Purpose: increase student knowledge of professional development opportunities in Geography through classroom activities and invited speakers, and to build awareness of career development tools and strategies. The main focus of the class is to prepare students to use the tools needed to pursue professional opportunities, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Special emphasis will be on résumé building, cover letter writing, communication skills, and job, internship, and graduate school research.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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    Summer 2017Instructor: Ronald W. LunaCo-Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-HallView: Syllabus

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.

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    Summer 2017Instructor: Ronald W. LunaCo-Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-HallView: Syllabus

This course is an introduction to computer programming using the Python programming language. It is recommended for students before they enroll in the more advanced programming courses. This course teaches students the fundamentals concepts of computer science. The students will learn about the core components of a computer program, such as data management, conditional statements, iterative statements, and file processing. Students will develop programs the purpose of automating tasks and assisting with data analysis.

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An introduction to programming and scripting for intermediate GIS users. The fundamental concepts of computer programming will be introduced within the Geoprocessing framework in ArcGIS primarily using Python. Basic concepts of object-oriented programming and scripting will be presented. Students will develop skills in programming techniques to explore, manipulate and model spatial data using the Geoprocessor methods.

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A professional practice seminar will be included to help prepare students for the work place. Topics will include development of a resume, physical preparation of a resume, choosing and helping reference writers, conduct of a successful interview, negotiating an employment package, giving professional presentations, proposal preparation, writing reports, codes of ethics and responsibilities to the broader community including ‘pro bono’ work. The course will include presentations from practitioners in the GIS field.

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