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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


Geography


Geography is the study of the earth as created by natural forces and modified by human actions. It analyzes spatial patterns and locational associations of human and physical environments. It is concerned with people's interrelationships with their environments now, in the past, and in the future. The Department of Geography works closely with the Cartography and Geographic Information Science (GIS) Center and the American Geographical Society Library, one of the largest holdings of geographical materials in the world. For the purpose of satisfying various degree requirements, some courses in geography are classified as natural science while others are classified as social science. Consult the current L&S degree requirements web site (http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/requirements/2006/natsci.cfm) to determine which courses count as natural science.

Course of Study: Major

Students must meet with the department’s undergraduate advisor to declare geography as a major. All majors must complete the 24-25-credit core curriculum and the additional requirements as defined in one of the 5 tracks: 1) geographic information, 2) urban, 3) environmental, 4) physical systems, or 5) regional and educational. Geography majors may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The physical systems track is recommended for Bachelor of Science students. In satisfying their major requirements, all students must complete at least 37 credits in geography, 18 of which must be at or above the 300 level, with at least 15 of those taken in residence at UWM. Courses taken outside geography that fulfill geography requirements will be included in the GPA. Majors must have a 2.5 GPA in all geography credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

CORE CURRICULUM

All geography majors must complete the following 24-25 credits in geography:

a) One of the following introductory courses in human geography, 3 cr:

Geog 105 Introduction to Human Geography
Geog 110 The World: Peoples and Regions
Geog 114 Geography of Minorities in the United States
Geog 140 Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography
(Students in the Urban Track are required to take Geog 140.)

b) One of the following introductory courses in physical or environmental geography, 3 cr:

Geog 120 Our Physical Environment
Geog 125 Introduction to Environmental Geography
(Students in the Physical Systems Track must take Geog 120; those in the Environmental Track must take Geog 125.)

c) One of the following mid-level (200 or above) regional or world geography courses, 3 cr:

Geog 213 Geography of Asia
Geog 214 Wisconsin
Geog 216 (510) Geography of United States and Canada
Geog 231 (130) Geography of Islam
Geog 309 Nationalities and Nations of the World
Geog 315 Economic Geography
Geog 330 Europe: East and West
Geog 400 Geography of Population
Geog 410 Gendered Geographies
Geog 421 Geography of Latin America
Geog 470 Geography of South Asia

d) Geog 215 Introduction to Geographic Information Science, 3 cr

e) Geog 247 Quantitative Analysis in Geography, 3 cr

f) One of the following upper-level techniques courses, 3-4 cr:
Geog 403 Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis
Geog 405 Cartography
Geog 525 Geographic Information Science
Geog 547 Spatial Analysis
(Students in the Geographic Information Track must take Geog 525.)

g) Geog 600 Perspectives on Geography, 3 cr (satisfies L&S research requirement)

h) One of the following fieldwork courses, 3 cr:
Geog 650 Geography Field Work
Geog 654 Tropical Field Course
Geog 489 Internship in Geography, Upper Division
Geog 497 Study Aboard
Students electing Geog 489 or 497 to fulfill this requirement must obtain faculty approval for the field research project before enrolling.

MAJOR TRACKS

Geographic Information Track. (14-15 credits within the track; 39-40 total credits to complete the major)

a) Geog 625 Intermediate Geographic Information Science, 4 cr

b) Two upper-level techniques courses, in addition to Geog 525, listed in requirement f) of the core curriculum, 7- 8 cr beyond core

c) Geog 698 GIS/Cartography Internship, 3 cr

Urban Track. (9 credits within the track; 37 total credits to complete the major)

a) Any two of the following urban geography courses, 6 cr:
Geog 430 Geography of Transportation
Geog 440 City Systems and Metropolitan Development
Geog 441 Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Geog 443 Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Geog 540 Globalization and the City

b) One of the following courses on urban environments, 3 cr:
Geog 464 Environmental Problems
Geog 520 Physical Geography of the City
Geog 564 Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice

Environmental Track. (9 credits within the track; 37 total credits to complete the major)

Any 3 of the following mid- or upper-level environmental geography courses, 9 cr:
Geog 350 Conservation of Natural Resources
Geog 520 Physical Geography of the City
Geog 464 Environmental Problems
Geog 564 Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice

Physical Systems Track. (15 credits within the track; 40 total credits to complete the major)

Any 3 of the following physical geography courses (9 cr)
Geog 310 General Climatology, 3 cr
Geog 340 Biogeography, 3 cr
Geog 415 Hydrogeography, 3 cr
Geog 420 Methods and Principles in Land Form Geography
Geog 424 Karst Geomorphology
Geog 475 The Geography of Soils

Electives, 6 cr. Any two upper division (numbered 300 or above) courses approved for natural science credit that have not been selected to fulfill the above requirements. A maximum of 3 credits from outside Geography may be applied to the major.

Regional and Educational Track. (9 credits within the track; 37 total credits to complete the major)

a) One of the following courses in urban geography, 3 cr:
Geog 400 Geography of Population
Geog 410 Gendered Geographies
Geog 440 City Systems and Metropolitan Development
Geog 441 Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Geog 443 Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Geog 540 Globalization and the City

b) One of the following courses in environmental geography, 3 cr:
Geog 350 Conservation of Natural Resources
Geog 464 Environmental Problems
Geog 520 Physical Geography of the City
Geog 564 Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice

c) One of the following courses in physical geography, 3 cr:
Geog 310 General Climatology
Geog 340 Biogeography
Geog 420 Methods and Principles in Land Form Geography
Geog 424 Karst Geomorphology
Geog 475 Geography of Soils
Geog 520 Physical Geography of the City

Course of Study: Minor

The geography minor requires the completion, with a GPA of 2.5 or above in all geography courses attempted at UWM, of 18 credits in geography courses, at least 9 of which must be at the 300 level or above taken in residence at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all courses attempted in the minor, including transfer work. The following are required:

One introductory human geography course (105, 110, 113, 114, 115, 140, 170, or 213)

One introductory physical geography course (120 or 125)

One geographic analysis course (215, 225, or 405)

Related Programs

For the teaching major and minor, see the School of Education section of this catalog. A related special major is International Studies. Related certificate programs include Asian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

Courses (GEOG)

Crosslisted Courses

The following courses offered by the Department of Geosciences may be used to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in geography.

Geo Sci 401 General Soil Science
Geo Sci 409 Process Geomorphology
Geo Sci 550 Soils, Landscape, and the Environment

Faculty

Karel Bayer, Prof. Emeritus, RN Dr.

Anne Bonds, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Washington

Barbara Borowiecki, Prof. Emerita, Ph.D.

Woonsup Choi, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Michael J. Day, Prof., D. Phil.
University of Oxford, England

Glen G. Fredlund, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Kansas

Rina Ghose, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Donn K. Haglund, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Ryan Holifield, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Lutz Holzner, Prof. Emeritus, RN Dr.

Judith T. Kenny, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Syracuse University

Anna Mansson McGinty, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Lund University, Sweden

Linda McCarthy, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Harold M. Rose, Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Mark D. Schwartz, Distinguished Prof., Ph.D., Chair
University of Kansas

Norman R. Stewart, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Kristin Sziarto, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Changshan Wu, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Ohio State University

Zengwang Xu, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Hyejin Yoon, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Ohio State University

 

 



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