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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


Spring 2016 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 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 011

Dr. Larianne Collins (7-4973)

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

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 011

Staff (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

Staff (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

Staff (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 104-002 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

T TH 6:00pm-9:00pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jean T. Ellis (7-1593)

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 105-001 THE DIGITAL EARTH

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm  Lecture CALLCOTT 112

M 2:21pm-3:36 Lab CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867)

The Digital Earthis an introductory course that focuses on how the earth surface is visualized, explored, and analyzed in digital formats. It provides a systematic introduction of map-based analytical approaches to understanding the Earth environment and human society. The topics cover the basics of cartography (map making and reading), aerial photography and satellite image interpretation, geographic information systems (GIS), and map-based reasoning and communication of spatial data. Through lectures and computer/field exercises, students will learn fundamental concepts of digital geographic data and analysis to understand vast quantities of geographic information in our ever-changing world. Students will be exposed to leading edge trends in mapping technology – with examples from everyday life like web-based maps and smartphone APPs – as their practical experiences.

No previous technical experience is assumed and only basic Windows operating system familiarity is required.

GEOGRAPHY 121-001 GLOBALIZATION OF WORLD REGIONS

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

Staff (7-5234)

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:   W 9:40am-11:30pm CALLCOTT 202

Lab II:  W 12:00pm-1:50pm CALLCOTT 202

Lab III: T  2:50pm-4:40pm CALLCOTT 202

Lab IV: W 3:30pm-5:20pm 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 are physical features on the Earth’s surface such as valleys, hill-slopes, beaches, sand dunes, and stream channels.  The study of landforms is one of the oldest of the natural sciences from which many classic scientific premises and methods were born.  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, 005- WEATHER AND CLIMATE

T TH 10:05am-11:20am PETIGRU 108  

Lab I:   T 1:15pm-3:10pm 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:  W 4:25pm-6:15pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

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 and severe weather.  The last third of the class is devoted to the study of climate, climate variability and change, and the impact of such change on human activity.  The laboratory sections will include experiments, workbook exercises, and analysis of real-time computer weather graphics.  The final grade will be based on three lecture exams, three 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 101

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 210-011 PEOPLES, PLACES AND ENVIRONMENTS

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 201

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

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 uses spatial approaches and concepts from geography to explore many themes related to globalization and the interactions between people and places amongst diverse societies around the world. Some of the themes addressed in the course are: urbanization, population growth, rural to urban and international migrations, international development, territorial sovereignties, statehood and terrorism, ethnicity and race, and cultural diversity. These themes are linked through geographic perspectives and methods of investigation.

GEOGRAPHY 221-001 GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

MWF 9:40am-10:30am CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jerry T. Mitchell (7-2986)

An intensive regional analysis of South Carolina. Selected phenomena such as urbanization, industrialization, land use, the physical environment, and their interrelationships.Upon completion of this class, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic factual knowledge of the discipline of geography, its tools, and its terminology.
  2. apply geographic concepts toward identifying the past and current landscapes of South Carolina, including the role of space in shaping patterns of race, ethnicity, economic development, and educational opportunities.
  3. interpret, classify, and map spatial data of both physical and social phenomena related to South Carolina.
  4. identify geographic contexts at a variety of spatial scales that shape human interaction with physical and social phenomena.
  5. generate and evaluate hypotheses to account for observed phenomena in South Carolina, whether contemporary or historic.

GEOGRAPHY 223-001 GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA

T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm PETIGRU 111

Mr. Jim Byrum (7-6380)

An introduction to the physical and human geography of Latin America. Lectures are structured around 5 major themes in Latin America: (i) physical geography, a review of the varying ecosystems,  climate, vegetation, and land patterns of the region; (ii) historical geography, an examination of the indigenous people and the impact that European colonization had on the region, the resulting social and political organization of the region, and various cultural-behavioral aspects of the region’s people, (iii) population geography, an examination of the racial and ethnic composition of the region’s people today, its population growth and demographic transition, its patterns of mortality, fertility and migration, its settlement patterns, its religious practices, and the urbanization of the region; (iv) economic geography, an exploration of the pattern considerations of economic activities over time in the region and the potential influences of international economic cycles and organizations); and (v) political geography, the political evolution of the region, including the national governments and their international policies. Reading and writing assignments will encourage students to examine and explore differences and similarities between Anglo-America and Latin America.

GEOGRAPHY 228-001 GEOGRAPHY OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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

Staff (7-5234)

Building upon a historical understanding of economic and political relationships both within Sub-Saharan Africa and between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world, this course examines contemporary patterns of social, economic and environmental change in this highly challenged world region.  To better understand the problems and potentials of this world region, this course examines particular local issues (deforestation, desertification, etc.) as complex interactions of local situations with regional and global factors. 

GEOGRAPHY 311-001 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 202

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

How does where you live influence who you are? How do our understandings of the world – our beliefs, values, dreams, and memories – influence the environments of everyday life? What can we learn about cultural identity and belonging by examining the landscapes and places we think are important to who we are? How does society reinforce or challenge issues such as social, economic, or political inequality through planning and organizing physical and social space? This course will introduce students to spatial ways of thinking about culture, including the interrelationships between power, meanings and values, ways of life, and the material things we create and use in ordinary life. By the end of this course students will be able to: define and use the concepts of space, place, and landscape to examine current social and cultural issues; demonstrate a geographic understanding of how identity and inequality are produced in society; and use spatial concepts and geographic methodologies to research a local cultural or social topic.

GEOGRAPHY 330-E01 THE GEOGRAPHY OF DISASTERS

This is an online course. Web Based Instructional MethodThis is an online course. You will need access to a computer with Internet access. Class is delivered via Blackboard. To access your course logon at: https://blackboard.sc.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp Classes begin January 13 and end May 6. USC Fort Jackson Tuition and Fees are the same as the Columbia campus. For more information on signing up and taking an online class, visit: http://saeu.sc.edu/OnlineCredit/index.html This is an online course. You will need access to a computer with Internet access. Class is delivered via Blackboard. To access your course logon at: https://blackboard.sc.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp Classes begin January 13 and end May 6. USC Fort Jackson Tuition and Fees are the same as the Columbia campus. For more information on signing up and taking an online class, visit: http://saeu.sc.edu/OnlineCredit/index.html

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

MW 2:20-3:35pm 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 346-001 CLIMATE AND SOCIETY

T TH 11:40am–12:55pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

This course examines the interrelationship between climate and human activities. We will study the physical nature of the climate system, climate variability and change; and their climatic impacts on society, including the social, economic, and political factors involved with these impacts. The approach will be based mostly from the examination of selected case studies.  Specific topics that will be covered include past climatic change and society, perceptions and impacts of climate during the historical period in North America, climate determinism, severe drought, climatic hazards which include hurricanes, fire,climate and health, and global warming.   Class sessions will vary between lecture, discussion, and class exercises.  Evaluation will be based on short writing assignments and exams. There are no course prerequisites.

GEOGRAPHY 363-001 INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

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

Lab:  F 10:50am – 11:40am CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Michael E. Hodgson (7-8976)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 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, and analyzing patterns and spatial relationships.  Both human, physical, and environmental problems and their study using GIS are presented.

Practical experience with GIS is provided during the lab exercises using a state-of-the-art GI System. Students are expected to be comfortable with the Microsoft windows interface.

GEOGRAPHY 363-00 INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 003

Lab:  TH 11:41am-12:56pm CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Zhenlong Li (7-4590)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 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, and analyzing patterns and spatial relationships.  Both human, physical, and environmental problems and their study using GIS are presented.

Practical experience with GIS is provided during the lab exercises using a state-of-the-art GI System. Students are expected to be comfortable with the Microsoft windows interface.

GEOGRAPHY 370-001 AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 102

Dr. John Kupfer (7-6739)

This course introduces students to the major resource, managerial and recreational components of America’s National Park system. To provide a context for understanding current management issues, we will begin with an examination of the National Park Service’s history, development, mission, and decision-making framework. These will be followed by broad-brush treatments and case studies of current issues facing park system units, including wildfire management, invasive species, species reintroductions, pollution, recreation pressure, and other significant environmental changes.”

GEOGRAPHY 371-001 AIR POLUTION AND CLIMATOLOGY

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

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6608)

Air pollution—at local, regional, and global scales—stands as one of the most important environmental problems of the modern technological age. This course examines the processes and issues that relate to air pollution. Emphasis is on the role of the atmosphere in air quality. Additional topics of enquiry include sources of air pollution, environmental and health effects of air pollution, air quality sampling and monitoring, urban smog, and ozone depletion. 

GEOGRAPHY 399- INDEPENDENT STUDY

(Independent Study Contract Required and Department Permission)  

T B A

Contact the Geography Department for more information (7-5688) CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 498- UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Department Permission)                                      

T B A

Contact the Geography Department for more information (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 499- UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Department Permission)                                      

T B A

Contact the Geography Department for more information (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 510-001 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GIS for SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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

Dr. Diansheng Guo (7-2989)

GEOG 510 introduces the fundamental concepts and technologies of geographic information systems (GIS) to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on applications and case studies for the social sciences and humanities. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, cartography, GIS models, spatial data analysis, and their applications in history, linguistics, social media, crime analysis, political science, public administration, mass communication and journalism, the digital humanities, business analytics, and related fields. For more recent information, please visit: http://www.spatialdatamining.org/geog510

GEOGRAPHY 516-001 COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT

T TH 2:50pm–4:05pm CALLCOTT 102

Dr. Jean Ellis (7-1593)

Coastal regions in the United States are under intense anthropogenic and natural pressures. This course integrates physical, social, and economic principles underpinning contemporary coastal management practices. In this course, students will learn about the competing interests of coastal zone stakeholders, environmentalists, and major industry, including landowners, tourism and recreation, fisheries, and natural resource extraction. Concepts of conservation, preservation, and sustainability related to coastal regions will be discussed. Students will learn the dominant coastal physical processes as a basis for understanding coastal zone management practices. Coastal zone management practices and policies will be considered at multiple spatial scales: international, federal, regional, state, and local, with a focus on the United States Coastal Zone Management Act and the South Carolina Coastal Zone Management Plan. The physical, social, and policy-based impacts of sea level rise and coastal hazards will also be discussed.

GEOGRAPHY 545-001 SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY

T TH 2:50pm–4:50pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

This course will examine the main principles and controls of weather and climate as they occur at the regional scale.  Description of the main types of meteorological data commonly used for daily weather forecasting.  Analysis and interpretation of regional (synoptic) scale atmospheric circulation, mid-latitude cyclones, severe thunderstorms, and tropical cyclones by using weather maps, soundings, cross sections, thermodynamic diagrams, computer models, and satellite imagery.  Introduction to techniques used in weather forecasting. The course includes mostly lectures and weather discussions/labs, with grading based on exams, participation in weather discussions and weather forecasting, and exercises/labs.

GEOGRAPHY 549-001 WATER AND WATERSHEDS

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 202

Dr. Allan James (7-6117)

This course examines watersheds from a geographic perspective.  The focus is on physical aspects of environmental systems that generate and receive surface water and sediment and on interactions with humans.  Students will learn about physical hydrology, water quality, and pollution.  Hydrology emphasizes surface-water processes of runoff generation, flow conveyance, storm hydrographs, and effects of urbanization.  Water quality covers the constituents in water and measurement methods.  NPS pollution includes erosion and sedimentation processes. Lab, field, and geospatial methods will be introduced.  Examples and projects will be drawn from Rocky Branch Watershed that drains Five Points and most of the USC campus.   This course is recommended for Earth science students and environmental resources managers because it develops a broad, intuitive, and analytical understanding of processes interacting within watersheds.

GEOGRAPHY 551-001 PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING

MW 3:55pm-5:10pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts about remote sensing of environment with airborne and satellite systems. Topics include: 1) basics of electromagnetic radiation interacting with earth surfaces; 2) technical backgrounds of image acquisition and common satellite systems; 3) Earth observations with multi-spectral, thermal, LiDAR, and Radar remote sensing; and 4) example applications of remote sensing in vegetation, water, soil and urban developments. Knowledge of photo interpretation (GEOG345) is preferred but not required.

Lab exercises are provided to enhance students’ understanding of remote sensing based upon analog and visual image processing. The commercial image processing software, Erads/Imagine, is introduced in labs.

GEOGRAPHY 552-001 LiDAR and Digital Surface Mapping

MW 2:30pm- 3:35pm   CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Michael E. Hodgson (7-8976)

The purpose of the course is to present concepts and approaches for mapping the Earth’s terrain and vegetative surface from photogrammetric and lidargrammetric technologies.  Both technologies are state-of-the-art in practical applications.  The goal of each approach is to correctly determine the geographic position (in x-y-z) of surface features.  Both technologies use fundamental algebraic approaches for determining position. Photogrammetry is fundamentally based on stereography while lidargrammetry is based on position from trilateration of visible/infrared light.  Each week, the concepts and methods using LiDAR will be presented and discussed. Laboratory assignments will then require students to apply these approaches to imagery and data for mapping the location of elevation, vegetative, and buildings.  Graduate students will conduct an independent final project using either lidargrammetric methods.

GEOGRAPHY 554-001 SPATIAL PROGRAMMING

T TH 4:25pm-5:40pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Zhenlong Li (7-4590)

How to find the centroid, perimeter, or area of a polygon? How can the system tell that two geographical features overlap each other? How to develop your own algorithms to extract information from spatial data? How to automate a series of tasks to solve a complex spatial problem? This course addresses these fundamental spatial questions from a programming perspective. With this course, students will be able to 1) develop fundamental programming skills with Python by working with spatial data in the context of GIS, 2) gain practical experience in designing and developing tools to solve specific spatial problems by programming with ArcGIS and other spatial packages, and 3) understand the principles of popular GIS data models and algorithms, and the internal operations of GIS software.

Prior experience with programming languages such as Python, Java, C++, Perl and VBA is helpful but not required.  Hands-on programming exercises will be accompanied with most of the lectures to help students gain programming experience as well as enhance the understanding of discussed concepts/techniques.

GEOGRAPHY 563-001 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 003

Lab: TH 10:06am-11:21am 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 595-002 INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY

T B A

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5234) CALLCOTT 226                                                                             

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 GEOGRAPH

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

 Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

TBA

Department Permission

(7-5234) 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.

T B A

Department Permission

(7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 735-001 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

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

Dr. Caroline Nagel (7-4970)

This seminar will provide an overview of key topics and debates in contemporary political geography.  Special attention will be given in this seminar to the theoretical perspectives of geographers, but the course material is interdisciplinary in nature, and all disciplinary perspectives are welcomed.  Readings and discussion will focus on 5 key areas: (1) Borders and territoriality; (2) Citizenship, nationalism, and identity; (3) Peace and conflict; (4) the geopolitics of environmental change; and (5) contemporary social movements.  Issues explored will include: the shifting configuration of borders and territory in response to flows of capital, workers, and commodities; the growing complexity of rights and territorial identity due to migration; the role of non-state actors in managing violent conflict in failing states; international responses to the threat of climate change; and the mobilization of citizens globally and locally to demand equality, political voice, and access to resources.  The material covered in this seminar will be global in scope and will highlight non-U.S. case studies.

GEOGRAPHY 740-001 RESEARCH TRENDS IN GEOGRAPHY

T 3:30pm-6:00pm CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Greg Carbone (7-0682)

Seminar in research in geography, focusing on refining research questions and writing research proposals.    

GEOGRAPHY 755-001 REMOTE SENSING

W 10:50am-1:15pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867)

This course covers remote sensing modeling techniques in thematic mapping and quantitative information extraction from varies types of satellite imagery. Students will learn advanced algorithms to conduct image correction and feature extraction.  Implementation will use programming scripts developed in various platforms such as IDL in ENVI and Spatial Modeler in Erdas/Imagine. Depending on students’ thesis/dissertation topics, we will apply the algorithms to studies in geography, forestry, agriculture, hydrology, rangeland, and climate change, etc.

Pre-requisites: GEOG 575 or equivalent.

GEOGRAPHY 799 THESIS PREPARATION

(Approved by Instructor)

Thesis Preparation research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

TBA

Department Permission

(7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 801-001 CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES IN GEOGRAPHY

W 9:00am-11:30am CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Susan Cutter (7-1590)

This course examines the contemporary literature in the broad field of geography.Using a combination of readings, seminar discussions, and short papers, students will critically evaluate current topical areas, methodologies, and prevailing theoretical and conceptual orientations of the discipline.  Students will hear from numerous faculty members and will lead discussions during the course of the semester. The goal is for students to situate their own doctoral research within the broader disciplinary context.  

GEOGRAPHY 805- DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION PROCESSING

(Approved by Instructor)

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

TBA

Department Permission

(7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 899- DISSERTATION PREPARATION

(Approved by Instructor)

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

TBA

Department Permission

 (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127