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GEOG 5000 - Geographic Research and Writing

This seminar is designed to provide students a general background of the discipline of geography through its various theoretical progressions and teach them how to conduct research and writing with these developments in mind. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5010 – Meteorology

General survey of meteorology with a focus on physical principles explaining weather change. No credit if GEOG 2020. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5020 - Climatology

Exchanges of energy and moisture and their significance to human utilization of the Earth's surface. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5030 - Meteorological Observations

Lab experience in acquisition, measurement, and interpretation of meteorological parameters. Credit Hours: 1.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5040 - Practicum in Meteorology and Forecasting

Lab experience in preparation and dissemination of meteorological forecasts. Credit Hours: 1.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5050 - Physical Meteorology

This course is a survey of atmospheric physics, with a focus on radiation balances, radiative transfer, cloud microphysics, and boundary layer meteorology. Credit Hours: 4.0


GEOG 5060 - Synoptic Meteorology

An examination of the construction and analysis of models used in the prediction of meteorological phenomena, the development and maintenance of midlatitude cyclones, and satellite meteorology. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5070 - Mesoscale Meteorology

An examination of severe and unusual weather, mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric stability, and radar meteorology. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5080 - Dynamic Meteorology I

Exploration of the physical forces responsible for atmospheric motions. Topics covered include the wind vector; fundamental and apparent forces; the geostrophic wind; the thermal, mechanical and thermodynamic energy equations; balanced flow; vertical motion and the thermal wind; vorticity; and the vorticity and divergence theorems. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5090 - Dynamic Meteorology II

Continuation of GEOG 5080. Topics covered include Boussinesq approximations; Reynold's averaging; turbulent kinetic energy; primary and secondary circulations; baroclinic development; geopotential tendency; quasigeostropic motions; omega equation; and wave motions in the atmosphere. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5110 - Advanced Physical Geography

A topics course of focused study on a specific physical geographic theme. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5130 - Arid Lands Physical Geography

Integrated approach to the physical geographic processes that combine to create the distinctive landscapes of arid regions with an emphasis on their landforms and landforming processes.Credit Hours: 3.0.

GEOG 5150 - Landforms and Landscapes

A topical approach to the study of landforms and landforming processes as fundamental elements of the physical environment. Includes landforms created by tectonism, volcanism, gravity, streams, glaciers, waves, and the wind. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5160 – Biogeography

An examination of historical, environmental, and biotic influences that shape spatial patterns of plant and animal distributions and community structure in the contemporary landscape.  The course also explores the role of disturbance as a shaper of biological communities, and students will be introduced to field, laboratory and statistical means of analyzing ecological data.  The role of human activities in altering biogeographic patterns is informed by our understanding  how and why biological diversity varies over the surface of the Earth. No credit if BIOS 3160/5160. Credit Hours: 4.0. Taught spring semester of even years.

GEOG 5170 - Landscape Ecology

Landscape Ecology is an applied science that focuses on the development, consequences, and management of environmental pattern - the spatial distributions of species and the environment resources upon which they depend. This course explores the reciprocal relationship between pattern and process: how pattern is created on the landscape, its implication for populations, communities, and ecosystems, and how spatial pattern changes through time. The specific role of humans in creating and altering landscape pattern is examined. Credit Hours: 4.0. Taught spring semester of odd years.

GEOG 5200 - American Ethnic Geography

Systematic and thematic survey of spatial and cultural patterns associated with ethnicity and ethnic groups in the United States. Emphasis on historical and spatial patterns of immigration, the experience of ethnic groups in American plural society, and ethnic contributions to American life. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5210 - Population Geography

Survey of global population concerns emphasizing contemporary patterns of population change, fertility, international migration, and the impact of these on the environment and economic resources. Examines critiques (feminist/equity) of population change as a development problem. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5220 - Geography of Religious Space and Place

Systematic and regional survey of religious cultural landscapes of the world in comparative perspective. Emphasis on religion as a cornerstone of culture and its manifestations in the cultural landscape. Focus on sacred space and place, pilgrimage, and holy sites in selected religious belief systems. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5250 - Political Geography

Systematic examination of basic approaches, historical development, special problems, and spatial concepts in political geography. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5260 - Urban Geography

Geographical survey of the processes and forms of urban settlements. Examines urban origin, urban system, urban spatial structure, suburbanization, urban planning, (de)industrialization, inner-city decline, gentrification, entrepreneurial politics, cultural economy and globalization. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5270 - Social Geographies

Geographic analysis of social relation, social identities, and social inequalities. Examines the geography of social justice from the perspective of distinct groups (including race, gender, class, and sexuality) and as it relates to various geographic themes, particularly concerning the environment, urban geography, and employment. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5280 - Community Geography

Knowing the geography of one’s community, from the distribution of parks and schools to the location of healthcare and social services providers to the assessment of walkable downtowns and neighborhoods, is a hallmark of an engaged citizenry. Community Geography examines a variety of place-based challenges and opportunities that are found within and between communities through the lens of geo-spatial analysis. It engages students in real ways through documenting, evaluating and mapping the community they live in and care about. University-community partnerships are built from the bottom up around social issues such as income inequalities, food insecurity, educational disparities, limited access to transportation and healthcare, and more. This course offers a unique combination of collaborative mapping, spatial understanding of community issues, and interaction with and participation in the community from the bottom up, as engaged members of the Athens community. Students will be introduced to real-world problems and best practices, and encouraged to explore creative solutions. Community geography helps students better understand the spatial nature of these issues, how to evaluate both local and global forces which transform communities, and assists them with evaluating actionable solutions which promote sustainability at the local level. This course is designed to engage students with the Athens area, to build collaboration between students, residents and community groups, and to develop marketable skills and expand student awareness of community issues. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5290 - World Economic Geography

Geographic survey of the capitalist world economy. Examines the rise and fall of great economic powers, (under)development in the periphery, global economic restructuring, regional blocs, multinational firms and national governments. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5300 - Geography of Europe

Topical survey of Europe with emphasis on the geographic and cultural historical factors that influenced landscape and regional patterns in the past and today. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5310 - Geography of Africa

Course examines physical and human geographies of Africa as well as geographic approaches to human-environment interactions. Topics include sustainable resource use, health and development, rural livelihood systems, roots of conflict and Africa in the world economy Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5330 - Appalachia: Land and People

Topical and regional survey of Appalachia with emphasis on settlement and expansion, land ownership and speculation, society and culture, and the impacts of natural resource extraction. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5340 - Historical Geography of the United States

Systematic and regional survey of past human geographies of the area that became the United States from 1450 until the present. Focus on the development of regional identity over time and space, and manifestations of regional identity in the cultural landscape. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5350 - Geography of Latin America

Regional survey of Latin America focusing on biophysical systems, rural development, population/migration, cultural geography and economic development. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5380 - Geography of Asia

Examines the Asian region with emphasis on intra-regional economic integration through trade, investment and labor migration flows and on inter-regional relations with other parts of the world through colonialism, political engagement and globalization. Studies issues of economic development, regional bloc, Cold War conflicts, nationalism, and urbanization in Asia. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5400 - Geography of Development

Designed 1) to critically examine the concept of development and its critiques; 2) to explore theories of development and examine how they have influenced development practice in various geographic contexts; and 3) to understand rural and urban spaces of development and the relevant flows between them. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5410 - Geography of Hunger and Food Security

Provides students a foundation for understanding and interpreting changing global and regional patterns of hunger and food security. Environmental,political, economic, and demographic dimensions of hunger and food security are examined. Social and policy interventions aimed at reducing hunger are evaluated through examination of case studies from the developing and industrialized world. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5440 - Agricultural Ecosystems

Systematic analysis of agricultural systems. Emphasis is placed on contemporary agricultural systems, including their place in the global economy, and impacts on the environment. Examines the globalization of agriculture and agro-biotechnology. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5450 - Gender, Environment, and Development

"Explores frameworks linking gender and the environment and examines how they have influenced the practice of development in various geographic contexts. Case studies from Africa, USA, Latin America, and Asia. Topics include gendered access to resources, health and inequality, men and masculinities, the body and the environment, non-governmental organizations, and grass root organizing. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5460 - Environmental Law

Legal aspects of both individual environmental and societal environmental rights and duties with respect to constitution, private property, nuisance, negligence, statutes, regulatory agencies, and court decisions. Emphasis on case study of federal, state, and local laws that shaped existing law and those that are likely to shape future legislative and administrative action. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5470 - Natural Resource Conservation

Themes in American environmental history, resource conservation and management, and contemporary environmentalism. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5480 - Migration and Development

Examines migration theory, global and domestic patterns of human migration, and their implications for the environment and development. It will focus on geographic approaches to understanding the causes and development consequences of migration, including transnational and return migration. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5500 - Land Use Planning

Fundamentals of land use planning are explored. Examines traditional and innovative approaches to land use planning and its influence on the physical forms of our cities and environment, community development, human health, growth management, and sustainability. Reviews land-use planning tools and techniques utilized at the local, regional, and state level of government including plan-making processes, zoning, subdivision regulations, environmental management, smart growth, urban design, and land-use suitability. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5530 - Environment Planning and Assessment

An introduction to the use of science in environmental decision-making directed toward the analysis of land development policies, the utility of assessment methods to understand environmental change and the application of management strategies to promote environmental sustainability at local and regional scales. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5550 - History of Planning

Explores the development of planning concepts, theory, and practice. It introduces urban and regional planning in the U.S. through its historical and contemporary contexts. Examines the social, economic, political, cultural, and technological factors that influence human landscapes and the profession of planning. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5560 - The City and the Environment

Examination of historical and present-day environmental impacts of urban and suburban expansion in a North American context. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5580 - Environmental Hazards

"Systematic introduction to the concepts, problems, and methods that guide the identification and assessment of environmental risk with emphasis on natural hazards and their geophysical dimensions. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5600 - Cartography I

Introduction to digital cartographic design and cartographic visualization. Theory and practice of map design developed in weekly lectures and lab. Credit Hours: 5.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 5610 - Cartography II

Introduction to dynamic digital cartographic design. Theory and practice of geovisualization through animated and interactive maps developed in weekly readings, discussion, exercises, and final project. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 5650 - Air Photo Interpretation

Principles, techniques, and practice in visual interpretation of and making measurements from aerial photographs. For geographers, geologists, military, community planners, resource managers, engineers. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5660 - Principles of Remote Sensing

Systematic introduction to the principles and application of remote sensing stressing the fundamental characteristics of electromagnetic radiation, energyatmosphere interactions, design of remote sensing instruments, and the techniques used to extract problem-solving information from remote sensing data. Emphasis is given to digital image-processing techniques and algorithms involved in measurement, analysis, and interpretation of electromagnetic energy collected by remote sensing instruments. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5670 - Advanced Remote Sensing

In depth examination of advanced remote sensing methodologies and applications including object oriented image processing, hyper-spectral analysis, soft image classification, and sensor fusion, focused on their use in the environmental geosciences. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5710 - Quantitative Methods in Geography

An introduction to the application of advanced quantitative methods in geographic research and applied spatial analysis with a focus on statistical problem-solving in both human and physical geographic contexts.Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5711 - Qualitative Methods in Geography

An introduction to qualitative research methods in geography. Covers research design, methodological approaches to research, and qualitative data collection and analysis methods used by geographers. Specific methods covered will include: interviewing, observation, document analysis, and visual analysis. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5712 - Field Methods in Geography

Introduction to geographic field methods and techniques. Field mapping, data collection, spatial sampling, data analysis, synthesis, and reporting. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5730 - Principles of GIS

Systematic introduction to the procedures and techniques that guide the design, implementation, and application of geographic information systems. Complex GIS based problem solving exercises will reinforce theoretically challenging concepts. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

GEOG 5731 - Geographic Information Systems Applications

Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solving spatial problems, intended for non-majors. Instruction is a problem-oriented approach using desktop GIS. Students will learn how to use vector and grid-based GIS to answer problems with a geospatial component. Course emphasizes methods for importing and integrating data sources and digital boundary files from the Internet and other sources. The purpose is to give students critical thinking skills to solve spatial problems using automated methods. No prior experience with GIS is assumed. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5740 - GIS Design and Application Development

Introduction to computational foundations of geographic information systems and geospatial mapping technologies. Practical introduction to GIS scripting technologies and software application development. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 5750 - GIS and Landscape Analysis

Advanced application of GIS focusing on analytical and computer-based methods critical to the understanding and management of natural resources and the environment. Topics covered include GIS-based decision analysis, constraint mapping, landscape modeling, sustainability assessment and environmental simulation. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 5760 - Geographic Information Analysis

In-depth examination of the methods of spatial data analysis and the utilization of GIS in analyzing geospatial information. Emphasis on explicit consideration of uncertainty in spatial data analysis and multicriteria decision making. Credit Hours: 4.0; Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

GEOG 5770 - Advanced Topics in Geoinformatics

In depth examination of emerging technologies, methods and research applications within the broad scope of GIS, Remote Sensing and Cartography. The specific content of this course will vary each time it is offered to enrich student needs and interests. Topics for the course when offered will be announced in the semester course schedule. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5790 - Geographical Analysis of Telecommunication Systems

This course encourages students to consider the technical, socioeconomic, business, and policy aspects of telecommunications technologies, particularly from a geographic perspective. It utilizes readings, lectures, and discussions to explore various issues associated with telecommunications technologies, including broadband availability, telecommunications tower siting, cellular coverage areas, and the spatial digital divide. Students apply their knowledge through class activities. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 5900 – Special Topics in Geography

Special topics in Geography. Credit Hours: 1-15

GEOG 5910 – Internship

Provides qualifying students with credit for work-study experience in GIS, cartography, remote sensing, land-use planning, resource management, and other fields of applied geography. Supervised by geography faculty and evaluated by on-the-job supervisor. Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 5911 – Colloquium in Geography

Colloquium contents vary. Credit Hours: 1

GEOG 6000 - Seminar in Geography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6010 - Seminar in Meteorology

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6150 - Seminar in Geomorphology

Advanced study of selected themes in geomorphology conducted primarily through reading and discussion of the relevant, published research literature. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6160 - Seminar in Biogeography

Advanced topics and readings in biogeography. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6210 - Seminar in Population Geography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6220 - Seminar in Historical Geography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6250 - Seminar in Political Geography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6260 - Seminar in Urban Geography

This seminar is designed to examine how politics, economy, and nature interrelate to shape urban issues. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6290 - Seminar in Economic Geography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6310 - Seminar in Regional Geography: Africa

Examines the nature of environmental and development interventions in Africa. Critically analyzes whose knowledge counts in the discourses of environmental conservation and development. Uses a critical geography lens to Illustrate theory with several hot topics in African geography. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6350 - Seminar in Regional Geography: Latin America

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6380 - Seminar in Regional Geography: Asia

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6410 - Seminar in Development: Environment and Development

The seminar examines the myriad interactions between development processes and environmental change in the developing world. Theoretical developments in political ecology provide a foundation for examining case studies. Topics include: indigenous knowledge, environmental discourses, environmental degradation, people and protected areas, environmental governance, and environmental social movements. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6420 - Seminar in Development: Theories of Development

Examines how different concepts and theories of (under)development have been produced, maintained and contested in different regions of the world and in different times. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6430 - Seminar in Development: Gender and Development

Advanced topics and readings in gender and development. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6470 - Seminar in Resource Management

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6500 - Seminar in Environmental Justice

In this seminar environmental justice will be examined in both theory and praxis. Our discussions will range from contested ideas and discourses about environmental justice, to more grounded examples of political movements that seek to contest (in)justice in both urban and rural environments. Specific topics will likely include the conceptual genesis of environmental/social justice movements, distributional inequity of toxics proximity in poor/minority communities, overcoming procedural inequities of white privilege, negotiating urban amenities like forests and parks, overcoming urban food deserts through enhanced food security, the rights of nonhuman species to the city, among other topics. Credit Hours: 4.0

GEOG 6600 - Seminar in Cartography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6730 - Seminar in GIScience

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6900 - Special Topics in Geography

Seminar contents vary. Credit Hours: 4

GEOG 6930 - Independent Study

Individual or small group students will have an independent study with faculty members. Credit Hours: 1-12

GEOG 6950 – Thesis

Master thesis hours. Credit Hours: 1-12