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Master's Course Descriptions

Geography (GEO)

5190 Independent Study. Individual study under direct supervision of a professor. May involve geographic field trips. Geography 5190, Geography 5290, & Geography 5390 may be taken for a total of six semester hours of credit.
Prerequisite: To be taken with the consent of the instructor.

5290 Independent Study. Individual study under direct supervision of a professor. May involve geographic field trips. Geography 5190, Geography 5290, & Geography 5390 may be taken for a total of six semester hours of credit.
Prerequisite: To be taken with the consent of the instructor.

5300 Applied Research Design and Techniques. (3-0) Students will be introduced to appropriate research methods for applied geographers. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific method, productive library research, data collection and analysis, field work, effective writing, and the nature of graphic representation.

5301 Multivariate Quantitative Methods. (3-0) The use of multivariate descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to geographic data and problems, beginning with the general linear model and including topics such as multiple regression, principal components analysis, discriminant analysis and clustering algorithms.
Prerequisites: GEO 3301 or equivalent.

5308 Regional Field Studies. (3-0) Study of physical and/or cultural environments through off-campus field experience. Students will research, analyze and report on major regional geographic features.

5309 Geographical Analysis. (3-0) A survey of typical spatial problems of interest to geographers, with emphasis on current research and application being undertaken by the faculty in the Department of Geography. Topics include environmental geography, geographic education, land use and regional development, and cartographic representation and geographic information theory.

5312 Managing Urbanization. (3-0) Survey methods and procedures related to managing and preparing for urban growth. Selected topics for examination include transportation planning, housing, historic preservation, and environmental design.

5313 Environmental Management. (3-0) An analysis of the major causes of environmental deterioration together with the basic strategies of dealing with these problems.

5314 Geographic Elements of Environmental Law. (3-0) A survey of environmental laws related to land, air, and water pollution. The nature of environmental problems will be studied as they relate to urbanization, industrialization, land development, noise, radiation and solid waste management, and the laws and guidelines that have been passed to alleviate such problems.

5315 Regional Analysis. (3-0) Course focus is the region. Case studies will be selected from political and functional regions. Course content will include such information as demographics, economy, physical and social environments, transportation, and foreign trade. The emphasis will be on development and on impediments to development.

5316 Applied Physical Geography. (3-0) A survey of methods and techniques used in the collection, analysis, and evaluation of information relating to problems within the physical environment. Emphasis will be on problems characteristic of particular geographic locations or specific environmental settings. The role of human activities will be considered as an integral part of the earth system.

5317 Seminar in Applied Human Geography. (3-0) A focus on the methods and techniques used in the collection, analysis, and evaluation of information relating to problems within the human geographical environment. Emphasis will be on problems pertaining to particular geographic locations or special environmental settings.

5318 Environmental Problems of the U.S.-Mexico Border. (3-0) This course serves as an in-depth introduction to the physical, social and environmental landscapes of the region of the U.S.-Mexico Border. The course applies an interdisciplinary perspective to geographic understanding of the environmental and health-related issues experienced by residents of the borderlands. Special attention is given to management and planning solutions to the region's problems.

5319 Seminar in Nature and Heritage Tourism. (3-0) This seminar focuses on the special geographic issues of nature and heritage tourism. Particular emphasis is placed on sites and activities, costs and benefits, commoditization and authenticity, resource protection, and substantive learning content of nature and heritage tourism activities.

5322 Interpretive Environmental Geography. (3-0) Students learn to use geographic theories and concepts to provide holistic and thematic interpretation of environmental information, as specified by interpretive principles. Students also learn advanced use of traditional and digital presentation techniques and research methods, which include audience assessment and program evaluation.

5323 Location Analysis. (3-0) Factors of importance in the decision-making process of locating both public and private sector facilities. Attention will be paid to the location of manufacturing activities, commercial enterprises, and a variety of social service facilities.

5329 Historical Geography of the Environment. (3-0) This course will introduce students to ideas, concepts, and literature in historical geography of the environment. It will explore methods used to document past environments and examine environmental changes, and it will analyze the distinctions between historical geography and related fields of study.

5330 Geography of Natural Hazards. (3-0) There are five areas of hazards that this course covers: (1) the interdisciplinary nature of natural hazards with emphasis on the role of geography and planning; (2) the geophysical causes of natural hazards; (3) human impact and response to natural disasters; (4) planning and management of hazards; and (5) issues and challenges facing the Third World.

5332 Environmental Geography of the Coastal Zone. (3-0) Investigation of the physical geographic factors associated with the coastal zone and the role of human activities in problems and opportunities characteristic of this environment.

5334 Applied Water Resources Management. (3-0) Application of techniques employed in water management including flood hazards, water supply assessment, and water management strategies. Students will apply principles to specific watersheds and water problems including the analysis of various physical, land use, and legal parameters.

5335 Directed Research. (3-0) A course designed to allow the student to pursue a topic of applied geographic research under the direct supervision of a professor. Generally, the topic will be something that is not customarily dealt with in an organized class. Group research is encouraged. Topics should be selected that involve library research and field investigation. Progress is monitored regularly by the supervising professor. Repeatable once for additional credit with approval of the graduate advisor.

5336 Transportation Systems. (3-0) The principles and procedures of transportation planning and management will be examined. Transport theory will be discussed as well as the characteristics of various model systems. The effectiveness of federal, state, regional, and local programs and policies will be analyzed. Special emphasis will be placed on mass transit, particularly in view of changes in urban structure and the high costs of energy.

5338 Land Use Planning. (3-0) Students will be instructed in all phases of the planning process, beginning with the assessment of needs and proceeding through the establishment of goals and objectives, data collection, information processing and analysis, model building and the generation of alternative land use plans, selection of the best alternative, policy determination, program implementation, and information feedback. Practical techniques involved in land use planning will be considered.

5339 The Geography of Land Management. (3-0) This course explores U.S. land management philosophies, techniques, and development approaches. Major topics include land ethics/philosophies, U.S. traditions in cadastral geography, urban sprawl and green development, land conservation techniques, the role of local/state/federal regulations in land management, and the humanenvironmental impacts of land development.

5340 Practicum in Geographic Education. (3-0) The content and methods needed for teaching geography in the schools. Emphasis will be on those essential elements which will allow teachers to satisfy current public school curriculum requirements. Preparation of a grade-level specific teaching unit is required.

5341 Contemporary Issues in Geographic Education. (3-0) This course examines current approaches to teaching geography in American education. Specific attention will be given to new classroom materials, curriculum reform efforts, and research developments.

5342 Seminar: Theory and Methods of Geographic Education. (3-0) A critical analysis of previous and current literature concerning problems in pedagogy, philosophy, teaming theory, research methods, teaching methodologies, and techniques of geographic education. A research paper will be required of each student on a topic related to the course content.

5343 Computer Technology in Geographic Education. (3-0) The course emphasizes the applications and theoretical implications of computers in geographic education, particularly the interplay between instructional technology and educational purpose and practice in Geography.

5344 Seminar in Geographic Curriculum. (3-0) A survey and discussion of major curricula in geographic education. Geography will be viewed as a school subject that is part of the social studies, as an element of interdisciplinary studies, and as a stand-alone subject.

5349 Population Geography. (3-0) An in-depth study of the spatial distribution and movement of human populations. Course will emphasize current issues and analytical techniques. Topics will include the impact of population growth, spatial diffusion processes, migration trends and theories, explanation of regional demographic differences, and techniques such as population projections.

5351 Regional Waste Management. (3-0) The principles of effective solid waste planning and management will be examined as they relate to such activities as waste generation, storage and collection, transfer and transportation, processing and volume reduction, resource conservation and recovery, the disposal of wastes, and the handling of special wastes, particularly those of a toxic and hazardous nature.

5352 Air Quality Management. (3-0) A geographic assessment of air quality management in the United States. Spatial distribution of the types, sources, and effects of air pollutants. Meteorology and physics of air pollution dispersion. Legislative and regulatory approaches to pollution management. National, state, regional and local policy development procedures. Geographic methods for air pollution management.

5360 Seminar in Planning Problems. (3-0) A critical and in-depth examination of several problem areas currently facing the planner.

5370 Seminar in Applied Physical Geography. (3-0) Critical analysis of theories, models and techniques of physical geographic research with the focus on application to real-world problems.

5380 Internship. (3-0) Application of techniques of applied geography in an actual on-the- job setting. Internships will be arranged and supervised by the Internship Director. May be repeated once for additional credit.

5390 Independent Study. Individual study under direct supervision of a professor. May involve geographic field trips. Geography 5190, Geography 5290, & Geography 5390 may be taken for a total of six semester hours of credit.
Prerequisite: To be taken with the consent of the instructor.

5395 Problems in Applied Geography. (3-0) Designed to consider a selected topic relating to applied geography. Emphasis on the practical application of geographic tools, with individual or group participation in a specific project. Course topics may vary depending on student and faculty interests and may apply to any of the three graduate tracks: physical- environmental, land area development and management, or cartography. Repeatable for up to six hours.

5399A Thesis. This course represents a student's initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Geography 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

5399B Thesis. This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

5408 Web Mapping. (2-4) This course introduces students to modern interactive and dynamic mapping and GIS techniques that allow internet-based cartographic representations of temporal and non-temporal geospatial objects and phenomena. Prerequisite: GEO 3411 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher.

5415 Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing. (2-4) Students will focus on Geographic applications of the principles and practices of digital image processing, classification, and modeling using satellite images.

5417 Advanced Cartographic Design. (2-4) This advanced course in cartography focuses on
thematic map design. The objective is to produce a series of well-designed, professional grade maps (or an atlas) that students can use to build a cartographic portfolio. Theoretical concepts and principles will be introduced using practical examples and written assignments. Prerequisite: GEO 3411 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

5418 Geographic Information Systems I. (2-4) Course is concerned with the analysis and interpretation of maps stored in digital form. Students are introduced to concepts and practices involving computerized cartographic and geographic data input, storage and retrieval, data manipulation and analysis, graphic and tabular report generation, and cartographic modeling.

5419 Geographic Information Systems II. (2-4) This course aims to develop more advanced GIS concepts and application issues, further spatial data manipulation and analysis skills, and provide hands-on experience with GIS hardware and software programs. The emphasis will be on practical application of skills to real world issues.
Prerequisite: GEO 5418.

5430 Field Methods. (2-4) Course will emphasize common field techniques necessary in the construction of accurate maps. Various kinds of data collection techniques will be presented that will facilitate geographic research.
Prerequisite: GEO 3301 or equivalent.

5680 Internship. (6-0) Application of techniques of applied geography in an actual on-the- job setting. Internships will be arranged and supervised by the Internship Director.


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