Field Intensive Courses

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Field-Intensive Courses

Many Geography courses offered during the fall and spring academic semesters include field components through labs or short field excursions. The following courses include a substantial number of integrated field experiences that reinforce material covered in the classroom.

1040 Planet Earth
Students frequently work outside during weekly labs and participate in an all-day field trip to Devil's Lake State Park to make observations related to questions used to develop a scientific poster presentation.

1140 Global Landforms
Several labs will have you outside observing landforms and the processes that create them.

3230 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
The primary emphasis of this course is to familiarize students with spatial concepts, theory, data, and modern GIS software . This experience will be informed by field-based projects and activities to reinforce the source of geospatial data.

3340 Biogeography
Students work outside extensively for project-based laboratories that examine the patterns and processes of the physical environment. The course is capped by a 3-day tour the many different environments found across the state of Wisconsin.

3750 Field Geography of the Western United States
Students will experience the cultural, physical, and environmental geography of the western US through a 3-week trip.  The specific topics and the route changes each year, so that students can take the course multiple times and receive academic credit for each experience.

3850 Geography of the National Parks
Students gain first hand experience of the National Park System first hand during a 10-11 day trip over Spring Break.  Topics studied include park policy and procedures, environmental issues in the parks, relationship of humans and protected space, and the physical geography of the parks.  Some of the national parks we have visited in the past include Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, Congaree, Everglades, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas.

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