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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
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.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
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.

  • Gen Ed: World Culture
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-210

Human Geography and Concepts

This course introduces you to some of the major topics and models studied i 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.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
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.

  • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
Credits1
LAB
Spring
Fall
GEOG-223

Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate Laboratory

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.
  • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
GEOG-250

Displays of Geographic Information

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

    Credits1-4
    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: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits3
    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.

      Credits3
      Lecture
      Fall
      GEOG-325

      Regional Climatology

      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.
        Credits3
        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.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          GEOG-342

          Settlement Geography

          • Pre-Requisites
          • General Education
          • Writing Emphasis

          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.
          • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
          Credits2
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          GEOG-350

          GIS in Public and Environmental Policy

          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
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            GEOG-351

            Elements of Cartography

            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
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Fall
              GEOG-353

              Air Photo Interpretation

              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
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Fall
                Even Only
                GEOG-370

                Geography of South America

                • Pre-Requisites
                • General Education
                • Writing Emphasis

                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.
                • Gen Ed: World Culture
                Credits1-3
                Lecture
                Fall
                Odd Only
                GEOG-421

                Soils and Geology of Wisconsin Field Trip

                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.
                • Course is repeatable to 9 credits.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                Even Only
                GEOG-450

                Advanced Geographic Information Systems

                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.
                  Credits3
                  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.
                    Credits1-12
                    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.
                    Credits1-4
                    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.
                    Credits1-6
                    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: World Culture
                    • Travel Course
                    • Course is repeatable for credit.