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Ph.D. Course Descriptions

Geography (GEO)

7150 Practicum in Teaching Geography. (1-0) An introduction to key concepts and practices in the teaching of college Geography. Provides regular in-service training and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. Required for first-year teaching and instructional assistants in the Geography Department. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

7190 Independent Study. (1-0) Research in geography under the direction of a supervising
professor. Repeatable once for additional credit with a different topic.

7199A Dissertation in Geography-Environmental Geography. (1-0) Original research and
writing in Geography-Environmental Geography to be accomplished under direct supervision of the
dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously
enrolled each long semester. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

7199B Dissertation in Geography-Geographic Education. (1-0) Original research and
writing in Geography-Geographic Education to be accomplished under direct supervision of the
dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously
enrolled each long semester. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

7199C Dissertation in Geography-Geographic Information Science. (1-0) Original
research and writing in Geography-Geographic Information Science, to be accomplished under direct
supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students
must be continuously enrolled each long semester. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

7250 Practicum in Teaching Geography. (2-0) An introduction to key concepts and practices in the teaching of college Geography. Provides regular in-service training and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. Required for first-year teaching and instructional assistants in the Geography Department. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

7300 Advanced Geographic Research Design. (3-0) The purpose of this course is to develop an appreciation for the process of research as practiced by contemporary professional geographers. Topics covered include formulating research problems, reviewing and critiquing published literature, developing and executing a research design, and completing a research project.

7301 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography. (3-0) How to mathematically and statistically model geographic problems is the focus of this course. The application of multivariate statistical techniques to geographic problems and the problems that spatial data create in the application of statistical and other quantitative techniques are central issues.

7302 Nature and Philosophy of Geography. (3-0) This course is a critical analysis of the historical development of geographic thought: its roots, its present status, and future directions.

7305 Historical Geography of the American Environment. (3-0) This course examines the spatial evolution of environmental problems in the United States using the techniques and analytical perspectives of historical geography. Special emphasis is given to the emergence of environmental problems in the context of urbanization and industrialism. The course will expose students to the most significant work by geographers in this area to date, and to the historical development of environmental-geographic analysis in the U.S.

7308 Advanced Regional Field Studies. (1-4) Advanced study of geographic phenomena
during field excursions to a particular site or region. Course includes preparation of site inventory, site
guides, and on-site presentations. Repeatable once for additional credit with a different site or region.

*7313 Environmental Systems Analysis. (3-0) Theories and concepts involved in environmental systems will be examined. Tools and research issues relevant to their analysis will also be explored. Basic principles, as well as specific research questions and techniques, will be proposed to give students a foundation for analysis of current issues involving environmental systems.

7314 Environmental Geography of Resource Development. (3-0) This course will provide a detailed and in-depth analysis and critique of theories, policies, and practices regarding resource development and concomitant environmental effects.

7316 Remote Sensing and the Environment. (3-0) A detailed examination and implementation of sophisticated approaches for processing satellite digital images with emphasis on environmental applications.

7318 GIS and Environmental Geography. (3-0) This course examines the nature of environmental problems and explores the potential of GIS for environmental modeling and management. The conceptual basis for using GIS as well as the framing of environmental research problems will be covered.

7330 Geography of Natural Hazards
. (3-0) This seminar examines the interdisciplinary nature of natural hazards research, the evolution of theories and thought in natural hazards, the geophysical causes of natural hazards, human impact and response to natural disasters, and issues and challenges in the Third World.

*7331 Geography of the Hazards of Technology. (3-0) This research seminar focuses on the theories, methods, issues, and concepts of the major themes in geographic research on technological hazards. Special attention will be paid to the theoretical and conceptual understandings of hazards among both professionals and the public to evaluate how these views affect policies, choices, behaviors, and impacts.

7334 Geographic Aspects of Water. (3-0) This seminar is a critical analysis of developmental and current literature that define water’s critical role in determining the physical and cultural characteristics of the earth. Principal focus will be placed on water’s role on land use and as a critical resource.

7342 Theories and Methods in Geographic Education. (3-0) This seminar is a critical analysis of previous and current literature concerning problems in pedagogy, philosophy, learning 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.

7344 Seminar in Geographic Curriculum. (3-0) The seminar will be 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.

7346 Standards and Assessment in Geography. (3-0) An introduction to assessment procedures in geography education is central to the course. Analysis of national standards in geography and how they have affected geographic learning in grades K-12 will be addressed.

7348 Ethnic Geography. (3-0) This course will engage student in the in-depth critical analysis of the theories and methods of ethnic geography. The students will conduct careful research on a topic in ethnic geography.

7349 Population Geography. (3-0) An in-depth study of the growth, movement, and spatial distribution of human populations is the central theme. Students will read and discuss professional articles that stress both theory and analytical techniques. Topics will include population growth and the environment, rural and small town depopulation, spatial diffusion processes, migration trends and theories, urban population growth, and techniques such as multivariate analysis and population projections.

7361 Advanced Geographic Information Systems. (3-0) This course provides exposure to advanced topics in GIS, particularly to quantitative methods and techniques for developing and interpreting models of natural and anthropogenic phenomena over the geographical space.

7362 Geographic Visualization. (3-0) This course focuses on the interdisciplinary field of Geographic Visualization. Students will review visualization research in computer graphics, human-computer interaction, GIScience, and cartography and relate the research approaches to useful and usable geographic visualizations. Prerequisite: GEO 3411 or equivalent.

7364 Geocomputation. (3-0) Geocomputation reviews and analyzes concepts of computational modeling in Geography. The course will include modeling theory and advanced topics such as parallel processing, neural networks, cellular automata, scientific visualization, and fuzzy modeling. Students will practice model development, specifically spatially explicit simulation.

7365 Theoretical Cartography. (3-0) This course focuses on theoretical developments in cartography, and in particular looks at the role of maps and other graphic devices as tools for the discovery, analysis, and communication of geographical knowledge. Prerequisite: GEO 3411 or equivalent.

7366 Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing. (3-0) The course focuses on advanced topics including the theoretical basis, mathematical foundations, and current research frontiers in remote sensing. Prerequisite: GEO 5415 or equivalent.

7367 Geographic Information Science and Society. (3-0) The purpose of this course is to examine the role of Geographic Information Science in contemporary society. Topics discussed include Geographic Information Science in the economic and political arenas, legal implications of Geographic Information Science, and how Geographic Information Science and its applications interface with race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

7370 Advanced Seminar in Environmental Geography. (3-0) This research seminar focuses on the methods, approaches, issues, and concepts of major themes in environmental geography. Special emphasis will be placed on theoretical and conceptual understandings of how humans interact with the environment from a geographical perspective. Repeatable once for additional credit with a different topic.

7371 Advanced Seminar in Geographic Education. (3-0) This research seminar analyzes literature and research into recent trends in geographic education. Emphasis will be on new developments in curriculum, content, and teaching methodologies. Repeatable once for additional credit with a different topic.

7372 Seminar in Geographic Information Science. (3-0) This course deals with advanced and current research issues in Geographic Information Science. Based on this objective, the course aims at educating doctoral students to conduct research in Geographic Information Science as well as develop innovative applications of Geographic Information Science. Prerequisite: GEO 7361. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

7390 Independent Study. (3-0) Research in geography under the direction of a supervising professor. Repeatable once for additional credit with a different topic.

7391 Foundation Studies in Geography. (3-0) Students develop knowledge and skills required for success in graduate-level coursework in Geography. Course content varies depending on academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor in Geography.

7393A Qualitative Methods. (3-0) This course introduces the qualitative research paradigm,
including appropriate research design, methods of data collection, types of inductive analysis and
evaluation, as well as, standards of rigor for research that calls for a deeper understanding of more
complex human relationships. The focus and application will be oriented towards human geography.

7393B Biogeography in Mountain Environments. (3-0) This course examines how plants
and animals interact with and affect geomorphological processes and landforms, and how
geomorphological processes, landforms and geological factors affect spatial distribution of animals and
plants; all within the environmental limitation and conditions of mountains. The role of humans in
affecting these interrelationships will be emphasized.

7399A Dissertation. Original research and writing in Environmental Geography, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7399B Dissertation. Original research and writing in Geographic Education, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7399C Dissertation. Original research and writing in Geographic Information Science, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7415 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.

7417 Geographic Information Systems. (2-4) Course is concerned with the analysis of interpretation of maps stored in digital form. Students are introduced to the concepts involving computerized cartographic and geographic data input, storage and retrieval, data manipulation and analysis, graphic and tabular report generation, and cartographic modeling.

7418 Technical Foundations and Methods in Geographic Information Science
. (2-4) This course is concerned with the analysis and interpretation of maps stored in digital form. It will cover a variety of topics of interest to those seeking more in-depth knowledge of GIS and ancillary topics such as spatial statistics. The course provides an in-depth understanding of spatial analysis and modeling.

7430 Field Methods. (2-4) Methods and techniques for observing, measuring, recording, and reporting on geographic phenomena are investigated in this course. Students will learn the use of instruments and materials in the collection of data for mapping and field research in the local area.

7447 Spatial Graphics in Geographic Education. (2-4) This course examines traditional
and innovative geoinformation and geovisualization technologies and their relationship to spatial
thinking and the teaching and learning of geography. The course reviews academic literature, research
methods, and teaching methodologies related to spatial graphics in geographic education. The lab
portion provides geovisualization design skills for geographic education.

7699A Dissertation. Original research and writing in Environmental Geography, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7699B Dissertation. Original research and writing in Geographic Education, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7699C Dissertation. Original research and writing in Geographic Information Science, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7999A Dissertation. Original research and writing in Environmental Geography, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7999B Dissertation. Original research and writing in Geographic Education, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

7999C Dissertation. Original research and writing in Geographic Information Science, to be accomplished under direct supervision of the dissertation advisor. While conducting dissertation research and writing, students must be continuously enrolled each semester (including summer) for at least three dissertation hours. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.