2012-2014 Catalog

2012-14 Undergraduate Catalog

Geography

Faculty Top of Page

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

Geography Program Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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):

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4.00 credits
Advanced Principles of GIS -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (9 credits required):

Business Statistics -- 3.00 credits
Business Computer Application -- 3.00 credits
Database Management -- 3.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits
Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Precalculus -- 5.00 credits
Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

Elementary Statistics -- 4.00 credits

or

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4.00 credits

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

Geography Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required Geography core courses (13 credits required):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits

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

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Geography Seminar -- 1.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
Biogeography and Conservation -- 3.00 credits
[[POLS 303]]

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

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

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):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits

or

Earth Science -- 3.00 credits

Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
Research for Teachers -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses (3 credits required):

Special Topics -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

or

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits

or

Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 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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