Geography

GEOG 1001         World Regional Geography                                                                             3 cr.
Offered each semester. The nations of Europe (including the former Soviet Union) and the Americas; emphasis on the analysis of physical and cultural relationships and interactions between countries in time and space.

GEOG 1002         World Regional Geography                                                                             3 cr.
Offered each semester. The nations of Oceania, Asia and Africa; emphasis on the analysis of physical and cultural relationships and interactions between countries in time and space.

GEOG 1356         Human Geography                                                                                           3 cr.
Systematic introduction to the spatial organization of generalized human behavior patterns including population demographics, migration, language, religion, political structures, economic systems, settlement patterns, and human landscape features.

GEOG 1600         Environmental Geography                                                                               3 cr.
An analysis of the interactions between humankind and the world's physical environments which have led to present-day environmental stresses. Topics include the utilization of resources, population growth, food supplies, energy, and air and water pollution.

GEOG 2151         Elements of Physical Geography                                                                    3 cr.
An examination of the fundamentals of the natural landscape and their interactions. Includes weather and climate processes, world climate patterns, soil and vegetation types, and landforming processes.

GEOG 2158         Conservation                                                                                                     3 cr.
An analysis of the basic principles of the conservation of the natural resources of the world. Emphasis will be placed on the United States.

GEOG 2254         Elements of Economic Geography                                                                  3 cr.
Examination of factors influencing the location of economic activities with individual treatment of the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors, and analysis of transportation and regional development problems.

GEOG 2356         Cultural Geography                                                                                           3 cr.
A consideration of cultural factors which influence the human use of the environment; emphasis on patterns of livelihood, environmental consequences from human decisions, the cultural landscape, the rise of statehood in different places, globalization, and subsistence traditions through time and space.

GEOG 2701         Geographical Literature and Research Aids                                                  1 cr.
An examination of the important elements in geographical study and the basic literature and research aids used by geographers.

GEOG 3190         Special Topics in Regional Geography                                                          3 cr.
A survey and analysis of the physical and cultural environments of a specific region of the world. The emphasis is on the physical landscape, land use, culture, political systems, and economic developments that distinguish the region. Regional topics will vary. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

GEOG 3850         Geography Internship                                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Each semester the department makes available internships with the City of New Orleans and other government agencies in the metropolitan area. Internships provide the opportunity to learn about geography from the perspective of the participating agency. This course may be repeated once for credit for a total of six hours.

GEOG 3895         Senior Honors Thesis                                                                     1 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Prerequisites: consent of department and the director of the Honors Program. The design and written preparation under faculty supervision of a major geographic research project. May be repeated for up to a total of six credits. Section number will correspond with credit to be carried.

GEOG 4150         The Geography of Hazards & Disasters                                                         3 cr.
Recommended:  GEOG 1600.  Students are introduced to the geographic study of natural hazards, technological hazards, and disasters.  Special emphasis will be given to the spatial patterns and mapping science of both the risk and impact of each type of environmental hazard.  Additionally, students will explore the geographic context of creating and managing environmental hazards, contemporary efforts to seek "all-hazards" solutions to the management of environmental hazards and disasters, and the multi-scale (i.e. global, regional, local) challenges presented by environmental hazards.

GEOG 4158         Environmental Impact Assessment                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisites: GEOG 2151; and BIOS 1073 and 1083, or BIOS 1053 and 1063, or consent of department. Three hours of statistics are recommended. The course addresses the legal framework and provisions of environmental impact statement preparation as prescribed by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and subsequent legislation and guidelines. Methodologies are considered for both analyzing and evaluating human impacts on the natural environment.

GEOG 4310         Political Geography                                                                                          3 cr.
Examination of the spatial structure of the state spatial interactions among states, geopolitical theories, law of the sea, electoral patterns within the United States, and urban political geography.

GEOG 4513         Meteorology                                                                                                      3 cr.
GEOG 2151 is recommended as a prerequisite.  An examination and analysis of the elements of weather and the techniques and problems of weather forecasting.

GEOG 4514         Climatology                                                                                                       3 cr.
GEOG 2151 is recommended as a prerequisite.  An analysis of climatic processes and their organization into regional patterns. Also includes inter-relationships among climate, vegetation, soils and landforms, applications of climatic information, and climatic modification and change.

GEOG 4523         Hurricane Meteorology                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: Geography 2151 is recommended. An overview of hurricanes, including their geographic distributions and seasonality, and their mechanisms of formation, steering and intensification. The course will explore hurricane forecasting, and the impacts of storms on landscapes and societies.

GEOG 4530         Biogeography                                                                                                   3 cr.
A study of the origin distribution adaptation and association of biota (plants and animals) emphasizing geographical relationships. Plant communities are correlated with climate and soil on a worldwide basis. Methods of dispersal and migration are studied along with past geological events that have affected biotic distribution.

GEOG 4540         Biogeography of Birds                                                                                     3 cr.
This course will investigate bird distribution patterns and resource use patterns on several spatial scales. Broad geographic patterns will be discussed, including patterns of migration and avian zoogeography. Distributional patterns will be interpreted in terms of the habitat use and behavior of birds at different stages in their annual cycles. Field observations of species nesting around the UNO campus will be incorporated to complement lecture information.

GEOG 4610         Urban Geography                                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: three hours of geography or consent of department. An analysis of the origin and diffusion of cities, their internal arrangement, and external relations and the problems associated with urban living.

GEOG 4615         Cultural Ecology                                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: Three hours of geography or consent of department. Examines the interaction between people and their environment with a concentration on nature-society relations in technological, post-industrial societies. Focuses on Southern Louisiana.

GEOG 4715         Geography of Sports and Recreation                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: Three hours of geography or consent of department. Develops a thorough understanding of the geographic dimensions of sports and recreation as elements of culture.

GEOG 4805         Fundamentals of Mapping and GIS                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: Math 1115 or higher. Lecture and project-based introduction to the basic concepts and technologies important to mapping, geographic information systems (GIS), and image analysis. Topics include map design fundamentals, thematic mapping, statistical cartography, the relationship of mapping to GIS, essential elements of GIS, data acquisition and analysis, visualization of output, remotely sensed imagery and GIS, GIS functions and associated applications, and spatial decision support systems. This course will meet the needs not only of students who intend to do additional work in geographic techniques, but those who need only a one-semester survey of concepts.

GEOG 4810         Introduction to Remote Sensing                                                                     3 cr.
A comprehensive introductory course that deals with fundamental physical principles of the science of remote sensing, the theory and practice of image interpretation, and information extraction techniques for aerial photos and satellite imagery. Includes remote sensing applications pertaining to management of natural resources and contemporary environmental issues. Practical exercises expose students to image processing and interpretation techniques.

GEOG 4820         Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing and Analysis                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: GEOG 4810 or consent of department. This course examines the quantitative, computational, and applied aspects of remotely sensed data, with the goal of providing students with an in-depth understanding of image processing analysis, and interpretation techniques. Topics include scientific visualization, geometric, radiometric, and atmospheric correction: image enhancement and manipulation, information extraction, land-use and land-cover change detection, integration of GIS and remote sensing data and spatial modeling. Class applications will address issues related to environmental analysis, land and water resource inventory and use, and urban analysis. Practical exercises expose students to image processing and information extraction techniques.

GEOG 4830         GIS Theories and Concepts                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: 4805 or consent of department. Detailed lecture and lab-based examination of theories and concepts important to geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include GIS as a communication system, data acquisition and management, error management, GIS functions, GIS-based spatial analysis, GIS and regional scale, visualization concepts, the role of GIS in spatial decision support.

GEOG 4832         Advanced Techniques in GIS                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisites: GEOG 4805 and GEOG 4830, or consent of department. This course introduces ArcObjects, the technology framework of ArcGIS, to advanced GIS users. This technology allows users to customize and extend the capabilites of ArcGIS. The class material covers customization of GIS applications and user-interface, program coding of GIS functions and tools, and script writing to automate GIS processes.

GEOG 4901         Field Methods in Geography                                                                           4 cr.
Prerequisites: nine hours of geography including GEOG 2801 or equivalent and consent of department. Techniques of geographic field research. Projects will emphasize methods of gathering and organizing field data and subsequent geographical analysis of collected data. Two hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory.

GEOG 4990         Independent Study                                                                            1 min. cr. - 4 max. cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of department. Independent research under the direction of a designated faculty member. Regular conferences and signed contract between the student and the instructor are required. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

GEOG 5150         The Geography of Hazards & Disasters                                                         3 cr.
Recommended:  GEOG 1600.  Students are introduced to the geographic study of natural hazards, technological hazards, and disasters.  Special emphasis will be given to the spatial patterns and mapping science of both the risk and impact of each type of environmental hazard.  Additionally, students will explore the geographic context of creating and managing environmental hazards, contemporary efforts to seek "all-hazards" solutions to the management of environmental hazards and disasters, and the multi-scale (i.e. global, regional, local) challenges presented by environmental hazards.

GEOG 5158         Environmental Impact Assessment                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisites: GEOG 2151; and BIOS 1073 and 1083, or BIOS 1053 and 1063, or consent of department. Three hours of statistics are recommended. The course addresses the legal framework and provisions of environmental impact statement preparation as prescribed by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and subsequent legislation and guidelines. Methodologies are considered for both analyzing and evaluating human impacts on the natural environment.

GEOG 5310         Political Geography                                                                                          3 cr.
Examination of the spatial structure of the state spatial interactions among states, geopolitical theories, law of the sea, electoral patterns within the United States, and urban political geography.

GEOG 5513         Meteorology                                                                                                      3 cr.
GEOG 2151 is recommended as a prerequisite.  An examination and analysis of the elements of weather and the techniques and problems of weather forecasting.

GEOG 5514         Climatology                                                                                                       3 cr.
GEOG 2151 is recommended as a prerequisite.  An analysis of climatic processes and their organization into regional patterns. Also includes inter-relationships among climate, vegetation, soils and landforms, applications of climatic information, and climatic modification and change.

GEOG 5523         Hurricane Meteorology                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: Geography 2151 is recommended. An overview of hurricanes, including their geographic distributions and seasonality, and their mechanisms of formation, steering and intensification. The course will explore hurricane forecasting, and the impacts of storms on landscapes and societies.

GEOG 5530         Biogeography                                                                                                   3 cr.
A study of the origin distribution adaptation and association of biota (plants and animals) emphasizing geographical relationships. Plant communities are correlated with climate and soil on a worldwide basis. Methods of dispersal and migration are studied along with past geological events that have affected biotic distribution.

GEOG 5540         Biogeography of Birds                                                                                     3 cr.
This course will investigate bird distribution patterns and resource use patterns on several spatial scales. Broad geographic patterns will be discussed, including patterns of migration and avian zoogeography. Distributional patterns will be interpreted in terms of the habitat use and behavior of birds at different stages in their annual cycles. Field observations of species nesting around the UNO campus will be incorporated to complement lecture information.

GEOG 5610         Urban Geography                                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: three hours of geography or consent of department. An analysis of the origin and diffusion of cities, their internal arrangement, and external relations and the problems associated with urban living.

GEOG 5615         Cultural Ecology                                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: Three hours of geography or consent of department. Examines the interaction between people and their environment with a concentration on nature-society relations in technological, post-industrial societies. Focuses on Southern Louisiana.

GEOG 5715         Geography of Sports and Recreation                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: Three hours of geography or consent of department. Develops a thorough understanding of the geographic dimensions of sports and recreation as elements of culture.

GEOG 5805         Fundamentals of Mapping and GIS                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: Math 1115 or higher. Lecture and project-based introduction to the basic concepts and technologies important to mapping, geographic information systems (GIS), and image analysis. Topics include map design fundamentals, thematic mapping, statistical cartography, the relationship of mapping to GIS, essential elements of GIS, data acquisition and analysis, visualization of output, remotely sensed imagery and GIS, GIS functions and associated applications, and spatial decision support systems. This course will meet the needs not only of students who intend to do additional work in geographic techniques, but those who need only a one-semester survey of concepts.

GEOG 5810         Introduction to Remote Sensing                                                                     3 cr.
A comprehensive introductory course that deals with fundamental physical principles of the science of remote sensing, the theory and practice of image interpretation, and information extraction techniques for aerial photos and satellite imagery. Includes remote sensing applications pertaining to management of natural resources and contemporary environmental issues. Practical exercises expose students to image processing and interpretation techniques.

GEOG 5820         Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing and Analysis                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: GEOG 4810 or consent of department. This course examines the quantitative, computational, and applied aspects of remotely sensed data, with the goal of providing students with an in-depth understanding of image processing analysis, and interpretation techniques. Topics include scientific visualization, geometric, radiometric, and atmospheric correction: image enhancement and manipulation, information extraction, land-use and land-cover change detection, integration of GIS and remote sensing data and spatial modeling. Class applications will address issues related to environmental analysis, land and water resource inventory and use, and urban analysis. Practical exercises expose students to image processing and information extraction techniques.

GEOG 5830         GIS Theories and Concepts                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: GEOG 4805 or consent of department. Detailed lecture and lab-based examination of theories and concepts important to geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include GIS as a communication system, data acquisition and management, error management, GIS functions, GIS-based spatial analysis, GIS and regional scale, visualization concepts, the role of GIS in spatial decision support.

GEOG 5832         Advanced Techniques in GIS                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisites: GEOG 4805 and GEOG 4830, or consent of department. This course introduces ArcObjects, the technology framework of ArcGIS, to advanced GIS users. This technology allows users to customize and extend the capabilities of ArcGIS. The class material covers customization of GIS applications and user-interface, program coding of GIS functions and tools, and script writing to automate GIS processes.

GEOG 5901         Field Methods in Geography                                                                           4 cr.
Prerequisites: nine hours of geography including GEOG 2801 or equivalent and consent of department. Techniques of geographic field research. Projects will emphasize methods of gathering and organizing field data and subsequent geographical analysis of collected data. Two hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory.

GEOG 6001         Problems in Land Use and Environmental Analysis                                     1 cr.
Required of all master of arts in geography students. Examination of procedures and concepts important to the geographical analysis of human and environmental resources focusing on land resources. Topics include spatial analysis of rural and urban land use patterns, environmental consequences of land use decisions, and the role of environmental perception in land use decision-making behavior.

GEOG 6310         Seminar in Regional Geography                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Advanced analysis of the geography of a specific region. Region emphasized will vary depending on instructor. Course may be repeated once for credit.

GEOG 6330         Seminar in Cultural Historical Geography                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Intensive study of a topic in cultural and/or historical geography. Topic emphasized will vary depending on instructor. Seminar may be repeated once for credit.

GEOG 6530         Seminar in Environmental Geography                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Intensive research into selected topics, including but not limited to environmental processes, human-environment interactions, environmental impact assessment, ecological risk analysis, and public policy making. Focus on the course will vary depending on instructor. Seminar may be repeated once for credit.

GEOG 6801         Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: GEOG 2801 or consent of department. An advanced course in the analysis of geographic data, focusing on the refinement of research design skills, the use of multivariate statistical techniques, and the application of commonly employed geographic sampling procedures in spatial and environmental analysis.

GEOG 6820         Seminar in Remote Sensing                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: GEOG 4820 or consent of department. Intensive research into the theories and techniques of digital image processing at advanced level. Application of satellite remote sensing technology and analysis to real world problems, including image preprocessing, image enhancement, supervised and unsupervised classification, change detection, classification accuracy assessment, and methods of interfacing remote sensing derived information with geographic information systems. Seminar may be repeated once for credit.

GEOG 6887         Geographic Thought and Research Methods                                                3 cr.
Required of all Master of Arts in Geography students. Historical evolution of geography as an academic discipline and professional career; geographic subfields and career opportunities; and principles of library research and scholarly writing.

GEOG 6990         Independent Study                                                                           1 min. cr. - 4 max. cr.
Enrollment with consent of department. Independent research in the graduate student's area of specialization under the direction of a designated member of the graduate faculty. May be repeated for a maximum of six units of credit.

GEOG 7000         Thesis Research                                                                               1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
To be repeated for credit until thesis is accepted. Section number will correspond to credit to be earned.

GEOG 7040         Examination of Thesis Only                                                                            0 cr.
No credit. Open to students in a thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) the final typing and acceptance by the Graduate School of their thesis or dissertation.