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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Science and Technology Building 232

570-422-3285

www.esu.edu/geog

The Geography Department coordinates the PSM (Professional Science Master) concentration within the Master of Science in General Science degree program. The title of this concentration is Application of GIS/Remote Sensing in Environmental Science. Graduate course work is offered in Geography to support this degree program.

Course Descriptions

  • GEOG 502 Applied Geographic Information Science (GIS) (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the concepts and applications of GIS, with a focus on GIS analysis methods and their applications. Major topics include spatial data processing and analysis, terrain mapping and analysis, spatial database design and management, and geodatabase. The technical focus of the course includes computer lab tutorials and group projects using the leading desktop GIS software. Pre-requisite(s): MATH 110 and GEOG 341

  • GEOG 503 Advanced Geographic Information Science (GIS) (3:3:0)

    • This is an advanced GIS course focusing on spatial analysis and modeling approaches. Major topics include exploratory analysis of spatial data, network analysis, exploring spatial point patterns, area object and spatial autocorrelation, and spatial interpolation. The lecture session focuses on the principles and concepts of geospatial analysis. Students will also use a computer laboratory to learn the GIS software through a series of exercises. Pre-requisite(s): MATH 110 and GEOG 341

  • GEOG 511 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to introduce the principles and applications of remote sensing and the techniques of digital image processing. It will cover the interaction between energy and the earth's surface, the major sensor systems, techniques for image enhancement and classification, and the applications of remote sensing. Students will also use a computer laboratory to learn the remote sensing software through a series of exercises. Pre-requisite(s): MATH 110; one of the following three courses: GEOG 110, GEOG 120, or GEOG 341.

  • GEOG 522 Watershed Hydrology (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to provide an introduction to different components of the hydrologic cycle at the watershed scale. The emphases will be on surface processes and watershed responses to perturbations such as climate change and land use/land cover change. This course will cover the fundamental principles of hydrology and their applied uses. The ultimate goal of this course is to help students understand and learn how to mitigate water-related environmental problems, such as floods, droughts and water pollution. Pre-requisite(s): MATH 110; GEOG 120 or 121; GEOG 220 or BIOL 210.