Courses Offered in Fall 2014

GEOG110: The World Today: Global Perspectives
The most critical issue facing the world today is the sustainability of both human and physical systems in the 21st century. This class uses the context of regions of the world to explore the 21st century issues of climate change, development, politics, economy, and demography. Each region will be used to highlight aspects of sustainability.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
GEOG130: Developing Countries
An introduction to the geographic characteristics of the development problems and prospects of developing countries. Spatial distribution of poverty, employment, migration and urban growth, agricultural productivity, rural development, policies and international trade. Portraits of selected developing countries.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna View Syllabus
GEOG140: Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Fires
Catastrophic Environmental Events (CCE) that are becoming more common i this time of global environmental change and it is essential that today's students be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be leaders as we, as a society, understand the upheaval that these CCEs are causing. Students will examine how CEEs shape human society and ecosystem from the interdisciplinary perspective afforded by the field of Geography. Students will use the latest geographic science concepts and techniques in exploring these events.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
GEOG201: Geography of Environmental Systems
A systematic introduction to the processes and associated forms of the atmosphere and earth's surfaces emphasizing the interaction between climatology, hydrology and geomorphology.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
GEOG211: Geography of Environmental Systems Laboratory
A laboratory course to accompany GEOG 201. Analysis of the components of the earth's energy balance using basic instrumentation; weather map interpretation; soil analysis; the application of map and air photo interpretation techniques to landform analysis.
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GEOG212: Introduction to Human Geography Laboratory
Introduction to the basic methods and techniques employed in human geography.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Kristen Bergery
GEOG306: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Geographic Environmental Sciences
Essentials in the quantitative analysis of spatial and other data, with a particular emphasis on statistics and programming. Topics include data display, data description and summary, statistical inference and significance tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and some advanced concepts, such as matrix methods, principal component analysis, and spatial statistics. Students will develop expertise in data analysis using advanced statistical software.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Giovanni Baiocchi View Syllabus
GEOG330: As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
Cultural geography course on society and sustainability. Culture is the basic building block that is key to sustainability of societies. Course will cover sustainability of societies on different scales, examining local, regional, and worldwide issues. Sustainability will be examined as a key element of environmental sustainability. How societies adjust to rapid world change will be examined as a positive and/or negative factor in sustainability. (Human Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Martha Geores View Syllabus
GEOG332: Economic Geography
Principles of managing scarce resources in a world where everyone faces tradeoffs across both time and space. Focuses on the relationship between globalization processes and changing patterns of locational advantages, production, trade, population, socioeconomic and environmental grace and sustainability. (Human Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Julie Silva View Syllabus
GEOG333: The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective
A socio-spatial approach to human interaction within the urban environments: ways people perceive, define, behave in, and structure world cities and metropolitan areas. Cultural and social differences define spatial patterns of social activities which further define distinctions in distribution and interaction of people and their social institutions. (Human Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Mila Zlatic View Syllabus
GEOG345: Introduction to Climatology
The geographic aspects of climate with emphasis on energy-moisture budgets, steady-state and non steady-state climatology, and climatic variations at both macro-and micro-scales. (Physical Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
GEOG372: Remote Sensing
Principles of remote sensing in relation to photographic, thermal infrared and radar imaging. Methods of obtaining quantitative information from remotely-sensed images. Interpretation of remotely-sensed images emphasizing the study of spatial and environmental relationships. (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Peter V. Potapov View Syllabus
GEOG373: Geographic Information Systems
Characteristics and organization of geographic data; creation and use of digital geospatial databases; metadata; spatial data models for thematic mapping and map analysis; use of geographic information system in society, government, and business. Practical training with use of advanced software and geographic databases. (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
GEOG384: Internship in Geography I
Supervised field training to provide career experience. Introduction to professional level activities, demands, opportunities. Placement at a public agency, non-profit organization, or private firm. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in preceding semester.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Allen B. Eney
GEOG385: Internship in Geography II
Supervised field training to provide career experience. Introduction to professional-level activities, demands, opportunities. Placement at a public agency, nonprofit organization, or private firm. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in preceding semester.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Allen B. Eney
GEOG397: Honors Thesis
Second course in the departmental honors sequence. Student research under the auspices of a faculty advisor, culminating in a research paper to be defended orally before the geography honors committee.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson
GEOG416: Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions
Develops skills to carry out research that integrates environmental and economic aspects of sustainability by introducing extensively used quantitative tools for analyzing human-environmental interactions in the field of ecological economics. These include, e.g., index number calculations and decomposition analysis, Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), environmental input-output analysis and life-cycle analysis, and multi-criteria decisions aid (MCDA). Students will need laptops to run models during class. (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
GEOG418: Field and Laboratory Techniques in Environmental Science
Applied introduction to field methods. This class is built around a two week field trip (mid-August) with a base camp in the headwaters of the Potomac River in the mountains of West Virginia. During the camp the following topics are covers: GPS (global positions system), stream hydrology measurements, vegetation classification and ordination, micrometeorlogical measurements, soils, water quality, remote sensing and GIS, local environmental issues, geomophology and paleohistory, and natural and cultural history. (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Ralph Dubayah View Syllabus
GEOG422: Changing Geographies of Subsaharan Africa
To develop an understanding of the geographic contexts of Sub-Saharan Africa, including an overview of the physical, bioclimatic, historical, cultural, political, demographic, health and economic geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will ‘fill in the map’ of Africa by studying the spatial distribution within each of these geographic domains. In addition to an overview of geography South of the Sahara, the Congo will be taken as a more intensive case study through additional readings, lectures and discussions. (Integrated Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen View Syllabus
GEOG423: Latin America
A geography of Latin America and the Caribbean in the contemporary world: political and cultural regions, population and resource distribution, historical development, current levels of economic and social well-being, urbanization, development policies, migration trends, physical features and climates. (Integrated Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna View Syllabus
GEOG431: Culture and Natural Resource Management
Basic issues concerning the natural history of humans from the perspective of the geographer. Basic components of selected behavioral and natural systems, their evolution and adaptation, and survival strategies. (Human Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Martha Geores View Syllabus
GEOG432: Spatial Econometrics
This course will provide an introduction to modern econometric techniques in general and spatial econometrics in particular. It is designed for senior and graduate students of geography department who may have relatively limited background in statistics, mathematics, and econometrics but are keen to learn this ‘difficult’ subject. This course will use the popular open source statistical computer language R. Its focus is on using statistical computing to produce analytical reports for real-world applications, research papers, and dissertations.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
GEOG442: Biogeography and Environmental Change
Biogeographical topics of global significance, including a consideration of measurement techniques, and both descriptive and mechanistic modeling. Topics may include: scale in biogeography, climate and vegetation, global carbon cycle, biodiversity, interannual variability in the biosphere, land cover, global biospheric responses to climate change, NASA's Mission to Planet Earth and Earth Observation System. (Physical Geography)
Fall 2014 Instructor: George Hurtt
GEOG472: Remote Sensing: Digital Processing and Analysis
Digital image processing and analysis applied to satellite and aircraft land remote sensing data. Consideration is given to preprocessing steps including calibration and geo registration. Analysis methods include digital image exploration, feature extraction thematic classification, change detection, and biophysical characterization. One or more application examples may be reviewed. (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Tatiana V. Loboda View Syllabus
GEOG475: Computer Cartography
Advanced skills of computer mapping using more sophisticated software packages. Map projection evaluation and selection, coordinate system conversion, techniques of quantitative thematic mapping, map design and generalization, hypermedia and animated cartography. Emphasis on designing and making cartographically sound sophisticated thematic maps. (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
GEOG476: Object-Oriented Computer Programming for GIS
Expands on conceptual and practical aspects of programming for geographic applications. The main focus of this course is to provide students more advanced programming in object oriented programming languages (i.e. Python). In addition, students will develop a proficiency in applying these advanced programming principles to manipulating spatial data sources within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (Technical)
Fall 2014 Instructor: Giovanni Baiocchi View Syllabus
Fall 2014 Instructor: Giovanni Baiocchi View Syllabus
GEOG601: The Nature and Practice of Science
Introduces students to the nature and practice of science in physical and human geography, including practical methods for research productivity, professional, societal and ethical obligations of scientists, the philosophy of science, and the scientific literature. Students will prepare and critically evaluate research proposals.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Klaus Hubacek View Syllabus
GEOG650: MOBILE GIS
This course covers how to create, test, and publish mobile GIS applications that work across multiple platforms (Android, iOS, and Black Berry Tablet OS) and adapt to a smartphone or tablet display.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
GEOG651: Spatial Statistics
This course covers the statistical modeling of spatial data and data analysis that are most useful to geographers and others who use spatial data. It provides the student with more advanced methods with an emphasis on practical techniques for problem solving. Home assignments are designed to help the student understand the fundamental concepts and principles in depth and allow the student to gain experience in the use of S-Plus statistical software and two powerful extensions of ArcGIS: Spatial analyst, and Geostatistical analyst. There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
GEOG653: Spatial Analysis
Methods of spatial analysis including measuring aspects of geometric features and identifying spatial patterns of geospatial objects that are represented as point, line, network, areal data, and 3-D surfaces.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Jack (Jianguo) Ma View Syllabus
GEOG654: GIS and Spatial Modeling
Provide foundations and understanding on various issues related to modeling and simulation in GIS context. It will addresses the concepts, tools, and techniques of GIS modeling, and presents modeling concepts and theory as well as provides opportunities for hands-on model design, construction, and application. The focus will be on raster-based modeling. This course is also application-orientated, particularly in these fields such as terrain modeling, LULC modeling, hydrological modeling, suitability modeling, etc.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
GEOG672: Biophysics of Optical Remote Sensing
Biophysical principles, phenomena and processes underlying multispectra remote sensing in the optical portion of the EM spectrum. Includes computer-based exercises that explore the biophysical basis of land patterns and dynamics observed in remote sensing data.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Shunlin Liang View Syllabus
GEOG732: Spatial Econometrics
This course will provide an introduction to modern econometric techniques in general and spatial econometrics in particular. It is designed for senior and graduate students of geography department who may have relatively limited background in statistics, mathematics, and econometrics but are keen to learn this ‘difficult’ subject. This course will use the popular open source statistical computer language R. Its focus is on using statistical computing to produce analytical reports for real-world applications, research papers, and dissertations.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
GEOG798: Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Departmental Seminar
Contact department for information on this course.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus