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M.A. G&ES


The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33 hour program offered in the evening hours and weekends.   The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career which spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography.  Graduate students develop an area of proficiency within the broad scope of environmental policy, planning, and management or within the geographic realm of spatial analysis.  The program is both theoretical and practical; students gain knowledge, conceptual skills, and technical skills..  The program provides a solid basis for a career, a career shift, career enhancement, or preparation for post-graduate studies.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Students are expected to ...

  • acquire knowledge about human-environmental relations in which the environment is considered as both space and milieu
  • acquire knowledge of rapidly changing landscapes, synthesizing diverse, but interrelated information
  • acquire knowledge related to locational studies concerning geometrics of movement, size, shape, and distance
  • acquire knowledge related to environmental resources including interpretation, planning, development, use, and conservation
  • acquire knowledge related to socio-economic development
  • use computer cartography and geographic information systems to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and project spatial data
  • refine skills related to map interpretation, composition, types, and preparation, and in interpretation of aerial photographs, field observation, and satellite imagery
  • refine skills in collection and analysis of statistical data
  • develop skills related to computerized data processing
  • refine computational and oral as well as written communication and research skills

REQUIRED COURSES -- 15 or 18 credit hours

  • G&ES 411: Scope and Philosophy of Geog & Env. Studies ....................... (3 cr hr)
  • G&ES 391* GIS 1 taken at the graduate level............................................. (3 cr hr)

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ....................................................................... (3 cr hr)

  • G&ES 442: Quantitative Measurements* ................................................. (3 cr hr)
    *or other approved statistics course)

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

  • G&ES 430 Research Seminar ....................................................................(3 cr hr) OR
  • G&ES 431 Thesis Seminar .........................................................................(6 cr hr)

ELECTIVES -- 21 or 18 credit hours

(400 level, or up to 9 hours from approved list of 300 level courses) ................18/21 hours

TOTAL -- 33 credit hours

Comprehensive Examination (research paper option only)
Thesis Defense (thesis option only)

 

Note: the requirements have changed for students entering Fall 2008 or later. See the University Catalog for prior requirements, which will continue to apply for students admitted prior to Fall 2008 (unless they prefer to change to the new ones).


In addition to these requirements the Department and College have approved the following changes, which will become effective after approval by the University Committee and Provost.

Recommended Change: Students undertaking the Thesis option will not be required to also take the comprehensive examination.



Student Status

There are various levels of status a student may have during his or her graduate career.
At Large
Students not yet admitted into the M.A. program may enroll in classes after receiving the status of student-at-large from Admissions and Records. If the student intends later to transfer any of these credits to the graduate program, he or she should seek careful advisement in advance.
Denied
Students who have applied but whose application is inadequate (for example, no bachelor's degree) may be denied, in which case their application is destroyed.
Deferred
Students who have applied but have a very low undergraduate GPA or lack more than two background courses may be deferred.  Their application will be retained and reopened when the deficiencies have been satisfied.
Conditional
Conditional status is given when a student nearly satisfies all requirements for full admission.  Students with conditional status are admitted into the program on the condition that they complete their remaining background courses or maintain a high grade point average, as the department and graduate college may decide.  Upon completion of these requirements students automatically become full graduate students.  No paperwork is required.
Full
Full admission is given to students who have a sufficient academic background and GPA and who have the full support of both the Department and College.
Candidate
Only full graduate students may become candidates, a status that indicates the student is about half-way through the program and doing well.  Apply for candidacy to the graduate college after taking 12 hours of graduate credit, satisfying course deficiencies, and attaining a Program Advisor.
Master of Arts
After completing the required coursework, the comprehensive examination, and thesis or research paper, the student applies for graduation, and then receives his or her degree.
 

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