Research-oriented quantitative methods seminar. Advanced data analysis techniques for use in geographic and environmental research. Meets with GES 4000.
GES 5010 - Seminar: Geographic Research
An analysis of research topics and methodologies in geography. Students will define a research topic, review literature in their field of interest, and prepare a research proposal. Prer., BA or BS.
GES 5020 - Qualitative Methods in Geography
The course provides theoretical and practical experience in qualitative methods commonly used in geography and other social sciences. Methods covered include interviewing, participatory action research, observation, discourse analysis, questionnaires, and historical research. Req., GES 1990 or consent of instructor. Meets with GES 4020.
GES 5030 - Introduction to GIS for Graduate Students
Information Systems (GIS) as a research tool. Students will use ESRI software to complete a series of geographic projects and pursue the application of GIS to their own research areas. Prer., GES 3030 or consent of instructor. Meets with GES 3030.
GES 5040 - Spatial Database
Spatial database is essential to any geographic information system (GIS). The first half of this course will be dedicated to database design with an emphasis on relational databases, relational database theory, structured query language (SQL), and relational database management using both GUI and SQL commands. The second part of the course will focus on spatial databases including spatial database construction and management, and geodatabase data models. Students are expected to spend at least 10 hours/week outside the classroom to complete lab assignments and prepare for quizzes. The learning objectives are: (1) gain an understanding of fundamentals in database design and management, (2) develop the skills to design an effective database, (3) develop the skills to implement and manage databases, (4) gain some proficiency in the writing of SQL queries, and (5) gain some proficiency in using PostgreSQL/PostGIS for spatial database. Meets with GES 4040.
GES 5060 - Seminar: Advanced Remote Sensing
This course introduces the basic principles of image interpretation and analysis. Through lab and project work, students will explore a variety of data sources and examine the methodological and logistical considerations central to the acquisition and interpretation of aerial photography and digital imagery. Req., GES 2050 or consent of instructor. Meets with GES 4060 and ENSC 4060.
GES 5070 - Geovisualization
Students will learn the principles, concepts, methods and applications of geovisualization. Students will have hands-on experience in using highly interactive, dynamic and multidimensional geovisualization systems that offer high levels of user experience.
GES 5080 - Advanced GIS for Graduate Students
Continued application of GIS for spatial analysis. Students will learn ESN software and complete original research projects in their field of interest. Prer., GES 4050, GES 5050 or instructor consent. Meets with GES 4080.
GES 5090 - Image Processing
This is a writing intensive course which provides an introduction to the advanced methods of environmental and natural resource data analysis using remotely sensed imagery. Emphasis will be placed on digital image analysis of freely available data sources. This is a project-oriented course in which students will work through the remote sensing process in entirety – from the design of a research question to presentation of results. No previous programming experience required. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Writing Intensive. Prereq., GES 4060 or consent of instructor. Meets with ENSC 4090 and GES 4090.
GES 5100 - Global Positioning System with GIS
Explores the theory of GPS, provide practical experience using GPS units, and explore the interaction between GIS and GPS through use of ESRI, and Trimble Pathfinder software. Req., GES 2050 or consent of instructor. Meets with GES 4100.
GES 5120 - Internet Geographic Information Systems
GES 5130 - Programming Geographic Information Systems
The fundamental concepts of customizing and programming GIS. Students will develop hands-on experience in creating custom and more usable GIS applications using various tools including ESRI’s Arcgis and GIS programming languages such as Python. Prer., GES 4050 or GES 5050. Meets with GES 4130.
GES 5150 - Graduate Teaching Geography
Practicum and/or tutorial, by special arrangement only, in the teaching of geography (for example, serving as small-group leaders or proctors in introductory courses, or developing and/or testing curriculum materials). Students work closely with faculty in developing new instructional materials and interact with students using those materials. Open to graduate students only. Instructor Consent Required.
2 to 4 Credits
GES 5160 - Workshop in Geographic Education
A course outlining methods of teaching geography in K-12. Includes discussion of important geographic concepts and their integration into the classroom. Students will develop teaching activities and materials for incorporation into their curriculum. Prer., Consent of instructor.
0.5 to 4 Credits
GES 5170 - Seminar: Research Methods
Intensive work in using various forms of data and field investigation for analysis of geographic problems. Case studies and field experience. Meets with GES 4460.
2 to 4 Credits
GES 5220 - Synoptic Climatology
The physical processes involved with the development and transportation of weather systems. Selected topics include relationships between upper atmospheric flow and surface weather phenomena, synoptic evaluation of air masses and techniques for environmental analysis. Prer., GES 1000. Meets with GES 4220.
GES 5260 - Biogeography
An examination of the distribution of life on the Earth’s surface. The relationship between environmental factors and plant and animal distributions will be the central theme. Changes in distributions through time will also be examined. Required field trip. Prer., GES 1000 or consent of instructor. Meets with GES 4260.
GES 5270 - Advanced Biogeography
A project-oriented class with students studying the distribution of plants as related to environmental factors. This class will combine lecture, field work, and data processing; resulting in maps and reports. Prer., GES 4260, GES 5260 or instructor consent. Meets with GES 4270.
GES 5280 - Forest Geographies
Covers vegetation dynamics and forest ecosystems, with a focus on the western U.S. Emphasizes forest dynamics and their relation to human societies and management problems. Prer., Graduate students only. Meets with GES 4280.
GES 5290 - Plant Communities of Colorado
An examination of plant assemblages in Colorado. Major plant communities will be examined in the context of environmental factors such as climate and land forms. Required field trip. Prer., GES 4260, GES 5260 or instructor permission. Meets with GES 4290, BIOL 4290, and BIOL 5290.
GES 5310 - Principles of Geomorphology
Systematic study of rock weathering, mass-wasting, fluvial, glacial, and aeolian processes and the landforms resulting from these processes. Climatic geomorphology, geomorphometry, and data collection technologies (e.g., lidar) are emphasized. Field trips required. Prer., GES 1010 or GEOL 1010 or consent instructor. Meets with GEOL 4630, GEOL 5630, and GES 4310
GES 5340 - Seminar: Soils
In-depth study of techniques used in analyzing soil classification systems for global soils. Problems in human use and misuse of soils. Prer., GES 1010, GEOL 1010, or instructor consent. Chemistry recommended. Meets with GES 4340.
GES 5320 - Mountain Environments Seminar
Same as GES 4320 but will include additional research work. Field trips optional. Prer., GES 1000 or consent of instructor. Meets with GES 4320.
GES 5390 - Earth Systems Science
This course for middle and high school teachers will include field work, utilizing terrain and geological formations to compare and contrast earth with other planets. This course does not satisfy any requirements for the GES Master of Applied Geography Degree or the Master of Sciences. Meets with CURR 5540.
GES 5410 - Seminar in Resource Management and Conservation
An investigation of environmental problems with emphasis on land-planning and land use, pollution, water, energy and natural hazards. Prer., Consent of instructor. Meets with GES 4410.
GES 5420 - Conservation and United States Public Lands
Examines the legacy of public lands in the U.S. and whether management policies have evolved from an emphasis on resource extraction to one focused upon conservation. Topics will include national parks, forests, recreation, and wildlife conservation. Meets with GES 4420.
GES 5450 - Seminar: Analysis of Environmental Systems
Problems associated with development of environmental impact studies. Case examples and field work. Meets with GES 4450.
GES 5480 - Environmental Problems of Colorado
Specific land and resource use problems in Colorado. In-depth analysis of interacting systems of natural resources and human decision-making processes. Meets with GES 4480.
GES 5500 - Topics in Water Resource Management
Experience of water resource management in the United States, prospects for the future and problem solving techniques. Critical analysis of issues important in the western United States. Meets with GES 4500.
GES 5510 - Hydrology
Exploration of the principles of hydrology and their applications to environmental investigations. Meets with GES 4510.
GES 5550 - Disasters and Society
The impact of extreme geophysical events on human society. Emphasis upon adaptations to extreme events and ways of reducing vulnerability and damage. Meets with GES 4550.
GES 5560 - Cultural and Political Ecology
Considers how ecological conditions and sociopolitical systems are inherently linked. Major topics include environmental narratives, energy development, the role of technology in society, and sustainable development across a range of geographical contexts. Meets with GES 4560.
GES 5570 - Military Geographies
Considers how military activities shape and influence diverse landscapes. Extending from traditional strategic considerations of geography, the course takes a critical look at militarism at home and abroad, and during times of war and peace, and the changing role of sustainability in militarization. Meets with GES 4570.
GES 5600 - The Cultural Landscape
Students will learn to interpret the American cultural landscape, or the everyday surroundings that you frequently take for granted. Emphasis will be placed on learning how the appearance of the world around us, from modifications to the natural terrain to the cities in which we live, provides clues to our culture and society. You will seek to understand meaning in the built environment and learn what landscapes reveal about ourselves as Americans, and how landscapes contribute to a “sense of place.” Meets with GES 4600.
GES 5610 - Urban Geography
Course addresses topics in urban location, urban morphology and design, urban function, and urban social issues. We analyze why cities look as they do and the role cities play in society. Emphasis is on cities in the United States. Meets with GES 4610.
GES 5640 - Mega-Cities
This seminar provides a global perspective on the nature of urbanization, the forces behind these patterns, and resulting effects on social, political, economic, and environmental organization and governance of the world’s largest mega-cities (cities with a total population of 10 million+ people). Prer., Graduate students only. Meets with GES 4640.
GES 5650 - Restoration Geographies
Examines landscapes of restoration and their environmental, economic, ethical, and practical implications in order to develop a robust understanding of restoration, its relationship to geography, and how it takes place across a region. Meets with GES 4650.
GES 5660 - Urban Ecology
This course explores the human-environment interactions within urban settings. Special consideration is given to measuring patterns of change, and to social and ecological feedbacks in urbanized lands. This is a field-based course which involves collecting and analyzing primary data. Meets with GES 4660.
GES 5680 - Inequality USA
This course identifies how inequality is defined, measured, studied, and understood by geographers. Students will analyze quantitative and qualitative data sources to explain inequality in the U.S., and will conduct research identifying spaces of inequality in Colorado Springs. Meets with GES 4680, WEST 4680, SOC 4680, and SOC 5680.
GES 5730 - Population Geography
This course examines international population processes and patterns. First, past, present, and future dynamics of population growth are investigated. Second, varying perspectives on "overpopulation" (neo-Malthusian, cornucopian, distributionist) are discussed. Third, we show how in-depth case studies of the population geography of particular places and spaces shape the world around us. Prer., Graduate students only. Meets with GES 3730.
GES 5750 - Seminar: Recreation Geography
Examines the historical geographies of recreation and tourism, and the environmental and cultural impacts of the ski industry in Colorado, international ecotourism, and contemporary trends of recreational values and activities. Meets with GES 4750.
GES 5770 - History and Nature of Geography
A history of geographical ideas from Greek classical efforts through the 19th century. Meets with GES 4770.
GES 5780 - Global Migration
This course examines contemporary human migration at a global scale. Drawing from works on world systems, transnationalism, and immigrant assimilation, among others, we will explore how social science perspectives on human mobility can expand our understanding of place, citizenship, and borders. Prer., Graduate students only. Meets with GES 4780, SOC 4780 and WEST 4780.
GES 5920 - Geography of Food
Addresses four geographical topics of food: 1) The political economy of food production; 2) food production and the environment; 3) food and cultures; and, 4) food and nutrition. Students will better appreciate our complex relationship with food. Meets with GES 4920.
GES 6020 - Data Processing in Earth Science
Advanced data processing using digital image models and Geographic Information Systems. Students will be responsible for extensive individual project design and completion. Prer., GES 5170 or GES 4090/GES 5090.
GES 7000 - Master’s Thesis
Master’s Thesis. Instructor Consent Required.
1 to 6 Credits
GES 9500 - Independent Study in Geography - Graduate
Independent work for graduate students. By special arrangement with faculty only. Prer., Consent of instructor.
1 to 4 Credits
GES 9600 - Independent Study in Geography - Graduate
Independent work for graduate students. By special arrangement with faculty only. Prer., Instructor Consent Required.
1 to 4 Credits
GES 9990 - Candidate for Degree
Candidate for Degree. Instructor Consent Required.
GES 5500 - Water Resources
A descriptive interpretation and detailed inventory of hydroclimatic data, surface water, and ground water.The use of water is critically evaluated with emphasis on problems associated with geographic maldistribution, appropriation, irrigation, industry, pollution, and regional development. Meets with GES 4500.