Geography 121: Physical Geography I - Weather and Climate (NS)
An introductory study of the elements and controls of weather, climate, and vegetation; their distribution and interaction with other elements of the global environment.
Geography 304: Soils
A study of the morphology, evolution, classification, and distribution of soils.
Geography 313: Wisconsin
The interrelationships between the state's physical environment and its people are stressed. Included are: physiographic history, landscape regions, climate, natural vegetation, soils, population distribution and composition, agricultural patterns, mineral production, manufacturing, and tourism.
Geography 314: Environmental Conservation
An examination of natural resource utilization, methods of exploitation, policies governing their development, and their relationship to cultural geographic patterns.
Geography 363: Biogeography
Examines the role and nature of biophysical processes and their significance to the spatial and temporal patterns at various scales. Topics include the investigating functional relationships between climate, soils, and vegetation, as well as introducing approaches to land systems analysis focusing upon ecosystems and other land system interactions.
Prerequisite: Geography 121 or Biology and Microbiology 349.
Geography 364: Water Resource Management
A study of the characteristics and behavior of water on a global scale. Emphasis on the geographic location of water, its significance, its use by man, and the problems of water management.
Prerequisite: 8 units (crs.) of Physical Geography or Physical Geology.
Geography 371: Cartography
An introduction to mapping: Historical development of mapping, map design, construction and lettering, topographic map analysis, representation of landforms, map projection and theory, coordinate systems, legal descriptions, techniques of data representation on base maps, and elements of map reproduction.
Geography 377: Population and Environment
Examination of the relationship between population and environment, particularly the importance of demographic change in shaping the environment, forces that influence this relationship, theoretical perspectives used in the analysis of population-environment relationship, and how population dynamics affect various aspects of environmental change. The topics are studied from historical and global perspectives with comparisons of population-environmental change. The topics are studied from historical and global perspectives with comparisons of population-environmental links in various parts of the world and those in the United States.
Prerequisites: Geography 102, 111 or 213; or Environmental Studies 101; or consent of instructor.
Geography 382: Remote Sensing of the Environment
The focus is on the interpretation and application of data obtained by major remote sensing techniques to the detection and monitoring of the physical and cultural landscape. Includes orbital and suborbital photography, electronic sensing in the ultraviolet, thermal, passive and active microwave and multispectral.
Prerequisite: Geography 381, 391 or consent of instructor.
Geography 414: Natural Resource Management
Examines techniques for the biophysical and socio-economic analysis of natural environments. The course will emphasize the variety of perspectives from which environmental management policies and modeling tools can be developed.
Prerequisite: Geography 314.
Geography 419: Natural Hazards and Disaster Planning
Examination of various atmospheric and geologic events which threaten human activities. The physical characteristics of the threats, human perceptions of the threats, and various hazard mitigation measures (including structural adjustments, land use planning, and evacuation preparations) will be studied.
Prerequisite: 8 units (crs.) of Physical Geography or Geology.
Geography 471: Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the utilization of spatial data for solving geographic problems. Both theoretical concepts of GIS technology and practical applications of GIS will be studied.
Prerequisite: Geography 371 and either Geography 391 or 3 units (crs.) of computer science.