, GIS applications and course topics are reinforced through hands-on computer laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; instructor consent required. (3)

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3140 - Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

Area: Human

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)

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3260 - Geography of South East Asia (same as South Asia Studies 3260)

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

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3270 - Geography of the Middle East

Area: Human

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

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3280 - Geography of South Asia (same as South Asia Studies 3280)

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)

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3290 - Geography of Russia and the Independent States of Eurasia

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)

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3385 - Special Problems

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

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3450 - Geography of Africa

Area: Human

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

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3510 - Historical Geography of North America

Area: Human

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)

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3560 - Native American Geographies

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)

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3600 - Climates of the World (same as Atmospheric Science 3600)

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)

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3610 - Physical Geography of the United States

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)

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3630 - Earth Surface Systems

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)

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3740 - Geography and Planning

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)

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3780 - World Political Geography: Patterns and Processes (same as Peace Studies 3780)

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)

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3800 - Geography of Travel and Tourism

This course examines the fundamentals of the geography of tourism and travel in both foreign and domestic contexts.  During the past few decades, tourism has been a fast growing industry around the world, although tourism can easily be negatively influenced by terrorism, natural disasters, and economic downturns. During the semester we'll look at several common types of tourism and focus on the positive and negative impacts of tourism upon local cultures, the environment, and economic development. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3

Recommended:  Geog 1100 or Geog 1200 or sophomore standing

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3830 - Remote Sensing

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)

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3840 - Cartography

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)

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4130 - The Geospatial Sciences in Homeland Security

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)

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4200 – Geopolitics

Geopolitics examines politics, especially international relations, as influenced by geographical factors. To reveal and forecast global trends, we examine the interactions of geographical contexts and perspectives with international and domestic political processes. Our geopolitical analysis is both thematic and regional. Geographical themes are multi-disciplinary and include location and place, physical geography and natural resources, population and immigration, culture and ethnicity, religion, economics and trade, foreign policy, conflict, globalization, and development. These are examined in the context of eight world regions and the polar realms. (3)

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4390 - Special Readings in Geography

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)

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4400 – Geographies of Terrorism and Drugs

The course examines the parallel and independent geographies of terrorism and drugs. Their common features include dangerous cultural landscapes that cannot sustain other forms of land use. They are typically marginal, remote, and beyond the reach of authorities. Crackdowns on terrorists and drug producers in one locale usually fails to eradicate the problems as they emerge elsewhere. The wars on terrorism and drugs often stimulate greater enrollments and production. Where poverty and alienation are common, both livelihoods offer social accommodation and ready entry into the cash economy. Alternative means of combating terrorism and drug production are explored. (3)

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4520 - Meteorology of the Biosphere (same as Atmospheric Science 4520)

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)

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4550 - White Nationalism on the American Landscape

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)

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4560 - Resources & Indigenous Peoples

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)

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4620 - Biogeography: Global Patterns of Life

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)

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4630 - River and Stream Dynamics

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)

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4710 - Spatial Analysis in Geography

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)

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4720 - Seminar in Geography Education

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)

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4770 - Migration and Immigration

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)

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4790 - Geography Information Systems for the Social Sciences

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)

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4810 - Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I (same as Natural Resources 4385)

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)

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4850 - Transportation Geography

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)

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4860 - Advanced Remote Sensing

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)

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4904 - Topics in Geography

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)

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4940 - Geographic Information Systems II

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)

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4945 - Internship in Applied Geography and Cartography

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)

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4990 - Senior Seminar in Geography

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)

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4996H - Honors

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4997H - Honors

Special work for Honors candidates in geography.  (3)

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7130 - The Geospatial Sciences in Homeland Security

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)

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7200 – Geopolitics

Geopolitics examines politics, especially international relations, as influenced by geographical factors. To reveal and forecast global trends, we examine the interactions of geographical contexts and perspectives with international and domestic political processes. Our geopolitical analysis is both thematic and regional. Geographical themes are multi-disciplinary and include location and place, physical geography and natural resources, population and immigration, culture and ethnicity, religion, economics and trade, foreign policy, conflict, globalization, and development. These are examined in the context of eight world regions and the polar realms. (3)

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7400 – Geographies of Terrorism and Drugs

The course examines the parallel and independent geographies of terrorism and drugs. Their common features include dangerous cultural landscapes that cannot sustain other forms of land use. They are typically marginal, remote, and beyond the reach of authorities. Crackdowns on terrorists and drug producers in one locale usually fails to eradicate the problems as they emerge elsewhere. The wars on terrorism and drugs often stimulate greater enrollments and production. Where poverty and alienation are common, both livelihoods offer social accommodation and ready entry into the cash economy. Alternative means of combating terrorism and drug production are explored. (3)

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7520 - Meteorology of the Biosphere (same as Atmospheric Science 4520)

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)

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7550 - Selected Themes in Cultural Geography

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)

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7560 - Resources & Indigenous Peoples

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)

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7620 - Biogeography: Global Patterns of Life

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)

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7630 - River and Stream Dynamics

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)

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7710 - Spatial Analysis in Geography

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)

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7720 - Seminar in Geography Education

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)

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7770 - Migration and Immigration

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)

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7780 - Selected Themes in Political Geography

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)

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7790 - Geographic Information Systems for the Social Sciences

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)

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7810 - Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I (same as Natural Resources 4385)

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)

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7840 - Geographic Information Systems I

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)

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7850 - Transportation Geography

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)

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7860 - Advanced Remote Sensing

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)

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7904 - Topics in Geography

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)

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7940 - Geographic Information Systems II

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)

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8080 - Research

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)

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8085 - Special Investigations

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)

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8090 - Research

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)

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8270 - Seminar in the Geography of the Middle East

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)

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8710 - Seminar

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

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8750 - Research Methods

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

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8760 - Geographic Thought

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)

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8800 - Intro to Geoinformatics

This course provides an overview of technologies and methods for addressing the complex nature of analysis problems involving geoinformation. In particular, this course focuses on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other computational technologies for capturing, handling, manipulating, and analyzing geoinformation. Special emphasis is given to the needs of new and emerging application domains that are increasingly utilization these technologies. Addionally, this course addresses techniques for fusing data collected at different spatial and temporal scales and working with massive geospatial datasets, challenges faced in most geoinformatics applications. The course will also provide hands-on experience with commercial geographic information systems, analysis methods, and practical applications of geoinformatics.

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8820 - Field Geography

Techniques of geographical investigation in the field.  (3)

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8840 - Seminar in Applied Remote Sensing

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)

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8902 - Topics in Geography

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)

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Graduate Coursework

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. Available courses include Geography classes numbered 7000 or above, as well as a host of relevant coursework available in other allied disciplines.

  • 7130—Geospatial Sciences in Homeland Security
  • 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)
  • 7560—Resources and Indigenous Peoples
  • 7850—Transportation Geography
  • 7790—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