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Graduate Geography Courses

8016 Conservation of Natural Resources (3) A study of conservation techniques and problems with particular emphasis on the United States. Includes philosophical and economic aspects of resource management and a systematic survey of traditional conservation topics including soils, forestry, water resources and energy. Prereq: Three hours of geography.

8036 Computer Mapping and Cartographic Visualization (3) Computer techniques in mapping and analyzing area data. Emphasis is placed upon data bank retrieval and address systems as input to various mapping and statistical programs. Prereq: GEOG 3530, and a course in introductory statistics.

8056 Geographic Information Systems (4) An introduction to data manipulation and data base management of geographic information. Topics include geographical data input, storage, maintenance, analysis, retrieval and display. Current geographic information systems are examined. Particular attention is given to the combination of remote sensing imagery and cartographic data bases. Prereq: GEOG 3530 or GEOG 4630/8636 and CSCI 1610 or its equivalent.

8106 Biogeography (3) This course is intended as an introduction to Biogeography, the study of the distribution of organisms in space and time. Prereq: For 4100, BIOL 1750 or GEOL 3100, junior-senior. For 8106, BIOL 1750 or GEOL 3100, graduate. (Same as BIOL4100/8106)

8126 Urban Geography (3) A geography of the city from the viewpoint of history, site and situation, external relations, internal relations and the comparative study of cities.

8156 Geography, Gender and Work (3) This is an advanced undergraduate and graduate level seminar which focuses on the linkages among geography, gender, and work. The course considers theoretical and methodological issues in addition to empirical perspectives. We begin by considering the nature of space, of gender, and of work, and progress through topics including the gendering of work and the geography of occupational segregation. Prereq: Junior, senior, or graduate standing in a social science or permission of instructor.

8176 Advanced Cultural Geography (3) This course examines current theoretical debate and research practice in a select topic in Cultural Geography. Emphasis will be on readings and discussion with students engaging in original research. Specific thematic focus will vary from year to year. This course may be taken multiple times as long as topics differ. Prereq: Undergraduate: GEOG 1000 or 1020, junior standing, or permission of the instructor. Graduate: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor. (Cross-listed with GEOG-4170.)

8236 Great Plains and Nebraska (3) A study of the major physical and cultural attributes of the region. Emphasizes settlement history and the role agriculture in the regional economy.

8266 Process Geomorphology (3) Primarily a lecture and laboratory course. Emphasis on methodology and modern process-oriented geomorphology. Prereq: GEOG 1070 or GEOL 1170.

8326 Climatology (3) A study of climatic processes and their effect in shaping the physical landscape. Emphasis on physical aspects of the field. Prereq: GEOG 1060 or 3510.

8336 Soil Genesis, Morphology and Classification (3) This course is designed to familiarize students with soil genesis, morphology and classification. The course focuses on relationships between soils and environmental factors, especially climate and vegetation. Soil-landform relationships also are examined. Prereq: GEOG 1030 or 1070 or GEOL 1170, junior or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with GEOG-4330.)

8346 Water Resources (3) A study of the applied principles of hydrology, water systems modeling, river basin development, and water management issues and practices in the United States and other parts of the world. Two local Saturday field trips will be required. Prereq: Six hours of Physical Geography or equivalent and graduate standing. (Cross-listed with GEOG-4340.)

8535 Cartography and GIS (2) An introduction to the concepts and techniques of map construction and computer-based geographic information systems. Topics include map scale, map projections, thematic cartography, history of cartography, computer mapping, and global positioning systems. Particular attention is given to the processing and presentation of spatial data by the computer and the distribution of maps through the Internet. Prereq: GEOG1000 or 1020, GEOG1060 or 1070, and a course in statistics. (Cross-listed with GEOG-3530.)

8536 Cartography and GIS Lab (2) An introduction to the methods and techniques of map construction using both graphic design and geographic information system software. Topics include map design for both general reference and thematic maps. Particular attention is given to the processing, compilation, data classification, and symbolization of various types of spatial data. This course is the lab component of GEOG 8535. Prereq: Concurrent or previous registration in GEOG 8535.

8536 Historical Geography of the United States (3) An analysis of historical circumstances behind contemporary patterns of American cultural geography. Prereq: Junior and HIST 1110 and 1120 or GEOG 1020 or 3330.

8636 Environmental Remote Sensing (4) Introduction to remote sensing science and technology. Emphasis on multispectral data sets, matter/energy interactions, sensor system characteristics, photogrammetry, air photo and image interpretation, digital image processing, and environmental applications. Laboratory exercises will provide students with a hands-on experience in basic interpretation and computer processing procedures for environmental information extraction. Prereq: CSCI 1500 or 1610, GEOG 1070 or GEOL 1170, knowledge of basic statistics required or permission.

8700 Research Methods (3) A course designed to provide students with an overview of the discipline of geography with two purposes in mind: (1) a graduate-level introduction to the chief issues and concepts on the research frontiers of geography; and (2) preparation by the graduate students to begin their own thesis research.

8856 Introduction to Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Seminar on environmental law and regulation. The course will address federal regulations, implementing instructions, legal principles, and requirements. The major federal environmental laws, air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste, and pollution prevention and remediation will be discussed. Prereq: Junior and permission.

Graduate Only:
8000 History and Philosophy of Geography
(3) Introduction to history of geography. Emphasis on significant ideas, concepts, methodologies and philosophies in geography from classical Greeks to present. Prereq: Permission.

8040 Seminar in Educational Geography (3) A survey of methods, instruction aids and goals for teaching geography. Designed to aid the teacher in the improvement of geographic instruction in elementary and secondary schools as well as higher education. Prereq: Permission.

8130 Seminar in Economic Geography (3) A seminar course which investigates the development of current world economic through the elements of primary, secondary, tertiary, quarternary and quinary production on a micro and macro scale. Exchange and transactional systems, consumption linkages, resource management, economic health on global and local scales, and location decision-making are major topics. Prereq: Graduate in geography and permission of instructor.

8210 Seminar in Cultural Geography (3) The philosophy of cultural and historical geography with emphasis on describing and interpreting the cultural landscape. Prereq: Permission.

8310 Geography of Agriculture (3) A systematic study of the characteristics and patterns of world agriculture. Prereq: Permission.

8500 Special Topics in geography (1-3) This course will provide for an in-depth study of a geographical or geological subject (as specified in the course subtitle). Various classes will be offered as sections of GEOG 8500, but will be separate from one another. Students may repeat GEOG 8500 as often as they like as long as no specific subject is duplicated. Course to be offered with the approval of Graduate Program Committee and Dean for Graduate Studies. Prereq: Variable.

8510 Advanced Geomorphology (3) A seminar and lecture course on the current concepts and literature in the field of landform studies. Discussion will emphasize classic ideas as well as the modern concepts of climatic, dynamic and quantitative geomorphology. Some study of Quarternary chronology will be necessary. Several optional Saturday field trips. Prereq: GEOG 8256 or 8266 and 1170 or 1070. Permission.

8600 Independent Research (1-3) Advanced study in the form of a major research project. Students are required to submit a written proposal and gain written approval of the supervising faculty member and Graduate Program Committee. In addition to a formal written report, the student is required to make an oral presentation of research results to General Seminar or a professional meeting. Prereq: Fifteen graduate hours and permission.

8640 Remote Sensing: Advanced Concepts and Applications (3) Designed for the graduate student desiring to do advanced work in remote sensing. The emphasis of the course is on non-photographic sensors and especially digital processing of multispectral satellite data. The applications are multidisciplinary in nature. Prereq: GEOG 4630/8636.

8650 Land Use (3) A field course designed to understand, by actual field investigation, land use patterns in urban areas through the comprehension of social, physical and economic factors which tend to shape the land use of a given place. The major emphasis will be placed upon field investigations in the urban area, with the functional region receiving the major consideration. Prereq: GEOG 4120/8126.

8670 Advanced Cartographic Methods (3) Teaches effective map layout and the latest cartographic techniques, leading to a high level of competence in the design and interpretation of maps.

8700 Research Methods (3) A course designed to provide students with an overview of the discipline of geography with two purposes in mind: (1) a graduate-level introduction to the chief issues and concepts on the research frontiers of geography; and (2) preparation by the graduate students to begin their own thesis research.

8800 Internship in Environmental/Regional Planning (1-6) (repeatable up to six hours) internship with local planning agencies enabling students to gain knowledge and experience in comprehensive regional or environmental planning. Prereq: Permission and 12 graduate hours in geography.

8990 Thesis (1-6) Independent research project written under the supervision of an adviser.

9550 Topics in Regional Geomorphology of North America (3) A seminar on the landforms of a particular area from the perspective of a particular geomorphic process. Writing of research grant proposals emphasized as well. Prereq: Permision.


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Geography Graduate Program
Department of Geography & Geology
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
Tel. (402) 554 2662