Courses Offered in Spring 2015

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.
Spring 2015 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.
Spring 2015 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)
Spring 2015 Instructor: Tatiana V. Loboda
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)
Spring 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
GEOG376: Introduction to Computer Programming for GIS
Introduces conceptual and practical aspects of programming for geographic applications. The main focus is on developing a solid understanding of basic programming techniques irrespective of the specific programming language including variables, looping, conditional statements, nesting, math, strings, and other concepts. In addition, students will develop a proficiency in applying these basic programming principles to manipulating spatial data sources within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Spring 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
GEOG398B: Advanced Geographical Environmental Systems
Contact department for information to register for this course.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Eric S. Kasischke Co-Instructor: Nayoung Jo View Syllabus
Spring 2015 Instructor: Eric S. Kasischke Co-Instructor: Nayoung Jo View Syllabus
GEOG415: Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability
The issues of climate change and land use change as two interlinked global and regional environmental issues and their implications for society and resource use are explored.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Kuishuang Feng View Syllabus
GEOG417: Land Cover Characterization Using Multi-spectral, Multi-Temporal Remotely Sensed Data Sets
The course will be a lab practical. Students will be introduced to the image processing steps required for characterizing land cover extent and change. Key components of land cover characterization, including image interpretation, algorithm implementation, feature space selection, thematic output definition, and scripting will be discussed and implemented.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen Co-Instructor: Peter V. Potapov View Syllabus
GEOG421: Geography of China
This course will cover physical geography, history, and economic and political systems of the world's most populous country. Major focus will be on geographical issues in China's contemporary development: agriculture, population, urbanization, resource and energy, and environment.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Feng Zhao Co-Instructor: Tao He View Syllabus
GEOG473: Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Analytical uses of geographic information systems; data models for building geographic data bases; types of geographic data and spatial problems; practical experience using advanced software for thematic domains such as terrain analysis, land suitability modeling, demographic analysis, and transportation studies.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
GEOG498L: Land Use and Urban Economics
This course aims to address these interesting questions from the perspectives of geographical economics. In other words, it will introduce space into economic models and study the location of economic activities. Through lectures, group work, case studies, and hands-on exercises, the class will familiarize students with widely used analytical and modeling tools in geographical economics.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
GEOG498V: Mobile GIS
See department for more information.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
GEOG579: Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS
Introduction to remote sensing and geographic information systems. Topics include methods of obtaining quantitative information from remotely sensed images, interpretation of remotely sensed images for spatial and environmental relationships, characteristics and organization of geographic data, including spatial data models for thematic mapping and map analysis and use of GIS in society, government, and business. Practical experience with remote sensing software and GIS.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Kristofer Lasko
GEOG606: Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Multivariate statistical method applications to spatial problems. Linear and non-linear correlation and regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis. Spatial statistics including: trend surfaces, sequences, point distributions. Applications orientation.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Chengquan Huang View Syllabus
GEOG657: Web Programming
Intermediate course designed to teach students the techniques for Web development, particularly creating dynamic and data-driven Web applications. Introduces a high-level, object-oriented programming language such as VB.Net and the designing, coding, debugging, testing, and documenting for the development of Web-based applications. Other popular Web development tools such as DHTML, CSS and PHP are also covered.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
GEOG797: Capstone - Professional Project
Each student must undertake a project as a demonstration of his/her competence in geospatial science and technologies. The data and materials for this project can originate from an internship (internal or external to the department), or from relevant work experience at the student's current employer. The Department of Geographical Sciences will work with each student individually to determine the best mechanism for obtaining the necessary data and experience.
Spring 2015 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus