This course focuses on distinctive landscapes and culture attributes of different world regions as well as the interconnectivity of world regions. This course begins with an introduction to basic geographic concepts, the changing pictures of world regions in a global context, and the foundations of world regions. Then it explores the major world regions through their physical and environmental attributes, their positions in the world-system, and their cultural, political, and economic characteristics.
GEOG 304 Transportation Geography (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and methods in transportation geography. Both conventional topics and contemporary issues in transport will be discussed. Topics include components of transportation system, historical development of transportation technology, network analysis, accessibility analysis, spatial interaction modeling, urban transportation and urban structure, four-step transportation planning process, public transit, and transport and environment. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be placed on developing your understanding of the nature, function and challenges of contemporary transportation systems and on developing your basic skills of transportation analysis and modeling.
GEOG 338 Geography of Asia (3)
This course provides an overview of the Geography of Asia, focusing on East and Southeast Asia (commonly known as Pacific Asia). Topics will include physical, demographic, social, economic, and political characteristics and processes in these regions. Current issues, problems and prospects of major countries of this region will be discussed from a multidisciplinary and geographic perspective.
GEOG 407/507: Technical Hazards (3)
Study of the spatial problems associated with technical (human-made) hazards and the geographic scope of their impacts on human activities and the environment. Spatial dimension of risk and the role of geospatial information in mitigation, emergency response, planning, and management. Examination of the social and culture contexts associated with technical hazards in risk management. Emphasis on risk perception, risk analysis, hazard assessment and hazard management from geospatial and cultural perspectives.
GEOG 458/558: Geovisualization (3)
This course is an upper-level undergraduate to graduate-level course that covers theories, principles, and approaches of geographic visualization. The topics includes fundamentals of cartography, theoretical and practical issues of geovisualization, and representation methods for geovisualization (explorative spatial data analysis, animation, 3D, virtual reality, etc.). The lab sessions help students gain hands-on experience of contemporary geovisualization techniques.
GEOG 498/660: Advanced Spatial Analysis (3)
This course is an upper-level undergraduate to graduate-level course that covers a number of spatial analysis techniques, including explorative spatial data analysis, global and local analyses of spatial data, spatial regression, point pattern analysis, and surface trend analysis. This course provides students with a variety of the applications of spatial data analysis. The course aims to help students understand the key concepts and principles in spatial data analysis, develop spatial data manipulation and analysis skills, and gain hands-on experience through the use of Geoda, ArcGIS Spatial Statistics and Geostatistical Analyst tools.
GEOG 760 Advanced Geospatial Science (3)
This course is a doctoral-level course that deals with advanced and current research issues in geospatial science. The topics range from the theoretical issues to the applications of geospatial science. This course is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge base and advanced research skills in geospatial science. The goal of the course is to educate and train doctoral students to conduct independent research in geospatial science as well as develop innovative applications of geospatial technologies.