GEOG - Geography

Karen S. Humes, Dept. Head, Dept. of Geography (203 McClure Bldg. 83844-3021; phone 208/885-6216; geog@uidaho.edu).

GEOG 100 Physical Geography

Geog 100 Physical Geography (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Natural environment; nature, distribution, and relationships of climate, landforms, oceans, vegetation, hydrography, and soils. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; may involve evening classes.

GEOG 100L Physical Geography Lab

Geog 100L Physical Geography Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Natural environment; nature, distribution, and relationships of climate, landforms, oceans, vegetation, hydrography, and soils. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; may involve evening classes.

GEOG 165 Human Geography

Geog 165 Human Geography (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Intro to geographical dimension in human behavior and how this is evident in population distribution, rural and urban land use, and social, economic, and political attributes of societies.

GEOG 200 World Regional Geography

Geog 200 World Regional Geography (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Countries, regions, and peoples of the world; interrelationships between humans and their physical and cultural environments.

GEOG 203 Workshop

Geog 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

GEOG 204 Special Topics

Geog 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

GEOG 260 Introduction to Geopolitics

Geog 260 Introduction to Geopolitics (3 cr)

The course introduces students to contemporary approaches to geopolitics through the exploration of key geographic concepts and the ideas of structure and agency. Topics include terrorism, nationalism, militarism, borders, and environmental geopolitics. Current events are discussed to exemplify the concepts.

GEOG 299 Directed Study

Geog 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

GEOG 301 Meteorology

Geog 301 Meteorology (3 cr)

Atmospheric processes that produce weather; temperature; moisture, clouds, and precipitation; synoptic-scale weather; severe storms; weather instrumentation, weather maps, and forecasting; influences of weather on humans and impacts of humans on weather. (Fall only)

Prereq: Geog 100/100L, Phys 100/100L, Phys 111/111L, or Phys 211/211L; and Math 143; or Permission

GEOG 313 Global Climate Change

Geog J313/J513 Global Climate Change (3 cr)

Scientific basis of the climate system and global climate changes; process-based understanding of past, present and future climate change; natural and anthropogenic influences; interactions between climate, society and ecosystems; scientific review and politicization; climate change solutions and opportunities. Students in 513 will be required to solve additional quantitative problem sets and synthesize journal articles. (Fall only)

GEOG 330 Urban Geography

Geog 330 Urban Geography (3 cr)

Theory and models of the functions, origin, development, structure, and distribution of cities; land-use classification; geographic aspects of city planning. One hour additional meeting per week or project for fourth credit. One 1-day field trip. (Fall only)

GEOG 340 Business Location Decisions

Geog J340/J540 Business Location Decisions (3 cr)

Locational decision making in primary, secondary, and tertiary industries; resulting patterns of industrial location; importance of location and impact of industries on other characteristics of communities as demonstrated by examples from each sector. One 1-day field trip. Additional assignments and exams reqd for grad cr.

GEOG 345 Global Economic Geography

Geog J345/J545 Global Economic Geography (3 cr)

An overview of major developments and contemporary debates in the economic geography literature; economic globalization, the spatial dimensions of resource use, agriculture, industry, and post-industry landscapes, economic aspects of land-use change, location theory and case studies. Additional projects required for graduate credit.

GEOG 350 Geography of Development

Geog J350/J550 Geography of Development (3-4 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Geographic appraisal of resource problems and development potentials of the Third World. One hour additional meeting per week or project for fourth credit. Additional assignments and exams required for graduate credit.

GEOG 360 Population Dynamics and Distribution

Geog J360/J560 Population Dynamics and Distribution (3-4 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Effects of fertility, mortality, and migration on population size and distribution; demographic trends in U.S. and other societies and how these relate to economic, political, environmental, and other factors. One hour additional meeting per week or project for fourth credit. Additional assignments and exams required for graduate credit. (Spring only)

GEOG 364 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

Geog 364 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest (3 cr)

Regional and systematic geography of the Northwest; emphasis on Idaho and contemporary problems.

GEOG 365 Political Geography

Geog 365 Political Geography (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

A survey of the geographical framework of the State and its development over the last 400 years. An examination of the ideas of geopolitics and the role of hegemony in interstate relations as well as the geographical implications of globalization are emphasized. The creation of diverse political landscapes of actual and imagined communities and their impact on ideas of nationalism and electoral behavior are also discussed. (Alt/yrs)

GEOG 385 GIS Primer

Geog 385 GIS Primer (3 cr)

Intro to basic concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS), lab exercises on PC-based GIS packages. Two lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk. Prereq: basic knowledge of PC-based operating system.

GEOG 390 Cartographic Design & Geovisualization

Geog 390 Cartographic Design & Geovisualization (3 cr)

Map projections, map generalization, cartographic design, map symbology, and typography; statistical, isarithmic and multivariate mapping; static versus dynamic mapping; interactive and internet mapping; cartographic animation; 2 hrs of lab/wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Geog 385 and Stat 251

GEOG 400 Seminar

Geog 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

GEOG 401 Climatology

Geog 401 Climatology (3 cr)

Physical basis for climatic processes and patterns; mechanics of global atmospheric circulation; radiation balance and heat budget of the earth; models of weather patterns and climate. (Spring, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Geog 301, Geog 313, or Graduate Standing

GEOG 402 GIS Skills Development

402 GIS Skills Development (1 cr, max 6)

Hands-on skills development in GIS and related technologies. Primary topics vary by semester, but may include topics such as GPS/GIS integration, server GIS and cartographic design. May be taken for credit multiple times.

GEOG 403 Workshop

Geog 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

GEOG 404 Special Topics

Geog 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

GEOG 405 Climate and Water Resources Change

Geog J405/J505 Climate and Water Resources Change (3 cr)

Physical processes that determine the climate of Earth and its past and future changes: greenhouse effect, radiative and heat feedback processes, orbital parameter theory. Climate and Environmental Periods. Atmospheric and water resources change within the instrumental period of records. Future climate and water resources: Paleo-perspectives on 'greenhouse warming'. Review of paleoclimate techniques: dendro-climatology, marine and lake sediments, polar and mountain ice core paleo-climatic records, paleo-climatic and historic data analysis. Additional assignments and exams reqd for grad cr.

Prereq: Geog 401 and Stat 251, or Permission

GEOG 407 Spatial Statistics and Modeling

Geog J407/J507 Spatial Statistics and Modeling (3 cr)

Introduces the basic theories and methods of spatial analysis used for statistical modeling and problem solving in human and physical geography. The special nature of spatial data (point, continuous, and lattice) in the social and physical sciences is emphasized. Topics include point pattern analysis, spatial autocorrelation analysis, spatial multivariate regression, local indicators of spatial association, and geographically weighted regression. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for grad credit.

Prereq: Stat 431 or permission

GEOG 409 Rural Development

Geog J409/J508 Rural Development (3 cr)

Readings and discussion seminar course on rural societies in various countries. Rural trends and development prospects. Reading and discussion of literature in rural development. Extra projects and literature required for graduate credit. (Fall only)

GEOG 410 Biogeography

Geog 410 Biogeography (3 cr)

Geographic distributions of plant and animal species, and causes of patterns, including climate, geology, speciation, extinction, and migration.

Prereq: Geog 100/100L or For/REM 221

GEOG 411 Natural Hazards and Society

Geog 411 Natural Hazards and Society (3 cr)

Overview of the geophysical conditions associated with the development of natural hazards including social science principles and methodologies for addressing critical questions relating to managing the vulnerability and risks associated with various natural hazards.

GEOG 412 Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Geog J412/J512 Applied Meteorology and Climatology (3 cr)

Practice of meteorology and climatology to solve a wide range of real-world problems in water resources, wildfire, agriculture and societal hazards. Course will introduce scientific means of interpreting weather and climate information for weather forecasting and build analytical skills using models and tools that facilitate decision-making and adaptation for practical problems. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Includes lecture and hands-on laboratory and field-based exercises. (Spring, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Geog 301 or Geog 401; or Permission

GEOG 415 Scientific Data Analysis with Computer Programming

Geog 415 Scientific Data Analysis with Computer Programming (3 cr)

Manipulation, visualization, and analysis of geographic and environmental data. Analysis methods applicable in Python IDL, Matlab, or similar environments; review of programming and concepts relevant to analysis of spatial data and/or time series; uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; appropriate presentation of data in figures.

Prereq: Math 143 and Stat 251

GEOG 420 Land, Resources, and Environment

Geog 420 Land, Resources, and Environment (3 cr)

Social, legal, cultural, political, and economic aspects of land-use control both in the United States and worldwide. Contrasts are made between indigenous and contemporary cultures within a sustainable geography-of-limits and political ecology framework. (Spring only)

GEOG 424 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing

Geog J424/J524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (3 cr)

Concepts of area-based hydrologic modeling and assessment and the various types of spatially distributed information commonly used in these activities, such as topographic data, vegetation cover, soils and meteorologic data. Hands-on experience in manipulating these types of data sets for hydrologic applications. Recommended Preparation: For 462, BAE 355, or CE 325; or Equivalent.

Prereq: Geog 385 or equivalent work experience

GEOG 430 Climate Change Ecology

Geog 430 Climate Change Ecology (3 cr)

Climate change impacts on ecosystems, plants, and animals; feedbacks to climate change; climate change mitigation related to ecosystems and species.

Prereq: Biol 114 or EnvS 101 or Geog 100 or For 221 or REM 221 or Permission of Instructor

GEOG 435 Climate Change Mitigation

Geog 435 Climate Change Mitigation (3 cr)

Overview of methodologies for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the national, state and local level. Cost/benefit analysis of emission reduction strategies. Students utilize the UI campus operations as a learning laboratory for evaluating emission reduction strategies at the local level. Idaho is used as a case study for emission reduction strategies at the state level. For graduate credit, additional literature review and evaluation of new, advanced technologies are required.

GEOG 440 Alternative Spatial Economy

Geog 440 Alternative Spatial Economy (3 cr)

Course will explore alternative approaches to neoclassical economics and classical economic geography at the global and regional scale useful in economic geography. Steady state economy, New-Keynesianism, dependence and uneven development, the world-systems perspective, evolutionary economics and Marxist perspectives are presented.

Prereq: Geog 345 or Geog 350 or Permission of Instructor

GEOG 453 Water and Energy Systems

Geog 453 Water and Energy Systems (3 cr)

See EnvS J483/J583.

GEOG 455 Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change

Geog 455 Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change (3 cr)

Consequences of human causes, mitigation and adaptations, community resilience strategies, and policy implications to human impacts of global climate change. Concentration on social science issues including opportunities and constraints for resilience and adaptation to global climate change. Recommended Preparation: Geog 411.

GEOG 475 Intermediate GIS

Geog 475 Intermediate GIS (3 cr)

Course covers in-depth geographic information systems models and applications. Topics include network analysis, watershed analysis, spatial interpolation, terrain mapping and analysis, 3D visualization, and GIS modeling. Students develop spatial analysis and modeling skills to solve real-world problems.

Prereq: Geog 385

Coreq: Stat 251

GEOG 479 GIS Programming

Geog 479 GIS Programming (3 cr)

An introduction to the use of programming languages, such as Python with standard ArcGIS concepts.

Prereq: Geog 475 or Geog 390

GEOG 483 Remote Sensing/GIS Integration

Geog J483/J583 Remote Sensing/GIS Integration (3 cr)

Concepts and tools for the processing, analysis, and interpretation of digital images from satellite and aircraft-based sensors. The integration of remotely sensed date and the other spatial data types within Geographic Information Systems. Additional assignments and exams reqd for grad cr. Two lec and 2 hr of lab a wk.

Prereq: For 472 or equiv, and Stat 251

Coreq: Geog 385 or Equivalent

GEOG 486 Transportation, GIS & Planning

Geog J486/J586 Transportation, GIS and Planning (3 cr)

Interdisciplinary study of transportation and planning from a geographical perspective. Principles and methods of analysis in transportation geography, including accessibility and mobility, spatial interaction, network analysis, and GIS applications for sustainable transportation and land use planning; study of the cutting-edge approach to travel behavior analysis and modeling at various geographic scales (i.e., individual/household/community); activity-based field data collection and related survey design issues are discussed. Graduate students will have additional requirements. Two lec and one lab a wk. (Fall only)

Prereq: Geog 385 or Permission

GEOG 489 Capstone Preparation

Geog 489 Capstone Preparation (1 cr)

Planning and preparation for senior project to be carried out in subsequent semester. Students learn expectations for the senior project, plan their project, gather data and other resources and develop an agreement with their faculty mentor.

GEOG 491 Field Techniques

Geog 491 (s) Field Techniques (3 cr, max 6)

Acquisition of data in the field, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results of field investigations. May also be taken in conjunction with other geography courses.

Prereq: Permission

GEOG 493 Senior Capstone in Geography

Geog 493 Senior Capstone in Geography (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

A capstone course in which students integrate their knowledge of human and physical geography, as well as geographic techniques, to propose solutions to real-world problems. Students gain experience in working in small groups and in written and oral presentation of project results, and will be evaluated with respect to the skills acquired in their degree program. Topics may include, but are not limited to, issues such as sustainable development in rural communities, global and regional food and energy distribution, quantifying and analyzing global or regional indicators of environmental and/or societal trends. Open to senior geography majors or to non-majors with instructor's permission.

Prereq: Department of Geography Majors or Permission

GEOG 497 Practicum

Geog 497 (s) Practicum (1-3 cr, max 3)

Practical on-the-job experience I n applied geography and cartography; oral and written reports are presented in which the student reviews and constructively criticizes the experience gained. Graded pass/fail.

Prereq: Permission

GEOG 498 Internship

Geog 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

Graded pass/fail.

GEOG 499 Directed Study

Geog 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

GEOG 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Geog 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

GEOG 501 Seminar

Geog 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

GEOG 502 Directed Study

Geog 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

GEOG 503 Workshop

Geog 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

GEOG 504 Special Topics

Geog 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

GEOG 505 Climate and Water Resources Change

Geog 505 Climate and Water Resources Change (3 cr)

See Geog J405/J505.

GEOG 507 Spatial Statistics and Modeling

Geog 507 Spatial Statistics and Modeling (3 cr)

See Geog J407/J507.

GEOG 508 Rural Development

Geog 508 Rural Development (3 cr)

See Geog J409/J508.

GEOG 512 Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Geog 512 Applied Meteorology and Climatology (3 cr)

See Geog J412/J512.

GEOG 513 Global Climate Change

Geog 513 Global Climate Change (3 cr)

See Geog J313/J513.

GEOG 524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing

Geog 524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (3 cr)

See Geog J424/J524.

GEOG 535 Climate Change Mitigation

Geog 535 Climate Change Mitigation (3 cr)

See GEOG 435.

GEOG 540 Business Location Decisions

Geog J340/J540 Business Location Decisions (3 cr)

Locational decision making in primary, secondary, and tertiary industries; resulting patterns of industrial location; importance of location and impact of industries on other characteristics of communities as demonstrated by examples from each sector. One 1-day field trip. Additional assignments and exams reqd for grad cr.

GEOG 542 Spatial Statistics

Geog 542 Spatial Statistics (3 cr)

The course extends the range of spatial analysis from GEOG 507. Topics include spatial covariance structures, methods of spatial model estimation, (e.g., iterated LS, GLS, MLE, penalized estimation), spatial interpolation and surface estimation, geostatistics/kriging and gravity model estimation and local parametric estimation procedures. Categorical spatial data analysis, Poisson and logistic regression, mixed models, contingency tables, models of discrete temporal and landscape change and graph-theoretic analogues, log-linear models. Additional topics, time permitting: introduction to hierarchical modeling and Bayesian spatial techniques and MCMC estimation, Markov random fields, stochastic space-time analysis and diffusion, time series of stationary series and vector autoregression with Granger causality, space-time covariance heterogeneity issues. Recommended: An additional course in multivariate statistics, probability theory or mathematical statistics.

Prereq: Geog 507 and Stat 431

GEOG 545 Global Economic Geography

Geog 545 Global Economic Geography (3 cr)

See Geog J345/J545.

GEOG 550 Geography of Development

Geog 550 Geography of Development (3-4 cr)

See Geog J350/J550.

GEOG 560 Population Dynamics and Distribution

Geog J360/J560 Population Dynamics and Distribution (3-4 cr)

Effects of fertility, mortality, and migration on population size and distribution; demographic trends in U.S. and other societies and how these relate to economic, political, environmental, and other factors. One hour additional meeting per week or project for fourth credit. Additional assignments and exams required for graduate credit. (Spring only)

GEOG 583 Remote Sensing/GIS Integration

Geog 583 Remote Sensing/GIS Integration (3 cr)

See Geog J483/J583.

GEOG 586 Transportation, GIS & Planning

Geog J486/J586 Transportation, GIS and Planning (3 cr)

Interdisciplinary study of transportation and planning from a geographical perspective. Principles and methods of analysis in transportation geography, including accessibility and mobility, spatial interaction, network analysis, and GIS applications for sustainable transportation and land use planning; study of the cutting-edge approach to travel behavior analysis and modeling at various geographic scales (i.e., individual/household/community); activity-based field data collection and related survey design issues are discussed. Graduate students will have additional requirements. Two lec and one lab a wk. (Fall only)

Prereq: Geog 385 or Permission

GEOG 587 Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing

Geog 587 Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing (3 cr)

Current topics and applications in remote sensing literature including radar, thermal and hyperspectral remote sensing, sensor advances, airborne platforms, advanced classification and segregation techniques, large area pattern analysis, time series and trends, and advances in both terrestrial and non-terrestrial approaches, models and applications.

GEOG 591 History and Philosophy of Geography

Geog 591 History and Philosophy of Geography (3 cr)

Evolution of geography as a discipline, focusing on post-scientific revolution developments and identification of major themes in contemporary geographic thought.

GEOG 592 Professional Development

Geog 592 Professional Development (2 cr)

Fundamental elements of professional development for graduate students bound toward both academic and non-academics careers. Course will include modules on proposal writing and acquisition of research funding, professional preparation and presentation, networking, research ethics, peer-review processes, and writing for publication.

GEOG 596 Geography Department Seminar

Geog 596 Geography Department Seminar (1 cr)

Weekly or bi-weekly department seminar with talks given by visiting and local speakers on topics relevant to geography.

GEOG 598 Internship

Geog 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

Practical, on-the-job experience with governmental agencies or commercial establishments; oral and written reports are presented in which the student reviews and constructively criticizes the experience gained; salary may be received for services performed. Graded pass/fail.

Prereq: Permission

GEOG 599 Research

Geog 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

GEOG 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Geog 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)