Geospatial (GEO) courses
GEO 651 Remote Sensing
Recommended Prerequisite: GEO 360. Introduction to environmental studies through the application of remotely sensed imagery and geospatial technologies. The course covers principles of remote sensing, interactions of electromagnetic energy with the atmosphere and earth's surface, satellite systems and sensors (electro-optical, thermal, radar and LiDAR). Emphasis is placed on regional and global monitoring, land cover mapping, forestry, agriculture, geology, planning and oceanography. Laboratory emphasizes interpretation of remotely sensed imagery and introduction to digital image processing including enhancements, corrections and classification routines. May be taught concurrently with GEO 551. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 551 and GEO 651.
GEO 661 Applied Geographic Information Science
Recommended Prerequisite: GEO 363 or permission of instructor. Principles and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Examines the nature and accuracy of spatially referenced data, as well as methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, visualization and output. This course will emphasize the application of GIS to solving geospatial problems in various disciplines. May be taught concurrently with GEO 561. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 661 and GEO 561.
GEO 662 Internet Geospatial Science
Recommended Prerequisite: GEO 561 or GEO 661. Basic understanding of the contemporary standards for using the internet to distribute and utilize geospatial data. Students will set up and maintain a WebGIS server, design maps, and publish maps to the WebGIS server. A major part of the course will examine the development of WebGIS applications that utilize the published WebGIS services. May be taught concurrently with GEO 562. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 562 and GEO 662.
GEO 666 Advanced Geographic Information Science
Recommended Prerequisite: GEO 561 or GEO 661. A theoretical and practical examination of analytical methods used in GIS, including point pattern/clustering analysis, global and local spatial autocorrelation, analysis of fields, spatial interpolation, map overlay and cartographic modeling, and new approaches to spatial analysis. May be taught concurrently with GEO 566. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 566 and GEO 666.
GEO 668 Thematic Cartography
Recommended Prerequisite: GEO 561 or GEO 661. Theoretical and applied aspects of map design in thematic mapping, animated mapping, interactive and web mapping. Emphasis will be applying computer-assisted mapping techniques of the problems of effective and efficient communication of spatial data. Field trip is required. May be taught concurrently with GEO 568. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 668 and GEO 568.
GEO 669 Landscape AnalysisPrerequisite: GEO 363.
A project-based exploration of geospatial methods and processing techniques for the analysis, modeling, and prediction of hydrologic and geomorphic processes at various landscape scales. An emphasis will be placed on the applications of digital elevation models, remotely sensed data, and modeling techniques to understand landscape processes of interest to fields such as geology, physical geography, agriculture, soils, ecological systems, and archaeology. May be taught concurrently with GEO 569. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 669 and GEO 569.
GEO 672 Introduction to Photogrammetry and LiDAR Technology
Recommended Prerequisite: GRY 360. Course covers basic concepts of photogrammetry and LiDAR techniques such as stereo feature extraction, orthophoto, LiDAR point cloud visualization and DEM/DTM generation. Laboratory emphasizes geospatial stereo feature extraction using digital photogrammetry software, ArcGIS and Matlab toolboxes. May be taught concurrently with GEO 572. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 572 and GEO 672.
GEO 673 Geographic Information Science Programming
Recommended Prerequisite: GEO 561 or GEO 661, and either CIS 202 or CSC 121 or CSC 125. Course devoted to theories and processes of analytical and automated Geographic Information Science (GIS). Principal topics covered are spatial programming, geographic data storage, computer map rendering, application customization and automation and human interface development of GIS. Advanced GIS and programming skills for professional development are emphasized. May be taught concurrently with GEO 573. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 573 and GEO 673.
GEO 675 GPS Surveying and Mapping
Theory and operation of global positioning systems (GPS) hardware and software. Including mission planning, measurement of point, line and area features, differential correction techniques and waypoint navigation. Field exercises required. May be taught concurrently with GEO 575. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 575 and GEO 675.
GEO 678 Remote Sensing Digital Image ProcessingPrerequisite: GEO 551 or GEO 651 or GEO 566 or GEO 666 or GEO 572 or GEO 672.
Advanced application of remote sensing digital image processing in areas of interest such as land use/land cover mapping, agriculture, forestry, resource planning and geology. Course covers image visualization, image correction, classification algorithms and change detection methods. Laboratory emphasizes advanced image processing techniques using ENVI software. May be taught concurrently with GEO 578. Cannot receive credit for both GEO 578 and GEO 678.
GEO 697 Topics in Geospatial SciencePrerequisite: permission.
Detailed treatment of a selected topic in Geospatial Science that may vary from offering to offering. Variable content course. May be repeated for a total of 7 hours. May be taught concurrently with GEO 597. Cannot receive credit for the same topic in both GEO 597 and GEO 697.
GEO 700 Introduction to Graduate Study in Geography, Geology and Planning
This course serves as a foundation for students pursing a graduate degree in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning. First-semester graduate students are introduced to the research interests of the department's faculty, are guided in effective strategies for conducting a literature search and are mentored in the effective development of a research proposal.
GEO 701 Graduate Research Methods in Geography, Geology and PlanningPrerequisite: GEO 700.
Methods of collecting, organization, and analyzing data pertinent to graduate study in geography, geology and planning. Emphasis will be on the application of univariate and multivariate statistical techniques and other quantitative techniques pertinent to mathematically and statistically modeling problems in geography, geology and planning.
GEO 705 Geography, Geology, and Planning Seminar
This course consists of a series of oral presentations to be made by faculty members, students, and guest speakers from industry, academe and government on new developments in geography, geology or planning. Graded Pass/Not Pass. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours.
GEO 755 Applications of Digital Cartography, Analytical Photogrammetry, and Remote SensingPrerequisite: permission.
Advanced application of aerial photography and digital imagery, analytical photogrammetry, remote sensing, digital cartography and other geospatial technologies in areas of interest such as land use/land cover mapping, landscape ecology, agriculture, forestry, resource planning, geology, and soils. Since credit and topics vary, the course may be repeated for a maximum of 7 hours with permission.
GEO 770 Advanced Field and Laboratory Methods
Advanced training in laboratory and field methods in geography and geology. Topics will vary due to faculty expertise or student interest. Examples include watershed monitoring techniques, geochemical techniques, and field studies in remote areas. Field trips are required.
GEO 780 Research Paper in Geospatial SciencesPrerequisite: permission.
Extensive research paper on selected topic to be presented orally at a departmental seminar or professional meeting. Exclusively used to satisfy requirements for non-thesis option.