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The faculty and staff of the Department of Geography teach challenging courses in Geography 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. 


COURSES

GEOGRAPHY 1040 4 credits Planet Earth
The features of the natural environment (lithosphere, atmosphere 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 GEOGRAPHY 1140 or GEOGRAPHY 1240.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science

GEOGRAPHY 1050 3 credits Introduction to Human Geography
An introduction to the global distribution of human characteristics. 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

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

GEOGRAPHY 2230 3 credits Cartography
Designing and creating geographic and attribute computer databases for the production of maps, including projections, methods of data reduction, and symbologies.
Components: Laboratory, Class

GEOGRAPHY 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: GEOGRAPHY 1040 or GEOGRAPHY 1140 or GEOLOGY 1040 or GEOLOGY 1140

GEOGRAPHY3130 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: GEOGRAPHY 1230 or GEOGRAPHY 1330 or consent of instructor

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 3230 3 credits Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to core GIS concepts including map projections 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 3340 4 credits Biogeography
This course examines Earth’s biosphere, which extends from the sea floor, 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: GEOGRAPHY 1040 or GEOGRAPHY 1370 or BIOLOGY 1150 or BIOLOGY 1650 or BIOLOGY 1750 or consent of instructor

GEOGRAPHY 3520 3 credits Remote Sensing of the Environment
Introduction to the study of the environment through air photos and satellite imagery.  Topics covered includes the principles of remote sensing, interactions of the electromagnetic spectrum with the atmosphere and earth's surface, aerial photographs, satellite systems, and sensors.  The emphasis is on applications to climate change, land cover mapping, forestry, agriculture, and oceanography.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: a 1000-level course in geology or geography or consent of the instructor

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 3720 3 credits Advanced Remote Sensing
This course focuses on the the theory and techniques of digital image processing (DIP) using current remote sensing techniques.  The course will emphasize radiometric and atmospheric corrections, image enhancement, and  pattern recognition via classification.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRAPHY 2230 or GEOGRAPHY 3230 or 3 credits of a computer-related course

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 3750 14 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

GEOGRAPHY3850 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 3950 13 credits Guided Research
Research conducted by a student in close collaboration with a faculty member; culminates in a formal presentation and/or written report.
Components: Field
Prereqs/Coreqs: consent of instructor

GEOGRAPHY 3960 16 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

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 4120 23 credits Topical Seminar
A specific geographic topic within a seminar format.
Components: Laboratory, Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing or consent of instructor

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY4330 3 credits Advanced GIS
This course builds on concepts covered in Geog 3230 (Introduction to GIS), with an emphasis on spatial analysis using advanced methods for rasters and vectors.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: GEOGRAPHY 2230 or GEOGRAPHY 3230 or CIVILENG 4630 or RECLAM 3940

GEOGRAPHY 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: GEOGRAPHY 3170 or consent of instructor

GEOGRAPHY 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

GEOGRAPHY 4660 13 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

GEOGRAPHY 4760 13 credits Geography Field Study
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

GEOGRAPHY 4920 13 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

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