Gog 500 Introduction to Graduate Study in Geography (3)
This course provides an introduction to the historical context and contemporary significance of key ideas in geography. Prerequisite: Graduate major in Geography or Regional Planning or permission of instructor.
Gog 502 (Pln 504) Statistical Methods (3)
Geographical applications of quantitative and statistical methods, including spatial data sources, interaction models, parameter estimation, and simple and multiple regression analysis.
Gog 504 Advanced Climatology (3)
Focus of course is to derive and understand the basic interface energy budget equation and its application to various geographic environments including plant, animal, urban, hydrologic, and terrain systems. The how- to-do aspects of research will be emphasized. Existing programs will be used in student projects.
Gog 506 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
Do you want to understand more about current environmental issues such as environmental degradation, human population explosion, energy crisis, global climate change, and ozone depletion? This class provides the underlying scientific facts, challenges, conflicts, and solutions. Since the beginning of industrialization, human activities have tremendously impacted the environment to the point where environmental degradation and exploitation are now affecting human health, quality of life and long term survival of the human race. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or biology or permission of instructor.
Gog 507 Biogeography (3)
Biogeography is the science of the distribution of plants and animals and the patterns and processes responsible for these distributions. This course introduces students to the discipline of biogeography and its major topics such as island biogeography, speciation and extinction, diversification, and conservation from a more geographical perspective emphasizing large scale patterns through space and time. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography or biology or permission of instructor.
Gog 518 (Bio 518, Inf 508) Ecological Modeling (3)
This course introduces various theoretical and mathematical approaches to modeling ecological and environmental data through computer-based exercises in the application of existing models and the development of new models. Modeling topics cover animal population models, vegetation models, and large scale landscape models, as well as model applications in decision making. This course is geared towards demystifying models and providing students with the confidence and skills to apply this very useful tool to research projects. Prerequisites: Statistics and either General Ecology, Environmental Analysis, Environmental Studies or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Gog 519 (Geo 519) Physical Environment of Cold Regions (3)
Introduction to high-altitude and high-latitude environments, particularly those in which glaciers, permafrost, and periglacial geomorphic features are important. Topics include the properties of snow, ice, and other earth materials, the ground thermal regime, landforms of cold regions, and environmental protection. Prerequisite: Gog/Geo 317 (Geomorphology).
Gog 521 (Pln 501) Planning History and Philosophy (3)
Examines the basic concepts and theories of urban and regional planning in the United States through an historical survey of the origins of the subject, the development of planning thought, the ideas and careers of the principal thinkers, and the relationships between business, government and residential communities.
Gog 526 (Pln 502) Urban and Metropolitan Structure and Functions (3)
Examines the economic, political, social and physical attributes of American cities, suburbs, and metropolitan regions. Identifies past and future roles of public policy and planning in creating and solving urban and metropolitan-wide problems. Topics include: urban decline and development, urban design, suburbanization and sprawl, infrastructure and environmental quality, class and income polarization, and regional planning programs.
Gog 530 Selected Topics (3)
Selected topics in geography. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Gog 532 (Pln 530) Environmental Planning (3)
Interaction between humans and the natural environment and the inability of natural systems to absorb concentrations of air, water, and land pollutants; the policy and programmatic response of federal, state, and local governments; environmental program planning; the use of controls and incentives to mitigate environmental degradation; and the assessment of the effectiveness of environmental programs.
Gog 534 (Pln 534) Water Resources Planning (2)
To understand water as an increasingly scare and important world resource. Students will learn how water is harnessed and moved, how competing water uses are prioritized, how to prevent source water depletion, how to plan for safe drinking water supplies and how to protect water quality through watershed planning and stormwater management, using New York and U.S. examples. Prerequisites: Pln 505 or Pln 506, or equivalent coursework or experience in land-use planning or law.
Gog 540 Advanced Political Geography (3)
Examines major themes and issues in political geography, including: Territory, identity and the state; localism, regionalsim and separatism; colonialism and decolonization; geopolitics; and internal and international political conflicts. Includes preparation of one or more research papers on case studies.
Gog 542 Advanced Cultural Geography (3)
Examines contemporary theoretical and empirical concerns in cultural geography through the exploration of a specific theme or topic. Recent themes include religious fundamentalism and the geography of religion. Prerequisite: Gog 102G, Gog 102M, or 442, or consent of instructor.
Gog 547 Geography of Development and Underdevelopment (3)
Analytical survey of "Third World" development theories and the development strategies they inspire. Topics covered include traditional concepts of natural and human resources identification and use, geographical diffusion, modernization, and economic growth, as well as challenges to the prevailing ideas and practices such as dependency, sustainable development, and community empowerment.
Gog 555 (Pln 503) Computer Applications in Planning (3)
Introduction to the use of personal computers in planning practice. Develops skills in spreadsheet, database and communications applications, along with elementary programming tools. Applications focus on models of urban, economic and transportation systems.
Gog 564 (Pln 544) Transportation Planning Practicum (3)
Survey of disaggregate travel demand forecasting. Deterministic and probabilistic models of destination and route choice and model split. Temporal aspects of travel decisions. Recent time-budget and activity approaches. Emphasis on policy implications, parametric estimations, and model implementation procedures. Case studies based on Capital District public transportation policy.
Gog 579 Fundamentals of Applied Global Positioning Systems (3)
The course introduces students to fundamentals of Global Positioning System technology as applied to the geosciences. Topics include background and history, signal structure, resolution, accuracy, data collection techniques, basic geodesy, projections and datums, and applications. Field work and lab exercises complement lecture material.
Gog 580 Advanced Urban Geography (3)
Explores some of the theoretical debates and empirical research conducted by geographers and planners interested in the contemporary city. Adopts a political economy approach to the investigation of social problems currently pervasive in the capitalist city including: inner-city poverty and the underclass; homelessness; gender-related issues; racial segregation; and crime.
Gog 584 (Pln 551) Graduate Introduction to Remote Sensing of Environment (2)
Designed to prepare students without a background in remote sensing with an understanding of fundamentals in the field. A research project is required.
Gog 585 Digital Image Analysis (3)
Examination of current concepts and research in digital image analysis with emphasis on multispectral and radar data sets. Students will utilize a variety of data sources including optical and digital imagery, maps, census data, ground surveys, and other GIS data layers in completing an interpretation and analysis of selected geoscience aspects of environmental concern. Methods and importance of accuracy assessment are introduced. Prerequisite: Gog 485 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Gog 590 Advanced Cartography (3)
Maps as information systems with emphasis on data collection, reduction, and symbolization. Error measurement and correction. Introduction to psycho-physical aspects of cartographic presentation. Prerequisite: Gog 390 or consent of instructor.
Gog 593 Topics in Image Analysis (3)
Topics in remote sensing including geographic information systems, digital image analysis, and interpretation. Topics to vary by semester. Can be repeated once for credit.
Gog 595 (Pln 555) Introductory MapInfo (1)
Provides students who have, or are developing, a knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) fundamentals, and who have, or are developing, a knowledge of ArcView software, with a comparable knowledge of MapInfo software. Enables students to use and apply MapInfo to the solution of a wide range of data management, cartographic and public policy programs.
Gog 596 (Pln 556) Geographic Information Systems (3)
This course will explore the structure, design, and application of geographic information systems. The student will learn how to store efficiently, retrieve, manipulate, analyze, and display large volumes of spatial data derived from various sources. Students will learn information management techniques for a variety of purposes including planning and simulation modeling.
Gog 597 (Pln 557) Advanced GIS (3)
Introduces students to ARC/INFO, a geographic information system (GIS) with extensive analytical and cartographic components. Students will use ARC/INFO to compile and analyze data for selected research projects in Geography and Planning. Major topics include data conversion procedures, registration and rectification of digital data, spatial statistical analysis, and cartographic display. Prerequisites: Gog 496/596; Pln 556 or equivalent courses.
Gog 598 (Pln 558) Geographic Information Systems Management (3)
This course provides students with the fundamentals of GIS diffusion theory, organizational theory and management, GIS implementation, spatial data sharing and trends in national data structures. Lectures are complemented by case studies chosen by the student to test ideas discussed in class. Prerequisites: Gog 496, 596, or Pln 556 or equivalent.
Gog 602 (Pln 602) Regional Theories and Techniques (3-4)
Introduces students to the theories of regional development and the tools used by geographers, planners, and other social scientists to measure regional change, forecast future trends, and analyze the regional economy. The class begins with a review of some classical and contemporary literature on regional development. With a firm theoretical foundation, the course shifts to developing student competency with a variety of tools including economic base multipliers, shift-share, input-output, cost-benefit analysis, etc. Prerequisite: Pln 502/Gog 526 or Pln 560/Pub560.
Gog 620 Seminar in Urban Geography (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Gog 680 Seminar in Geography (3)
Designed for graduate students who wish to do research in regional or systematic geography. Prerequisites: At least nine credits in geography and consent of instructor.
Gog 685 Seminar in Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)
Study of remote sensing in geographic investigation with emphasis on detailed examination of specific sensor systems. Independent research on a sensor-environment problem is mandatory. Prerequisite: Gog 585 or consent of instructor.
Gog 692 (Pln 656) Seminar in Geographic Information Systems (3)
In-depth study of specialized topics of importance to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In-depth examination of the scientific literature and a substantial research project involving algorithm development and/or modification and/or testing required. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Gog 496, 596 or Pln 556 or equivalent, and a working knowledge of a programming language.
Gog 695 Graduate Internship in Geography (3)
Faculty-directed internship with an appropriate agency, enabling qualified students to gain practical experience relevant to their academic program. Ordinarily the internship is part-time and lasts for one semester under the joint supervision of a faculty sponsor and the agency project director. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. S/U graded.
Gog 697 Independent Study in Geography (1-4)
Directed study and research on selected subjects in geography for the M.A. student. May be repeated once but not for more than a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: 9 credits in geography and permission of the instructor.
Gog 698 Master's Research Paper in Geography (3)
A substantial original research paper on a geographical topic, written under the supervision of a department faculty member. Prerequisite: At least 15 graduate credits in Geography.
Gog 699 Master's Thesis in Geography (3-6)
Prerequisite: Permission of advisor.