GEOGRAPHY 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.

GEOGRPY 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.

GEOGRPY 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: MATH 141

GEOGRPY 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.

GEOGRPY 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.

GEOGRPY 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.

GEOGRPY 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.

GEOGRPY 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.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 and GEOGRPY 230 and six additional credits of Geography.

GEOGRPY 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: MATH 143

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 or GEOLGY 100

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 or GEOLGY 100 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 or BIOLOGY 120

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGPRY 336     WOMEN IN ASIA: ENVIRONMENT, WORK, AND DEVELOPMENT        3u
 This course will forcus on understanding broad culurtal/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

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 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 350/550     REGIONAL ANALYSIS AND PLANNING        3 cr
After an overview of the techniques of regional analysis, the role of state, regional, and county governments in development planning is discussed with emphasis upon short/long range planning and zoning. The decision making role of citizens, elected officials, and planners within a planning context is an integral part of the course. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: GEOGRPY 210, GEOGRPY 230, and GEOGRPY 270, or consent of instructor.

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.
 

GEOGRPY 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: GENED 140 or GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GENED 140 or GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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.
Prereq: GENED 140 or GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GENED 140 or GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GENED 140 or GEOGRPY 230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 270 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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 induced processes impacting the Earth's surface. Computer applications will be extensively utilized. Field trips are normally taken.
Prereq: GEOGRPY 210, an equivalent course or consent of the instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 or GEOGRPY 310 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 320 or an equivalent course or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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 GEOGRPY 230 or GEOGRPY 261 or GEOGRPY 344.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 270, GEOGRPY 370 and GEOGRPY 340 or permission of the instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 344 or SOCIOLGY 352 or POLISCI 446 or ECON 438 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 300 or GEOGRPY 310 or GEOLGY 301/501

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 230 or GEOGRPY 252 or consent of instructor.

GEOGRPY 470/670      APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE GIS        3 u
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.

GEOGRPY 475/675     AIR PHOTO INTERPRETATION         3 cr
An introduction to the use of aerial photographs for measurement purposes, and the identification, classification, and mapping of agricultural, urban, industrial, and landform patterns through the use of aerial photographic techniques. Field trips are normally taken.

GEOGRPY 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: GEOGRPY 210 and GEOGRPY 230 and GEOGRPY 270 and ENGLISH 370 or ENGLISH 372.

GEOGRPY 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.

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

GEOGRPY 491     TRAVEL STUDY     Repeatable         1-3 cr

GEOGRPY 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.

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

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

GEOGRPY 498     INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN GEOLOGY       1-3 cr
 
 
 

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