UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Course Offerings - GEOGRAPHY


50-102 World Regional Geography (NW) 3 cr.

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).
50-104 Honors: World Geography (NW) 3 cr.
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. For University Scholars Only. Credit will be allowed for only one of 50-102 or 50-104, not both.
50-111 Human Geography (SS) 3 cr.
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.
50-112 Honors: Human Geography (SS) 3 cr.
The nature, distribution, and significance of major elements of human geography. For University Scholars only. Uses exploratory/investigative learning method. Credit will be allowed for only one of 50-111 or 50-112, not both.
50-121 Physical Geography I-Weather and Climate (NS) (3+2) 4 cr.
An introductory study of the elements and controls of weather, climate, and vegetation; their distribution and interaction with other elements of the global environment. (Not open to students with credit in 50-118.)
50-122 Physical Geography II-Landforms and Soils (NS) (3+2) 1-4 cr.
An introductory study of the earth's landscapes--particularly landforms, soil, and water; their distribution and interaction with other elements of the global environment. Field trip. (Not open to students with credit in 50-117.) Prerequisite: 50-121.
50-213 Population Geography (SS) 3 cr.
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.
50-304 Soils 3 cr.
A study of the morphology, evolution, classification, and distribution of soils.
50-311 Economic Geography 3 cr.
A topical approach to the analysis of spatial variations in man's activities related to producing, distributing, servicing and consuming various products.
50-313 Wisconsin 3 cr.
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.
50-314 Environmental Conservation 3 cr.
An examination of natural resource utilization, methods of exploitation, policies governing their development, and their relationship to cultural geographic patterns.
50-316/516 Ethnic Landscapes of America (ES) 3 cr.
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. Prerequisites: One of the following courses: 50-102, 50-111, 57-201, 57-202. Fulfills Ethnic Studies requirement.
50-317 United States and Canada 3 cr.
Emphasis is upon physical, cultural, and economic factors which shape regional landscapes. Population movements, changing agricultural production, recent energy and industrial developments. Prerequisite: 50-102.
50-319 Latin America (NW) 3 cr.
The cultural and physical aspects of Latin America organized by regions and countries. Prerequisite: 50-102.
50-321 Political Geography 3 cr.
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 50-111.
50-324 Urban Geography 3 cr.
The origin, development, distribution, and functions of urban places with emphasis on internal areal differentiation, growth, and problems of modern cities. Prerequisite 50-111.
50-325 Geography of Transportation and Industry 3 cr.
Geographic analysis of functions, significance, and problems of transportation. Study of types of carriers, history of route development, and terminal facilities as they relate to industrial development, specific manufacturing enterprises, and economic regions. Prerequisite: 50-311.
50-329 Geography of Recreation and Tourism 3 cr.
A study of recreational areas and the processes (physical and cultural) that exist and give character to those areas.
50-331 Europe 3 cr.
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: 50-102
50-335 Climatology 3 cr.
Atmospheric processes concerned with transfer of heat and moisture including systems of climatic classification and the analysis of climatic types. Prerequisite: 50-121.
50-338/538 Russian Realm (NW) 3 cr.
A topical analysis of the countries of the former Soviet Union emphasizing their physical environment, agricultural and industrial activities, population, language, and political organization. Prerequisite: 50-102.
50-342 Meteorology (3+0) 3 cr.
A study of the elements and controls of weather including such topics as cloud types, lapse rates, humidity, use of weather instruments, pseudo adiabatic diagram use, winds aloft and plots of weather data on base maps together with interpretation of resulting patterns, and investigation of weather modification techniques. Prerequisite: 50-121.
50-347 Far East (NW) 3 cr.
An interpretation of physical and cultural patterns of the Far Eastern realm of Asia with emphasis on the nations of Japan and the People's Republic of China. Prerequisite: 50-102.
50-352 Landscape Morphology 3 cr.
Processes of landform evolution. Analysis of landforms and interpretation of the physical landscape using topographic maps, aerial photographs, and topographic models. Prerequisite: 50-122, or 51-102.
50-353/553 Subsaharan Africa (NW) 3 cr.
An analysis of the distribution and interrelation of the physical and cultural characteristics of Subsaharan Africa. Includes the study of the development, present conditions, and problems of particular regions and countries. Prerequisite: 50-102.
50-354 Middle East and North Africa 3 cr,
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: 50-102.

50-363/563 Biogeography 3 cr.

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 focussing upon ecosystems and other land system interactions. Prerequisite: 50-121 or 26-349.

50-364 Water Resource Management 3 cr.

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 credits of Physical Geography or Physical Geology.
50-371/571 Cartography (3+2) 4 cr.
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.
50-380 Research Methods 3 cr.
Defining geographic problems, design of research projects, data collection, analysis of data using cartographic and statistical techniques, and research report writing. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in a statistics course.
50-381 Air Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (2+2) 3 cr.
An introduction to aerial measurements and interpretation using vertical air photos and electronic sensing in varying wavelengths. Attention given to landform features, agricultural patterns, and urban area analysis. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
50-385/585 Quantitative Methods in Geography and Environmental Sciences 3 cr.

Methods of gathering and analyzing data for the solution of geographic, regional planning and environmental problems. Emphasizes the application of spatial statistical techniques to a wide variety of geographical and environmental problems. Prerequisite: 67-201 or 67-301 with a grade of "C" or better.

50-391/591 Computer Cartography (2+2) 3 cr.

Application of microcomputer technology to the art and science of cartography. Lectures and labs emphasize thematic mapping, such as choropleth, dot, isarythmic and surface mapping; graphing; digital atlas production and multimedia oriented cartography (map animation). Prerequisite: 50-371.
50-395 Colloquium in Geography 1 cr.
Overview of current research and professional developments within the various subfields of geography. Prerequisite: Geography major or minor with junior or senior standing. (May be repeated for up to 3 credits, with course being graded on a pass/fail basis.)
50-399 Study Tour 1-8 cr.
Background readings, field lectures, a trip log, and a comprehensive paper are required under the direction of the geography staff person in charge. Information on fees, transportation, and trip expenses available in a separate announcement.
50-400 Geographic Concepts 3 cr.
A study of the historical development and organization of the field with special consideration to literature and methodology. Prerequisites: 24 credits in geography.
50-402 Field Methods of Geography (1+4) 3 cr.
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: 50-380 or 9 credits of urban studies or permission of instructor.
50-414/614 Natural Resource Management 3 cr.

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: 50-314.
50-419/619 Natural Hazards and Disaster Planning 3 cr.
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 credits of Physical Geography or Geology.
50-422 Historical Geography of the United States 3 cr.
Settlement patterns, routes, exploration, and regional development from pre-Columbian times to the 20th Century. Prerequisite: 50-317 or 3 cr. United States History.
50-444 Internship in Geography 1-6 cr.
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 credits earned. Prerequisites: 50-371 and at least one of the following: 50-402, 50-380, 50-381, 50-391, 50-471, 50-472. Student must also have consent of instructor.
50-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
50-451/651 Advanced Topics in Human Geography 3 cr.

This course examines a specific topic in human geography of interest to faculty and students. The course may be repeated for credit only if the content is different. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. Prerequisite: 50-102, 50-111 and consent of instructor.
50-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
50-461/661 Advanced Topics in Physical Geography 3 cr.

This course examines a specific topic in physical geography of interest to faculty and students. The course may be repeated for credit only if the content is different. Each time it is offered the topic will be announced in the timetable. Prerequisite: 50-121, 50-122 and consent of instructor.
50-471/671 Geographic Information Systems (2+2) 3 cr.
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: 50-371 and either 50-391 or 3 credits of computer science.
50-472/672 Advanced Geographic Informational Systems (2+2) 3 cr.
Continues the exploration of geographic information systems beyond the material and topics covered in the introductory course. Topics include introductory level algorithm development, applications survey and readings, and student initiated GIS project design and execution. Prerequisite: 50-471/671.
50-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing. Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be "Honors Thesis." Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 credits.
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