Geography (GEG)

GEG 503 STUDIES IN RESOURCE CONSERVATION

3, 3/0

Offered by contract only. Principles of natural resource conservation; selected problems in resource conservation: soil erosion; water pollution; destruction of forests, grasslands, and wildlife; flood control; depletion of minerals. Emphasizes conservation in the United States and New York State.

GEG 505 THE ERIE CANAL: A GEOGRAPHICAL FIELD STUDY

3, 3/0

Offered by contract only. Historical geography of the building and growth of the Erie Canal and Buffalo: growth and change of the canal system; related urban, commercial, industrial, and recent recreational development. Field trips; fees for trips. Summer only.

GEG 507 MAP READING AND ANALYSIS

3, 3/0

Offered by contract only. Map essentials; types of maps and symbols; techniques of map interpretation; classification and use of map projections; map collections.

GEG 508 STUDIES IN THE GEOGRAPHY OF NEW YORK STATE

3, 3/0

Offered by contract only. Physical landscape; cultural geography and settlement; primary economic activities; urban systems and environments; planning and future development of the state.

GEG 516 WATERSHED POLLUTION

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: CHE 101 or CHE 201 or equivalent. Important pollutants and toxic chemicals generated by anthropogenic activities. Transport, transformation, and fate of these pollutants in watersheds. Impacts of these pollutants on soil, forest, and aquatic ecosystems using specific case studies.

GEG 518 REMOTE SENSING

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: CIS 151 or equivalent, or instructor permission. Concepts of remote sensing and its applications. Principles and methods of electromagnetic radiation, aerial and space remote sensing. Basics of digital image processing, spatial or geographic data capture and interpretations from remote sensors.

GEG 521 WATERSHED ANALYSIS

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Introduction to the systematic analysis of stream dynamics of watersheds and the impact of humans on these dynamics. Physical, chemical, and biological processes in watershed management. Class discussion and class project focus on a practical watershed assessment problem.

GEG 523 BIOGEOGRAPHY

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Graduate-level standing. Global patterns of species distributions and the historic, environmental, and biological processes underlying these patterns. Spatial patterns of nature's geographic variation at multiple levels, from individuals to ecosystems to biomes. Impacts of humans and climate change on biogeography.

GEG 525 FUNDAMENTALS OF GIS

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Geographic information systems (GIS) and computer cartography. Principles and methods of spatial data automation, models and structures of spatial databases, spatial analysis, and map display in a computerized environment. Computer mapping principles, including scales, map projections, symbolization, coloring strategy, and thematic mapping.

GEG 528 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN GIS

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Advanced concepts of GIS with a focus on spatial analytical applications for environmental assessment and planning. GIS theories and software implementation through hands-on practice to solve real-world environmental and planning problems.

GEG 529 ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: GEG 425 or GEG 525 or instructor permission. Builds on topics covered in GEG 525, focusing more on digital representation of the human and physical environment, including location referencing from a human perspective, database design, data quality issues (how to identify and document errors), spatial statistical analysis using GIS, the fourth dimension (time) in GIS, and understanding spatial analysis algorithms and models. Introduces programming in a GIS environment.

GEG 565 SOIL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Introduction to soil properties and their influence on physical, chemical, and biological processes. The role of soils in the transportation and fate of water and chemicals. The importance of soils for watershed management and protection of aquatic ecosystems.

GEG 575 PRINCIPLES OF HYDROLOGY

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Principles of hydrology and the relationship to water resources management and watershed processes. Quantifying the processes governing surface, subsurface, and atmospheric movement of water. Methods to collect and analyze hydrologic data.

GEG 583 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION INTERPOLATION METHODS

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: GEG 525 or equivalent. Geographic information interpolation methods to predict continuously distributed large datasets of geographic features using sampled data. Two approaches are identified in practice: deterministic interpolation and geo-statistical interpolation. Concepts and theories of geographic information interpolation models and their application, in particular for multi-variable analysis, will be studied.

GEG 584 GEOSPATIAL PROGRAMMING

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: Instructor permission; it is recommended that students have basic knowledge about spatial databases. Introduction to Python programming focusing on the development of Python scripts and custom tools for processing and analysis of geospatial data. Automating geoprocessing workflows, creating custom analysis tool, and customizing user interfaces.

GEG 585 INTERACTIVE AND WEB-BASED MAPPING

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: GEG 425, GEG 525, or equivalent introductory GIS course. Introduction to interactive and Web-based mapping. Different approaches to communicating with maps on the Internet; how to create Web-based mapping applications.

GEG 587 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY

1-4, 1/0

In-depth examination of rapidly and significantly changing disciplinary issues, topics, or practices; offered occasionally.

GEG 588 TOPICS COURSE

3, 3/0

GEG 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3, 0/0

GEG 594 GRADUATE WORKSHOP

1-4, 0/0

See the Graduate Course Catalog

GEG 610 SEMINAR

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: 12 hours of geography coursework or instructor permission. Investigation, examination, and discussion of topics of current interest to geographers. Topics to be announced. May be taken more than once.

GEG 616 ATMOSPHERIC DEPOSITION MONITORING AND MODELING

3, 3/0

Offered by contract only. Atmospheric transport and deposition of pollutants. Data interpretation, sampling protocols, monitoring and modeling techniques. Case studies.

GEG 617 HYDROLOGIC MODELING

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: GEG 375 or equivalent. Mathematical models that can be used to quantify hydrologic processes. Understanding the mechanistic concepts, assumptions behind the models, and the advantages and limitations associated with using the models. Value of observed data in calibrating the models and the uncertainty associated with model predictions.

GEG 619 WETLAND HYDROLOGY AND ECOLOGY

3, 3/0

Instructor Permission; BIO 315 or equivalent; GEG 375/575 or equivalent. Introduction to physical, chemical, and ecological processes in wetlands. Impact of wetlands on watershed hydrology and nutrient cycling. Management approaches for wetlands and key regulations that protect wetlands.

GEG 690 MASTER'S PROJECT

3, 0/0

Research or investigation of a particular problem, planned and carried out by the student with consultation and guidance from the instructor, submitted in acceptable form according to the directions given by the Department of Geography and Planning.

GEG 721 THESIS/PROJECT CONTINUATION

0, 0/0

GEG 722 THESIS/PROJECT EXTENDED

0, 0/0