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This is the current list from the UO course catalog.

GEOG 141. The Natural Environment. 4 Credits.

The earth’s physical landscapes, vegetation patterns, weather, and climate; emphasis on the dynamic interactions among climate, landforms, vegetation, and soils.

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GEOG 142. Human Geography. 4 Credits.

The spatial organization of humans and their activities on Earth’s surface. Cultural, political, and economic influences shaping places and their interconnections.

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GEOG 181. Our Digital Earth. 4 Credits.

Exploring the emergence of geospatial data and technologies that are pervasive in our everyday lives and how they are shaping society.

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GEOG 196. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-2 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 199. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 201. World Regional Geography. 4 Credits.

Introduction to the world’s cultural regions. Study of the cultural and environmental factors that make different parts of the world distinct.

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GEOG 202. Geography of Europe. 4 Credits.

Physical and cultural processes that have shaped the rural and urban landscapes of Europe.

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GEOG 204. Geography of Russia and Neighbors. 4 Credits.

Natural regions, major population groups, and the economic development of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

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GEOG 205. Geography of Pacific Asia. 4 Credits.

Physical, cultural, and economic processes that have shaped the rural and urban landscapes of Pacific Asia.

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GEOG 208. Geography of the United States and Canada. 4 Credits.

Historical and geographical analysis of the physical and human geography of the U.S. and Canada. Topics include physical regions, settlement patterns, economic development, and urbanization. Offered alternate years.

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GEOG 209. Geography of the Middle East and North Africa. 4 Credits.

Physical and cultural processes that have shaped the rural and urban landscapes of the Middle East and North Africa.

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GEOG 214. Geography of Latin America. 4 Credits.

Physical, cultural, and economic processes that have shaped the rural and urban character of Latin America.

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GEOG 281. The World and Big Data. 4 Credits.

Explores technical foundations and social and economic applications of big data along the “5V” dimensions of volume, variety, velocity, veracity, and visualization.

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GEOG 285. Mapping With Drones. 4 Credits.

Understanding and applying the technologies, theories, and skills needed to acquire and convert drone photography into mapping applications.

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GEOG 321. Climatology. 4 Credits.

Energy and moisture in the atmosphere, atmospheric circulation, controls of regional and microclimates, applied climatology, climatic variations, past and future climates.
Prereq: GEOG 141.

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GEOG 322. Geomorphology. 4 Credits.

Landforming processes with emphasis on mass movements, rivers, eolian, glacial, and coastal processes. Special fee.
Prereq: GEOG 141 or GEOL 102 or 202.

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GEOG 323. Biogeography. 4 Credits.

Relation of plants and animals to the environment, distribution of individual species, historical changes in plant distribution.
Prereq: one from GEOG 141GEOL 103, 203, BI 370.

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GEOG 341. Population and Environment. 4 Credits.

Patterns of population growth over history and place, current policies and programs, and impacts and trends in United States and international contexts. Includes method and theory.

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GEOG 342. Geography of Globalization. 4 Credits.

Historical and geographical dimensions of globalization; emphasizes economic and social factors. Topics include multinationals, trade agreements, sustainability, global inequalities, and racial and gender divisions of labor.

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GEOG 343. Society, Culture, and Place. 4 Credits.

Examines ways in which geographical context reflects and shapes cultural and social processes. Importance of place and territory in human affairs.

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GEOG 360. Watershed Science and Policy. 4 Credits.

Physical and biological processes of watersheds; problems of land use, water quality, riparian zones, aquatic ecology; scientific basis of watershed management and policy. Special fee.
Prereq: GEOG 141, or GEOL 102 or 202, or BI 130 or 213.

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GEOG 361. Global Environmental Change. 4 Credits.

Natural and human-induced environmental changes and their impact on different environmental systems. Not available to those who have taken GEOG 143.
Prereq: GEOG 141.

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GEOG 391. Social Science Inquiry and Research. 4 Credits.

Understanding scientific inquiry, the scientific method and learning to critique social science research. Readings and discussion focus on the questions, methods, conclusions and outcomes of research.

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GEOG 399. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 401. Research: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 403. Thesis. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 405. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 406. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-6 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 407. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 408. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 409. Practicum: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 410. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable. Topics are listed in the class schedule each term.

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GEOG 419. Professional Geographer. 2 Credits.

Explores the geographical perspective on world cultures and global issues, and prepares students how to articulate a spatial perspective and effectively communicate geographic training and skills to broader audiences.

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GEOG 421. Advanced Climatology: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Topics in climatology, including physical climatology, dynamic and synoptic climatology, and paleoclimatology. Repeatable when topic changes.
Prereq: GEOG 321.

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GEOG 423. Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Selected topics in biogeography including relation of plants and animals to their environment, historical changes in plant distribution, and palynological analysis. Special fee. Repeatable when topic changes.
Prereq: GEOG 323.

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GEOG 425. Hydrology and Water Resources. 4 Credits.

Emphasis on surface water including precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface runoff, and stream flow. Understanding and analysis of processes. Management for water supply and quality. Special fee.
Prereq: GEOG 321 or 322; MATH 111.

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GEOG 427. Fluvial Geomorphology. 4 Credits.

Hydraulics and hydrology of stream channels; channel morphology and processes; drainage network development; fluvial deposits and landforms; field and analytical methods. Required field trips. Special fee.
Prereq: MATH 112; one from GEOG 322GEOG 425GEOL 334.

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GEOG 430. Long-Term Environmental Change. 4 Credits.

Evolution of the physical landscape during the Quaternary period. Elements of paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and geomorphology. Required field trips. Special fee.
Prereq: GEOG 321, 322, or 323.

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GEOG 433. Fire and Natural Disturbances. 4 Credits.

Wildfire and other landscape disturbance processes, historical and current patterns of fire, use and management of fire. Offered alternate years.
Prereq: BI 307 or GEOG 323 or BI 370.

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GEOG 441. Political Geography. 4 Credits.

Spatial perspectives on global political patterns and processes. Relationship of political territories to resources, ethnic patterns, and ideological communities. Impact of political arrangements on landscapes.
Prereq: Junior standing.

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GEOG 442. Urban Geography. 4 Credits.

Urbanization throughout the world, the structure of urban settlements; cities as regional centers, physical places, and homes for people; geographic problems in major urban environments.
Prereq: Junior standing.

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GEOG 444. Cultural Geography. 4 Credits.

Patterns of culture as a force in human affairs. Dynamics of identity, place, and power. The creation of culture at different scales.

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GEOG 445. Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. 4 Credits.

Relationship of ethnic groups and nationality to landscapes, perception, and cultural geographic phenomena. Distribution of ethnic and national groups. Junior standing required.

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GEOG 448. Tourism and Development. 4 Credits.

Tourism-related concepts and practices associated with tourism planning, development, marketing, and impacts in different geographic contexts.

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GEOG 461. Environmental Alteration. 4 Credits.

Human alterations of the earth’s major ecosystems. Consequences of human activity at different times and places with respect to soils, atmosphere, vegetation, landforms, and water.
Prereq: Junior standing.

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GEOG 463. Geography, Law, and the Environment. 4 Credits.

Values underlying American legal approaches to environmental issues; the role of laws in reflecting and shaping human understanding and use of the environment. Special fee.
Prereq: Junior standing.

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GEOG 465. Environment and Development. 4 Credits.

Critical analysis of development concepts. Economic activity and environmental impacts. Sustainable development. Development projects and landscapes in the industrializing world.
Prereq: Junior standing.

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GEOG 467. International Water Policy. 4 Credits.

Examines problems in water policy and governance in a global context. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives, compares case studies, and analyzes institutions.

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GEOG 468. Contemporary Food Systems. 4 Credits.

Explores contemporary food systems at local, national, and global scales. Emphasis on the political economy and sociocultural dynamics linking agriculture, food industries, and consumption.

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GEOG 471. North American Historical Landscapes. 4 Credits.

Examines the origin and evolution of cultural landscapes in North America through historical and contemporary sources, and draws upon the local region for student projects.
Prereq: Junior standing.

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GEOG 475. Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Repeatable. Examination of the settlement patterns, regional economies, political organization, and character of the landscapes of selected major regions of the non-European and American world. Repeatable when region changes.

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GEOG 481. GIScience I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to geographic information science, geographic information systems (GIS), the current population survey (CPS), remote sensing, and cartography. Sequence with GEOG 482/582, 491/591.

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GEOG 482. GIScience II. 4 Credits.

Spatial data collection, spatial data models, database design, data editing, geographic information system (GIS) project management, and advanced topics in geographic information science. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 491/591, 493/593.
Prereq: GEOG 481.

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GEOG 485. Remote Sensing I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to remote sensing science including its physical basis, instruments, platforms, data, processing methods, and applications. Sequence with GEOG 486/586.
Prereq: GEOG 481.

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GEOG 486. Remote Sensing II. 4 Credits.

The use of digital electromagnetic data for classification, mapping, and monitoring biologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, geologic, and human processes and environmental change. Sequence with GEOG 485/585.
Prereq: GEOG 485.

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GEOG 490. GIScience: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Repeatable. Advanced topics on geographic information systems science including spatial analysis and modeling, data visualization, cartography, volunteered geographic information, GIS programming. Repeatable five times for a maximum of 24 credits.
Prereq: GEOG 481 or GEOG 311.

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GEOG 491. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credits.

Automated processing of geospatial data using Python scripting language. Programming for spatial analysis such as 3-D and network modeling; processing of big data (satellite imagery, climate data, demographic information). Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 482/582.
Prereq: GEOG 482.

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GEOG 493. Advanced Cartography. 4 Credits.

Map design and production methods; use of color, cartographic visualization, graphing, data graphics theory, and integration of geographic information systems (GIS) and graphics tools. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 482/582.
Prereq: GEOG 481.

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GEOG 494. Spatial Analysis. 4 Credits.

Introduction to a variety of spatial analysis techniques that can be used for understanding and modeling geographic phenomena. Series.
Prereq: GEOG 481.

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GEOG 495. Geographic Data Analysis. 4 Credits.

Analysis and display of geographical data by traditional data-analytical methods and by scientific-visualization approaches.
Prereq: GEOG 481.

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GEOG 496. Location-Aware Systems. 4 Credits.

Explores technical fundamentals of location-aware systems, such as location models and location-based services, as well as challenges such as user privacy.
Prereq: GEOG 281.

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GEOG 497. Qualitative Methods in Geography. 4 Credits.

Explores conceptual and practical dimensions of qualitative research. Includes linking theory and method; research question formulation; project design; ethics; data gathering, analysis, and presentation.
Prereq: GEOG 341, 342, or 343.

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GEOG 498. Geospatial Project Design. 4 Credits.

Introduction to methods for designing and implementing professional projects involving geospatial data, technologies, and analytical methods.
Prereq: GEOG 481.

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GEOG 503. Thesis. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 507. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 508. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 510. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable. Topics are listed in the class schedule each term.

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GEOG 521. Advanced Climatology: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Topics in climatology, including physical climatology, dynamic and synoptic climatology, and paleoclimatology. Repeatable when topic changes.

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GEOG 523. Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Selected topics in biogeography including relation of plants and animals to their environment, historical changes in plant distribution, and palynological analysis. Special fee. Repeatable when topic changes.

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GEOG 525. Hydrology and Water Resources. 4 Credits.

Emphasis on surface water including precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface runoff, and stream flow. Understanding and analysis of processes. Management for water supply and quality. Special fee.

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GEOG 527. Fluvial Geomorphology. 4 Credits.

Hydraulics and hydrology of stream channels; channel morphology and processes; drainage network development; fluvial deposits and landforms; field and analytical methods. Required field trips. Special fee.

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GEOG 530. Long-Term Environmental Change. 4 Credits.

Evolution of the physical landscape during the Quaternary period. Elements of paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and geomorphology. Required field trips. Special fee.

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GEOG 533. Fire and Natural Disturbances. 4 Credits.

Wildfire and other landscape disturbance processes, historical and current patterns of fire, use and management of fire. Offered alternate years.

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GEOG 541. Political Geography. 4 Credits.

Spatial perspectives on global political patterns and processes. Relationship of political territories to resources, ethnic patterns, and ideological communities. Impact of political arrangements on landscapes.

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GEOG 542. Urban Geography. 4 Credits.

Urbanization throughout the world, the structure of urban settlements; cities as regional centers, physical places, and homes for people; geographic problems in major urban environments.

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GEOG 544. Cultural Geography. 4 Credits.

Patterns of culture as a force in human affairs. Dynamics of identity, place, and power. The creation of culture at different scales.

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GEOG 545. Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. 4 Credits.

Relationship of ethnic groups and nationality to landscapes, perception, and cultural geographic phenomena. Distribution of ethnic and national groups.

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GEOG 548. Tourism and Development. 4 Credits.

Tourism-related concepts and practices associated with tourism planning, development, marketing, and impacts in different geographic contexts.

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GEOG 561. Environmental Alteration. 4 Credits.

Human alterations of the earth’s major ecosystems. Consequences of human activity at different times and places with respect to soils, atmosphere, vegetation, landforms, and water.

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GEOG 563. Geography, Law, and the Environment. 4 Credits.

Values underlying American legal approaches to environmental issues; the role of laws in reflecting and shaping human understanding and use of the environment. Special fee.

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GEOG 565. Environment and Development. 4 Credits.

Critical analysis of development concepts. Economic activity and environmental impacts. Sustainable development. Development projects and landscapes in the industrializing world.

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GEOG 567. International Water Policy. 4 Credits.

Examines problems in water policy and governance in a global context. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives, compares case studies, and analyzes institutions.

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GEOG 568. Contemporary Food Systems. 4 Credits.

Explores contemporary food systems at local, national, and global scales. Emphasis on the political economy and sociocultural dynamics linking agriculture, food industries, and consumption.

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GEOG 571. North American Historical Landscapes. 4 Credits.

Examines the origin and evolution of cultural landscapes in North America through historical and contemporary sources, and draws upon the local region for student projects.

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GEOG 575. Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Repeatable. Examination of the settlement patterns, regional economies, political organization, and character of the landscapes of selected major regions of the non-European and American world. Repeatable when region changes.

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GEOG 581. GIScience I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to geographic information science, geographic information systems (GIS), the current population survey (CPS), remote sensing, and cartography. Sequence with GEOG 482/582, 491/591.

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GEOG 582. GIScience II. 4 Credits.

Spatial data collection, spatial data models, database design, data editing, geographic information system (GIS) project management, and advanced topics in geographic information science. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 491/591, 493/593.
Prereq: GEOG 581.

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GEOG 585. Remote Sensing I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to remote sensing science including its physical basis, instruments, platforms, data, processing methods, and applications. Sequence with GEOG 486/586.
Prereq: GEOG 581.

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GEOG 586. Remote Sensing II. 4 Credits.

The use of digital electromagnetic data for classification, mapping, and monitoring biologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, geologic, and human processes and environmental change. Sequence with GEOG 485/585.
Prereq: GEOG 585.

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GEOG 590. GIScience: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Advanced topics on geographic information systems science including spatial analysis and modeling, data visualization, cartography, volunteered geographic information, GIS programming. Repeatable five times for a maximum of 24 credits.
Prereq: GEOG 581.

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GEOG 591. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credits.

Socioeconomic analysis with geographic information systems (GIS) and the U.S. census, network modeling, 3-D models of natural and urban landscapes, web-based GIS and programming. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 482/582.
Prereq: GEOG 582.

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GEOG 593. Advanced Cartography. 4 Credits.

Map design and production methods; use of color, cartographic visualization, graphing, data graphics theory, and integration of geographic information systems (GIS) and graphics tools. Sequence with GEOG 481/581, 482/582.
Prereq: GEOG 582.

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GEOG 594. Spatial Analysis. 4 Credits.

Introduction to a variety of spatial analysis techniques that can be used for understanding and modeling geographic phenomena. Series.
Prereq: GEOG 581.

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GEOG 595. Geographic Data Analysis. 4 Credits.

Analysis and display of geographical data by traditional data-analytical methods and by scientific-visualization approaches.
Prereq: GEOG 581.

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GEOG 596. Location-Aware Systems. 4 Credits.

Explores technical fundamentals of location-aware systems, such as location models and location-based services, as well as challenges such as user privacy.
Prereq: GEOG 581.

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GEOG 597. Qualitative Methods in Geography. 4 Credits.

Explores conceptual and practical dimensions of qualitative research. Includes linking theory and method; research question formulation; project design; ethics; data gathering, analysis, and presentation.

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GEOG 598. Geospatial Project Design. 4 Credits.

Introduction to methods for designing and implementing professional projects involving geospatial data, technologies, and analytical methods.

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GEOG 601. Research: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 602. Supervised College Teaching. 1-5 Credits.

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GEOG 603. Dissertation. 1-16 Credits.

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GEOG 605. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

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GEOG 606. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

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GEOG 607. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

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GEOG 608. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

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GEOG 609. Practicum: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

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GEOG 610. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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GEOG 611. Theory and Practice of Geography I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to professional practice in geography and the development of geographic concepts and theories from Ancient times through the mid-twentieth century. Sequence with GEOG 612, 613.

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GEOG 612. Theory and Practice of Geography II. 4 Credits.

The development of geographic concepts and theories from the mid-20th century to the present. Students learn to refine effective geographic research questions. Sequence with GEOG 611 and 613.
Prereq: GEOG 611.

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GEOG 613. Research Design. 4 Credits.

Examines main components of research design, including research questions, methodological approach, institutional review boards, funding programs, proposal writing, and application. Sequence with GEOG 611 and 612.
Prereq: GEOG 612.

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GEOG 631. Progress in Physical Geography. 1 Credit.

Recent developments in climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, and biogeography. Lectures, readings, and presentation of faculty and student works in progress. Repeatable for maximum of 12 credits.

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GEOG 632. Progress in Human Geography. 1 Credit.

Recent developments in cultural, economic, environmental and political geography. Lectures, readings, and presentation of faculty and student works in progress. Repeatable for maximum of 12 credits.

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GEOG 633. Progress in Geographic Information Science. 1 Credit.

Recent developments in cartography, GIS, remote sensing, data analysis, and visualization. Lectures, readings, and presentation of faculty and student works in progress. Repeatable for maximum of 12 credits.