Department of Geography and the Environment

GRG 301K • Weather And Climate

36700 • Kimmel, Troy
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JES A121A
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Utilizing critical thinking skills, this course is an introductory look at weather and climate. The course will include a thorough discussion of atmospheric processes, clouds, precipitation (types), air masses, frontal boundaries, introductory discussions of severe local storms (and their offspring) and tropical cyclones as well as the climatology of these weather systems. Also included will be a brief introduction to the Koppen Climatic Classification System.

GRG 305 • This Human World: Intro To Grg

36735-36775 • Adams, Paul
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WEL 1.308
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Course Description

This course focuses on learning why things are where they are and the processes that underlie spatial patterns. These processes are fundamentally cultural: they involve a complex mix of folk culture, popular culture, communication, religion, demography, industry and urbanization, so the course touches on all of these topics. The course also looks at the indications of human-induced environmental changes, including pollution, resource depletion, and the transformation of ecosystems. It concludes with an introduction to the range of career opportunities for people with training in geography.

Grading Policy

Final grades will be based on a combination of three exams (worth approximately 45% of the total grade), three projects (worth approximately 25% of the total grade) and participation (worth approximately 30% of the total grade).

GRG 309C • Creating Sustainable Socty

36780 • Swearingen, William
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 4.132
E SB (also listed as SOC 309C)
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The course will offer students an overview of sustainability as something human beings must strive to create in an era of global warming and ever greater social inequalities; both between countries and within countries.   The focus of the course will revolve around the core issues of sustainability: what does sustainability mean?  Why do we need to remake human societies in more sustainable ways?  And what does social equity have to do with sustainability?  One of the problems we have in teaching about sustainability today is our focus on two of the "E's" without much attention to the third. We talk mostly about Environment, secondly about Economy, and then tend to pay short shrift to Equity.  This course will address all three, but put a greater focus on Equity than is usual.  The course will be taught from a social sciences perspective, which approaches human relationships with the natural world (Environment) in the context of their relationships with each other (Environment and Equity).  Global warming (environment) is main reason we are talking about Sustainability today, but global warming is both cause and effect of our economies and inequalities.

Required Texts

Carolan, Micheal,  Society and the Environment; Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues. Westview Press, 2013.

Grading Policy

There will be three multiple choice tests and one group project.  Each will count 25% of the grade.

GRG 333C • Severe And Unusual Weather

36800 • Kimmel, Troy
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.106
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Utilizing critical thinking skills, this course examines the principles and techniques of atmospheric science and the applications to the study of severe and unusual weather events and patterns. This course will include a thorough examination (often in real time through the use of the internet) of thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, hailstorms, winter storms, tropical cyclones as well as drought. In addition to study of the events themselves, a look at the climatology of severe and unusual weather across the United States, Texas as well as our own south central Texas region will be undertaken. How these atmospheric events affect human beings and how people respond to these events will also be examined.

GRG 335N • Landscape Ecology

36810 • Polk, Molly
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM GAR 2.112
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The study of spatial patterns in the earth's biosphere found within landscapes, typically areas measured in square kilometers. Examines the processes that create those patterns, drawing from ecology, biogeography, and many other disciplines. Also explores the practical applications of landscape ecology to the study of natural environments and those managed or altered by human activities. Geography 335N and 356T (Topic: Landscape Ecology) may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and three semester hours of coursework in physical geography or one of the geological or natural sciences.

GRG 343E • Mapping Latin America

36830 • Del Castillo, Lina
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SRH 1.320
(also listed as HIS 363E, LAS 330)
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The main objective of the course is to understand the role of maps in the creation of Latin America as a specific sort of place.  As such, the course itself will allow students to become familiar with a broad overview of Latin American history from Pre-Columbian civilizations to the modern period.

GRG 349S • Global Sustnblty/Soil:hon

36840 • Beach, Timothy
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 3.102
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Restricted to Plan I majors in the College of Liberal Arts.

Examine soil as a resource from the perspectives of natural and sustainability science, including soil ecology and biodiversity, formation, fertility for ecosystems and farming systems, soil health, distinguishing characteristics in nature, taxonomy, and soil spatial variability around the globe.

Only one of the following may be counted: Geography 349S, 356 (Topic: Global Sustnblty/Soil-Hon), Liberal Arts Honors 350 (Topic: Global Sustainability/Soil), 352J.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Geography 401C, and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.

Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

Same As : LAH 352J

GRG 350E • Geoprocessing

36845 • Arima, Eugenio
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM RLP 1.404
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Computer programming and scripting applied to geospatial data.

Geography 350E and 356T (Topic: Geoprocessing) may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Geography 460G.

Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

GRG 356 • Environmental Justice

36850 • Mei-Singh, Laurel
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 208
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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356C • Geo-Archaeol And Envir History

36855 • Beach, Sheryl
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 1.106
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Long-term ecology as reconstructed from settlement and land-use histories. Empirical case studies in environmental history from the Mediterranean region, the Near East, and Mesoamerica. Applications to degradation, desertification, sustainability, and global change.

Only one of the following may be counted: Anthropology 382N, Geography 356C, 382K.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356T • Sus Landscapes & Seascapes

36860 • Young, Kenneth
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.104
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Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes

GRG 356T, Spring 2022

RLP 0.104; TTh 2-3:15 PM


Dr. Kenneth R. Young

Department of Geography and the Environment, UT-Austin


Course description:

This course is designed to survey the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of sustainable uses of land-based and aquatic natural resources. Specifically, it will utilize Landscape Ecology principles and approaches as applied to forestry, farming, agroforestry, and rangeland systems, and as adapted to riverscapes and seascapes utilized by people. Students will use readings, lectures, and in-class exercises to examine the kinds of evidence used for 1) assessing sustainable pathways, 2) interpreting legacy effects of past land/resource use, 3) judging implications for environmental justice and governance, and 4) rethinking sustainability goals and practices.

Students are expected to read the assigned readings and participate actively. The exams will test knowledge, vocabulary, and ability to explain and apply information. The class projects and writing assignment will work on the ability to synthesize and communicate on the associated socioenvironmental issues.

Prerequisites:  Assumes background from GRG 401C, GRG 404E, or an equivalent course. In addition, previous or concurrent enrollment in GRG 335N, Landscape Ecology, is highly recommended.

Required textbooks (all also available in digital form as ebooks):

N. Batini (ed.). 2021. The Economics of Sustainable Food: Smart Policies for Health and the Planet. Island Press, Washington.

P. V. Mladenov. 2020. A Very Short Introduction to Marine Biology. 2nd Edition. OUP Oxford.

I. Perfecto, J. Vandermeer, & A. Wright. 2019. Nature's Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Biodiversity Conservation and Food Sovereignty. 2nd Edition. Routledge.

GRG 367K • Vegetation Ecology

36900 • Meyer, Thoralf
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 301
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Plant autecology and synecology. Ecological factors and processes of plant communities. Vegetation geoecology, succession, and dynamics.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of coursework in physical geography or one or more of the geological or natural sciences.

GRG 369D • Gis Apps In Social/Env Sci

36905 • Miller, Jennifer
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.402
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A hands-on approach to covering the appropriate use of geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial statistical analysis in different sub-disciplines.

Geography 356 (Topic: GIS Applications in Social and Environmental Science) and 369D may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Geography 460G.

Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

GRG 370D • Spatial Reasoning Geo Info Sys

36920 • Miller, Jennifer
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 1.402
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Study of methods of spatial analysis, design and implementation of a geographic information system, vector and raster modeling, and advanced applications of geographic information systems.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Geography 460G (360G).

May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement.

GRG 390L • Research In Geography

36954 • Beach, Sheryl
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM RLP 3.102
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Builds on topics explored in Geography 390K by focusing on epistemology and research in the field of geography. Students develop plans for research and write a research proposal.

Required of all first-year graduate students in geography.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Geography 390K.

GRG 393C • Seminar In Digital Landscapes

36960 • Crews, Kelley
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM RLP 0.124 • Hybrid/Blended
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Explores the theoretical and applied issues associated with the acquisition, analysis, simulation, and visualization of digital geographic information, with an emphasis on current trends in landscape characterization, landscape ecology, biodiversity, global change, environmental remote sending, and socio-ecological systems.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

GRG 396T • Ancient And Historic Southwest

36964 • Doolittle, William
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM RLP 3.710
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 396T • Ancient Urbanism/Inequality

36962 • Thompson, Amy
Meets T 2:30PM-5:30PM RLP 3.710
(also listed as ANT 380K)
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 396T • Current Topics In Physical Grg

36963 • Ramos, Carlos
Meets T 6:00PM-9:00PM RLP 0.120
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 396T • Soils And Ecosystem Chng

36974 • Beach, Timothy
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM RLP 3.102
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 401C • The Natural Environment

36670-36695 • Young, Kenneth
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GSB 2.126
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The Natural Environment

GRG 401C, Spring 2021   

Lecture: TTh 9:30-11 AM, GSB 2.126

 (Must also participate in one weekly lab section)


Dr. K. Young (

Office hours: by appointment                                                                                          


Course description:

     This course will provide an introduction to the study of the Earth, and in particular to the physical and biological factors that create the biosphere in which we live. Physical geography includes aspects of all the earth sciences. As a result, you will be exposed to the vocabulary used by earth scientists and to the processes that control climate, the distributions of plants and animals, and the dynamics and development of landforms and soils of the Earth.


Required textbook:

The textbook is called Geosystems Core by R. W. Christopherson and others published in 2017 by Pearson Education, NJ. We will be using the Modified MasteringGeography feature that accompanies the e-textbook. You can purchase your digital copy through the UT Co-Op. Look for Modified MasteringGeography with Pearson eText Standalone Access Card – for Geosystems Core. The ISBN-13 is 9780134011257.

GRG 404E • Envir Sci: A Changing World

36705-36730 • Meyer, Thoralf
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM ECJ 1.202
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Surveys the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. May be counted toward the ethics flag requirement.

Designed to accommodate 100 or more students.

GRG 410C • Spatial Data And Analysis

36785 • Eshleman, Sara
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SZB 2.418
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Fundamental concepts in spatial data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, with emphasis on the needs of professionals in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing.

Designed to accommodate 35 or fewer students.

GRG 440L • Landuse/Landcvr Change Prac

36815-36820 • Crews, Kelley
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.106 • Hybrid/Blended
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Focuses on best practices for classifying and mapping land use and land cover, as well as how they change over time in an experiential learning environment. Develop testable hypotheses answered by the original data analysis and interpretation.

Geography 440L and 356T (Topic: Landuse/Landcover Change Practicum) may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 462K • Intro Remote Sensing Of Envir

36885-36890 • Meyer, Thoralf
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PHR 2.114
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The use of electromagnetic energy to sense objects in the natural environment; interpretation and recognition of patterns detected by sensors. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

  • Department of Geography and the Environment

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street, A3100
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712