Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Geography


2012-2014 Catalog

Geography

Faculty

Randy Gabrys Alexson, Professor (Geography Education)
William Bajjali, Professor (Geographic Information Systems and Earth Science)

Geography Program

A wide variety of courses are available in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For more information about specific courses, see Geography in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Geography has many specialty areas and exciting career opportunities. The Geography faculty can guide you in selecting a program of study that best suits your interests and goals. Because Geography is inherently interdisciplinary, the minors described below can complement and enhance many major areas of study, such as education, business, communication, legal studies, science, and all areas of international study.

Three minors are currently available:

  1. Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  2. Geography Minor with Liberal Education emphasis
  3. Geography Minor for Elementary (715 EA-E) or Secondary (72 MC-EA) Teacher Certification

Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor Requirements

21 total credits

Employment opportunities are limitless for graduates who are proficient with this interdisciplinary tool. Well-qualified GIS specialists are sought in the areas of business, economics, education, government, planning, and international industries.

Required Geography core courses (12 credits required):

GEOG 241 Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4 credits
GEOG 343 Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4 credits
GEOG 442 Advanced Principles of GIS -- 4 credits

Elective courses (9 credits required):

BUS 270 Business Statistics -- 3 credits
ITS 108 Business Computer Applications -- 3 credits
ITS 346 Database Management -- 3 credits
GEOG 302 Economic Geography -- 3 credits
GEOG 402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3 credits
GEOG 491 Research -- 1-4 credits *
GEOG 496 Internship -- 1-4 credits *
MATH 115 Precalculus -- 5 credits
MATH 151 Calculus Business -- 5 credits
 
MATH 130 Elementary Statistics -- 4 credits
OR
MATH 241 Calculus -- 5 credits

* A combined maximum of four credits may be earned in GEOG 491 and GEOG 496.

Geography Minor Requirements

22 total credits

Required Geography core courses (13 credits required):

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography -- 3 credits
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography -- 3 credits
GEOL 110 The Dynamic Earth -- 4 credits
GEOG 302 Economic Geography -- 3 credits

Elective courses required (9 credits required): at least 7 credits must be numbered 300 or higher

GEOG 241 Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4 credits
GEOG 343 Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4 credits
GEOG 350 Geography of Wisconsin -- 3 credits
GEOG 402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3 credits
GEOG 481 Special Topics -- 1-6 credits
GEOG 491 Undergraduate Research -- 1-4 credits*
GEOG 492 Geography Seminar -- 1 credit
GEOG 496 Internship -- 1-4 credits*
ANTH 320 Environmental Anthropology -- 3 credits
BIOL 312 Biogeography -- 3 credits
POLS 303 Environmental Law -- 3 credits

* A combined maximum of four credits can be earned in GEOG 491 and 496.

Geography Minor for Elementary Education (EA_E) or Secondary Education Certification (EA-A & MC-EA) Requirements

Minor leading to licensure in Geography (715) at the EA-A (73) level and at the MC-EA (72) level

Required courses ( 21 credits required):

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography -- 3 credits
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography -- 3 credits
 
GEOL 110 The Dynamic Earth -- 4 credits
OR
GEOL 170 Earth Science -- 3 credits
 
GEOG 302 Economic Geography -- 3 credits
GEOG 350 Geography of Wisconsin -- 3 credits
GEOG 450 Research for Teachers -- 3 credits

Elective courses (3 credits required):

GEOG 481 Special Topics: Human Biogeography -- 4 credits
OR
GEOG 241 Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4 credits
OR
GEOG 402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3 credits

Secondary Education students pursuing the geography minor also need to complete a teachable major. Majors in History or Broad Field Social Studies are recommended for licensure. See your advisor for more information.


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