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Geography 102 – World Regional Geography   

A study of the various interrelationships of cultural and physical phenomena as exemplified by major world regions. Intended for those who seek to enhance their knowledge of important world regions. (Not open to students with credit in upper level Regional Geography). Alberts, Subulwa, Zaniewski

Geography 105 - Geographies of Coffee
This course examines the physical factors that influence coffee production, the political and economic factors that influence the coffee trade, and the cultural factors that influence coffee consumption. Subulwa

Geography 106 - Soils and Agriculture
This course introduces students to the basic principles of soils and soil properties, the various types of agricultural systems, and applying sustainability as a lens of inquiry to examine the relationships between agriculture and soils. Cross

Geography 107 - Peoples, Places, and Cultures of the World
This course will focus on people's lifeways and cultures around the world from agricultural practices to sports. Students will also examine how people interact with individuals from different cultures and deal with cultural differences. Alberts, Zaniewski

Geography 121 – Physical Geography I – Weather and Climate
An introductory study of the physical processes and spatial patterns of the earth's weather and climate and the impacts of climate on vegetation. Prerequisites: Math 103 with a grade of C or better or placement into Math 104 or higher. Cross, Long

Geography 202 – Human Geography
The distribution and significance of major elements of culture, such as languages, religions, and political systems, are examined, along with processes that shape cultural landscapes.  Alberts, Barron, Subulwa

Geography 211 - Geographies of Climate Change
This course will explore control and feedback processes that govern climate change and climate variability and the impact that a changing climate will have on natural and managed landscapes. In addition, the course will examine how economic, social, cultural, and political dynamics intersect directly with a rapidly changing climate. Prerequisite: Geography 121. Long

Geography 213 – Population Geography
Population by world regions stressing contrast in numbers, densities, growth rates, and distributional patterns. Current population problems, problem areas, and the methodology by which population growth is predicted.

Geography 215 – Map Reading Analysis
This course is designed to study maps as basic tools in geography and other social and natural sciences and as graphical means of communication; to develop skills in map reading and analysis and graphical presentation of quantitative information; to promote the principles of cartographic ethics; and to use acquired knowledge and skills adequately and responsibly in private, professional, and public life. Zaniewski

Geography 221 – Physical Geography II – Landforms and Soils
An introductory study of the earth's landscapes, particularly landforms, soil, and water; their distribution and interaction with other elements of the global environment. Prerequisite: Geography 121.  Bowen

Geography 304 - Principles of Soil Science
Explores the fundamental principles of soil science and soils as an essential natural resource. Basic concepts in soil science will be presented including: soil genesis; classification and mapping; fertility and productivity; conservation and management; and physical, chemical, and biological properties in relation to the soil environment. Prerequisites: Geography 106; or Geography 221 or Geology 102 or 110 or 150 or consent of instructor. Bowen

Geography 311 - Economic Geography
A topical approach to the analysis of spatial variations in man's activities related to producing, distributing, servicing and consuming various products. Prerequisite: Geography 202. Barron

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. Cross

Geography 314 - Environmental Conservation
Conservation is a major form of environmental management that has emerged over the last several decades. In this class we will consider environmental conservation through the lens of the geographical sub-field of political ecology.
This course is neither a traditional class in environmental studies or a traditional class in ecology. Rather, political ecology provides a critical human geography perspective on environmental change and the evolving concepts of management and policy intended to deal with this change. Barron

Geography 316 - Ethnic Landscapes of America
An overview of the cultural landscapes which have shaped the United States. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the contributions of Native Americans and a variety of ethnic minority populations, examining the spatial distributions of these groups and their unique traditions in shaping their landscapes and contrasting their landscapes with that of the Anglo-Saxon majority. Prerequisite: Geography 102 or 202 or History 201 or 202. Cross

Geography 317 - United States and Canada
Emphasis is upon physical, cultural, and economic factors which shape regional landscapes. Population movements, changing agricultural production, recent energy and industrial developments. Prerequisite: Geography 102. Cross

Geography 319 - Latin America
The cultural and physical aspects of Latin America organized by regions and countries. Prerequisite: Geography 102. Alberts

Geography 321 – Political Geography
An examination of the political factors which influence geographic distributions. Topics considered in this course will include the political organization of space, territory and boundary problems, political conflict and its resolution, problems in the location of public facilities and spatial aspects of voting behavior. Prerequisite Geography 202. Subulwa

Geography 324 – Urban Geography
The origin, development, distribution, and functions of urban places with emphasis on internal area differentiation, growth, and problems of modern cities. Prerequisite Geography 202. Alberts

Geography 331 – Europe
A topical analysis of Europe emphasizing the distribution and interrelation of major physical and human features, including landforms, climate, vegetation and soils, population, language, religion, economic activities, settlement patterns, and political organization. Prerequisite: Geography 102. Alberts

Geography 332 – Introduction to River Systems
Examines the landforms and processes associated with river systems. Topics include drainage basin analysis, fluvial processes, response to disturbance, water quality, sediment erosion and transport, alluvial stratigraphy, and stream/river restoration and management. Prerequisites: Geography 221; or Geology 102; or Geology 110 or Geology 150; or consent of instructor. Bowen

Geography 333 - Gender, Place and Culture
This course will explore how the social category of gender and the organization of gender relations are implicated in, constituted by, and maintained through spatial processes. This course examines feminist thought/theories and explores the ways in which geographers have used feminist thought/theories to study and problematize concepts and experiences of the body, home, place, environment, and culture, among other themes. Cross-listed: Geog/Wg Stds 333. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Geog 202, WG Stds 201, 45 credits , or consent of instructor

Geography 335 – Climatology
Atmospheric processes concerned with transfer of heat and moisture including systems of climatic classification and the analysis of climatic types. Prerequisite: Geography 121.

Geography 353 – Subsaharan Africa

An analysis of the distribution and interrelation of the physical and cultural characteristics of sub-Saharan Africa. Includes the study of the development, present conditions, and problems of particular regions and countries. Prerequisite: Geography 102. Subulwa

Geography 354 – Middle East and North Africa
A topical analysis of the Middle East and North Africa with emphasis on the physical environment and natural resources, cultural patterns, and spatial aspects of geopolitical relations. Prerequisite: Geography 102.  Subulwa

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. Long

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. Bowen, Coulibaly

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. Zaniewski

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, 202 or 213; or Environmental Studies 211; or consent of instructor. Zaniewski

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.  Coulibaly

Geography 391 – GIS I – Mapping and Visualization
This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques for manipulation, graphic representation, and basic analysis of spatial information. Lectures and labs examine the processing, compilation, and symbolization of spatial data and the application of related statistical techniques. Emphasis is placed on the technology of mapping-particularly computer mapping and visualization within the context of Geographic Information Science. Coulibaly, Miller

Geography 402 – Field Methods in Geography 
Techniques of field observations and geographic analysis. Various methods of collecting field data applied to both physical and cultural landscapes. Area of field study alternates between the Oshkosh area and more distant locations. Contact instructor for application materials and information on special course fees. Prerequisite: 18 units (crs.) cumulative of Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, and Geology; 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. Barron

Geography 419 – Natural Hazards
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. Cross

Geography 444 – Internship in Geography
An employment experience in which students work under direct supervision of a professional, applying their skills in cartographic, Geographic Information Systems, air photo interpretation, soils, conservation, or some other subfield or geography. May be taken up to a maximum of 6 units (crs.) earned. Prerequisite: Geography 371, at least one of the following: Geography 402, 380, 381, 391, 471, 472, and consent of instructor. Geography Faculty

Geography 446 – Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. Geography Faculty

Geography 451 – Advanced Topics in Human Geography
This course will provide an in-depth examination of a specific topic in human geography. Special emphasis will be placed on recognition, analysis, and problem solving within the topic area. Prerequisite: Geography 102, 202, Junior standing and consent of instructor. Alberts, Subulwa

Geography 461 – Advanced Topics in Physical Geography
This course will provide an in-depth examines a specific topic in physical geography. Special emphasis will be placed on recognition, analysis, and problem solving within the topic area. Prerequisite: Geography 121, (122 or 221)  and Junior standing and consent of instructor. Bowen, Long

Geography 471 – GIS II – Fundamentals of GIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer programs and instruments designed to obtain, store, analyze, and display geographic data. This course provides and introduction to the fundamentals of FIS and the utilization of spatial data for solving geographic problems. Both theoretical concepts and practical applications of GIS will be examined. Prerequisites: Geography 391 or 591 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.  Coulibaly

Geography 472 – GIS III – Advanced GIS
This course examines advanced concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include introductory level algorithm development, applications survey and readings, and advanced spatial analysis. Students are expected to develop individual, problem-driven projects which incorporate the knowledge, tools, and techniques that are developed in this course. Prerequisite: Geography 471 or 671 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor. Coulibaly

Geography 490 – Geography Senior Seminar
A Capstone Seminar for the Geography program in which the student's ability to integrate geographic concepts, knowledge, and techniques from previous Geography courses is demonstrated. All geography majors must complete the Geography Senior Seminar with a grade of C (2.0) or better in order to graduate. Prerequisite: 24 units (crs.) in Geography; Geography 451 or Geography 461 (prerequisite or corequisite); and senior standing. Barron, Cross, Long

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Closed Class Policy - For all Geography and Urban Planning courses that have met their enrollment limits, as posted in Titan Web, a wait list will be established and kept in the Departmental office.  If a student wishes to enroll in a class that is closed because of full enrollment, the student should contact the Departmental office and ask to have her/his name added to the wait list for the class.  Student names will be added in the order in which the requests are received.  As openings become available in the class Departmental office personnel will contact students on the list beginning with the first one listed and enroll them if they still wish to be in the course.  Students will continue to be contacted, in chronological order, until the class is full or all students on the list are contacted.  

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