Department of Geography and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Courses in Geography (GHY)
Additional offerings by the department include courses in Community & Regional Planning (PLN)
Kathleen Schroeder, Department Chair
GHY 5000. Research Themes and Methods (3).F. Study of the historical, ongoing, and emerging research themes and methods in geography; the students will examine and practice the processes of organizing research, gathering and analyzing data, and presenting research results in written and oral formats. Required within the initial 12 hours of graduate study.
GHY 5100. Seminar in Physical Geography (3).S. An exploration of special problems related to physical geography with emphasis placed on their impact on the human environment. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat this course for credit.
GHY 5110. Seminar in Spatial Analysis (3).On Demand. An exploration of unique problems related to one component of spatial analysis: cartography, remote sensing, quantitative/qualitative research methods, geographic information systems, or regional analysis. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat this course for credit.
GHY 5130. Seminar in Human Geography (3).S. An exploration of special problems related to human geography with emphasis placed on spatial patterns and processes. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat this course for credit.
GHY 5150. Seminar in GIScience (3).F. This course provides a fundamental understanding of the research field of geographic information science (GIScience) through reading and discussing current and seminal articles and book chapters. Topics include the theoretical foundations for GIScience, the impacts of geospatial technology on society, and methodological and application issues. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat this course for credit.
GHY 5240. Transportation Geography and Planning (3).F. Students will apply urban planning principles, basic geographic theory and spatial statistics to policy and analysis issues of transportation and transportation planning. The course emphasizes transportation as a spatial phenomenon, and transportation planning as an activity and profession. [Dual-listed with GHY 4240.]
GHY 5301. Regional Geography (3).SS. An in-depth examination of the world from a regional perspective with special attention given to conceptual topics such as world population growth, economic development and environmental problems.
GHY 5312. GIS Management (3).S. The study of management issues, technological and management perspectives, and organizational settings necessary for developing a successful geographic information system - GIS can vary from a single-user workstation with a sole purpose to a complex multi-user, multi-department system, with different hardware and software environments, varied data requirements and standards for a variety of applications. These complexities and the manager's perspective cover a wide array of GIS related topics.
GHY 5400. Planning Theory and Process (3).F. Foundations of community and regional planning, including linkages with planning theory and growth management, comprehensive planning steps, and how practicing planners use various planning aspects and applications to address contemporary urban and regional issues. (Same as PLN 5400.)
GHY 5500. Independent Study (1-4).F;S.
GHY 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.
GHY 5620. Synoptic and Regional Climatology (3).F.On Demand. This course focuses on atmospheric controls and processes at the synoptic scale. Basic meteorological elements and concepts such as jet streams, long-range forecasting, cyclogenesis, and vorticity are discussed. Local and regional climatic patterns and anomalies are examined with respect to the dynamics of the large-scale circulation features of the atmosphere. [Dual- listed with GHY 4620.]
GHY 5800. Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Geography (3).S. This course will examine quantitative and qualitative procedures commonly used in the analysis of geographic and planning research problems, including research in both human and physical geography. The course focus will be on applications of quantitative and qualitative procedures in research, but conceptual and theoretical aspects of all procedures will also be discussed. Students will apply quantitative and/or qualitative methods to a geographic topic and will report on the results in a professional quality paper. Prerequisite: GHY 3800 (Introduction to Quantitative Methods) or the equivalent.
GHY 5810. Digital Image Processing (3).F. Course focuses on acquisition of digital images, image processing, image enhancement techniques for interpretation, and applications of remote sensing technology. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. [Dual-listed with GHY 4810.]
GHY 5812. Advanced GIS (3).F;S. GIS is a wide ranging topic encompassing five distinct functions within a total system context. These functions are: 1) data input, 2) data storage, 3) data management, 4) data manipulation and analysis, and 5) data output. Emphasis will be placed on the applications frequently found in geography and planning. This course is project oriented to give the student maximum experience in each of the functions of a GIS and to allow the student to associate the technical areas of GIS with "real world" scenarios. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. [Dual-listed with GHY 4812.]
GHY 5814. Principles of GeoComputation (3).F;S. GeoComputation is spatial analysis with or without a geographic information system (GIS). The increasing power of computational environments enables the creation of new methods for analyzing geographic data. This course will include: an introduction to GeoComputational theory, GIS programming, and applications of GIS and environmental models. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GHY 3812 (Introduction to GIS) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with GHY 4814.]
GHY 5820. Geographical Hydrology (3).S. Study of the occurrence and movement of water on the earth, with a focus on applications of surface hydrology. Water movement through the hydrologic cycle, flood analysis, and water use/water policy are emphasized. [Dual-listed with GHY 4820.]
GHY 5858. Directed Research (3).On Demand. Directed research on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. The student will write a research paper and present findings orally on the selected topic. Students may not repeat GHY 5858 for credit. Prerequisite: approval of the instructor. (Same as PLN 5858.)
GHY 5900. Internship in Geography (3-12).F;S. The internship emphasizes field work in the areas of locational analysis, environmental assessment and impact, and/or land use planning. For the Master of Arts (teacher licensure program) the internship involves teaching one or more geography courses in an appropriate setting. The type of internship, location of field experience, and sponsoring agency must be satisfactory to the student and to the department. A research paper is required. Graded on an S/U basis.
GHY 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. GHY 5989 does not count toward a degree.
GHY 5998. Thesis Preparation (1-3).F;S. The student develops the thesis proposal, carries out research for the thesis topic, and meets regularly with the thesis advisor to develop the thesis. First half of a two-semester thesis requirement; the student also must complete GHY 5999. GHY 5998 may be repeated, but only three semester hours of credit may be applied to a graduate Program of Study. Graded on an S/U basis.
GHY 5999. Thesis (1-3).F;S. Second half of a two-semester thesis requirement; the student must first complete GHY 5998. GHY 5999 may be repeated, but only three semester hours of credit may be applied to the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Prerequisite: GHY 5998. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.