The Department of Physical and Earth Sciences offers supporting courses for the MA with a major in liberal studies. For students majoring in secondary education with a teaching field in social science or general science, supporting courses are offered for the MS.Ed. and the Ed.S. degrees. A graduate degree program is not offered in geography. However, students interested in additional geography courses may enroll in
environmental science management courses, and/or geographical information systems (GIS) courses.
Required Application Materials
Independent Study (1,1,1). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Permission of instructor required. This course gives the advanced student opportunity to pursue directed research. May be repeated for credit for a total of 3 semester hours.
Geographic Views of History (3). Use of the geographic perspective to examine facets of World, United States, and Alabama history.
Topics in Physical Geography (3,3,3). Advanced geographic study of various facets of the natural environment; topic selection varies; see instructor.
Topics in Environmental Conservation (3,3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. In-depth examination of various conservation issues. Topic selection varies, see instructor. Examples of the types of topics that could be covered in this course include energy resources, public land management, water or air quality and issues regarding food production. This course may be used to meet degree requirements in the MPA degree with an Environmental Science Management emphasis or in the MA degree with a major in Liberal Studies course work. May be duplicated for credit for a total of six semester hours.
Analyzing Spatial Networks (3). Introduction to topology theory and its employment in GIS network analysis. Emphasis on methods of determining efficient paths, modeling network flows, and creating efficient service areas for organizational entities.
Site Location Analysis (3). Emphasis on evaluating existing site location efficiencies, determining of appropriate point site and area site locations for organizational entities, and analyzing environmental impact analyses using GIS.
Organization and Management of Spatial Systems (3). Fundamental of GIS implementation and GIS management. Consideration in designing organization-wide GIS and the management of both special projects and organization-wide use of GIS.
Spatial Data Layout and Display (3). Fundamentals of map composition and layout, chart creation, data classification, and map design to produce meaningful maps and charts from the results of spatial analysis.
Spatial Data Collection and Management (3). Methods of capturing data, acquiring and importing existing spatial data into geographic information systems, deriving spatial information from remotely sensed data, and storing spatial data.
Natural Hazards (3). An introduction to natural hazards, their causes, distribution and impacts. Focus on human perception, vulnerability and risk analysis.
Concepts in Cultural Geography (3). Application of geographical concepts and perspectives to the study of the world’s culture regions. (May be used in the social science teaching field with a major in secondary education.)
Concepts in Earth Sciences (3,3,3). Selected topics in earth science such as atmosphere systems and processes, climatology, landform development, soils and biogeography. See instructor for specific topic(s) each term. (May be used in the general science and social science teaching fields with a major in secondary education.)
Directed Studies (3,3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the department head.
Internship (3,3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Supervised assignment in an area agency or firm for a minimum of 150 hours.