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Courses in Geography (GEO)


200AN. Geographical Concepts (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: 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.—F. (F.) 

200BN. Theory & Practice of Geography (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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.—W. (W.) Galt, Rios

200CN. Quantitative Geography (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—6 hours. 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.—S. (S.) Hijmans

200DN. Socio-Spatial Analysis in Geography (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. 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.—W. (W.) Eubanks-Owens

200E. Advanced Research Design in Geography (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing; courses 200AN, 200BN, 200CN and 20ODN. Class size limited to 15. Helps Ph.D. students develop their research question, design their research plan and complete a full dissertation research proposal.—F. (F.) 

201. Sources and General Literature of Geography (4)

Discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in geography; consent of instructor. 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.

210. Topics in Biogeography (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Evolution and Ecology 147 or Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology 156 (may be taken concurrently) 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. Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Shapiro

211. Physical Geography Traditions and Methods (3)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: 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 three times for credit. Offered in alternate years.—(F.)

212. Water Resource Management (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Civil and Environmental Engineering 114, 141, and 142; Civil and Environmental Engineering 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 Civil and Environmental Engineering 267.)—F. (F.) Lund

214. Seminar in Geographical Ecology (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: Evolution and Ecology 100 or 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. (Same course as Population Biology 296.)(S/U grading only.)—S. (S.) Shapiro

215. Ecologies of Infrastructure (4)

Seminar—4 hours. 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. Offered in alternate years. (Same course as Landscape Architecture 215.)—Milligan

220. Topics in Human Geography (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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. Offered in alternate years.—W. (W.) Rios

230. Citizenship, Democracy, & Public Space (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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 Landscape Architecture 200.)—S. (S.) Rios

233. Urban Planning and Design (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. 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 Landscape Architecture 205.)—F. (F.) Wheeler

236. Transportation Planning and Policy (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. 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 Transportation Planning and Policy 289 cannot repeat it for credit. Taking other Transportation Planning and Policy 289 offerings does not preclude taking Transportation Planning and Policy 220 for credit. (Same course as Transportation Planning and Policy 220.) Offered in alternate years.—S. Handy

241. The Economics of Community Development (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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 Community and Regional Development 241.)—F. (F.) Kenney

245. The Political Economy of Urban and Regional Development (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Community and Regional Development 157, 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 Community & Regional Development 245.) Offered irregularly.—W. (W.) 

246. The Political Economy of Transnational Migration (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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 Community & Regional Development 246.)—S. (S.) Guarnizo

248. Social Policy, Welfare Theories and Communities (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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 Community & Regional Development 248A and 248B. (Same course as Community & Regional Development 248.) Offered in alternate years.—(S.) 

252. Landscape and Power (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. How various representations of landscape have historically worked as agents of cultural power. Course framework is interdisciplinary, including studies of landscape representation in literature, art, photography, cartography, cinema, and landscape architecture. (Same course as Landscape Architecture 260.)—F. (F.) 

254. Political Ecology of Community Development (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: 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 Community and Regional Development 244.) Offered in alternate years.—W. Galt

260. Global Political Ecology (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. 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. Offered in alternate years.—F, S. Davis

270. Experimental Design and Analysis (5)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion/laboratory—2 hours. Prerequisite: Plant Sciences 120 or equivalent. Introduction to the research process and statistical methods to plan, conduct and interpret experiments.—W. (W.) Dubcovsky

271. Applied Multivariate Modeling in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: one of Plant Sciences 120, 205, Statistics 106, 108, or equivalent. Multivariate linear and nonlinear models. Model selection and parameter estimation. Analysis of manipulative and observational agroecological experiments. Discriminant, principal component, and path analyses. Logistic and biased regression. Bootstrapping. Exercises based on actual research by UC Davis students.—F. (F.) Laca

279. Discrete Choice Analysis of Travel Demand (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Civil and Environmental Engineering 114. Behavioral and statistical principles underlying the formulation and estimation of discrete choice models. Practical application of discrete choice models to characterization of choice behavior, hypothesis testing, and forecasting. Emphasis on computer exercises using real-world data sets. (Same course as Civil and Environmental Engineering 254.)—S. (S.) 

280. Field Studies in Geography (3)

Lecture—1 hour; fieldwork—6 hours. Prerequisite: undergraduate or graduate coursework in geography; consent of instructor required. 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 two times for credit.

281. Transportation Survey Methods (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Statistics 13; Civil and Environmental Engineering 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 Civil and Environmental Engineering 255. (Same course as Transportation Technology and Policy 200.)—W. (W.) 

286. Selected Topics in Environmental Remote Sensing (3)

Discussion—2 hours; lecture—1 hour; project. Prerequisite: consent of instructor; Environmental and Resource Sciences 186 or equivalent required; Environmental and Resource Sciences 186L recommended. In depth investigation of advanced topics in remote sensing applications, measurements, and theory. Not open for credit to students who have taken Civil and Environmental Engineering 255. (Same course as Hydrologic Science 286.) May be repeated for credit. Offered irregularly.—Ustin

290. Seminar in Geography (1-3)

Seminar—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: 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 six times for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

291. Seminar in Cultural Geography (4)

Seminar—3 hours.

293. Graduate Internship (1-12)

Prerequisite: 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.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

295. Seminar in Urban Geography (4)

Seminar—3 hours.—W. (W.)

297. Graduate Group in Geography Seminar (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: 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. (S/U grading only.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)

299. Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

299D. Individual Study (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate student status in Geography and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)


396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

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