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The faculty and staff of the Department of Geography teach challenging courses in Geography and Geology that give students a singularly unique view of the world and its workings. These courses cover a wide range of topics, including the integrated Earth system, the formation of landscapes and soils, the history and politics of land/resource conservation, socio-economic forces on the global scale, definitions of cultural identity, patterns and processes that create the living environment, and advanced digital mapping — to name a small sample. Look over the list below and let your interest be piqued. Click here to jump to the Geology courses. 



GEOGRAPHY COURSES

GEOGRPHY 1040 4 credits Planet Earth
The features of the natural environment (lithosphere, atmo¬sphere and hydrosphere); their character, distribution, origin and relationship with human beings. Principles of environmental conservation are also included. A field trip is required. Not open to students who have had GEOGRPHY 1140 or GEOGRPHY 1240.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOGRPHY 1050 3 credits Introduction to Human Geography
An introduction to the global distribution of human charac¬teristics. Topics will include population, cultural, agricultural, industrial, economic, political, urban, linguistic and religious geographies. The character, distribution, and origin of these geographies will be examined along with their relationship to each other and the physical environment.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences

GEOGRPHY 1140 4 credits Global Landforms
This course is the study of the distribution of landforms across the globe, with consideration of the processes and historical factors that determine these patterns. Lab techniques will include map basics, regional landscapes and field techniques. Field trips are required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOGRPHY 1230 3 credits Survey of Cultural Geography
An introduction to the culture of peoples, with a focus on the constructing of culture and the primary components of culture: ethnicity, language, religion, and popular culture. The course concentrates on cross-cultural comparisons in an attempt to broadly describe cultures from around the world.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences

GEOGRPHY 1240 4 credits Weather and Climate
Elements and controls of weather and climate; origin, characteristics and distribution of climate and vegetation.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOGRPHY 1260 1 credit United States Geography
The emphasis in this one credit course is on the cultural and economic geography of the U.S.
Components: Class

GEOGRPHY 1330 3 credits World Regional Geography
Geographic understanding of the major regions of the world; emphasis is placed upon human-environmental relationships.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences

GEOGRPHY 1370 4 credits Global Vegetation
This course is a survey of the geographical distribution of vegetation types and habitats, with consideration of the envi¬ronmental and historical factors that determine these patterns. Field and Lab techniques will be introduced.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOGRPHY 2230 4 credits Geographic Information Systems: Thematic Mapping
Designing and creating geographic and attribute computer databases for the production of maps, including projections, methods of data reduction, and symbologies.
Components: Laboratory, Class

GEOGRPHY 2250 3 credits Tropical Marine Ecosystems
This course is built around a three week summer field course based at the University of the South Pacific’s Marine Studies Program, taught by experts in their field at UW-Platteville and USP. Topics for study will include tropical marine environment, communities, and conservation. There will be several required field excursions.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: BIOLOGY 2250
GE: International Education, Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: one previous course in geography, geology, biology or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3030 3 credits Economic Geography
Location, aerial variation, functional and spatial interrelation¬ships of the production, exchange, and consumption of goods and services.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1330 or consent of the instructor

GEOGRPHY 3120 3 credits Geography of Wisconsin
A regional approach to the cultural, economic and physical geography of Wisconsin.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1040 or GEOGRPHY 1140 or GEOLOGY 1040 or GEOLOGY 1140

GEOGRPHY 3130 3 credits Geography of the United States and Canada
A regional approach to the cultural, economic and physical geography of the United States and Canada.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1230 or GEOGRPHY 1330 or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3170 3 credits Space, Place, and Gender
An introduction to gender and geography. The role of gender in the study of geography, which is concerned with places, linkages, patterns of flow, locations, landscape, and the so¬cial/political/economic production of space.
Components: Discussion, Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3170
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences

GEOGRPHY 3230 4 credits Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to core GIS concepts including map projec¬tions and coordinate systems, raster and vector data models, digital data sources, digitizing, map design and production, attribute data, data manipulation, and fundamental spatial analysis.
Components: Laboratory, Class

GEOGRPHY 3330 3 credits Environmental Conservation
The relationship of humans and the natural environment. Topics include environmental world views, the effects of eco system disruption, and use and misuse of natural resources.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3340 4 credits Biogeography
This course examines Earth’s biosphere, which extends from the seafloor, to about 5 miles into the atmosphere. Students will study the biosphere, the distribution of biota worldwide, both past and present, and the factors that determine these patterns. Topics discussed include evolution, extinction, dispersal, altitudinal zonation, zoogeographic provinces, regional climate, vegetation structure, ecological succession, species richness, global climate change, biomes, and island biogeography.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1040 or GEOGRPHY 1370 or BIOLOGY 1150 or BIOLOGY 1650 or BIOLOGY 1750 or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3350 3 credits Geography and Development of the Middle East Geography
The geographic region of the Middle East is comprehensively studied, both regionally and topically. Topics include those both from physical and human geography. Specifically, it examines why countries that comprise the Middle East are among the most contentious in the world today. In addition, we will examine variation in levels of development among various Middle Eastern peoples, countries and regions.
Components: Discussion, Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1330 or consent of the instructor

GEOGRPHY 3430 3 credits Geography of Africa
The geographic region of Africa is comprehensively studied, both regionally and topically. Topics include those from both physical and human geography.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: a 1000-level course in geography or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3520 3 credits Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
An introduction to the theory and interpretation of remote sensing imagery, with emphasis on photographic, thermal, and microwave remote sensing systems. Stereo pair photos from aircraft will be used to illustrate geographic and environ¬mental applications of remote sensing, such as their use in mapping and measuring features on the earth’s surface.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: a 1000-level course in geology or geography or consent of the instructor

GEOGRPHY 3530 2 - 3 credits Topics in Regional Geography
Selected world regions are studied in a traditional regional or topical format.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences

GEOGRPHY 3550 4 credits Process Geomorphology
This in an advanced course about the processes that shape the Earth surface. Topics of study will include the evolution and distribution of Earth’s surface features (landforms) and the processes that have shaped them. Lab work will include field, laboratory and map analysis of landforms and sedi¬ments.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1040, GEOGRPHY 1140, GEOLOGY 1140 or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3630 3 credits Geography of Latin America
The geographic region of Latin America is comprehensively studied, both regionally and topically. Topics include those from both physical and human geography.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: a 1000-level course in geography or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3720 3 credits Geographic Information Systems: Digital Image Analysis
Theory and techniques for digital image processing (DIP) of digital earth resources satellite imagery and incorporation into geographic information systems. The course will emphasize visual interpretation and the use of statistical operations on the computer for automatic interpretation and enhancement.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 2230 or GEOGRPHY 3230 or 3 credits of a computer-related course

GEOGRPHY 3730 3 credits Geography of Europe
The geographic region of Europe, including Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, is comprehensively studied, both regionally and topically. Topics include those from both physical and human geography.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: a 1000-level course in geography or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3750 1 - 4 credits Field Geography of the Western United States
This course is built around an extended field experience in selected regions of the western United Sates. Topics for study will include physical, human, and environmental geography.
Components: Discussion, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: a previous course in geography or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3850 3 credits Geography of the National Parks
This course examines the National Park System (NPS) of the United States from a geographic perspective. The course will use the NPS as a lens through which to examine issues of geo¬graphic importance, including those from physical, human, and environmental geography. There will be a required field trip.
Components: Discussion, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: a previous course in geography and consent of instructor; consent of instructor for those without a previous geography course will be given only infrequently and only for students with exceptional aptitude and geographic promise

GEOGRPHY 3930 3 credits Geography of Asia
A regional and topical comprehensive study of the geographic regions of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Topics include those from both physical and human geography.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: a 1000-level course in geography or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 3960 1 - 6 credits Geography of Japan
A detailed study of Japan, featuring its physical, cultural, hu¬man, demographic, and political geography. The heart of the course will be a three- or six-week field study in Japan. During the first three weeks students travel from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Students who only participate in this section can sign up for 1-3 hours of credit. Students signing up for the six-week session will complete the three-week travel section and then spend three more weeks in Kumamoto Prefecture. Students signing up for the six-week session can sign up for 1-6 hours of credit. The requirements for the three- and six-week courses are the same for the first three weeks. The six-week course also requires an original field research assignment. (summer)
Components: Field Studies
GE: International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 4030 3 credits Geography Seminar
Development of geographic thought, library research techniques, organization and presentation of research data.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: at least junior standing and geography major or minor

GEOGRPHY 4120 2 - 3 credits Topical Seminar
A specific geographic topic within a seminar format.
Components: Laboratory, Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing

GEOGRPHY 4150 3 credits Climate Change
This course will cover the current and past climate changes that impact the Earth. An emphasis will be placed on how current climate changes are impacting people.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: any physical geography course or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 4230 3 credits Political Geography
The interrelationships of earth and state, the geographical explanation of international relations, an examination of the geopolitics of several countries.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: 3 credits of geography

GEOGRPHY 4330 4 credits Advanced GIS & GPS
An expansion of core GIS concepts to include advanced data collection methods and spatial analysis with a particular focus on mobile GIS (field GPS data collection) and advanced analy¬sis in the raster data model.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 2230 or GEOGRPHY 3230 or CIVILENG 4630 or RECLAM 3940

GEOGRPHY 4350 3 credits Gender Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective
This course examines how people’s gender roles are defined across cultures. Specifically we examine implications of these definitions with respect to various issues such as division of labor within households, gender differentiated health issues, domestic violence, gender and politics. We address these issues at a variety of geographic scales ranging from house¬hold to the national and global. Critical thinking, analysis, research and writing skills will also be developed.
Components: Discussion, Class
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 3170 or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 4530 3 credits Historical Geography of the United States
Recreation of past geographies; changes through time in the physical and cultural environment.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: 3 credits in geography or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 4660 1 - 8 credits Cooperative Field Experience
Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperating agency, business, industry or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure to be stipulated in a statement of agreement learning contract) between the student and the department.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: consent of department chair

GEOGRPHY 4760 1 - 8 credits Geography Field Sudy
Field trip of one to eight weeks duration to study regional or systematic geography firsthand in North America or overseas.
Components: Field Studies
GE: Social Sciences

GEOGRPHY 4840 4 credits Soil Geomorphology
Soil development emphasizing the relationship to the landscape throughout the Quaternary. Field trips are required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRPHY 1040 or GEOGRPHY 1140 or GEOLOGY 1140 or consent of instructor

GEOGRPHY 4920 1 - 3 credits Independent Study in Geography
Independent work on a particular topic or problem supervised by a staff member.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: consent of department chair

 

GEOLOGY COURSES

GEOLOGY 1140 4 credits Physical Geology
The physical and chemical earth, materials of the earth’s crust and interior, their compositions, distributions, origins, and the processes that modify them; minerals and rocks; interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photographs; field trips.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOLOGY 1240 4 credits Historical Geology
The formation and development of the earth and the develop¬ment of life through geologic time. Laboratory includes review of minerals and rocks; elements of stratigraphy; paleontology, and field trips.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOLOGY 2330 3 credits History of Life
The history of life as revealed by the fossil record. Current views on evolutionary patterns and extinctions. Field trips, laboratory; morphology of major fossil groups, modes of pres¬ervation, techniques.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOLOGY 3030 3 credits Oceanography
Chemical and physical nature of sea water and its move¬ments, the ocean floor and its sediments, submarine volcanol¬ogy, and marine biology.
Components: Class

GEOLOGY 3040 4 credits Mineralogy and Lithology
A condensed course on earth materials for majors in science and engineering. A paragenetic approach is used to study minerals with associated rocks. Laboratory emphasizes iden¬tification, classification. Field trips and research paper and presentation required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130

GEOLOGY 3130 3 credits Engineering Geology
Geology applied to the solution of a variety of problems in the field of civil engineering; field trips. Morphology, evolutionary trends and stratigraphic significance of fossil invertebrates; some micropaleontology; field trips.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: CHEMSTRY 1240 and CHEMSTRY 1450

GEOLOGY 3230 3 credits Sedimentary Geology
The formation, identification, and significance of sedimentary rocks with emphasis on those found in the Midwest; stratig¬raphy and earth history. Research paper and presentation required. Field trips.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130; GEOLOGY 3040 is recommended

GEOLOGY 3430 3 credits Hydrogeology
Applied geological concepts and theory of water resources, including both groundwater and surface water. Field trips. Research paper and presentation required.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130; CHEMSTRY 1240 is recommended

GEOLOGY 3520 2 credits Air Photo Interpretation
Use of air photos in geographical research and in other social and physical sciences; emphasis on identification of natural and cultural features.
Components: Laboratory, Class

GEOLOGY 3830 3 credits Field Methods and Mapping
Field techniques for bedrock and surficial studies. Local field trips. Research paper and presentation, and final map project required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: (GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 1240 or GEOLOGY 3130) and (GEOLOGY 3040 or GEOLOGY 3230)

GEOLOGY 4030 3 credits Economic Geology
The origin and geology of mineral deposits, energy resources, precious metals and gems, and agricultural and construction materials derived from geologic sources.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130; GEOLOGY 3040 is recommended

GEOLOGY 4120 2 - 3 credits Topical Seminar
A particular geologic topic within a seminar format.
Components: Laboratory, Seminar

GEOLOGY 4340 4 credits Regional Geomorphology of the United States
The structure, origin and distribution of the landforms of the United States; secondary emphasis on the methods of land form analysis.
Components: Class

GEOLOGY 4660 1 - 8 credits Cooperative Field Experience
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: consent of department chair

GEOLOGY 4920 1 - 3 credits Individual Research in Geology
Supervised research by individual students; written report required.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: consent of department chair

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