722 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Note: Field trips may be required for any of the courses. Although few geography classes require prerequisites, a general studies geography course is recommended before attempting advanced courses. Students with little background in geography should consult the appropriate instructor before registering for upper division courses.

722-100 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY 1 cr
Introduction to Geography introduces students to the specialties within geography, outlines the academic tracks within the major and associated requirements, and explores public and private career opportunities in the field of geography. Required of all majors at earliest opportunity.
Prereq: Must be a declared Geography major.

722-210 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY GL 5 cr
A study of selected physical aspects of our geographic environment. Emphasis is given to the origin and characteristic features of topographic, climatic, vegetative and soil regions of the earth and to their interrelationships. The ultimate objective is to provide a foundation upon which to build a better understanding of human interrelationships with the physical environment. Field trips are normally taken.
Coreq: 760-141

722-230 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 3 cr
A systematic study of human land relationships highlighting the diversity of the elements that make up the cultural landscape in various regions.

722-250 GEOGRAPHY OF WISCONSIN GS 3 cr
A systematic treatment of physical and cultural geographic phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships and interactions of these phenomena from place to place within the state.

722-252 HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS GS 3 cr
An introduction to environmental problems and their complexities. Attention is given to alternative solutions to such problems and the implications these alternatives have for the total environment. The course emphasizes the evaluation of the interrelationships between the environmental resource demands of people and the actual resource base of the earth.

722-261 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GS 3 cr A regional survey of the United States and Canada. Special attention is given to the physical, cultural and economic geography of the two countries.

722-270 INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING 3 cr
An introduction to the quantitative and qualitative mapping techniques applicable to the physical and social sciences. Included are the skills required to create clear, concise and aesthetically pleasing maps, as well as how to derive information from them. Both graphic and cartographic software packages will be utilized to create and evaluate maps. Field trips are normally taken.

722-275 GEOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHERS 3 cr
The study of the fundamental principles of Geography and the interpretation and analysis of that knowledge. Emphasis is placed on the application of geographic knowledge to educational pursuits.
Prereq: 722-210 and 722-230 and six additional credits of Geography.

722-290 SPATIAL ANALYSIS 3 cr
Presentation and interpretation of data, use descriptive statistics and measures of spatial patterns, introduction to statistical inference and measures of association, with particular reference to geographic examples. Students will become proficient in using computers to achieve these skills.
Prereq: 760-143

GEOGRAPHY & GEOLOGY

722-300 SOIL SCIENCE 3 cr
Soil science deals with the systematic description, analysis, and understanding of soils and how they interact with and drive environmental processes and ecosystems. This course will examine the properties, formation, classification, and distribution of soil, stressing the connections between environmental controls on their formation and distribution. Field trips required.
Prereq: 722-210 or 616-100

722-310 GEOMORPHOLOGY (LANDFORMS) 3 cr
A study of topographic landscapes and their evolution. Two hours per week of lecture and map study. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-210 or 616-100 or consent of instructor.

722-320/520 METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATE 3 cr
Begins with fundamental relationships among earth, sun and air. Common myths concerning weather phenomena are dispelled through in-depth explanation in everyday language of the physical laws that govern atmospheric functioning. The course terminates with a survey of world climate regions.
Prereq: 722-210 or consent of instructor.

722-323/523 WATER RESOURCES 3 cr
Following a treatment of the character, process-involvement, and distribution of water, the significance of water as a resource in a modern society will be considered. The course will culminate in an evaluation of the development-management, use, and conservation of water within the contexts of the hydrologic cycle and watershed. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-210 or consent of instructor.

722-330 BIOGEOGRAPHY 3 cr
This course provides an introduction to biogeography, the study of distributions of organisms. This course will combine both historical and ecological perspectives in analyzing plant and animal distributions. Human impacts on biotic distributions will also be discussed in some detail.
Prereq: 722-210 or 630-120

722-332 POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY 3 cr
A geographical study of international conflicts and relations, geopolitical strategies and processes, and the variation of political phenomena from place to place in relation to changing economic and cultural environments in the national as well as global contexts.
Prereq: 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-334 HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY 3 cr
An analysis of the evolution of the geographic patterns of population and human activities in major United States regions.
Prereq: 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 336  WOMEN IN ASIA: ENVIRONMENT,                 3 u
 WORK, AND DEVELOPMENT
This course will focus on understanding broad cultural/global issues and gender relations in three regions of Asia: East, Southeast, and South. The course will focus on theoretical explanations, demographic, employment, environmental, and socio-cultural processes and how these influence gender issues.
Prereq: GENED 140 OR GEOGRPY 230 OR SOCIOLGY 290 OR SOCIOLGY 385

722-337/537 RECREATION REGIONS AND SYSTEMS 3 cr
Initial segments of the course focus upon an evaluation of spatial elements of the recreation phenomenon and the development of recreation areas for the express purpose of providing a background for subsequent analysis of existing recreation plans and formulation of a conceptual framework for the development of future recreation regions. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-340 ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY 3 cr
The study of the spatial organization of economic activities, including patterns of production, exchange and consumption. A broad introduction to locational behavior is presented and applied examples are stressed.
Prereq: 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-344 URBAN GEOGRAPHY 3 cr
The intraurban consideration of various land-use and population characteristics of cities, their patterns, interrelations and changes is followed by the interurban study of locations, size, spacing, types and functions of urban settlements. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 346  GLOBALIZATION AND THE CITY         3 u
This course will focus on understanding the processes of globalization, urban and regional development theories, emergence of the global city, and influence of globalization on urban development. This course will examine the role of cities across the world and the relationship between urban change and economic, political, and cultural globalization.
Prereq: GEOGRPY 230

GEOGRPY 352  GEOHAZARDS  3 u
The course will focus on the physical processes that create environmental hazards (e.g. earthquakes, volcanoes, severe weather), the primary controls on their frequency and intensity, and how human decision-making can influence the magnitude of impact that they have when they inevitably occur. Comparisons are made between impacts of hazards on developing versus developed countries.
Prereq: GEOGRPY 210 OR GEOLGY 100 OR GEOLGY 101 OR an approved equivalent lab course from another discipline.

722-362 GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE 3 cr
A study of the nations, regions, cultures, and traditional and emerging spatial relationships in Europe. Physical and cultural patterns and processes are considered as they relate to the distribution of population and industrial and commercial activities. The European Community and Europe's international role and linkages are investigated.
Prereq: 900-140 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-363 GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AMERICA 3 cr
A study of countries south of the Caribbean with emphasis on their natural resources and economic activities. Considerable attention will be given to problems of cooperation among the Americas.
Prereq: 900-140 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-364 GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA 3 cr
A study of the interrelations between the natural environment and the economic, political and cultural activities and changes in Asia exclusive of the former Soviet Union. ,br> Prereq: 900-140 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-365 GEOGRAPHY OF MIDDLE AMERICA 3 cr
A study of the activities of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies, their problems in relation to their natural environment, and their problems as a transitional area between two large continents.
Prereq: 900-140 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-368 GEOGRAPHY OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION 3 cr Spatial analyses of physical and cultural phenomena are dealt with topically as well as regionally. Current development projects are given special emphasis.
Prereq: 900-140 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-370 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3 cr
The basic principles and operations of geographic information systems (GIS) are presented, including the capture, storage, management, analysis and display of geographic referenced data and their attributes. Laboratory exercises provide extensive hands-on experiences with a number of GIS software packages, including both raster and vector systems. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-270 or consent of instructor.

722-377/577 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT 3 cr
An introduction to the images, sensors and techniques used to gather and process data on the Earth and other planets, including aerial photography, electro-optical scanners and radar systems. The course will focus on the fundamentals of utilizing remotely sensed data in studying both natural and human nduced processes impacting the Earth's surface. Computer applications will be extensively utilized. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-210, an equivalent course or consent of the instructor.

722-410/610 PHYSIOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA 3 cr
A study of the structure, development and interpretation of the landforms in each of the physiographic regions of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-210 or 722-310 or consent of instructor.

722-420/620 HUMAN AND CLIMATE INTERACTIONS 3 cr
The course objective is to distinguish between natural climate change and change induced by human activities. Topics covered include human modifications to cloud cover, global warming, and ozone problems. Another emphasis is to better understand the impacts of severe weather on human activities and the potential threats of future climate change. At least one field trip is usually taken.
Prereq: 722-320 or an equivalent course or consent of instructor.

722-430 GEOGRAPHY OF RACE & ETHNICITY IN THE UNITED STATES Diversity 3 cr
The course will take a geographical approach to the study of ethnic groups in the United States. Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American groups will be studied systematically. Major topics will include mobility, culture regions, and the cultural landscape created by the various ethnic groups.
Prereq: Junior standing or 722-230 or 722-261 or 722-344.

722-440/640 APPLIED GIS: APPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 3 cr
This course will provide the background necessary to apply Geographic Information Systems software to solve applied business problems. The specific educational objectives of this course are: 1) To provide the student with "hands on" problem solving skills emphasizing, site location, target marketing, sales territory development and network routing; 2) To work with the most widely used Business GIS software package, ArcView GIS and its major extensions.
Prereq: 722-270, 722-370 and 722-340 or permission of the instructor.

722-444/644 URBAN LAND USE PLANNING 3 cr
A study of the historical, social and political framework of the urban land planning process with primary emphasis on the United States. Exposure to professional planning approaches and techniques and a critical analysis of plans and planners are stressed. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: 722-344 or 880-352 or 820-446 or 230-438 or consent of instructor.

722-450 ADVANCED METHODS IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 4 cr
Advanced Methods in Physical Geography focuses on data collection and analysis techniques used by physical geographers. Students will conduct an integrated analysis of a local landscape, including site selection, sample collection, lab analysis, and data assimilation and interpretation for report writing. Roughly one-half of course is taught outdoors, regardless of weather. Four consecutive hours per week.
Prereq: 722-300 or 722-310 or 616-301/501

722-452/652 CULTURAL ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 3 cr
This course will discuss the history of the subdiscipline of cultural ecology within geography and teach about indigenous and traditional societies' knowledge systems from a variety of world cultures. It will use ancient and modern examples of indigenous methods of natural resource management and show how these are being applied internationally to present day environmental problems and to sustainable development approaches.
Prereq: 722-230 or 722-252 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 470/670  APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL 3 u
 AND NATURAL RESOURCE GIS
This course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize GIS for solving applied environmental analysis problems. Specifically, the course is designed to 1) identify and resolve environmental and natural resource problems in terms of spatial analysis, 2) explore a conceptual understanding of GIS, 3) provide students with technical instruction in current GIS software.
Prereq: GEOGRPY 270 and GEOGRPY 370 or consent of instructor.

722-480 APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS 4 cr
A survey of new and traditional methods used in geographic studies; and the application of a variety of these methods in the collection, classification and analysis of data for assigned problems, culminating in individual research reports. Field trips are normally taken. This course fulfills department's writing competency requirement.
Prereq: 722-210 and 722-230 and 722-270 and 680-370 or 680-372.

722-485 INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY 3-12 cr
Students will be placed in an outside private or governmental agency where they will utilize geographic techniques in approaching practical problems relevant to the agency's mission. An on-campus seminar with fellow interns and the supervisory instructor is required. Prereq: Students with a major or minor program emphasis in geography must have completed a minimum of 14 credits in geography and have the consent of the intern committee. Students of cognate majors must have a minimum of 9 selected credits in geography and consent of the intern committee.
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major and 12 credits in degree.

722-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-8 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

722-491 TRAVEL STUDY
Repeatable 1-3 cr

722-492 FIELD COURSE 4-6 cr
An introduction to field methods and techniques and their application in the study of a part of the United States or a foreign area. For information about a particular offering, write to the Department of Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

722-494 SEMINAR 1-3 cr
Repeatable one time for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.

722-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable one time for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.

722-498 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHY 1-3 cr
Repeatable one time for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree. Prereq: 12 cr. in geography, 2.75 grade point in geography and consent of department chairperson.

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