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Department of Geography

Fall 2018 Courses

Undergraduates may take 100- through 500-level courses. Graduate students will only receive credit for courses numbered at the 500-level and above.

Section Y01 / M W 5:30pm – 6:45pm / CALLCOTT 201 / Ms. Sahar Derakhshan (7-5234)
Section Y02 / T R 11:40am – 12:55pm / CALLCOTT 011 / Mr. Christopher Krause (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in the various subfields of geographic inquiry and shows how geographic expertise can be used in important decision-making and problem solving contexts. This course also demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

Section Y01 / M W F 10:50am – 11:40am / CALLCOTT 201 / Ms. Mayra Román-Rivera (7-5234)
Section Y1B* / T R 6:00pm – 9:00pm / CALLCOTT 101 / Mr. Peter Tereszkiewicz (7-5234)
*Section Y1B is a second half of semester course

Physical geography synthesizes and connects elements of our physical environment as they relate to human beings. It includes many aspects of various earth and life sciences, but expresses them in a way that emphasizes patterns of interaction between elements and with humankind. This means that physical geography, like other branches of geography, examines spatial relationships – not only where things are, but also the processes that underlie the observed patterns. The objective of this course is to provide a systematic introduction to physical geography, including the major components of the earth system (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere) as well as regulatory processes, distribution patterns of important aspects, and impacts of human activity.

Section 001 / T R 8:30am – 9:45am / CALLCOTT 005 / Ms. Huixuan Li (7-5234)
Section Y01 / M W 5:30pm – 6:45pm / CALLCOTT 005 / Ms. Lasya Venigalla (7-5234)
Section Y1B* / T R 6:00pm – 9:00pm / CALLCOTT 005 / Dr. John Stewart (7-5234)
*Section Y1B is a second half of semester course

The Digital Earth is an introductory course that focuses on how the earth surface is visualized, explored, and analyzed in digital formats. It provides a systematic introduction of map-based analytical approaches to understanding the Earth environment and human society. The topics cover the basics of cartography (map making and reading), aerial photography and satellite image interpretation, geographic information systems (GIS), and map-based reasoning and communication of spatial data. Through lectures and computer/field exercises, students will learn fundamental concepts of digital geographic data and analysis to understand vast quantities of geographic information in our ever-changing world. Students will be exposed to leading edge trends in mapping technology — with examples from everyday life like web-based maps and smartphone apps — as their practical experiences.

No previous technical experience is assumed and only basic Windows operating system familiarity is required.

Section 001 / T R 1:15pm – 2:30pm / CALLCOTT 101 / Dr. Meredith DeBoom (7-5234)
Section Y01 / Online Web-based / Ms. Holly Smith (7-5234)

This course introduces students to diversity, inequality, and interconnectedness in the contemporary world through the lens of regional geography. In terms of diversity, this course highlights the ways that the physical environment, social and economic systems, political relationships, and historical circumstances have produced distinctive regions, like ‘Latin America’ and ‘the Middle East’. In terms of interconnectedness, this course explores the ways in which global processes—world trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism, geopolitical conflict, and climate change—have integrated different world regions into a complex global system. In terms of inequality, this course gives special attention to the way that regional and global processes intersect to produce and reinforce social and geographical disparities.

Lecture / T R 10:05am - 11:20am / CALLCOTT 201 / Dr. Jean Ellis Tedesco (7-1593)
Lab I / M 9:40am – 11:30am / CALLCOTT 202
Lab II / W 12:00pm – 1:50pm / CALLCOTT 202
Lab III / W 3:55pm – 5:45pm / CALLCOTT 202
Lab IV / M 12:00pm – 1:50pm / CALLCOTT 202

This course is an introduction to the physical features on the Earth’s land surface emphasizing soils, hydrology, and processes of landform creation by water, wind, ice, and gravity. Landforms are physical features on the Earth’s surface such as valleys, hill-slopes, beaches, sand dunes, and stream channels. The study of landforms is one of the oldest of the natural sciences from which many classic scientific premises and methods were born. Landforms and soils provide evidence of past environmental conditions, how they have changed, and the processes involved, including human actions and natural agents. The course emphasizes environmental changes in the recent geologic past up to the present. Three hours of lectures and one 110-minute laboratory per week.

Lecture / T R 10:05am – 11:20am / PETIGRU 108 /  Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-0682)
Lab I / T 11:40am – 1:30pm / CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab II / T 1:30pm – 3:20pm / CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab III / W 12:00pm – 1:50pm / CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab IV / R 11:40am – 1:30pm / CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab V / W 2:00pm – 3:50pm / CALLCOTT 004/005

This course provides students with a general understanding of the processes which influence weather and climate patterns on the earth.  It first examines the sources of energy driving atmospheric processes, the importance of atmospheric moisture, and the forces creating the winds.  The second part of the course focuses on storm systems, including mid-latitude cyclones and severe weather.  The last third of the class is devoted to the study of climate, climate variability and change, and the impact of such change on human activity.  The laboratory sections will include experiments, workbook exercises, and analysis of real-time computer weather graphics.  The final grade will be based on three lecture exams, three lab exams, take-home exercises, a weather journal, and regular lecture and lab quizzes.

*4 credit hour course includes a 2-hour laboratory each week.

M W 8:05am – 9:20am / CALLCOTT 102 / Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

This course provides a thematic introduction to contemporary human geography, a broad geographic subfield directly concerned with human beings and their interaction with their natural and cultural environment. The course uses spatial approaches and concepts from geography to explore many themes related to globalization and the interactions between people and places amongst diverse societies around the world. Some of the themes addressed in the course are: urbanization, population growth, rural to urban and international migrations, international development, territorial sovereignties, statehood and terrorism, ethnicity and race, and cultural diversity. These themes are linked through geographic perspectives and methods of investigation.

M W 10:50am – 12:05pm / CALLCOTT 102 / Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

How does where you live influence who you are? How do our understandings of the world – our beliefs, values, dreams, and memories – influence the environments of everyday life? What can we learn about cultural identity and belonging by examining the landscapes and places we think are important to who we are? How does society reinforce or challenge issues such as social, economic, or political inequality through planning and organizing physical and social space? This course will introduce students to spatial ways of thinking about culture, including the interrelationships between power, meanings and values, ways of life, and the material things we create and use in ordinary life. By the end of this course students will be able to: define and use the concepts of space, place, and landscape to examine current social and cultural issues; demonstrate a geographic understanding of how identity and inequality are produced in society; and use spatial concepts and geographic methodologies to research a local cultural or social topic.

M W 2:20pm – 3:35pm / CALLCOTT 101 / Dr. Conor Harrison (576-6010)

This course introduces students to the places and spaces where economic activities are carried out and circulate. The course material, which includes texts, films, newspaper articles, lectures, and in-class activities, will help students to develop an understanding of how economic processes shape the landscape but also how to analyze those processes within their social, cultural, and political contexts. The course will examine how the economic realms of labor, finance, government transportation, technology, natural resources, and corporations shape the world around us, as well as how the world shapes those industries.

T R 3:30pm – 4:45pm / CALLCOTT 102 / Mr. Yago Martin (7-5234)

This course introduces you to the nature and impact of as well as the social responses to disasters. We focus on the origin and characteristics of disasters, their spatial distribution, lessons learned from the great disasters, and how society anticipates and responds to disasters. The major goals of the course are to: 1) familiarize you with the range and types of environmental hazards/disasters and their geographic distribution; 2) examine the causes or triggering mechanisms (natural, human, technological) of disasters; and 3) assess the societal impacts to disasters on individuals, organizations, and governments from the local to global scales.

By the end of the semester, you should be able to:
• List and explain the causes of disasters
• Describe selected historically significant major disasters
• Examine and review the societal responses and lessons learned of major disasters
• Interpret the geographic variability in disaster agents and impacts

M W 9:15am – 10:30am / CALLCOTT 101 / Dr. Kirstin Dow (7-2482)

This course examines the relationship between society and the environment. That is, relations between culture, power, and environmental change. The course not only addresses themes of environmental degradation, but also considers the history and culture of environmental protection. In this regard, we will explore ideas of nature (from frontier wilderness to tropical Amazonia) and analyze the ways ideas of nature have influenced national identity, racial difference, and the branding and consumption of goods. In our approach to issues of environmental degradation we will examine the wider relations of power and economic production that drive environmental change, while critically examining popular framings of environmental problems. In situating issues of environmental degradation and protection in their wider political, cultural, and historical context, this course helps students develop and apply critical thinking skills towards the environment and their place within it.

T R 1:15pm – 2:30pm / CALLCOTT 302 / Dr. Cuizhen (Susan) Wang (7-5867)

This course introduces the basics of aerial photography including radiant energy, properties of the photographic image, photo geometry, photogrammetric measurement, photo acquisition, and interpretation of aerial photographs. Emphasis is placed on practical training in an effort to make the student a competent user of air photos for a variety of geographic and multidisciplinary applications. No previous technical experience is needed. Basic knowledge of ArcGIS will help in lab exercises but is not required.

T R 10:05am – 11:20am / CALLCOTT 202 / Dr. John Kupfer (7-0238)

Biogeography involves mapping and understanding the distributions of plants and animals today and reconstructing those in the past using a range of analytical techniques, including geographic information systems, genetic analysis, dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) and palynology (the study of pollen to reconstruct past climates). Biogeographers also conduct research on how physical and biological factors control distributions of plants and animals and study how geographic distributions affect the evolution and extinction of species. In recent years, biogeographers have been involved in applying their knowledge to the protection of rare and endangered species and the conservation and management of threatened ecosystems. This course is broken down into 3 modules. The first module focuses on ecological concepts; the second module deals with the importance of evolutionary processes and biogeographic changes in geologic time, and the final module examines the development of modern distributions of plant and animal species and contemporary issues in biogeography such as conservation and land management.

Section 001 / Lecture: M 2:20pm – 3:35pm / CALLCOTT 003 / Dr. Michael Hodgson (7-8976)
Lab: W 2:20pm – 3:35pm / CALLCOTT 005
Section 002 / Lecture: T 10:05am – 11:20am / CALLCOTT 004 / Mr. Xiao Huang (7-5234)
Lab: R 10:05am – 11:20am / CALLCOTT 005
Section 003 / Lecture/Lab: T R 4:25pm – 5:40pm / CALLCOTT 005 / Ms. Yuqin Jiang (7-5234)

Geographic Information Systems (GISs) represent a major advancement in computer handling of geographical data. These systems are used extensively throughout all levels of government, private industry, and academia to provide support for spatial decision making and problem solving. Principles and methods of Geographic Information Systems are presented with an emphasis on modeling the Earth and abstracting geographical data, collection of geographical data using modern techniques such as GPS, mapping information, and analyzing patterns and spatial relationships.
Practical experience with GIS is provided during the lab exercises using a state‐of‐the‐art GIS. Students are provided free copies of the GIS software. No prerequisites required.

T R 11:40am – 12:55pm / CALLCOTT 101 / Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

The purpose of the course is to present the basic concepts and processes as they relate to tropical climatology and hurricanes. It covers weather basics at large geographic scales encompassing climate processes that relate to the entire tropics, and then progressing to smaller regional spatial scales such as those dealing with monsoon climates, followed by tropical climate forcings such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation. Tropical cyclones and hurricane topics include the structure and characteristics, followed by hurricane forecasting techniques and then various aspects of hurricane climatology. Tropical weather forecast discussions, following a format routinely used by the National Hurricane Center and utilizing real-time weather information, will reinforce important concepts learned in lecture.

Independent Study Contract and Department Permission Required
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

M W 12:45pm – 2:00pm / CALLCOTT 102 / Dr. Caroline Nagel (7-0238)

This is a capstone course for undergraduate Geography majors and is a requirement for Geography majors for graduation. It is taught only during Fall semesters. A significant portion of the course is devoted to group-based research activities designed to integrate geographic knowledge and to apply geographic skills to real-world problems. Students will learn about crafting research questions, designing a methodology, and carrying out a research plan. Students’ geographical knowledge and skills will be demonstrated through presentations and papers. In addition, students will learn professional development skills, including resume preparation and interview techniques. Tips for obtaining post-graduate jobs in the private, public, and non-profit sectors and for applying to graduate school will be discussed.

Department Permission Required
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

Department Permission
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

T R 5:00pm – 6:15pm / CALLCOTT 302 / Dr. Zhenlong Li (7-4590)

By integrating GIS and Web technologies, WebGIS brings the traditional GIS functionalities such as spatial analysis and mapping into the web environment in a way that was not possible before. This course develops the theoretical background of WebGlS and the fundamental programming skills needed for both academic and industrial high-quality web-based mapping applications. This course is intended for advanced undergraduates or graduate students in Geography or related disciplines to 1) develop an understanding of how WebGIS works and the different architecture models of WebGIS, and 2) gain necessary techniques, web and GIS programming skills, and hands-on experiences to develop high-quality web mapping and web-service applications for use in professional or research settings.

M W 2:20pm – 3:35pm / CALLCOTT 202 / Dr. Susan Cutter (7-1590)

This course investigates the causes and impacts of environmental hazards on society. Specifically, the course focuses on the relationship between society and nature, especially how people and societies respond to hazardous geologic, atmospheric, hydrologic, and technological events. In addition to briefly reviewing the physical/technological dynamics of hazards, we will focus most of our attention on hazards mitigation and recovery from disasters. The major goals of the course are to 1) examine the causes and consequences of hazards on society over time and space; 2) to assess various responses to disasters (relief, recovery, reconstruction, mitigation) by individuals and society; 3) understand the evolution of and current status of hazards policy; and 4) identify gaps in knowledge and policy in the hazards area. The pre-requisites for the course are GEOG 330 The Geography of Disasters or its equivalent. Grades are based on exams and written assignments.

T R 3:30pm – 4:45pm / CALLCOTT 101 / Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

This course will deal with the nature of geographical data sets, and statistical measures and models commonly used by geographers to describe spatial variations and patterns, distributions, and relationships among geographical data. Each student will be given opportunities to apply these techniques to geographical datasets, with practice involving use of computer-based exercises and written examinations. The course assumes knowledge of basic algebra. The course does not focus on the derivation of equations, but rather focuses on applications.

T R 11:40am – 12:55pm / CALLCOTT 302 / Dr. Diansheng Guo (7-2989)

This course examines current issues and approaches in cartography and geographic visualization, focusing on the uses of interactivity and animation in cartography in order to facilitate thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student will gain experience in the use of computers and graphics software to develop interactive cartographic visualizations.

T R 10:05am – 11:20am / CALLCOTT 101 / Dr. Jerry Mitchell (7-2986)

Geography defines itself not by its subject matter, but rather by its perspective or worldview. Geography is content-driven, graphically rich, technologically sophisticated, and applicable to other subject areas. This course helps teachers and prospective teachers acquire geographic knowledge and skills needed to understand the spatial characteristics and interactions of important physical, demographic, cultural, political, and economic systems. Students enrolled in this course will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of geographic philosophy and methods, and will be able to use geographic knowledge and methods in pedagogic contexts.

The student will learn to:
• Use historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts to analyze social and environmental issues at all scales
• Apply the principles of the natural sciences to contemporary issues
• Use technology to understand spatial relationships
• Incorporate geographic concepts within the K-12 classroom
• Complete a lesson plan that engages K-12 students in spatial thinking

M W 3:55 – 5:10pm / CALLCOTT 302 / Dr. Michael Hodgson (7-8976)

Purpose of Course: The purpose of the course is to present geographical and temporal modeling concepts using GIS modeling languages and techniques. Practical laboratory experience with state-of-the-art software and hardware will be used. Material covered will include the cartographic modeling language concepts by Tomlin, deterministic and statistical models, coupled/embedded approaches for modeling implementations, and calibration/validation techniques. By the end of the course, students should be able to make informed decisions about the appropriate conceptual model, scale of analysis, and GIS implementation strategy for geographical modeling problems. Students will also be able to implement a variety of embedded models using ArcGIS and python/Model Builder. Application examples in the course includes physical processes (e.g. hydrology, toxic-releases, flora mapping, animal behavior) and human-environment interaction (e.g. hazards, facility siting, accessibility, attitudes-behavior).

Prerequisites: Students entering this course should have the equivalent of an introduction to GIS course and some experience with a scripting language (e.g. HTML, javascript, python).

Course Presentation: Material will be presented through lectures and hands on work in the computing laboratory. The geographic concepts are first presented in the context of one or more modeling applications. An implementation solution to the concept is next presented. Finally, students conduct an extension of this concept and implementation using a modern GIS modeling approach.

T R 10:05am – 11:20am / CALLCOTT 112 / Dr. Jessica Barnes (7-9945)

This course explores the intersections of international development and environmental change. Students will become familiar with theories of development, issues of environmental change and degradation, and how they come together in particular places through both conceptual and case-study readings. The first part of the course will introduce key concepts and provide an overview of development thought in the post-World War II era. In the next section, we will discuss the main development paradigms of this period. Through a series of contemporary environment-related case studies, we will reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to development. The third part of the course will examine how various understandings of development and the environment play out in practice through aid projects in the Global South. Finally, at the end of the semester, we will focus on the case of food – a topic of critical concern, which brings together questions of development and the environment.

T R 1:45pm – 3:00pm / CALLCOTT 102 / Dr. John Kupfer (7-6739)

One third of the U.S. land surface is owned by the federal government and administered as a public resource. Large areas of many states are also in state or local ownership and management. These lands are intimately connected with publicly administered waters, including rivers, lakes, shallow coastal waters, and wetlands. This course explores the geographic aspects of American public lands and waters, including the spatial components of their physical and policy settings. It integrates resource analysis and development, physical geography of public landscapes, and the historical geography of policy that controls these public resources. Specific topics include historical growth of the nation’s land jurisdiction by acquisition countered by the disposition of lands through sale, free distribution, reservations for forests, grazing lands, water resource areas, wildlife refuges, parks, and recreation areas. The course will feature a number of visiting speakers who are actively engaged in the management of public lands in South Carolina as well as a field trip to Congaree National Park to explore major management issues and challenges.

T R 8:30am – 9:45am / CALLCOTT 102 / Dr. Greg Carbone (7-0682)

This course will examine climate variations from the recent past and those projected to occur in the next century. We will explore potential causes of climate variability and change from the theoretical perspective of climate modeling and from empirical evidence preserved in the instrumental record. We will examine a range of spatial (global, continental, and regional scales) and temporal scales (inter-annual variability as well as longer-term changes). Specific topics will include: the climate system, radiative forcing, feedbacks and climate sensitivity, the recently observed temperature record, El Niño/Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic and Pacific decadal oscillations, seasonal to inter-annual forecasts, and decadal prediction. The course will involve a combination of lectures, student presentations, and interactive computer exercises involving computer model output and observed data sets. The final grade will be based on lecture exams, take-home exercises, and presentations.

T R 10:05am – 11:20am / CALLCOTT 302 / Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867)

This course is about information extraction and land use/land cover (LULC) mapping with remote sensing imagery. Emphasis is placed on computer-assisted digital image processing, including image radiometric/atmospheric/geometric correction, spatial and spectral transformation, land use/land cover classification, and change detection. Via lectures, hands-on exercises and class projects, students will gain marketable skills of geospatial applications in agricultural, environmental, forestry, wetland and urban/transportation studies.

Pre-requisite: GEOG 551 or instructor consent.

Instructor Approval and a Signed Internship Contract Required
Dr. Cuizhen Wang (7-5867) CALLCOTT 310

The internship in geography helps students acquire valuable "on the job" experience and develop marketable job skills as well as learn about employment opportunities and requirements. Students serve as interns with cooperating government agencies, or commercial and nonprofit businesses. A special effort is made to assign each intern to a position compatible with his/her interests, abilities, and career aspirations. The course is graded on a pass/not pass basis. Grades are determined by the Internship Director in consultation with supervisory personnel in cooperating agencies. Grades are based on the performance of internship duties and the preparation of an internship summary report.

Instructor Approval, Department Permission and Contract Required
Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

Instructor Approval, Department Permission and Contract Required
Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

W 9:00am – 11:30am / CALLCOTT 112 / Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

This readings seminar will explore a body of literature centering on the physical processes associated with the land-atmosphere interface. We will explore measurement techniques, transport processes and how turbulence theory can be translated to an applied realm. Readings will be selected to accommodate the interests of students and to provide several coherent themes through the semester. The seminar will follow a modified journal-club format. Each week, one or two students will present peer-reviewed papers on a climate topic and lead class discussion. Presenters will summarize the topic by highlighting the key points raised in articles, provide a critical evaluation of the work, and shepherd class discussion. The goal of the presentation and subsequent discussion is to leave all seminar participants with a working understanding of the topic’s most salient issues.

M 9:00am – 11:30am / CALLCOTT 112 / Dr. Zhenlong Li (7-4590)

Massive volumes of geospatial data are being acquired at increasingly faster speeds from a variety of Earth observation platforms. These big geospatial data pose grand challenges for scientists in geography and other related geospatial domains, especially with regard to efficient data management, information extraction, spatial analysis, and visualization. Focusing on the emerging geospatial cloud computing and cyberinfrastructure, this seminar is organized to capture and discuss the latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies in GIScience for tackling data- and computational-intensive geospatial problems.

Students are expected to have basic training in GIS. Please contact the instructor for more information.

Prerequisites: GEOG 563

Approved by Instructor and Department Permission
Thesis Preparation research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

Instructor Approval, Department Permission and Contract Required
Directed research topics in geographical information processing to be individually supervised by graduate faculty.
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

Approved by Instructor and Department Permission
Dissertation Preparation research topic is individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.
Contact the Geography Department for more information: 7-5234 / CALLCOTT 127

Note: R = Thursday

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