Harley Johansen, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Geography (203 McClure Bldg. 83844-3021; phone 208/885-6216; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Geog 100 Physical Geography (4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-b. 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 (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. 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. (Fall only)
Geog 180 Geospatial Graphics (3 cr)
An introduction to cartography and some of the tools of map-making. The course includes instruction in the graphic language of maps, map reading and interpretation, map use, map use and new mapping technologies. Two lec and 1 hr of lab a wk.
Geog 200 World Regional Geography (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Countries, regions, and peoples of the world; interrelationships between humans and their physical and cultural environments.
Geog 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Geog 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Geog 240 Economic Geography (3 cr)
Reciprocal relations between people and the earth environment within an economic framework; resource distribution, developmental alternatives, movement, processing and industrialization, local to global perspective, theories and case studies.
Geog 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
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)
Geog 310 Biogeography (2-3 cr)
Geographic distributions of plant and animal species, and causes of patterns, including climate, geology, speciation, extinction, and migration. Additional assignments and exam are required for 3 credits.
Prereq: Geog 100 or Permission
Geog 330 Urban Geography (3-4 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 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 J350/J550 Geography of Development (3-4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. 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 J360/J560 Population Dynamics and Distribution (3-4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. 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 (3 cr)
Regional and systematic geography of the Northwest; emphasis on Idaho and contemporary problems.
Geog 365 Political Geography (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. 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 ID385 GIS Primer (3 cr) WSU ES/RP 385
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 Geographic Visualization (4 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)
Geog 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
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 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Geog 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
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.
Geog J407/J507 Spatial Analysis and Modeling (3 cr)
Point Pattern Analysis, Nearest Neighbor, K-Functions, Quadrat Analysis, Spatial Autocorrelation (Moran's I, Geary's ratio, General G-statistics), Order Neighbor Analysis, Spatial Regression (creating prediction models, improving accuracy, validating and working with spatial weighted lags), Spatial Sampling Techniques/Methods, Spatial Dispersion, Spatial Diffusion, Gravity Models, Modeling in GIS, Model Builder, Weighing Layers. Applications in ArcGIS and Matlab. Additional assignments and exams required for graduate credit. (Spring only)
Prereq: Geog 385
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 415 Scientific Data Analysis with Computer Programming (3 cr)
Manipulation, visualization, and analysis of geographic, biological, and environmental data. Analysis methods applicable in IDL, Matlab, or similar environments. Topics include: review of programming concepts relevant to scientific applications; mapping and remote sensing imagery analysis and display; uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; figure preparation.
Prereq: Math 143
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 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: Geog 385, For 462, BAE 355, CE 325 or Equivalent. (Fall only)
Geog J427/J526 Spatial Multicriteria Analysis and Optimization (3 cr)
Multiple criteria decision-making (MCDM); decision alternatives and constraints; spatial weighting schemes (criterion weighting techniques); collaborative spatial decision-making, MCDM and GIS; linear programming (simple versus multiple objective function); location analysis; location-allocation models integrated with GIS; gravity models. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Alt/yrs)
Geog J435/J535 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 WS-J444/WS-J544 Environmental Assessment (4 cr) WSU ES/RP 444
Geog 450 Global Environmental Change (3 cr)
Same as REM 450. Major global environmental changes addressed using an interdisciplinary approach. Topics may include processes and principles of ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, impacts and mitigation of climatic change, atmospheric chemistry, feedbacks between climate and various earth system processes, and trends in global biodiversity.
Geog ID-J475/J575 Advanced GIS (3 cr) WSU ES/RP 575
Spatial analysis in raster- and vector-based systems; concepts, techniques, and applications of GIS technology using microcomputer and workstation platforms. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Geog 476 Advanced GIS Lab (1 cr)
Advanced GIS Lab will provide extensive experience in the use of GIS techniques and applications through problem solving. ArcGIS, ArcInfo and related analytical software will be used to solve problems involving real-world data coupled to specific problems for solution. Statistical methods (e.g., regression methods, introductory spatial interpolation and autocorrelation) will be used coupled with GIS software to analyze geographic data.
Geog 479 GIS Programming (2 cr)
An introduction to the use of programming languages with standard ArcGIS concepts. An introduction to Python ArcObjects, AML, and Visual Basic.
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. (Spring only)
Coreq: Geog 385 or Equivalent
Geog J486/J586 Transportation, GIS and Planning (3 cr) (Geog 346)
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 491 (s) Field Techniques (1-3 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. (Fall only)
Geog 493 Senior Seminar in Applied Geography (3 cr)
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 (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.
Geog 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)
Geog 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Geog 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
Geog 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Geog 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Geog 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Geog 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Geog 505 Climate and Water Resources Change (3 cr)
See Geog J405/J505.
Geog 507 Spatial Analysis and Modeling (3 cr)
See Geog J407/J507.
Geog 508 Rural Development (3 cr)
See Geog J409/J508.
Geog 524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (3 cr)
See Geog J424/J524.
Geog 526 Spatial Multicriteria Analysis and Optimization (3 cr)
See Geog J427/J526.
Geog 535 Climate Change Mitigation (3 cr)
See Geog J435/J535.
Geog 540 Business Location Decisions (3 cr)
See Geog J340/J540.
Geog 542 Spatial Statistics (3 cr)
Same as Stat 546. The course focuses on the basic theory and methods of spatial statistics including spatial dependence assessment and modeling. The course will cover basic spatial data analysis, point pattern analysis, spatial autocorrelation methods as well as the analysis of lattice structures. Geographically weighted regression, spatial auto regression and the analysis of geographically continuous data using kriging methods will also be covered. (Alt/yrs)
Geog WS544 Environmental Assessment (4 cr)
See Geog J444/J544.
Geog 550 Geography of Development (3-4 cr)
See Geog J350/J550.
Geog 560 Population Dynamics and Distribution (3-4 cr)
See Geog J360/J560.
Geog 570 Global Carbon Cycle (3 cr)
Patterns and processes of carbon cycling, an important component of global environmental change. Stocks and fluxes of carbon in the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Drivers of the global carbon cycle on time scales of minutes to millennia and spatial scales of microbes to the Earth. Human modifications and their impacts are emphasized.
Geog 575 Advanced GIS (3 cr)
See Geog J475/J575.
Geog 580 GIS Seminar (3 cr, max arr)
Advanced topics in GIS and GIS applications including macro programming, user interface design, and data integration. May be repeated for credit.
Geog 583 Remote Sensing/GIS Integration (3 cr)
See Geog J483/J583.
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. (Fall only)
Geog 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)
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.
Geog 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Geog 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)