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Graduate Course Offerings
Geography (GEOG)

College-Program Codes: 7-15
NOTE: Please see your advisor regarding course sequencing and any expected preparation.


5100 GEOGRAPHY OF POPULATION AND SETTLEMENT (3 credits) Problems of the growth of world population in relation to food supply and natural resources. Political and social implications of demographic and economic disparities between the underdeveloped and the developed nations. Analysis of world variations in settlement forms and urbanization. Systematic.

5107 APPLIED PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (3 credits) Geographical investigations of man's perception and utilization of the physical environment: atmospheric, hydrologic, geomorphic. The costs and benefits of environmental knowledge. Physical geography as it affects economic, sociological, political activities and planning. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5120 URBAN GEOGRAPHY (3 credits) Functions and distribution of cities. Urban sizes, hierarchies and external relations with the countryside. The central place and other theories of the spacing of cities. Internal structures and functions of cities, the growth of cities, urban slums, urban sprawl and city planning.

5226 CARTOGRAPHY (3 credits) History, uses and construction of maps with an emphasis on the drafting of thematic maps and graphs. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5231 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 credits) The course addresses functional aspects of geographic information systems and social and policy oriented implications of this approach to geographical analysis.

5232 TECHNIQUES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 credits) A hands-on approach to understanding both raster and vector based geographic information systems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5300 GEOGRAPHY AND PLANNING OF OUTDOOR RECREATION (3 credits) An analysis of the use, perception, and planning of recreational resources and landscape amenities, with emphasis on geographical relationships and environmental stewardship. Includes some study out-of-doors.

5310 LAND USE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING (3 credits) An examination of the identification and inventory methods of land use analysis including the designing of land use models which are compatible with environmental, social, and economic goals.

5320 REGIONAL PLANNING METHODS (3 credits) An examination of the basic planning process, including the development of strategic and comprehensive plans, plan implementation, pertinent legislation, and sources and techniques of funding.

5330 ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION (3 credits) Spatial analysis of the variations of decision-making processes resulting from human perception and appraisal of environment. A systematic survey of pertinent concepts of hazard perception, resource perception, landscape perception, and perception research as related to the concerns of cultural diversity, planning, and environmental appraisal.

5500 RESOURCE ASSESSMENT AND NEEDS ANALYSIS IN OUTDOOR RECREATION (3 credits) Inventory and evaluation of resources and programs in relation to user needs and demands of outdoor recreation and tourism at the local, regional, and state levels. Emphasizes techniques and methods for evaluating supply and demand in the planning and management of outdoor recreation in both the public and private sectors. Prerequisite: GEOG 5300 or consent of instructor.

5510 SITE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING (3 credits) Techniques and methods in the location, analysis, evaluation, and design of sites. Focus is especially on identifying use potentials and impact limitations for outdoor recreation planning and management. Prerequisite: GEOG 5300 or consent of instructor.

5630/BIOL 5630 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3 credits) Methods and theory of conservation biology; species diversity, extinction rates, management of endangered species, and the economics of conservation strategies.

5920 DIRECTED GROUP STUDY (1-3 credits) When taken as Regional Geography, the following description applies: A regional and topical analysis of the cultural and physical features of a continent or major region of the earth. This course may be repeated provided different regions are involved.


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