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Curriculum Requirements


The program is offered by the faculty of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Students undertake 36 credit hours over a two-year period.  These 36 hours include required core classes (9 credit hours), a required service learning studio (6 credit hours), and required geo-spatial science coursework (12 credit hours). Students can elect to undertake either of two tracks: the first “coursework” track involves a further 9 hours of elective courses, whereas the second “thesis” track involves 9 hours of electives, and preparation of a written thesis (3 credits).

Thesis Option (33 hours of coursework + 3 thesis hours):

3 hours

GEOG 6300   Foundations Seminar in Human-Environment Interaction

3 hours

GEOG 6700   Integrated Methods

3 hours

GEOG 6750   Research Design

6 hours

GEOG 6800   Community-Based Research Practicum

12 hours

Geospatial Science courses

9 hours

Elective Courses

• Up to 6 hours can be taken outside the Department of Geography &        Environmental Sciences, as approved by advisor

3 hours

GEOG 6950  Masters Thesis preparation and writing

  

Non-thesis Option (36 hours of coursework):

3 hours

GEOG 6300   Foundations Seminar in Human-Environment Interaction

3 hours

GEOG 6700   Integrated Methods

3 hours

GEOG 6750   Research Design

6 hours

GEOG 6800   Community-Based Research Practicum

12 hours

Geospatial Science courses

12 hours

Elective Courses

 • Up to 6 hours can be taken outside the Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences, as approved by advisor

 

Geospatial Science Course Options


GEOG 5060: Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing

GEOG 5235: GIS Applications in the Health Sciences

GEOG 5070: Remote Sensing II: Advanced Remote Sensing

CSCI 5559: Database Systems

GEOG 5081: Cartography and Computer Mapping

CVEN 5382: GIS Spatial Database Development

GEOG 5085: GIS Applications for the Urban Environment

CVEN 5383: GIS Analysis – Theory and Practice

GEOG 5090: Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems

CVEN 5384: GIS Management and Policies

GEOG 5091: Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications

CVEN 5385: GIS Relational Database Systems

GEOG 5092: GIS Programming and Automation

CVEN 5386: GIS Laboratory

GEOG 5095: Deploying GIS Functionality on the Web

 


 Notes

 

  1.  Many of the electives have pre­requisites; students must have met these requirements in order to take the course.
  2.  Courses applied to either a certificate* or an MA degree may later be applied toward  the other if all pertinent coursework is completed within a five­year time period.
  3.   Students should fill out and submit all relevant department forms for their files. Importantly, all       petitions for course substitutions and identification of where courses fit as electives, with the     subsequent approval/denial, should be submitted to this file.
  4.    By the end of the first semester, each student should identify and declare whether or not s/he is    pursuing the thesis or non-thesis option. If intending to pursue the thesis option, the student        should identify and gain agreement from a content advisor for guiding the thesis, filling out and      submitting the appropriate departmental form.
  5.   Many of the electives have pre-requisites; students must have met these requirements in order to   take the course.
  6.   Students may transfer up to 9 hours of approved graduate-level credit into the program. These       courses must be approved by the Graduate Director and they may not replace core courses
  7.    Students may count up to 6-credit hours of independent, with a maximum of 3-credit hours per      independent study towards elective credit in the major as approved by the Graduate Director. No    more than 3 credit hours of independent study may be taken with the same instructor and they      may not be taken in the same term.

8.     Students may count up to 6-credit hours of internship in total, but 3-credit hours per internship and per entity (sponsorship may be with same professor sponsor)

9.   Students may not count 4000-level courses towards electives in the program; this may be petitioned to the Graduate Committee in exceptional cases.

10.  Students may take a maximum of 2 online courses, or petition to the GES Graduate Committee beyond two.

11. Students may enroll in thesis preparation and writing hours only after submission of signed committee form, which requires approval of the thesis proposal.

12. Students will not receive a grade for thesis preparation and writing hours until the thesis is successfully defended.

13. Students must follow the graduate school deadlines for submission of paperwork for the graduation application, comprehensive exam, and any other deadlines. Links to these can be found on the GES/MS website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Departments/ges/Programs/MasterofScience/Pages/Forms.aspx

14.  All work submitted for the environmental sciences options must have a grade of B (3.0) or better.  

 

* GES offers Geospatial, Environmental Education, and Urban Agriculture independent graduate certificates. These certificates may be earned without entrance into the MS in environmental sciences program. (See the Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate, Sustainable Urban Agriculture Graduate Certificate, and Environmental Science Education Graduate Certificate descriptions.)​