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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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
    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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna View Syllabus
    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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
GEOG170: Introduction to Methods of Geospatial Intelligence and Analysis
Introduction to technical methods used in gathering, analyzing, and presenting geospatial information, addressing the needs of geospatial analysis, such as environmental monitoring, situational awareness, disaster management, and human systems. Topics include basics of locational reference systems, map projections, satellite and airborne remote sensing, global positioning systems, geographic information systems, cartography, and introductory statistics and probability. The course is a gateway to more advanced technical classes in geoinformatics.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Grant McKenzie
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Keith Yearwood View Syllabus
GEOG202: Introduction to Human Geography
Introduction to what geographers do and how they do it. Systematic stud of issues regarding social and cultural systems from a global to a local scale. Looks at the distribution of these variables and answers the question "Why here, and not there"?
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Martha Geores 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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    Fall 2016 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall Co-Instructor: Lei Ma View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
GEOG212: Career Planning for Geographical Sciences, GIS, and ENSP Majors
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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    Summer 2017 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
GEOG301: Advanced Geographical Environmental Systems
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Eric S. Kasischke View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Eric S. Kasischke Co-Instructor: Nayoung Jo View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Eric S. Kasischke Co-Instructor: Nayoung Jo View Syllabus
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.
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    Summer 2017 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Winter 2015 Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall 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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
    Summer 2017 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Martha Geores View Syllabus
    Summer 2014 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson
GEOG331: Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change
Introduction to global-scale interrelationship between human beings and the environment. The development of global issues including but not limited to the environment, food, energy, technology, population, and policy.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Laixiang Sun Co-Instructor: Ana Sanchez-Rivera 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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Joshua Wayland View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Julie Silva
    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)
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD 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)
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    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)
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Belen Franch View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Peter V. Potapov View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Belen Franch View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Tatiana V. Loboda
    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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Winter 2015 Instructor: Michael Humber
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).
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Grant McKenzie
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Ruibo Han
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
    Winter 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
    Winter 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Allen B. Eney View Syllabus
    Summer 2017 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna Co-Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Allen B. Eney View Syllabus
    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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Allen B. Eney View Syllabus
    Summer 2017 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna Co-Instructor: Amanda Hoffman-Hall View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Allen B. Eney View Syllabus
    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.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson
GEOG413: Migration: Latin America and the United States
Develops an understanding of the push and pull factors that have contributed to human mobility (migration) that has transformed the Americas. The class is divided in two parts: immigration and emigration from Latin American and Latin America migration to the United States. We will be interested in studying the migration shifts that have occurred in Latin America and the theories that help explain them.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna 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.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Kuishuang Feng View Syllabus
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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Kuishuang Feng View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen Co-Instructor: Peter V. Potapov View Syllabus
    Spring 2014 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen Co-Instructor: Peter V. Potapov
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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Ralph Dubayah View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Ralph Dubayah 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.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD 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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Julie Silva
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen View Syllabus
    Fall 2013 Instructor: Matthew C. Hansen
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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Ronald W. Luna View Syllabus
    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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Martha Geores View Syllabus
    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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Laixiang Sun View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Laixiang Sun View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
GEOG441: The Coastal Ocean
Introduction to coastal oceanography, focusing on the physical, biological, and geological aspects of ocean areas on the inner continental shelves. Wave, currents, and tidal dynamics of bays, open coast, estuaries, and deltas. Sedimentary environments of major coastal types. Ecology and biogeochemical relationships, including benthic and planktonic characteristics. Coastal evolution with sea level rise. Human impacts: eutrophication, modification of sedimentation. The coastal future: rising sea level, hypoxia, and increased storminess.
[Future instances TBD]
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)
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: George Hurtt View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: George Hurtt View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: George Hurtt View Syllabus
    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)
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Tatiana V. Loboda 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.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    Winter 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou 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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Kathleen Stewart View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
    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)
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Federico Iuricich View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Cheng Fu View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Giovanni Baiocchi View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Giovanni Baiocchi View Syllabus
GEOG498J: Foundations for GIS: Geospatial Databases
Introduction to key aspects of database design for GIS applications; major database models that support spatial data; formal models for key spatial relationships that underlie many different GIS applications; basics of SQL for making queries on datasets; design and construction of ArcGIS geodatabases; ArcGIS tools for geoprocessing. Lab sections will occasionally meet in LEF 1136 or 1138. Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
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    Fall 2016 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GEOG498K: Web GIS
Since 2000, Internet has become the major GIS platform, and a majority of GIS applications are Internet or Web based. This course aims to introduce the development of Web-based systems to search and browse geographic data, and to explain the principals and methods necessary to develop such systems. To achieve this objective, multiple topics will be covered, which include Web design and development, HTML and JavaScript, ArcGIS server, Web services, ArcGIS API for JavaScript, ArcGIS online, and Google Map API.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Naijun Zhou View Syllabus
GEOG498Q: Studying Social Networks: Theory, Methods, and Analysis
This course is intended as a survey of the theory and methods pertaining to social networks. Class time will be devoted to learning principles, theoretical perspectives, and appropriate software packages (mainly those in R) for designing a study for gathering network data, and analyzing those data. The readings are a combination of introductory-level material, classic, scholarly readings in the field, and empirical studies that apply social network analytic techniques to topics relevant to the social sciences as a whole.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Christina Prell
GEOG498V: Mobile GIS
See department for more information.
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Ruibo Han
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Ruibo Han
GEOG506: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for GIS
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 spatial statistics. Students will develop expertise in data analysis using advanced statistical software.
[Future instances TBD]
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.
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Kristofer Lasko View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Kristofer Lasko
GEOG579C: Introduction to Computer Programming
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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    Summer 2017 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Summer 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop 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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Klaus Hubacek View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Klaus Hubacek View Syllabus
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.
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Chengquan Huang View Syllabus
GEOG608: Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment Summary
Contact department for information to register for this course.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG614: Human Dimensions of Global Change
The intersection of human and biophysical systems from the vantage point of the impact of human actions on the environment are examined. The impact of the biophysical environment on humans is also discussed.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG615: Land Cover and Land Use Chage
This class provides an examination of land cover and land use change science, addressing the causes, impacts and projection of change. Key concepts of land use science are presented and recent research papers and case studies are reviewed. Class consists of lectures, invited presentations and individual student projects and presentations.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG617: 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.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG632: Economic Geogrpahy
An advanced graduate level introduction to the effects of geography on economic activities and the effects of economic incentives, institutions, and activities on the nature and sustainability of human and environmental geographic systems.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG642: 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, biodiversity, carbon geography, climate and vegetation, interannual variability in the biosphere, land cover, global biospheric responses to climate change, NASA's Mission to Planet Earth and Earth Observation System. The class focuses on both natural and athropogenic controls, impacts of biography on climate and ecosystem services and different methods in biogeography.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: George Hurtt View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: George Hurtt View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: George Hurtt 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.
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    Fall 2016 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2013 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim
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.
Course Offering
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
GEOG652: Digital Image 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 georegistration. Analysis methods include digital image exploration, feature extraction thematic classification, change detection, and biophysical characterization. One or more application examples may be reviewed. There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course. Click here to view books for the course.
[Future instances TBD]
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.
Course Offering
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Jack (Jianguo) Ma View Syllabus
    Spring 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop 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.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2013 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
GEOG655: Spatial Database System
This course is designed to help students understand, analyze, design, and implement spatial databases. While the basic concepts and theories of database will be introduced, the focus of this course will be on providing students with hands-on experiences to practice the technical skills used in spatial database design and implementation. SQL, Oracle, and ArcSDE are the key topics.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG656: Programming and Scripting for GIS
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.
Course Offering
    Summer 2017 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Summer 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Winter 2013 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
    Spring 2014 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim
GEOG671: Remote Sensing Instruments and Observtions
Detailed examination of land remote sensing instruments, observatories and resultant measurements in the optical portion of the EM spectrum. Includes computer-based exercises that examine the importance of data geo-registration and radiometric calibration in land measurements.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Tatiana V. Loboda View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Tatiana V. Loboda 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.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Shunlin Liang View Syllabus
GEOG676: Advanced Programming for Geography and Remote Sensing
Comprehensive instruction is provided in the advanced use of a commercial programming language and analysis tool used for scientific programming and data visualization, with an emphasis on applications in geography and remote sensing or GIS.
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Louis Giglio View Syllabus
GEOG677: Internet GIS
Online course delivers information on the use of GIS applications on the Internet. Covers hardware/software structure of the Internet, the means for communication between Internet-connected devices, applications that provide GIS program and data, and performance and security concerns.
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    Winter 2013 Instructor: Jack (Jianguo) Ma 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.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Laixiang Sun View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Laixiang Sun View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Laixiang Sun
GEOG788G: Advanced Remote Sensing using Lidar
Lidar, also known as laser scanning, is an active remote sensing tool that can produce high-resolution point clouds. Lidar is being applied to problems such as terrain modeling, biomass estimation, change detection, feature extraction, and measuring tree canopy. Topics covered are fundamentals of lidar, current developments in lidar technology, and different applications where lidar is being used. Students will get hands-on learning about lidar data management, processing, and analysis.
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    Winter 2017 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Winter 2015 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Winter 2013 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
GEOG788J: Deforestation, Land Grab, and Global Commodity Chain
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Kuishuang Feng
GEOG788K: Foundations for GIS: Geospatial Databases
Lab sections will occasionally meet in LEF 1136 or LEF 1138. Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG788M: Selected Topics in Geography; Migration: Latin America and the United States
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GEOG788Q: Studying Social Networks: Theory, Methods, and Analysis
This course is intended as a survey of the theory and methods pertaining to social networks. Class time will be devoted to learning principles, theoretical perspectives, and appropriate software packages (mainly those in R) for designing a study for gathering network data, and analyzing those data. The readings are a combination of introductory-level material, classic, scholarly readings in the field, and empirical studies that apply social network analytic techniques to topics relevant to the social sciences as a whole.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Christina Prell View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Christina Prell
GEOG788V: Mobile GIS
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    Spring 2016 Instructor: Ruibo Han
GEOG788W: Introduction to Computational Social Science
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[Future instances TBD]
GEOG788Z: Topics in Data Visualization with Processing and Applications in R
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Giovanni Baiocchi View Syllabus
GEOG795: Professional Practices Seminars
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.
[Future instances TBD]
GEOG796: GIS Project Management
This course covers project management methodology emphasizing implementing geographic information systems and integrating geospatial information sciences into broader projects. Topics include project initiation, planning, scope, scheduling, budgeting and risk management.
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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.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Eunjung Elle Lim View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Jonathan Resop View Syllabus
GEOG798: Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Departmental Seminar
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Rachel Berndtson View Syllabus