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Graduate Course Offerings
Geography (GEOG)

NOTE: Please see your advisor regarding course sequencing and any expected preparation.


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) Construction and production of maps with an emphasis on computer-generated thematic maps and graphs. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5233 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) (3 credits) Intermediate and advanced topics in geographic information science and spatial analysis using GIS software. Greater understanding of GIS theory, technology, and applications. Emphasizes software applications in producing various quantitative and thematic maps. Exercises focus on development, management, and analysis of GIS data. (Lecture/Lab)

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.

5520 SITE AND RESOURCE ANALYSIS IN OUTDOOR RECREATION PLANNING (3 credits) Techniques and methods in the location, analysis, evaluation, and design of sites. Emphasizes techniques and methods for planning and management of outdoor recreation. Focuses on identifying use potentials and impact limitations for outdoor recreation planning and management. Extensive out-of-doors study.

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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