Geography

Faculty Top of Page

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 Computer Applications -- 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
Business Statistics -- 3.00 credits

or

Elementary Statistics -- 4.00 credits

or

Precalculus -- 5.00 credits

or

Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits

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

Geography Minor Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

 

22 total credits

Core Courses (15 credits required):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
Capstone in Geography -- 3.00 credits

Physical Geography (4 credits required):

Earth Science for Teachers -- 2.00 credits
Environmental Science -- 2.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Geology -- 4.00 credits
Our Water Resources -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (one course required):

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits

Advanced Topics in Human/Environment Interaction -- 3.00 credits

Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits

Geography Minor for Teacher Licensure (EA-A (73) and MC-EA (72) level)-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

 

The geography minor provides cohesive study of our globalized world, as created by human and non-human forces. The minor bridges the social and physical sciences to study social, political, economic, and environmental interaction processes.

A geography minor is a strong complement to students pursuing degrees in virtually any other field, including but not limited to, Communicating Arts, Business, History, Sociology, Legal Studies, Political Science, and the Natural Sciences.

The geography teaching minor prepares students for certification to teach elementary, middle, and high school geography leading to licensure in Geography (715) at the EA-A (73 ) level and at the MC-EA (72) level. Students pursing this option also must meet the professional educational requirements offered by UW-Superior's Teacher Education Department. Secondary Education students pursuing the geography minor also need to complete a teachable major. Majors in English, History, or BroadField Social Studies are options for licensure. See your advisor for more information. Students must also complete SSED 331 (EA-A) or 339 (MC-EA) for licensure.

22 total credits

Core Courses (15 credits required):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
Capstone in Geography -- 3.00 credits

Physical Geography (4 credits required):

Earth Science for Teachers -- 2.00 credits
Environmental Science -- 2.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Geology -- 4.00 credits
Our Water Resources -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (one course required):

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Advanced Topics in Human/Environment Interaction -- 3.00 credits
Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits

Geography Minor Top of Page

The geography minor provides cohesive study of our globalized world, as created by human and non-human forces. The minor bridges the social and physical sciences to study social, political, economic, and environmental interaction processes.

A geography minor is a strong complement to students pursuing degrees in virtually any other field, including but not limited to, Communicating Arts, Business, History, Sociology, Legal Studies, Political Science, and the Natural Sciences.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Top of Page

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are the basis for understanding our world through digital spatial information. The GIS certificate is designed to meet the growing demand for GIS applications in diverse disciplines.  The GIS certificate is intended for two audiences:

  1. UW-Superior-students who cannot finish the 21 credit GIS minor, but wish to be recognized for their practical GIS experience and skills acquired through coursework at UW-Superior.
  2. Professionals and students from outside UW-Superior who would like to gain and apply spatial knowledge in their field. This audience can complete the GIS certificate online through the UW-Superior [NAMEONLY:CEE].

The courses required to complete the GIS certificate span topics from introductory to advanced applications, including the elements of GIS, spatial data type and acquisition, coordinate systems, projections, data editing and topology, site suitability and data modeling, geoprocessing, geostatistical analysis, spatial interpolation, watershed delineation, network and 3-D analysis.

To earn a GIS certificate, students must complete at least 9 credits from the following courses:

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

and either

Advanced Principles of GIS -- 4.00 credits

or

Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

(applied GIS research mentored by a faculty member)