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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 411 Forest Geography (3) This course studies processes that control spatial and temporal change in forests.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010, GEOG 314 ; orBIOL 220W  

GEOG 411W Forest Geography (3) This course studies processes that control spatial and temporal change in forests.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010, GEOG 314 ; orBIOL 220W  

GEOG 412W Climatic Change and Variability (3) Theories and observations of past, present, and future climatic change and variability; introduction to techniques used in climatic change research.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 110 orMETEO 003  

GEOG 414 Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology (1-3) Introduction to the ways in which spatial patterns and processes operate in an ecological context.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: BIOL 110 orBIOL 220 orGEOG 314 orFOR 308 orW F S 209 orLARCH 241 or by permission  

GEOG 417 Satellite Climatology (3) A discussion of the application of satellite data to current and planned large-scale climate experiments.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 362  

GEOG 420Y (US;IL) Comparative Urbanism (3) This course investigates selected urban issues through the lens of comparative urbanism.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 120, GEOG 160  

GEOG 423Y (US) Historical Geography of North America (3) Exploration, settlement, and changing patterns of human occupance from the seventeenth century to the 1930s.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 122 3 additional credits in geography or 6 credits American history  

GEOG 424 (US;IL) Geography of the Global Economy (3) Focus on industrial location theory, factors in industrial location, studies of selected industries and problems of industrial development.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ECON 102, ECON 104, GEOG 126  

GEOG 425 (US) Geography of Race, Class, and Poverty in America (3) This class examines the spatial interactions of race, class and poverty in the United States.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 126;ECON 102 orECON 104  

GEOG 426Y (US;IL) (WMNST 426Y) Gender Geographies (3) Description and explanation of the links between gender relations and spatial structures.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: GEOG 020 orGEOG 126 orGEOG 120 orWMNST 100  

GEOG 427 (US;IL) Urban Historical Geography (3) Study of the development and transformation of the historical urban built environment.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography humanities or social sciences  

GEOG 428 (US) Political Geography (3) Geographical foundations of political phemomena; significant geographic factors in growth and development of states, boundary problems, population distribution, colonies, and internal and international regional problems.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in history or 6 credits in political science  

GEOG 428Y (US;IL) Political Geography (3) Geographical foundations of political phemomena; significant geographic factors in growth and development of states, boundary problems, population distribution, colonies, and internal and international regional problems.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits human geography (GEOG 020 or 120 or 122 or 123 or 124 or 126 or 128)  

GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3) This course reflects critically on a number of issues related to global urbanization, including the culture and political economy of urban space.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: GEOG 020, GEOG 126 orGEOG 120  

GEOG 430 Human Use of Environment (3) The human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world; development of environmental policy and management strategies.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 orGEOG 020 orGEOG 030 orGEOG 040 orGEOG 130 or permission of the program  

GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources (3) Perspectives on water as a resource and hazard for human society; water resource issues in environmental and regional planning.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography or natural sciences  

GEOG 432 (EME 432) Energy Policy (3) Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490  

GEOG 434 Politics of the Environment (3) This course explores politics related to the use, transformation, valuation, and representation of the environment.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in social sciences or humanities  

GEOG 435H (IL) Global Change and Sustainability - Bulgaria (3) Sustainability in the context of climate change, global socioeconomic change and regional transformation in Bulgaria; embedded foreign fieldwork (honors).
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above; departmental permission required  

GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3) Analyses of major themes in ecology and economic development, poverty- alleviation, and sustainability.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: upper-division standing  

GEOG 438W Human Dimensions of Global Warming (3) Human dimensions of climate change: human causes, human consequences, and policy implications of global warming.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: EARTH 002, GEOG 010 orMETEO 003;GEOG 030  

GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3) This course reviews theoretical and empirical relationships between multiple legal, economic, and cultural approaches to property, and environmental quality and conflicts.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography humanities or social sciences  

GEOG 444 (AFR 444) African Resources and Development (3) Ecological and cultural factors in the geography of Africa; natural resources and development.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 orGEOG 020 orGEOG 030 orGEOG 123 orGEOG 124 orGEOG 130 orEARTH 105 orAFR 105 orAFR 110  

GEOG 461W Dynamic Cartographic Representation (3) Theory and practice of mapping and geo-representation in a dynamic media context. Applications in science, policy, travel, and education.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 361 orGEOG 362 orGEOG 363  

GEOG 463 Geospatial Information Management (3) This course examines geospatial data representations and algorithmic techniques that apply to spatially-organized data in digital form.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 363  

GEOG 464 Advanced Spatial Analysis (3) Skills and knowledge for applying quantitative methods to analyze information with spatial distributions.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: GEOG 364  

GEOG 467 Applied Cartographic Design (3) Project-based map production problems with emphasis on map design and advanced mapping tools in geographic information systems.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 361  

GEOG 468 Geographic Information Systems Design and Evaluation (3) Design and evaluation of Geographic Information Systems and other forms of integrated spatial data systems.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 363  

GEOG 469 Energy Industry Applications of GIS (3) Roles of geographic information systems in energy siting decisions focusing on electric energy transmission networks.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 030, EGEE 102, EME 444  

GEOG 475H (LER 475H) Labor in the Global Economy: U.S. and South African Perspectives (3) This course focuses on how the nature of work is changing in the global economy, and the implications for economic opportunity and inequality in both.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: a minimum of 12 GEOG or LER credits before taking the course (or permission of the program).  

GEOG 479 Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence (3) Geospatial intelligence analysis of the geographic aspects of cyber data and observables, products for decision making, and impact of change.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 160, GEOG 482 or permission of program  

GEOG 480 Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications (3) Using imagery and terrain data in typical application scenarios faced by the geospatial professional.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: GEOG 482 or equivalent professional experience  

GEOG 481 Topographic Mapping with Lidar (3) Using airborne topographic lidar to create elevation models for GIS applications.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: GEOG 362 orGEOG 480;GEOG 160 orGEOG 482 ; or equivalent professional experience  

GEOG 482 The Nature of Geographic Information (2) Orientation to the properties of geographic data and the practice of distance learning.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: admission to the Master of GIS program or Certificate Program in GIS  

GEOG 483 Problem-Solving with GIS (3) How geographic information systems facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 482  

GEOG 484 GIS Database Development (3) Database design, creation, maintenance, and data integration using desktop GIS software.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 483  

GEOG 485 GIS Programming and Customization (3) Customizing GIS software to extend its built-in functionality and to automate repetitive tasks.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 363 orGEOG 484;CMPSC 101 or equivalent  

GEOG 486 Cartography and Visualization (3) Theory and practice of cartographic design emphasizing effective visual thinking and visual communication with geographic information systems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 487 Environmental Applications of GIS (3) Real-world applications of GIS and spatial analysis to investigate a variety of current environmental issues.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 488 Acquiring and Integrating Geospatial Data (3) Advanced technical, legal, ethical and institutaional problems related to data acquisition for geospatial information systems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 489 GIS Application Development (3) Advanced topics in GIS customization, including the Systems Development Life Cycle, packaging and deployment, and consuming Web services.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 485  

GEOG 493 Service Learning (3-12) Classroom instruction with supervised student activity on a group community service project.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: sophomore standing; 6 credits of social or environmental science  

GEOG 494 Research Project in Geography (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 494H Research Project in Geography (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 495 Internship (1-13) Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including individual field experience, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Fall 1981
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

GEOG 495B Geography Teaching Internship (1-10) Supervised undergraduate teaching experience in which students serve as peer tutors, laboratory assistants, or course material developers.
Effective: Summer 2004
 

GEOG 495C Internship Supervision and Mentoring (1) Candidates for the Master of GIS degree sponsor a GIS-related internship for students in Penn State's resident undergraduate program.
Effective: Summer 2004
 

GEOG 495G Giscience Internship (1-10) Supervised research experience within the Department of Geography's GeoVISTA Center, Gould Center, or an appropriate external agency.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: GEOG 160  

GEOG 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1998
 

GEOG 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: prior approval of program  

GEOG 500 Introduction to Geographic Research (1-3) No description.
Effective: Spring 1981
 

GEOG 501A Research Perspectives in Physical Geography (1) This course presents contemporary perspectives on Physical Geography, emphasizing the major issues and integrative themes of the sub-discipline.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

GEOG 501B Research Perspectives in Human Geography (1) This course presents contemporary perspectives on Human Geography, emphasizing the major issues and integrative themes of the sub-discipline.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

GEOG 501C Research Perspectives in Human-Environment Geography (1) Contemporary perspectives on Human-Environment Geography, emphasizing major issues and integrative themes of the sub-discipline.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

GEOG 501D Research Perspectives in GIScience (1) This course presents contemporary perspectives on Geographic Information Science, emphasizing the major issues and integrative themes of the sub- discipline.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

GEOG 502 Research Scholarship in Geography (3) Learning the craft of scholarly research in geography.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 500  

GEOG 508 (WMNST 508) Feminist Methodology (3) The objective of this course is to examine feminist approaches to traditional research methodologies.
Effective: Spring 2016
 

GEOG 510 Seminar in Physical Geography (3 per semester/maximum of 18) Analysis of current literature in physical geography focusing on theoretical and methodological debates.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: GEOG 454, GEOG 455  

GEOG 520 Seminar in Human Geography (3 per semester/maximum of 18) Analysis of current literature in human geography focusing on theoretical and methodological debates.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

GEOG 530 Human-Environment Seminar (3 per semester/maximum of 18) Theory and method in human-environment interaction subfields; may be re-taken when topics vary; readings, discussions, research.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

GEOG 560 Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3 per semester/maximum of 18) Geographic information science problems/theory, e.g. GIS, cartography, remote sensing, spatial analysis, modeling.
Effective: Fall 2011
 

GEOG 565 Selected Topics in Geographic Information Science (3) Examination of geographic information science topics: GIS, cartography, remote sensing, spatial analysis, modeling, spatial cognition, geospatial semantics, geovisualization.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

GEOG 571 Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security (3) The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

GEOG 583 Geospatial System Analysis and Design (3) Systematic approach to requirements acquisition, specification, design and implementation of geospatial information systems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 584 Geospatial Technology Project Management (3) Principles of effective project management applied to the design and implementation of geospatial information systems.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 583  

GEOG 585 Open Web Mapping (3) Design, development, and implementation of web mapping applications using OGC standards and open source software.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 485  

GEOG 586 Geographical Information Analysis (3) Choosing and applying analytical methods for geospatial data, including point pattern analysis, interpolation, surface analysis, overlay analysis, and spatial autocorrelation.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOG 485 orGEOG 486 orGEOG 487  

GEOG 587 Conservation GIS (3) Conservation GIS applies geospatial problem solving to ecological research and resource management issues to enhance conservation planning.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: GEOG 487  

GEOG 588 Planning GIS for Emergency Management (3) Requirements analysis and proposal writing to plan and implement GIS solutions supporting emergency management activities of government agencies and contractors.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 583, GEOG 584 ; GEOG 488 recommended  

GEOG 589 Emerging Trends in Remote Sensing (3) Highlights emerging theoretical and methodological trends in high-performance remote sensing for geospatial analysis through discussion and laboratory experiences.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: GEOG 480, GEOG 883  

GEOG 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

GEOG 591 GIS for Health Analysis (3) Applications and theory in geographic information systems for analyzing the geographic dimensions of human health.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 594A Culminating Experiences in Geospatial Intelligence (1-3 per semester/maximum of 3) Culminating experiences in current professional and ethical problems facing the geospatial intelligence professional.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: GEOG 882, GEOG 883, GEOG 884, GEOG 885 or equivalent courses  

GEOG 594B Geospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience (2) Culminating experience in the iMPS-HLS for the online geospatial intelligence option.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: GEOG 594A  

GEOG 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

GEOG 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

GEOG 598 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

GEOG 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Theoretical and practical aspects of undergraduate instruction in geography.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: concurrent status as graduate teaching assistant  

GEOG 603 Foreign Academic Experience (1-12) Foreign study and/or research constituting progress toward the degree at a foreign university.
Effective: Fall 2001
 

GEOG 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 611 Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOG 860 Comparative GIS (3) Formal methodology for evaluating, comparing, and recommending geospatial software solutions for a variety of professional uses.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 861 Map Projections for Geospatial Professionals (1) Cultivates a working knowledge of map projections that professionals need to process geospatial data effectively for mapping and anlaysis.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 862 GPS and GNSS for Geospatial Professionals (3) Cultivates a working knowledge of current and future capabilities of GPS and the emerging Global Navigation Satellite System.
Effective: Spring 2010
 

GEOG 863 GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals (3) Cultivates a working knowledge of how and why geospatial professionals develop web mapping applications that combine data from multiple sources.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 485  

GEOG 864 Professionalism in Geographic Information Science and Technology (2) Prepares current and aspiring professionals to recognize, analyze and address legal and ethical issues in the GIS&T (geospatial) field.
Effective: Summer 2009
 

GEOG 865 Cloud and Server GIS (3) Theory and practical applications of using cloud computing and server resources to solve geospatial problems.
Effective: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: GEOG 484  

GEOG 882 Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence (3) Orientation to the geographic foundations of geospatial intelligence and its applications in national security, international relief work, and disaster management.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

GEOG 883 Remote Sensing Analysis and Applications (3) Understanding remote sensing systems' operation, data products, and processing techniques to address typical problem scenarios faced by the GEOINT professional.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: GEOG 480  

GEOG 884 Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional (3) How geographic information systems facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems faced by the geospatial intelligence professional.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: GEOG 882  

GEOG 885 Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence (3) Prepares current and aspiring geospatial intelligence professionals to apply and interpret results of non-quantitative analysis and modeling techniques.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: GEOG 882  

GEOG 889 Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence (2) Culminating experience that synthesizes topics addressed in earlier classes and explores emerging topics and methods of geospatial intelligence analysis.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: GEOG 882, GEOG 883, GEOG 884  

GEOG 892 Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (3) Introduces theory and methods for operating an unmanned aerial system for geospatial data acquisition and analysis.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: GEOG 480  

GEOG 897 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject.
Effective: Summer 2009
 

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