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M.S. Geography

  • The MS program requires 36 credit hours and completion of a project, or portfolio. Students wishing to complete a thesis should consult their advisor.
  • The program typically requires two years of full-time study, although students can pursue the degree on a part-time basis. A minimum B grade is required in each course applied toward the program requirements.
  • Throughout their studies, students work closely with their adivsor to select appropriate courses. All MS students will follow the requirements outlined for their specific track.

 

Earth Systems Science

Students are able to earn an M.S. degree in Geography with specialization in Environmental and Earth System Science after completing 36 credits of graduate coursework and submitting a master's thesis, project, portfolio, or comprehensive exam (currently unavailable). This concentration requires a minimum of three courses in analytical and quantitative Earth surface processes. Courses applied toward M.S. Program core requirements cannot be counted toward the Track electives.

I. Required Courses                        

Choose one option:

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 506 Introduction to GIS or equivalent

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 506 Introduction to GIS or equivalent

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

 

II. Elective Courses: Statistics and Quantitative Methods  

One of the following:     

GEO 502 Survey Research Methods

GEO 577 Environmental Statistics

GEO 597 Geostatistics

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

OR approved graduate level biostatistics (STA) or econometrics (ECO) course (prior approval from student's adviser required)

 

III. Elective Courses: Geographic Information Science       

(Note: GEO 506 is a prerequisite for some of these courses)           

Two of the following:     

GEO 507 Locational Analysis

GEO 520 Transportation and Spatial Information

GEO 550 Introduction to Graduate Cartography

GEO 551 Cartography and Geographic Visualization

GEO 553 Remote Sensing

GEO 555 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures

GEO 556 GIS Design

GEO 559 GIS and Environmental Modeling

GEO 593 Dynamic Modeling

GEO 595 Database Design for Geographic Information Systems

OR any graduate level geography (GEO) course approved by the student's adviser

 

IV. Elective Courses: Computer Programming Course        

One approved graduate-level computer programming course from the Geography or Computer Science and Engineering Department (prior approval from student's adviser is required)      

 

V. Elective Courses: Environmental and Earth Systems Science       

Three or more of the following: 

GEO 503 Geography Seminar related to track

GEO 515 Conservation Biogeography

GEO 545 Restoration Ecology

GEO 547 Advanced Earth System Science

GEO 548 Stream Restoration

GEO 549 Fluvial Geomorphology

GEO 559 GIS and Environmental Modeling

GEO 561 Ecohydrology

GEO 570 Integrated Environmental Management

GEO 575 Landscape Modeling with GIS

GEO 610 Field/Laboratory Problems

OR a Graduate level Geography course approved by the students advisor. 

ONE approved graduate elective course in Geology, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, or Computer Science and Engineering is allowed

 

VI. Tutorial Courses        

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance -used while working on thesis/project/portfolio

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

Economic Geography and Business Geographics

Students are able to earn an M.S. degree in Geography with specialization in Economic Geography & Business Geographics after completing 36 credits of graduate coursework and submitting a master's thesis, project, portfolio, or comprehensive exam (currently unavailable). Courses applied toward M.S. Program core requirements cannot be counted toward the Track electives.

I. Required Courses                        

Choose one option:

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 506 Introduction to GIS or equivalent

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 506 Introduction to GIS or equivalent

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

 

ONE Statistics and Quantitative Methods from the following:                          

GEO 502 Survey Research Methods

GEO 577 Environmental Statistics

GEO 597 Geostatistics

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

OR approved graduate level biostatistics (STA) or econometrics (ECO) course (prior approval from student's advisor required)

 

TWO Geographic Information Science courses from the following:      

(Note: GEO 506 is a prerequisite for some of these courses)           

GEO 507 Locational Analysis

GEO 520 Transportation and Spatial Information

GEO 550 Introduction to Graduate Cartography

GEO 551 Cartography and Geographic Visualization

GEO 553 Remote Sensing

GEO 555 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures

GEO 556 GIS Design

GEO 593 Dynamic Modeling

GEO 595 Database Design for Geographic Information Systems

OR graduate level Geography (GEO) course with advisor approval

 

ONE Computer Programming Course        

One graduate-level computer programming course from the Geography or Computer Science and Engineering Department. Advisor approval required.  

 

THREE Economic Geography and Business Geographics elective courses from the following:          

GEO 507 Locational Analysis

GEO 518 Population Geography

GEO 519 Transportation

GEO 530 Urban Geography

GEO 554 Network and Location Analysis

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

GEO 625 Industrial and Business Geography

GEO 630 Urban Geography Models

GEO 640 Asia Pacific Business

An appropriate graduate-level geography (GEO) course with advisor approval

 

Tutorial Courses  or additional approved electives to bring your total credit hours to 36.    

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance (used while working on your project/portfolio/thesis)

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

Health Geography

Students are able to earn an M.S. degree in Geography with specialization in Health Geography after completing 36 credits of graduate coursework and submitting a master's thesis, project, portfolio, or comprehensive exam (currently unavailable). Courses applied toward M.S. Program core requirements cannot be counted toward the Track electives.

I. Required Courses                        

Choose one option:

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 506 Introduction to GIS or equivalent

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 506 Introduction to GIS or equivalent

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

 

II. Elective Courses: Statistics and Quantitative Methods  

One of the following:     

GEO 502 Survey Research Methods

GEO 577 Environmental Statistics

GEO 597 Geostatistics

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

OR graduate level biostatistics (STA) or econometrics (ECO) course..Advisor approval is required.           

 

III. Elective Courses: Geographic Information Science       

(Note: GEO 506 is a prerequisite for some of these courses)           

Two of the following:     

GEO 507 Locational Analysis

GEO 520 Transportation and Spatial Information

GEO 550 Introduction to Graduate Cartography

GEO 551 Cartography and Geographic Visualization

GEO 553 Remote Sensing

GEO 555 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures

GEO 556 GIS Design

GEO 593 Dynamic Modeling

GEO 595 Database Design for Geographic Information Systems

OR graduate level geography (GEO) course approved by advisor

 

IV. Elective Courses: Computer Programming Course        

One graduate-level computer programming course from the Geography or Computer Science and Engineering Department. Advisor approval required.      

 

V. Elective Courses: Health Geography    

Three or more of the following: 

GEO 503 Geography Seminar related to track

GEO 507 Locational Analysis

GEO 512 Geography of Health

GEO 518 Population Geography

GEO 591 Introduction to GIScience

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

And/or appropriate graduate-level geography (GEO) course approved by adviser           

 

VI. Tutorial Courses        

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance (used while working on your project/portfolio/thesis)

GEO 742 Geography Internship