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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


Fall 2015 Courses

Undergraduates may take 100- through 500-level courses. Graduate students will only receive credit for courses numbered at the 500-level and above.


GEOGRAPHY 103-001-- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 011

Ms. Elizabeth Nelson (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in the various subfields of geographic inquiry and shows how geographic expertise can be used in important decision-making and problem solving contexts. This course also demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

GEOGRAPHY 103-002 -- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 011

Dr. Larianne Collins (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in the various subfields of geographic inquiry and shows how geographic expertise can be used in important decision-making and problem solving contexts. This course also demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

GEOGRAPHY 103-E01 -- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY

MW 5:30pm–6:45pm CALLCOTT 201

Mr. James Byrum (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in the various subfields of geographic inquiry and shows how geographic expertise can be used in important decision-making and problem solving contexts. This course also demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

GEOGRAPHY 104-001 -- INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

MWF 10:50am-11:40am CALLCOTT 201

Dr. April Hiscox (7-5234)

Physical geography synthesizes and connects elements of our physical environment as they relate to human beings. It includes many aspects of various earth and life sciences, but expresses them in a way that emphasizes patterns of interaction between elements and with humankind. This means that physical geography, like other branches of geography, examines spatial relationships – not only where things are, but also the processes that underlie the observed patterns. The objective of this course is to provide a systematic introduction to physical geography, including the major components of the earth system (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere) as well as regulatory processes, distribution patterns of important aspects, and impacts of human activity.

GEOGRAPHY 121-001 GLOBALIZATION AND WORLD REGIONS

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm Currell 107

Dr. Caroline Nagel (7-4970)

This course introduces students to diversity, inequality, and interconnectedness in the contemporary world through the lens of regional geography.  In terms of diversity, this course highlights the ways that the physical environment, social and economic systems, political relationships, and historical circumstances have produced distinctive regions, like ‘Latin America’ and ‘the Middle East’.  In terms of interconnectedness, this course explores the ways in which global processes—world trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism, geopolitical conflict, and climate change—have integrated different world regions into a complex global system.  In terms of inequality, this course gives special attention to the way that regional and global processes intersect to produce and reinforce social and geographical disparities.

GEOGRAPHY 201-001, 002, 003, 004 LANDFORM GEOGRAPHY

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 201

Lab I:  T 2:50pm –4:40pmCALLCOTT 202

Lab II:  W 9:40am–11:30am CALLCOTT 202

Lab III: W 12:pm–1:50pm CALLCOTT 202

Lab IV: W 3:30pm–5:10pm CALLCOTT 202

Dr. Allan James (7-6117)

This course is an introduction to the physical features on the Earth’s land surface emphasizing soils, hydrology, and processes of landform creation by water, wind, ice, and gravity.  Landforms and soils provide evidence of past environmental conditions, how they have changed, and the processes involved, including human actions and natural agents.  The course emphasizes environmental changes in the recent geologic past up to the present.  Three hours of lectures and one 110-minute laboratory per week.

GEOGRAPHY 202-001, 002, 003, 004 WEATHER AND CLIMATE

T TH   10:05am–11:20amPETIGRU 108

Lab I T 1:15pm-3:05pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab II W 9:40am-11:30am CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab III W 12:00pm-1:50pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab IV W 2:20pm-4:10pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab V TH 1:15pm-3:05pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-0682)

This course provides students with a general understanding of the processes which influence weather and climate patterns on the earth.  It first examines the sources of energy driving atmospheric processes, the importance of atmospheric moisture, and the forces creating the winds.  The second part of the course focuses on storm systems, including mid-latitude cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.  The last third of the class is devoted to the study of climate, interannual variability, and long-term change.  The laboratory sections will include experiments, workbook exercises, and analysis of real-time computer weather graphics.  The final grade will be based on lecture exams, lab exams, take-home exercises, a weather journal, and regular lecture and lab quizzes.  *4 credit hour course, includes a 2 hour laboratory each week.

GEOGRAPHY 202-H01 WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Honors College Permission

T TH   8:30am–9:45am CALLCOTT 112

Lab TH 3:05pm-4:55pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-0682)

This course provides students with a general understanding of the processes which influence weather and climate patterns on the earth.  It first examines the sources of energy driving atmospheric processes, the importance of atmospheric moisture, and the forces creating the winds.  The second part of the course focuses on storm systems, including mid-latitude cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.  The last third of the class is devoted to the study of climate, interannual variability, and long-term change.  The laboratory sections will include experiments, workbook exercises, and analysis of real-time computer weather graphics.  The final grade will be based on lecture exams, lab exams, take-home exercises, a weather journal, and regular lecture and lab quizzes.  *4 credit hour course, includes a 2 hour laboratory each week.

GEOGRAPHY 210-001 PEOPLES, PLACES and ENVIRONMENTS

MW 2:20pm–3:35pm  CALLCOTT 011

Dr. Edward Carr (7-1854)

This course provides a thematic introduction to contemporary human geography, a broad geographic subfield directly concerned with human beings and their interaction with their natural and cultural environment.  The course explores themes of urbanization, population growth, rural to urban and international migrations, international development, territorial sovereignties, statehood and terrorism, and the cultural geographies of place and landscapes, just to name a few, to illustrate how these different concerns are linked through geographic perspectives and methods of investigation.

GEOGRAPHY 224-001 GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 102

Dr. Susan Cutter (7-1590)

This course studies the regional geography of the United States and Canada.  Landforms, climate, population and settlement, natural resources, urbanization, industry, government (including politics) are treated as important systems that affect the landscape and interactions throughout the continent. At the end of the course, students should understand the regional variability in physical and human geography in North America, identify and describe regions, and explain the diversity of people and places in North America.  Evaluation is on the basis of exams and quizzes, take-home exercises, and class participation.  There are no prerequisites for this course.

GEOGRAPHY 313-001 ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOT 101

Dr. Conor Harrison (576-6010)

This course introduces students to the places and spaces where economic activities are carried out and circulate. The course material, which includes texts, films, newspaper articles, lectures, and in-class activities, will help students to develop an understanding of how economic processes shape the landscape but also how to analyze those processes within their social, cultural, and political contexts. The course will examine how the economic realms of labor, finance, government transportation, technology, natural resources, and corporations shape the world around us, as well as how the world shapes those industries. 

GEOGRAPHY 330-E01 THE GEOGRAPHY OF DISASTERS

This is an online course. Web Based Instructional Method

Dr. Melanie Gall (7-9818)

This course introduces you to the nature and impact of as well as the social responses to disasters. We focus on the origin and characteristics of disasters, their spatial distribution, lessons learned from the great disasters, and how society anticipates and responds to disasters. The major goals of the course are to: 1) familiarize you with the range and types of environmental hazards/disasters and their geographic distribution; 2) examine the causes or triggering mechanisms (natural, human, technological) of disasters; and 3) assess the societal impacts to disasters on individuals, organizations, and governments from the local to global scales. By the end of the semester, you should be able to:

- List and explain the causes of disasters

- Describe selected historically significant major disasters

- Examine and review the societal responses and lessons learned of major disasters

- Interpret the geographic variability in disaster agents and impacts

GEOGRAPHY 343-001 HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

T TH 4:25pm-5:40pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. David Kneas (7-1308)

This course examines the relationship between society and the environment. That is, relations between culture, power, and environmental change. The course not only addresses themes of environmental degradation, but also considers the history and culture of environmental protection. In this regard, we will explore ideas of nature (from frontier wilderness to tropical Amazonia) and analyze the ways ideas of nature have influenced national identity, racial difference, and the branding and consumption of goods. In our approach to issues of environmental degradation we will examine the wider relations of power and economic production that drive environmental change, while critically examining popular framings of environmental problems. In situating issues of environmental degradation and protection in their wider political, cultural, and historical context, this course helps students develop and apply critical thinking skills towards the environment and their place within it.

GEOGRAPHY 345-001 INTERPRETATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867)

This course introduces the basics of aerial photography including radiant energy, properties of the photographic image, photo geometry, photogrammetric measurement, photo acquisition, and interpretation of aerial photographs.  Emphasis is placed on practical training in an effort to make the student a competent user of air photos for a variety of geographic and multidisciplinary applications. No previous technical experience is needed. Basic knowledge of ArcGIS will help in lab exercises but is not required.

GEOGRAPHY 348-001 BIOGEOGRAPHY

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 101

Mr. Christopher Kaase (7-5234)

Biogeography involves mapping and understanding the distributions of plants and animals today and reconstructing those in the past using a range of analytical techniques, including geographic information systems, genetic analysis, dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) and palynology (the study of pollen to reconstruct past climates). Biogeographers also conduct research on how physical and biological factors control distributions of plants and animals and study how geographic distributions affect the evolution and extinction of species. In recent years, biogeographers have been involved in applying their knowledge to the protection of rare and endangered species and the conservation and management of threatened ecosystems. This course is broken down into 3 modules. The first module focuses on ecological concepts; the second module deals with the importance of evolutionary processes and biogeographic changes in geologic time, and the final module examines the development of modern distributions of plant and animal species and contemporary issues in biogeography such as conservation and land management.

GEOGRAPHY 363-001 & 002 INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

MW 10:50 am-11:40 am CALLCOTT 003

Lab I F 10:50am-11:40am CALLCOTT 005

Lab II F 12:00pm-12:50pm CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Michael Hodgson (7-8976)

Geographic Information Systems (GISs) represent a major advancement in computer handling of geographical data.  These systems are used extensively throughout all levels of government, private industry, and academia to provide support for spatial decision making and problem solving. Principles and methods of Geographic Information Systems are presented with an emphasis on modeling the Earth and abstracting geographical data, collection of geographical data using modern techniques such as GPS, mapping information, and analyzing patterns and spatial relationships.

Practical experience with GIS is provided during the lab exercises using a state‐of‐the‐art GIS.  Students are provided free copies of the GIS software.   No prerequisites required.

GEOG 365-001 HURRICANES AND TROPICAL CLIMATOLOGY

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

The purpose of the course is to present the basic concepts and processes as they relate to tropical climatology and hurricanes.  It covers weather basics at large geographic scales encompassing climate processes that relate to the entire tropics, and then progressing to smaller regional spatial scales such as those dealing with monsoon climates, followed by tropical climate forcings such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation.  Tropical cyclones and hurricane topics include the structure and characteristics, followed by hurricane forecasting techniques and then various aspects of hurricane climatology.  Tropical weather forecast discussions, following a format routinely used by the National Hurricane Center and utilizing real-time weather information, will reinforce important concepts learned in lecture. 

GEOGRAPHY 399: INDEPENDENT STUDY

(Independent Study Contract Required and Department Permission)    

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 495-001 SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY

MW 12:00pm-1:15pm CALLCOTT 112

Dr. Caroline Nagel (7-4970)

This is a capstone course for undergraduate Geography majors and is a requirement for Geography majors for graduation.  It is taught only during Fall semesters. A significant portion of the course is devoted to group-based research activities designed to integrate geographic knowledge and to apply geographic skills to real-world problems.  Students will learn about crafting research questions, designing a methodology, and carrying out a research plan.  Students’ geographical knowledge and skills will be demonstrated through presentations and papers.  In addition, students will learn professional development skills, including resume preparation and interview techniques. Tips for obtaining post-graduate jobs in the private, public, and non-profit sectors and for applying to graduate school will be discussed.

GEOGRAPHY 498: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Department Permission Required)

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 499: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Department Permission)

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 531-001 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Zhenlong Li (7-5234)

This course will deal with the nature of geographical data sets, and statistical measures and models commonly used by geographers to describe spatial variations and patterns, distributions, and relationships among geographical data. Each student will be given opportunities to apply these techniques to geographical datasets, with practice involving use of computer-based exercises and written examinations. The course assumes knowledge of basic algebra.  The course does not focus on the derivation of equations, but rather focuses on applications.

GEOGRAPHY 547-001 FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 202

Dr. Allan James (7-6117)

This course examines river and floodplain processes, forms, and restoration.  The primary objective is to develop an understanding of how discharges of water and sediment in streams interact with river landforms to affect flooding, sedimentation, erosion, and loss of aquatic biodiversity in fluvial systems ranging from gullies, to tributary streams, and major rivers..  The course emphasizes linkages between erosion and deposition of channel and floodplain landforms, flood hazards, and conventional methods of analysis.  Humans have significantly altered most river systems, so anthropogenic changes and the mitigation of those changes (river restoration or rehabilitation) are essential topics of the course. Tools of analysis and concepts will include channel network topology, basic hydraulics, hydraulic geometry, theories of morphological adjustment, channel classification, sediment transport, fluvial sedimentology (lab and field), flood probabilities, and applications of geographic information science (GIS).  Grading of graduate and undergraduate students will be determined separately.  Evaluation is based on two exams, exercises, and (grads only) a term paper.

GEOGRAPHY 561-001 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jerry Mitchell (7-2986)

Geography defines itself not by its subject matter, but rather by its perspective or worldview. Geography is content-driven, graphically rich, technologically sophisticated, and applicable to other subject areas. This course helps teachers and prospective teachers acquire geographic knowledge and skills needed to understand the spatial characteristics and interactions of important physical, demographic, cultural, political, and economic systems. Students enrolled in this course will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of geographic philosophy and methods, and will be able to use geographic knowledge and methods in pedagogic contexts.

The student will learn to:

- Use historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts to analyze social and environmental issues at all scales

- Apply the principles of the natural sciences to contemporary issues

- Use technology to understand spatial relationships

- Incorporate geographic concepts within the K-12 classroom

- Complete a lesson plan that engages K-12 students in spatial thinking

GEOGRAPHY 563-001 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

T TH 10:05a.m-11:20am CALLCOTT 003

Lab TH 10:05-11:20am CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Diansheng Guo (7-2989)

This course covers the technical and conceptual bases of Geographic Information Systems.  This includes how GIS is used to perform spatial analysis, analysis of networks, incorporation of remote sensing data, and three-dimensional surfaces.  An integral part of this course is the extensive experience students gain using an operational geographic information system.  This experience allows the exploration of theoretical topics presented as well as examination and formulation of real-world applications areas as diverse as real estate, crime analysis, environmental protection.

GEOGRAPHY 564-001 GIS BASED MODELING

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Michael Hodgson – (7-8976)

The purpose of the course is to present geographical and temporal modeling concepts using GIS modeling languages and techniques. Practical laboratory experience with state-of-the-art software and hardware will be used. Material covered will include the cartographic modeling language concepts by Tomlin, deterministic and statistical models, coupled/embedded approaches for modeling implementations, and calibration/validation techniques. By the end of the course, students should be able to make informed decisions about the appropriate conceptual model, scale of analysis, and GIS implementation strategy for geographical modeling problems. Students will also be able to implement a variety of embedded models using ArcGIS and python/Model Builder.  Application examples in the course includes physical processes (e.g. hydrology, toxic-releases, flora mapping, animal behavior) and human-environment interaction (e.g. hazards, facility siting, accessibility, attitudes-behavior).

Students entering this course should have the equivalent of an introduction to GIS course and some experience with a scripting language (e.g. HTML, javascript, python). 

Material will be presented through lectures and hands on work in the computing laboratory. The geographic concepts are first presented in the context of one or more modeling applications. An implementation solution to the concept is next presented. Finally, students conduct an extension of this concept and implementation using a modern GIS modeling approach.

GEOGRAPHY 567-001 LONG TERM ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

An understanding of past environmental changes is imperative in order to distinguish between natural and anthropogenic variability and to assess how global climate changes impact various components of the physical landscape.  This course provides an overview of the tools and databases used to study past climatic changes and associated environmental responses that occur in the biosphere, oceans, and lithosphere.  An emphasis will be placed on 1) the Quaternary (last 2.5 million years), as it is during this timeframe that the global climate system experienced multiple glacial/interglacial cycles and numerous rapid climatic changes (similar as portrayed in movie “The Day After Tomorrow”); and 2) the past 1000 years since high resolution annual changes at this timeframe are important for planning schemes and societal impacts.  Specific topics also include an overview of different data types for paleoenvironmental reconstruction and paleoclimatic implications on future global warming.  

GEOGRAPHY 570-001 GEOGRAPHY OF PUBLIC LAND & WATER POLICY

MW 10:35am-11:50am CALLCOTT 101

Dr. John Kupfer (7-5234)

Geography of public land, water, and related public trust resources (wildlife, timber, minerals, fuels, recreation, wetlands, coastal zones, wilderness); historical geography of policy; spatial aspects of current research and management.

GEOGRAPHY 575-001 DIGITAL TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS IN REMOTE SENSSING

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867)

This course is about information extraction and land use/land cover (LULC) mapping with remote sensing imagery. Emphasis is placed on computer-assisted digital image processing, including image radiometric/atmospheric/geometric correction, spatial and spectral transformation, land use/land cover classification, and change detection. Via lectures, hands-on exercises and class projects, students will gain marketable skills of geospatial applications in agricultural, environmental, forestry, wetland and urban/transportation studies.

Pre-requisite: GEOG551 or instructor consent.

GEOGRAPHY 595-002: INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY

for Undergraduate Credit

(*A Signed Internship Contract Required and Approved by the Instructor)

Dr. Amy Mills (777-5234) CALLCOTT 127

The internship in geography helps students acquire valuable "on the job" experience and develop marketable job skills as well as learn about employment opportunities and requirements.  Students serve as interns with cooperating government agencies, or commercial and nonprofit businesses.  A special effort is made to assign each intern to a position compatible with his/her interests, abilities, and career aspirations.  The course is graded on a pass/not pass basis.  Grades are determined by the Internship Director in consultation with supervisory personnel in cooperating agencies.  Grades are based on the performance of internship duties and the preparation of an internship summary report.

GEOGRAPHY 705 -- DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHY

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission Required.

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 706 -- SELECTED TOPICS IN CART/RS

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 721-001 Seminar in Systematic Geography: The City in Comparative International Contexts

W 2:00pm-4:30pm CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

Human societies are increasingly urban: how might this affect the nature of social change? This course considers the ways in which cities themselves, as specific kinds of dynamic environments, have particular influences on larger social processes. What happens if we look at imperialism, postcolonialism, nationalism, or globalization as urban phenomena? This course surveys a range of historic and contemporary urban cultural studies across the Global South. How are processes of social justice, nationalism and citizenship, and identity and inequality conditioned by the urban context? What role do cities play in the exercise of power? We depart from the West to engage with area studies, and will read works by Caldeira, Bayat, Çelik, Yeoh, Kong, Prakash, Zandi-Sayek, Asdar Ali, Simone, and others.  Our readings are interdisciplinary, but our approach is geographic: we study urban landscapes as the setting and the medium for social transformation. Graduate students from any discipline are welcome.

GEOGRAPHY 746-001 SEMINAR IN CLIMATOLOGY

T 1:15pm-3:45pm CALLCOTT 228

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

The title of this seminar is “Climate and our Natural Resources”. It will include an interdisciplinary approach on the study of climate interactions as they relate to our natural resources (air, land and water). The seminar will have a focus on current research related to cycling of water, carbon and the associated ecosystem-atmosphere exchanges. Seminar readings will include peer-review articles on weekly topics. Grading will be based primarily on participation/discussions of the literature, and on a research project (paper and presentation).

GEOGRAPHY 799 -- THESIS PREPARATION

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor) Thesis Preparation research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission  

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 805 -- DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION PROCESSING

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

Directed research topics in geographical information processing to be individually supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127                                          

GEOGRAPHY 899 – DISSERTATION PREPARATION

(Approved by Instructor)

Dissertation Preparation research topic is individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty. Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127