Geography (Graduate Group)

Robert Hijmans, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. Carrie Armstrong-Ruport, Student Affairs Officer; 133 Hunt Hall 530-752-4119; caruport@ucdavis.edu; http://geography.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://geography.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty


Robert Hijmans, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. Carrie Armstrong-Ruport, Student Affairs Officer; 133 Hunt Hall 530-752-4119; caruport@ucdavis.edu; http://geography.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://geography.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Geography (GGG) offers programs of study and research leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Faculty and students share a common interest in spatial interaction between humans and the biophysical environment. The wide faculty interests attract a diverse set of students in such areas as biogeography, urban forestry and related natural science and engineering fields, as well as human geography and related social science fields. A number of faculty members use and teach geographic information systems, remote sensing, and related geographic techniques, and most have a strong field orientation. The strengths of the Davis campus and its faculty enable the program to focus on important issues including people, place and power, community and regional identity and change, people-environment interaction, agricultural sustainability, landscape architecture, environmental change, biogeography, natural resource management, and technological innovations in computing and the use of geographic information systems. Students are mentored by faculty across the many colleges of the university.

Preparation. Most students considered for admission will have an undergraduate major in geography or in a closely related field. Generally, a student without an undergraduate degree in geography will be required to complete the equivalent of a minor in geography, consisting of one course each in human geography, physical geography and geographic methods, plus any additional undergraduate coursework required as background for the student's research emphasis, as determined by the student's guidance committee.

Graduate Advisors. Ryan Galt (Human Ecology), Robert Hijmans (Environmental Science and Policy), Jay Lund (Civil and Environmental Engineering), James Quinn (Environmental Science and Policy)

Robert Hijmans, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. Carrie Armstrong-Ruport, Student Affairs Officer; 133 Hunt Hall 530-752-4119; caruport@ucdavis.edu; http://geography.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://geography.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Geography (GGG) offers programs of study and research leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Faculty and students share a common interest in spatial interaction between humans and the biophysical environment. The wide faculty interests attract a diverse set of students in such areas as biogeography, urban forestry and related natural science and engineering fields, as well as human geography and related social science fields. A number of faculty members use and teach geographic information systems, remote sensing, and related geographic techniques, and most have a strong field orientation. The strengths of the Davis campus and its faculty enable the program to focus on important issues including people, place and power, community and regional identity and change, people-environment interaction, agricultural sustainability, landscape architecture, environmental change, biogeography, natural resource management, and technological innovations in computing and the use of geographic information systems. Students are mentored by faculty across the many colleges of the university.

Preparation. Most students considered for admission will have an undergraduate major in geography or in a closely related field. Generally, a student without an undergraduate degree in geography will be required to complete the equivalent of a minor in geography, consisting of one course each in human geography, physical geography and geographic methods, plus any additional undergraduate coursework required as background for the student's research emphasis, as determined by the student's guidance committee.

Graduate Advisors. Ryan Galt (Human Ecology), Robert Hijmans (Environmental Science and Policy), Jay Lund (Civil and Environmental Engineering), James Quinn (Environmental Science and Policy)

Courses in GEO:
GEO 200AResearch Trends in Geography (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Major current research themes and trends in geography. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1999 Fall Quarter.
GEO 200ANGeographical Concepts (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Geography or consent of instructor. Concepts and thematic content of the discipline, including contemporary research questions. A brief review of the history of geographic thought and practice is done at the beginning of the course. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
GEO 200BNTheory & Practice of Geography (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Class size limited to 20. Development, application, and philosophical background of theory in discipline of geography and geographical knowledge production. Similarities and differences in theories employed in physical and human geography and cartography. Geographic contributions to interdisciplinary theory bridging biophysical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
GEO 200CNQuantitative Geography (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—6 hour(s). Class size limited to 25 students. Provides an overview of quantitative approaches in spatial data analysis. Overview of different approaches used for inference, modeling, and prediction. Also learn how to write computer programs to implement these methods. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
GEO 200DNSocio-Spatial Analysis in Geography (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Class size limited to 25. Introduction to methodologies of socio-spatial analysis in interviews, and ethnographic fieldwork. Students develop a critical understanding of different methodological and theoretical approaches, and their appropriate applications in overall research design. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
GEO 200EAdvanced Research Design in Geography (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEO 200AN; GEO 200BN; GEO 200CN; GEO 200DN; Graduate standing. Class size limited to 15. Helps Ph.D. students develop their research question, design their research plan and complete a full dissertation research proposal. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
GEO 201Sources and General Literature of Geography (4) Active
Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing in geography. Designed for students preparing for higher degrees in geography. May be repeated for credit in one or more of the following subfields: physical, cultural, economic, urban, historical, political, conservation, and regional geography. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 210Topics in Biogeography (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EVE 147 or WFC 156 (can be concurrent); Or equivalent. Consent of instructor required for undergraduates. Current topics in historical and ecological biogeography, including macroecology and areography, GIS and remote sensing, phylogeography, vegetation, plant and animal community and species geography. Systematics, climate change, and conservation will be addressed. (Letter.) Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
GEO 211Physical Geography Traditions and Methods (3) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Introductory course in physical geography. Graduate-level standing in geography or related discipline. Discussion of the physical science tradition in geography, including key concepts and current research in climatology, geomorphology, soils geography, biogeography, climate change, watershed science, and coastal studies. Research paradigms, programs, and methods as used by physical geographers will be discussed. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
GEO 212Water Resource Management (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEO 114; GEO 141; GEO; 142; GEO 153 recommended. Engineering, institutional, economic, and social basis for managing local and regional water resources. Examples in the context of California's water development and management. Uses of computer modeling to improve water management. (Same course as ECI 267.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
GEO 214Seminar in Geographical Ecology (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EVE 100 or EVE 101; or Consent of Instructor. Recent developments in theoretical and experimental biogeography, historical biogeography and related themes in systematics, the biology of colonizing species, and related topics. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as PBG 296.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2013 Spring Quarter.
GEO 215Ecologies of Infrastructure (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Open to graduate standing or consent of instructor. Focus on design practices and theory associated with ecological conceptions of infrastructure, including networked infrastructure, region, bioregion, regionalization, ecological engineering, reconciliation ecology, novel ecosystems, and theory/articulation of landscape change. (Same course as LDA 215.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
GEO 220Topics in Human Geography (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Class size limited to 20 students. Examination of philosophy and theory in human geography with an emphasis on contemporary debates and concepts in social, cultural, humanistic, political, and economic geographies. Specific discussion of space, place, scale and landscape; material and imagined geographies. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
GEO 230Citizenship, Democracy, & Public Space (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduction to seminal works in political theory, philosophy, and the social sciences that focus on citizenship and the public sphere; development of critical perspective regarding restructuring of public space in a pluralistic and global culture; discussion of contemporary case studies. (Same course as LDA 200.) (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
GEO 233Urban Planning and Design (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Limited to graduate students. Regulation, design, and development of the built landscape, planning and land development processes, zoning and subdivision regulation, site planning, urban design goals and methods, public participation strategies, creatively designing landscapes to meet community and ecological goals. (Same course as LDA 205.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
GEO 236Transportation Planning and Policy (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Transportation planning process at the regional level, including the role of federal policy in shaping regional transportation planning, tools and techniques used in regional transportation planning, issues facing regional transportation planning agencies, pros and cons of potential solutions and strategies. Students taking this course previously as TTP 289 cannot repeat it for credit; taking other TTP 289 offerings does not preclude taking TTP 220 for credit. (Same course as TTP 220.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Winter Quarter.
GEO 240Community Development Theory (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Introduction to theories of community development and different concepts of community, poverty, and development. Emphasis on building theory, linking applied development techniques to theory, evaluating development policy, and examining case studies of community development organizations and projects. (Same course as CRD 240.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
GEO 241The Economics of Community Development (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Economic theories and methods of planning for communities. Human resources, community services and infrastructure, industrialization and technological change, and regional growth. The community's role in the greater economy. (Same course as CRD 241.) (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
GEO 245The Political Economy of Urban and Regional Development (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CRD 157; CRD 244; Or the equivalent. How global, political and economic restructuring and national and state policies are mediated by community politics; social production of urban form; role of the state in uneven development; dynamics of urban growth and decline; regional development in California. (Same course as CRD 245.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
GEO 246The Political Economy of Transnational Migration (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Theoretical perspectives and empirical research on social, cultural, political, and economic processes of transnational migration to the U.S. Discussion of conventional theories will precede contemporary comparative perspectives on class, race, ethnicity, citizenship, and the ethnic economy. (Same course as CRD 246.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
GEO 248Social Policy, Welfare Theories and Communities (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Theories and comparative histories of modern welfare states and social policy in relation to legal/normative, organizational, and administrative aspects. Analysis of specific social issues within the U.S./California context. Not open for credit to students having completed CRD 248A and CRD 248B. (Same course as CRD 248.) (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
GEO 254Political Ecology of Community Development (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Community development from the perspective of geographical political ecology. Social and environmental outcomes of the dynamic relationship between communities and land-based resources, and between social groups. Cases of community conservation and development in developing and industrialized countries. (Same course as CRD 244.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
GEO 260Global Political Ecology (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Open to graduate students only or consent of instructor. Background, genesis, current debates in political ecology. Examination of political-economic and social-cultural causes of environmental change. Introduction to development theory, globalization, history of science and power/knowledge. Cases of social movements, justice, resistance, gender, race and class. Focus outside North America. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
GEO 279Exploring Data from Built Environment Using R (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Introduction to modern data science, specifically data acquisition, exploratory data, visualization, and beginning data analysis using R. Emphasizes computational reasoning and working with tabular and non-standard data. Focus will be on data generated in the built environment. (Same course as ECI 254.) (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
GEO 280Field Studies in Geography (3) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Fieldwork—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Undergraduate or graduate coursework in geography. Limited to 20 students. A topic or subdiscipline of geography will form the theme for the course in any given offering, with a focus on current research on this topic, field methodologies, and data analysis in human and physical geography May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
GEO 281Transportation Survey Methods (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (STA 013 or STA 013Y); ECI 251 recommended. Description of types of surveys commonly used in transportation demand modeling, including travel and activity diaries, attitudinal, panel, computer, and stated-response surveys. Discussion of sampling, experimental design, and survey design issues. Analysis methods, including factor, discriminant and cluster analysis. Not open for credit to students who have taken ECI 255. (Same course as TTP 200.) (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
GEO 286Selected Topics in Environmental Remote Sensing (3) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s); Lecture—1 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): ERS 186; and Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent required; ERS 186L recommended. In depth investigation of advanced topics in remote sensing applications, measurements, and theory. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as HYD 286.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
GEO 290Seminar in Geography (1-3) Active
Seminar—1-3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar focuses on specified topical areas within geography, which will vary quarter to quarter. Students expected to present an oral seminar on an aspect of the general topic under discussion. May be repeated up to 6 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
GEO 291Seminar in Cultural Geography (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s). (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 293Graduate Internship (1-12) Active
Variable—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Individually designed, supervised internship, off campus, in community or institutional setting. Developed with advice of faculty mentor. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
GEO 295Seminar in Urban Geography (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s). (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 297Graduate Group in Geography (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Seminars by UC Davis faculty and prominent national and international scholars; research presentations by Graduate Group in Geography Ph.D. candidates. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated up to 10 Unit(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2000 Spring Quarter.
GEO 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 299DIndividual Study (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): and Consent of Instructor. Graduate student status in Geography. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Review all entries Historical
Variable. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
GEO 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.