Undergraduate Bulletin

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.

722-105 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES: WORLD GEOGRAPHY -- GS/Core -- 3 cr

The course exposes students to core ideas and key social science concepts essential to a basic understanding of international trends and problems and issues of regional and global importance. It focuses primarily on the geographical dimensions of population and various cultural factors (e.g. language, religion, development versus underdevelopment, etc.), highlights key economic and political science concepts, stresses international themes, and employs selected regional and national case studies. May not be taken on an satisfactory/no credit grade basis.

722-111 GEOGRAPHICAL FOUNDATIONS -- 3 cr

An introduction to geography including concepts, approaches and goals peculiar to this field and a survey of physical and cultural features of the earth which comprise the geographic landscape. Field trips may be included.

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.

Prereq: 600-105 or consent of instructor.

722-230 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY -- 3 cr

A systematic study of human land relationships and place to place diversity of the elements that make up the cultural landscape.

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 CARTOGRAPHY -- 4 cr

An introduction to the quantitative and qualitative mapping techniques applicable to the physical and social sciences. Included are: the methods of data collection for chart, graph, and map production such as field surveying, air photo interpretation, and questionnaires; the techniques of data graphics such as computer mapping and standard drafting; and, the methods of data analysis via graphic compilation and quantitative analysis. 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.

722-310 GEOMORPHOLOGY (LANDFORMS) -- 2 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.

722-332 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.

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.

722-350/550 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: 722-210, 722-230, and 722-270, or consent of instructor.

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: 722-105 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: 722-105 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 U.S.S.R.

Prereq: 722-105 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: 722-105 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-366 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA -- 3 cr

A general survey of Africa in terms of exploration, landforms, climates, soils, vegetation and ethnic groups with detailed regional studies of the major geographic divisions and problems of the continent.

Prereq: 722-105 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-368 GEOGRAPHY OF THE 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: 722-105 or 722-230 or junior standing or consent of instructor.

722-375 COMPUTER MAPPING AND ANALYSIS -- 3 cr

The role of computer software in analyzing spatial information, and the depiction of spatial phenomena via computer graphics. Field trips are normally taken.

Prereq: 722-270 or cons instr.

722-377/577 REMOTE SENSING AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS -- 3 cr

The three major objectives are to: 1) understand the mechanisms by which the earth's surface and atmosphere can be studied using satellite remote sensing to analyze phenomena such as weather patterns, annual cycles of vegetation, ozone depletion, volcano activity, the advance/retreat of glaciers and other environmental concerns; 2) discuss the advantages and limitations of various data sources and how they are utilized to study a wide range of physical processes occurring on the earth's surface and in the atmosphere on a daily and annual basis; and 3) use appropriate quantitative methods to analyze spatial data. Computer applications are utilized extensively.

Prereq: 722-210, an equivalent course or permission 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.

722-430 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.

722-444/644 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 instructor.

722-475/675 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.

722-480 APPLIED FIELD 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 -- Repeatable -- 1-8 cr

Prereq: Consent 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, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Repeatable. Prereq: 722-111.

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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