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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-102

World Regions and Concepts: A Geographic Analysis

Contemporary geography, its viewpoints and methodology; geographic reality of the present-day world is analyzed through case studies using both the regional approach and systematic analysis.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture,Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
GEOG-202

Introduction to Cultural Geography

The impact of culture through time in creating the earth's contrasting landscapes, using case studies which often focus on North America.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-210

Human Geography and Concepts

This course introduces you to some of the major topics and models studied in human geography. Specifically, this course will examine the global patterns of population, culture, economic and political systems, and the interconnectedness at the international, national, and sub-national scales.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Quantitative Literacy,Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
GEOG-222

Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate

Fundamental processes of the atmosphere, the resulting weather and climate, and the effects of the atmosphere on other aspects of the earth's environments and on humans.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 1
Laboratory
Spring
Fall
GEOG-223

Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate Laboratory

  • Pre-Requisites

Laboratory course to accompany Geosci 222 / Geog 222. Application of physical principles learned in lecture through a combination of data analysis, problem solving, and experimentation.

Prerequisites
P: conc enr in Geosci/Geog 222 lec.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-250

Displays of Geographic Information

The appreciation, use, and evaluation of maps and air photos as informational sources.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 1-4
Field Exp
GEOG-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-321

Coastal Resources Policy and Management

The importance of coastal resources, with an emphasis on Wisconsin's coasts. With field trips to local lakes and Lake Superior, we will study issues of development, overuse, risk, and their consequent environmental, aesthetic and economic impacts.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-325

Regional Climatology

  • Pre-Requisites

The elements, controls, and classification of climates; the distribution of climate types over the earth; world patterns of climate.

Prerequisites
P: Geosci 222 with at least a C grade or Geog 222 with at least a C grade; REC: Geosci 202.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
GEOG-341

The City and its Regional Context

The course will focus on two main interrelated themes in urban geography. It will explore urban places as systems operating as en entity among other cities and the surrounding region. Second, it will explore social construction of urban morphology.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Additional Fees: Yes
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
GEOG-342

Settlement Geography

Evolution of major human settlement forms, emphasizing geographical patterns in the United States and including relationships between house form and culture, the arrangement of habitations on the landscape, and the historical geography of urban settlements.

Prerequisites
P: jr st and Geog 202.
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Fall
GEOG-350

GIS in Public and Environmental Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

Uses state-of-the-art software to integrate digitized data maps, transfer data, manage relational data bases, overlay maps, display, query, edit interactive graphics, and geocode addresses. Focus is upon GIS applications tailored to public and environmental policy, e.g., tax base analysis, property mapping, natural resources inventory, crime demography, transportation routing, natural hazards, and emergency management.

Prerequisites
P: Pu En Af 250
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
GEOG-351

Elements of Cartography

  • Pre-Requisites

Principles of basic cartography, including problem identification and clarification, data collection and analysis, compilation, generalization, and symbolization; presentation of data on medium and large scale maps.

Prerequisites
P: sophomore standing
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-353

Air Photo Interpretation

  • Pre-Requisites

Techniques for the interpretation of human and natural land use. Wide variety of aerial photo formats and scales are used. Vertical and oblique photos, satellite images, and Internet web sites incorporated into course material.

Prerequisites
P: sophomore standing
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
GEOG-370

Geography of South America

A survey course which will explore the physical features, resources, people, and the political economy of the American southern hemisphere.

Prerequisites
P: jr st; REC: Env Sci 102 or Geog 222.
Credits 1-3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
GEOG-421

Soils and Geology of Wisconsin Field Trip

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees

Intensive three-day field study tour of the properties, origins and uses of major soils and landscapes of Wisconsin, with follow-up discussions. Cost of tour bus, guidebook, meals and lodging borne by student.

Prerequisites
P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade.
  • Additional Fees: Yes
  • Course is repeatable to 9 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
GEOG-450

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

  • Pre-Requisites

Project-based course using ArcGIS. Students define a project, develop a database, analyze spatial data, and develop GIS maps displaying results of their analysis.

Prerequisites
P: Geog 350 or Pu En Af 350.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
GEOG-470

Quaternary Geology

Understanding the extremes in environmental behavior which characterize Pleistocene time. Principles of glaciology and the impact of glaciation on the landscape.

Prerequisites
P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade; REC: Geosci 203.
Credits 1-12
Field Exp
Spring
Fall
GEOG-497

Internship

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-4
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
GEOG-498

Independent Study

Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

Prerequisites
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-6
Field Exp
GEOG-499

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.