Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter Classes 2015

Geography Courses Winter 2015

GEOG110: The World Today: Global Perspectives
Credits: 3
This class uses the context of regions of the world to explore the 21st century issues of climate change, development, politics, economy, and demography. Each region will be used to highlight aspects of sustainability.

GEOG130: Developing Countries
Credits: 3
An introduction to the geographic characteristics of the development problems and
prospects of developing countries. Spatial distribution of poverty, employment, migration and urban growth, agricultural productivity, rural development, policies and international trade.
GEOG140: Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Fires
Credits: 3
Students will examine how Catastrophic Environmental Events (CCE) shape human society and ecosystem from the interdisciplinary perspective afforded by the field of

GEOG202: Introduction to Human Geography (ONLINE)
Credits: 3
Introduction to what geographers do and how they do it. Systematic stud of issues
regarding social and cultural systems from a global to a local scale.

GEOG211: Geography of Environmental Systems Laboratory
Credits: 3
A laboratory course to accompany GEOG 201. Analysis of the components of the
earth's energy balance using basic instrumentation; weather map interpretation; soil analysis; the application of map and air photo interpretation techniques to landform analysis.

GEOG306: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Geographic
Environmental Sciences (ONLINE)
Credits: 3
Topics include data display, data description and summary, statistical inference and
significance tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and some advanced concepts, such as matrix methods, principal component analysis, and spatial statistics.

GEOG330: As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change (ONLINE)
Credits: 3
Cultural geography course on society and sustainability. Course will cover
sustainability of societies on different scales, examining local, regional, and worldwide issues.
GEOG340: Geomorphology
Credits: 3
Survey of landform types and role of processes in their generation. Frequency of
occurrence and implications for land utilization. Emphasis on coastal, fluvial, and glacial landforms in different environmental settings. Landform regions of Maryland.

GEOG372: Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Principles of remote sensing in relation to photographic, thermal infrared and radar imaging. Interpretation of remotely-sensed images emphasizing the study of spatial
and environmental relationships.
GEOG373: Geographic Information Systems (ONLINE  & LIVE)
Credits: 3
Characteristics and organization of geographic data; creation and use of digital
geospatial databases. Demonstrates use of geographic information system in society, government, and business.

GEOG376: Introduction to Computer Programming for GIS
Credits: 3
Introduces conceptual and practical aspects of programming for geographic
applications. In addition, students will develop a proficiency in applying these basic programming principles to manipulating spatial data sources within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

GEOG473: Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Credits: 3
Analytical uses of geographic information systems; data models for building
geographic data bases; types of geographic data and spatial problems; practical experience using advanced software for thematic domains such as terrain analysis, land suitability modeling, demographic analysis, and transportation studies.

November Alumni of the Month 2014

November Alumni of the Month

Name: Carter Ray
Year of graduation: Dec. 2013
Major: Geographic Information Science – GIS/Computer Cartography
Current employment status:
• Employer: Geographic Services Inc.
• Position: GIS Analyst
Did you/do you currently go to graduate school? If so:
• School: University of Maryland
• Program: Geographical Sciences
• Degree: Masters of Professional Science in Geographic Information Sciences
Current Research:
I am currently working on a geographic names project for National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. This project consists of populating a geographic names database of locations in various counties around the world.  
Why did you want to be a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
I wanted to major in GIS because I have always been interested in maps.  I was the kid on family vacations that always wanted to be the navigator.  Geography is the most basic root of everything - the rise of civilizations, culture, economics, history and evolution - they all depend on their unique positions on this planet.  Geography spans such a wide range of scientific fields and is applicable to a myriad of research disciplines.  The spatial component of research ties everything together.
What internships or independent research did you do as a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
While an undergrad I worked on a research project for Montgomery County. We mapped socioeconomic factors that influenced county school zone performance statistics such as graduation rates and median income.  We developed a research procedure to define school districts based on census data.  We then produced maps showing the spatial distribution of high school performance and presented them to department faculty and a liaison from Montgomery County.  This was a valuable experience in designing a research project and presenting the results, in addition to the extra experience using ArcGIS.
What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success while they are still undergraduates?
INTERNSHIPS!! Get involved in as many different projects as you can.  You can work on research projects with faculty, graduate students, and other students.  You can even get credit for them.  Gain all the experience you can because it goes a long way to building your resume and increasing your skills.

What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success aftergraduation?
NETWORKING!! Keep in touch with the GEOG department and your professors.  If you haven’t had an internship, get one.  Start your job search and don’t be afraid to take positions that might not be exactly what you want to do.  Remember, you're looking for experience wherever you can get it.