2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

GEOG - Geography
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3.00
Develops basic factual knowledge and awareness of the physical and cultural features of the world environment. Explores regional and world scale patterns of resources, climate, applied technology and trade, political alignments, and other aspects of the current world. All world political units are analyzed from a regional perspective. Students gain significant knowledge of world spatial relationships. Offered: Every Fall and Spring Terms on campus; Every Spring Term On Line.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOG 102Cultural Geography3.00
Explores the influence of culture on perceptions, decisions, and interpersonal relations on both planetary and local scales of life. A broad range of cultural topics are considered, including the origins of culture, human development, political and social organization, religions and languages, and evolving human landscapes. Prepares students to be well-informed citizens of our increasingly interconnected global community. Offered On Campus Spring Terms and On Line Fall Terms.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOG 189Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOG 241Fundamentals of GIS I4.00
Broad introduction to cartography and Geographic Information Systems with emphases on both theory and practice. Fundamental principles of numerical data entry, digitizing, data manipulation and analysis, and interpretation of spatially referenced data will be explored. Additional topics include cartographic basics such as mapping, coordinate systems, projections and remote sensing. Students are introduced to the skills necessary to run a vector-based GIS. The GIS lab offers students an opportunity to use GPS systems and GIS (ArcGIS10.x) to improve their conceptual and technical GIS skills while working one-on-one with the instructor. Lab will cover map design, geodatabase creation, spatial data download, examining metadata, geoprocessing, digitizing, geocoding, spatial analysis, and 3D-analysis. In the lab each student will carry a real world project using ArcGIS software. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) ITS 108 or basic computer skills recommended. Offered Every Fall Every and Spring Terms of Even Years Only.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 281Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interests/needs. May include workshops. seminars, special issues, etc. This course may be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 289Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOG 298Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried out under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 302Economic Geography3.00
Study of how spatial organization of economic activities affects such issues as economic growth, employment, investment patterns, mobility, and the prices paid for goods. Industrial economic activities are examined by addressing issues such as why some areas are more suitable than others for economic activities and how markets function in the real world. Transportation networks that connect areas and issues of global interdependence are central themes in this course. This course has been approved as Writing Certificate Eligible (WCE)--see section of catalog for WCE Description/details. (lecture two hours, laboratory two hours) Offered On Campus Fall Terms, and On Line Spring Terms.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course for TRSP majors is completion of ECON 250 and ECON 251. Non-TRSP majors are required to take a GEOG course or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOG 343Fundamentals of GIS II4.00
Introduction to GIS-specific content, including database, topology, and basic and advanced analysis operations. Also covers statistical and spatial analytical techniques including attribute analysis and site suitability and models. Introduces students to ArcGIS software (ArcCatalog, ArcMap, and ArcToolbox). Laboratory activities include mapping density, mapping change, finding what's inside, finding what's nearby, measuring geographic distribution, analyzing pattern, and identifying clusters. Students examine a wide range of GIS functions using the geostatistical analysis and data management tools. Each student is required to complete a real world project using ArcGIS software.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOG 241.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GEOG 350Geography of Wisconsin3.00
A spatial examination of the state of Wisconsin utilizing both physical and human considerations. It synthesizes and emphasizes the 20th and 21st century environmental issues that are related to physical characteristics such as geologic history, hydrologic, and climatic forces as well as how these physical factors have impacted the human development of the state. Examples of human issues include indigenous and immigrant settlement, economic, and political patterns.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 357Advanced Topics in Human/Environment Interaction3.00
Advanced Topics in Human/Environment Interaction is a study of the effects of the physical and biological factors affecting human population growth, evolution, development, and settlement as well as how our behavior impacts the physical world. The influence of environment on human development, and the schools of thought that develop, crosses many disciplinary areas of study. The basic theories integral to biology and geography, often studied separately as part of discipline-­-specific courses, will be integrated into the study of humans and their physical environment. The emphasis of the course is to offer topics from a variety diverse perspectives, with both a reading/lecture and lab component.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 100 or GEOL 130 or Instructor Consent Required
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GEOG 389Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOG 402Urban Planning and Transportation Systems3.00
Comparative examinations of planning theories and practices that shaped the geography of 19th and 20th century urban and suburban areas. Introduction to the intraurban and interurban influences of transportation systems on land use and planning will be explored. Stresses the ways in which planners and planning ideologies have responded to different social, economic, political and technological (transportation and communication) innovations and pressures. The class includes an examination of 21st Century problems, pressures and solutions to urban and transportation needs. Qualifies as an Academic-Service Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details). A significant semester-long group AS-L project, which connects the student with the Twin Ports community, is a substantial learning goal in the face-to-face section of this course. Cross-listed as GEOG/TRSP 402. S18, S20.
Prerequisites:
For non-SBE majors, completion of GEOG 302 or consent of Instructor. For SBE majors, completion of GEOG 302 and admission to the SBE program.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GEOG 442Advanced Principles of GIS4.00
Students learn how to develop and implement various GIS application projects. Covers spatial data conversion, spatial database management and spatial analysis. Introduces image analysis, spatial analysis, geostatistical analysis and ArcScan techniques. Each student designs a project based on their specialty (biology, environmental science, land use, transportation, hydrogeology, demographics, economic analysis, etc.) and utilizes the extensions of ArcGIS (Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, and Network Analyst) and Remote Sensing (IDRISI and Topo Image.) Course builds on the principles introduced in GEOG 343 and gives a more in-depth understanding of the technical aspects involved in spatial data handling, analysis, and modeling. Very advanced principles of ArcGIS will be used as theoretical and applied aspects are examined through a series of practical exercises and assignments culminating in the development of a prototype GIS.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOG 343
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 450Capstone in Geography3.00
This course integrates and extends classroom learning through guided research on student- selected interdisciplinary geography and geography-related topics. After an introduction to geographic research methods and theory, students will conduct an investigation of a spatial question. Students work individually, in consultation with faculty and interaction with peers in class, to produce a final product that is pertinent to the major/minor. Examples of final product are: a formal written research paper, classroom-ready teaching unit, workshop materials for presentation.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 481Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interest/need. May include workshops, seminars, special issues, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 489Geography Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOG 491Undergraduate Research1.00 - 4.00
A course developed in cooperation with faculty or area geography specialists to provide practical experience in experimental geography. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem or focus of study. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. May be repeated for a total of four credits.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of two GEOG courses and consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 492Geography Seminar1.00
Study of a topic through literature research. Each student studies a topic and effectively summarizes the available information in written and oral form. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 496Internship1.00 - 4.00
On-the-job experience with local agencies such as the Department of Transportation, urban and/or regional planning agencies, historical societies, or other approved geography-related organization designed to provide students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor. Offered on demand.
GEOG 498Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried out under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand