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Grad Catalog 01-03

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and
Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree
Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields
of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of
Graduate Studies
Committees

APPENDIX
Course
Abbreviations

 

    

Geography

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Geography: GRG

380. Field Course in Geography.
Collection of data, formulation of meaningful categories of regions, development of hypotheses of cause-and-effect relations through direct contact with the phenomena and processes in the area where a problem is located. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

380C. Myth, Ritual, Place, and Environment.
Impact of local religious lore and practice on cultural landscapes, conservation, and sense of place; cultural and environmental consequences of the spatial expansion of world religions; other themes in the geography of religion, including civil religion and environmental theology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

380D. Environment and Health in Latin America.
Same as Latin American Studies 388 (Topic 4: Environment and Health in Latin America). Issues related to health, health care, and development in Latin America and the Caribbean, considered with the recognition that health depends on the interactions of social, economic, and political factors as well as on health care services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

380E. Geomorphology of the Southwest.
Geography of West Texas and New Mexico; late Cenozoic basalt flows, volcanic ashes, sand sheets, alluvium, paleolake deposits, glacial moraines, colluvium, and soils; integration of landforms and landscape ecology. Includes a ten-day field trip. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional field hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

380F. Field Techniques in Sediments and Soils.
Designed to provide experience in field description of sediments and soils in Central Texas; second half of course focuses on field interpretation of geomorphology and landscape evolution using sedimentary deposits and soils. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

381. Seminar in Historical Geography.
Topics include Latin America, Anglo-America, Texas, boundaries, settlement origins and patterns, origins of agriculture. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or a related social science, and consent of instructor.

381C. Mapping the Middle East.
Same as Middle Eastern Studies 381 (Topic 31: Mapping the Middle East). Ways in which the Middle East is and has been represented cartographically. Cartographic representations of the region during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; the nature and evolution of a distinctive Islamic cartographic tradition; the role and use of maps during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries both in the extension of colonialism and in the creation of modern states; and the contemporary use, applications, and implications of geographic information systems in organizing and representing data spatially. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

382K. Geo-Archaeology and Environmental History.
Same as Anthropology 382N. Long-term ecology as reconstructed from settlement and land-use histories. Empirical case studies in environmental history from the Mediterranean region, the Near East, and Mesoamerica. Applications to degradation, desertification, sustainability, and global change. Only one of the following may be counted: Geography 356 (Topic: Geo-Archaeology), 356C, 382K. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

383C. Seminar in Environment and Development.
A third- and fourth-world perspective on the geographic implications of international development; emphasis on local and global environmental effects. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or a related social science.

Topic 1: Environment and Development in Asia.
Same as Asian Studies 390 (Topic 3: Environment and Development in Asia). Only one of the following may be counted: Asian Studies 380T (Topic: Seminar in Environment and Development), 380T (Topic 48: Environment and Development in Asia), Geography 383C (Topic 1).

Topic 2: Environment and Development in the Middle East.
Same as Middle Eastern Studies 381 (Topic 29: Environment and Development in the Middle East).

384C. Watershed Systems and Environmental Management.
The effect of landcover change on drainage basin processes, considered from a geomorphological perspective over varying temporal and spatial scales. Topics may include watershed management, stream channel restoration, fluvial geomorphic processes, and Geographic Information Systems applications to drainage basin processes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional field hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

385. Seminar in Regional Geography.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or a related social science, and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Latin America.
Same as Latin American Studies 388 (Topic 1: Regional Geography of Latin America). Topics include land and life in Central America; culture, environment, and development in Latin America; recent trends in Latin American geography.

Topic 2: Europe.
Topics include various aspects of the economic and political geography of individual nations or regions, such as regional differences in Southeast Europe, agricultural developments in European Economic Community countries, trade, viability of individual countries, the changing resources picture in Western and Eastern Europe.

Topic 3: Anglo-America.
Topics include agricultural patterns of the United States, comparative regional studies, measurement and delimitation of regions, analysis of population shifts.

Topic 4: Asia.
Topics include economic regionalization in Asia, spatial structure of Asian manufacturing, regional discrimination analysis for selected areas and variables in Asia, urban structure in South Asia, developmental activity and spatial change in India. Asian Studies 380T (Topic 61: Regional Geography of Asia) and Geography 385 (Topic 4) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: The Middle East and North Africa.
Same as Middle Eastern Studies 381 (Topic 11: Regional Geography of the Middle East and North Africa). Topics include developmental activity and spatial change in the Middle East, comparative regional studies.

385C. Quaternary Landscapes.
Changing physical and biotic landscapes on Ice Age earth during the past two million years. Reconstruction of Quaternary geomorphic landscapes based on principles and applications of geochronology and paleoclimatology. Geography 335C and 385C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

386. Seminar in the Philosophy of Geography.
Advanced study of geographical concepts and themes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

386C. Seminar in Quaternary Studies.
Issues and new developments in regional and global aspects of Quaternary climates, biota, prehistory, and landscape evolution. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

388. Seminar in Resources and Conservation.
Development of the conservation movement, problems of resource misuse, conservation practices, state and national conservation policies, nature and distribution of natural resources. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or a related social science, and consent of instructor.

388C. Historical Geography of Colonial Mexico.
Same as Latin American Studies 388 (Topic 2: Historical Geography of Colonial Mexico). The encounter of Spanish and indigenous cultures and ecologies; regional diversity of agricultural, urban, and economic development from 1521 to 1810; ethnic transformation and new socioeconomic configurations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

390. Cultural and Humanistic Geography.
Analysis of human-environment interactions by employing the concepts of place, home, and dwelling. Discussion of humanistic and postmodern geographical research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

390C. Landscape, Meaning, and Society.
The creation, transformation, and meaning of landscapes within different societies through time. Iconographical analysis of the built environment; impress of belief and ideology on landscape; analysis of nationalistic and authoritarian landscapes; problems of defining and mapping ethnicity; civilizational process and behavior; institutional vandalism, place annihilation, and the destruction and effacement of landscape symbols; cultural and geographical foundations and unintended consequences of global economic integration. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

390S. Environment, Development, and Food Production.
Assessment of various types of nonmechanized agriculture with regard to environmental factors and management techniques. Geography 339K and 390S may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391C. Dynamics of Earth Systems.
An overview of climate, vegetation, soil, and landform processes. Principles and methodology of physical geography. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391K. Issues and Research in Geography.
Principal themes in geographical research, related by departmental faculty members. Required of all first-year graduate students in geography. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391M. Multivariate Techniques in Spatial Analysis.
The application of multivariate data analytic techniques including regression, factor, canonical, and discriminatory analysis of spatial problems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Geography 360L or a basic course in inferential statistics.

393K. Research in Remote Sensing of the Environment.
Imagery generated by remote sensors applied to research and problem solving in the physical and cultural environment. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

394. Seminar in Urban Analysis.
Research seminar in urban issues: demographic, environmental, and transportation modeling; metropolitan finance; and urban social pathologies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

394C. Market Area Analysis.
Same as Marketing 382 (Topic 1: Market Area Analysis). Conceptual and methodological aspects of analyzing the geographical dimensions of demand. Students complete a field project in which they apply concepts and techniques to the analysis of a problem. Geography 394 (Topic: Seminar in Urban Analysis: Market Area Analysis) and 394C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

394K. Geographic Information Systems.
An introduction to the design and use of geographic information systems and to computer-based tools used to store, manage, analyze, and display spatially referenced data. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

394L. Advanced Applications of Information Technology.
Advanced issues in computer cartography, geographic information systems, three-dimensional environmental reconstruction and rendering, terrain modeling, animation of environmental processes, and hypertext and multimedia authoring. Interdisciplinary subjects, such as the application of geographic information systems to archaeological research, historical demography, and habitat mapping and analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

395. Cultural Adaptation and Change.
Same as Anthropology 395K. A graduate-level introduction to cultural behavior, adaptation, evolution and transformation, with emphasis on demography, diffusion, migration, ethnicity, and institutions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or a related field, and consent of instructor.

395D. Latin American Cultures, Environment, and Development.
Same as Latin American Studies 388 (Topic 3: Latin American Cultures, Environment, and Development). Exploration through Latin American examples of issues of cultural identity and territory, adaptive strategies, environmental impact, conservation, cultural survival, parks and people, and sustainable development. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

396. Techniques in Pollen Analysis.
Field sampling, laboratory processing, microscopy, pollen grain morphology, pollen counting, and data-handling techniques. Two lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester.Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

396K. Quaternary Palynology.
Methods, principles, and applications of pollen analysis to vegetational, paleoenvironmental, and ethnobotanical reconstructions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

396T. Topics in Geography.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

397. Research in Geography.
Supervised study and research. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of supervising professor.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in geography and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Geography 698A.

398R. Master's Report.
Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography and consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Geography.
Teaching under the close supervision of the course instructor; group meetings with the instructor, individual consultations, and reports throughout the teaching period. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree and consent of the graduate adviser.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Geography 399R, 699R, or 999R.


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Graduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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