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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2003-2005 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Geography 450 Programs  


The graduate program provides students with an understanding of the theory, principles, and research skills needed for geographical inquiry. Students seeking a Ph.D. degree take courses and write a dissertation that is based on original research in a subfield of geography. The program's strengths lie in urban geography and social theory, environmental geography, and physical geography.

Candidates for the master's degree must complete course work, write a thesis worth 6 credits, and complete successfully a comprehensive oral examination. As an alternative, students may write a shorter research paper, take an additional 6 credits of course work, and successfully complete a written and oral examination.

The program faculty has specialties in a broad range of disciplinary subfields. Current research efforts, which include several collaborative projects, range from local to international issues. Following are specific topics:

Urban Geography.Political economy of urban development; comparative urbanization; women and the urban environment; urban restructuring; housing and spatial segregation; gentrification; eastern European urban policy; regional development and decline; uneven global development; cultural historical geography of New Jersey; political geography, space and social theory; and history of geography.

Environmental Geography.Global environmental change, perception of and policy responses to natural and technological hazards, environmental health risks and planning, medical geography, toxic-waste siting, environmental justice, remote sensing of resources and hazards, GIS applications, resource management, land use, remote sensing and political ecology, gender and environment, and development and environment.

Physical Geography.Glacial and periglacial geomorphology, permafrost, sedimentology, quaternary studies, global and regional climate change, cryospheric dynamics, surface radiative dynamics, coastal geomorphology, coastal process-response modeling, coastal management, ground water and water supply, and urban hydrology.

The geography department is linked with various research institutes, programs, and other departments at the university. In addition to core course work in geography, graduate students are encouraged to enroll in courses relevant to their research interests in other units of the university.

For the Ph.D., a minimum of 72 credits is required. Of the total credit load, 48 credits should be in nondissertation course work beyond the bachelor`s degree and at least 24 credits should be in dissertation research. In consultation with their advisers, students select a faculty committee. Upon completion of course work, they submit a dissertation proposal and take the qualifying examination.

The master's degree program requires 30 credits beyond a bachelor's degree, with a minimum of 24 of those credits taken in course work. The M.A. degree is awarded to people specializing in human geography, and the M.S. degree to those who focus on physical geography. A two-course sequence focused on the history and theory of geography and research design and methodology is required for all new students.

Applicants for the graduate program in geography should hold an appropriate, accredited undergraduate degree, although this need not be in geography. Four criteria guide the admissions process: (1) a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better (or equivalent for international students); (2) competitive Graduate Record Examination general test scores; (3) strong letters of recommendation from at least three references; and (4) a persuasive and well-focused personal statement describing academic goals and research interests. Financial support through teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, and university fellowships is avail able on a competitive basis to students with excellent qualifications. Applicants seeking financial aid should submit applications by February 1.

Further information can be obtained from the current edition of the booklet Graduate Study in Geography at Rutgers University, available from the department office or by visiting the department`s worldwide web site.

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