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 (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

Graduate Coursework