UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

GEOGRAPHY


Paul Johnson, Chairperson
Department Office: Halsey Science, Room 220
Department Telephone: 920-424-4105

Code 50 or GEOG

I. FACULTY

Bowen, Cross, Gabriel, Greuel, Gulley, Hu, Paul Johnson, Peter Johnson, Zaniewski.

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Geography can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a major in our Department may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in these programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Education. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)

See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)

The Department offers a choice of 4 emphases within the Geography Major. These are: 1) General Emphasis, 2) Professional Emphasis, 3) Environmental Geography Emphasis 4) Secondary Education Geography Emphasis.

3. THE MINOR(S)

The Department offers 2 minors: 1) Geography 2) Geography - Elementary Education

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the Geography major or minor, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the major and minor.

Those students seeking Wisconsin Teacher Certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for the Geography major or minor in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Geography
  • 50-102/104 World Regional Geography 3 cr.
  • 50-111/112 Human Geography 3 cr.
  • 50-121 Physical Geography I - Weather and Climate 4 cr.
  • 50-122 Physical Geography II Landforms and Soils 4 cr.
  • 50-371 Cartography 3 cr.
  • 50-380 Research Methods 3 cr.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. GENERAL GEOGRAPHY EMPHASIS

Recommended for students who wish to have a general background in the regional and topical fields of Geography.

Required Credits: 39 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

* Credit will count towards 9 credit minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 credits from the senior level capstone course requirement (see below).

*Credit will count towards the 6 credit minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 credits from the following senior level capstone course requirements.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Comment:

This emphasis offers a full range of geographic study and yet allows for the development of a concentration in a specific area of interest.

2. PROFESSIONAL GEOGRAPHY EMPHASIS

Recommended for students who wish to acquire a greater concentration in the methods and techniques of Geography and for those who seek careers in such fields as cartography and Geographical Information Systems.

Required Credits: 45 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

*Credit will count towards 9 credit minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 credits from the senior level capstone techniques course requirement.

*Credit will count towards 6 credit minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 credits from the following senior level capstone techniques course requirement.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

3. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY EMPHASIS

Recommended for students who wish to acquire a greater concentration in the concepts and methods of environmental geography and for those who seek careers in environmental analysis and environmental resource management.

Required Credits: 51 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Required Courses from General Education Requirements (B.S)

Environmental Geography 18 credits

*Credit will count towards this requirement only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 credits from the following senior level capstone course requirement.

Environmental Sciences electives (9 credits)

  • 3 credits from both Group A and Group B, plus at least 3 additional credits from either group.
Group A
  • 26-231 Survey of the Plant Kingdom
  • 26-260 Environment and Living Systems
  • 26-326 Introductory Limnology
  • 51-150 Environmental Geology
  • 37-260 Environmental Science

Group B
  • 21-250 Introduction to Archaeology
  • 21-358 Theory and Method of Archaeology
  • 36-355 Natural Resource Economics
  • 36-360 Environmental Economics and Policy
  • 81-391 Environment and Energy Management

4. SECONDARY EDUCATION GEOGRAPHY EMPHASIS

Recommended for students earning the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and planning to teach Geography in grades 6-12.

Required Credits: 39 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Electives: Additional courses beyond the minimum requirements may be taken from the Department's offerings.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. GEOGRAPHY MINOR

Required Credits: 22 minimum

Required Courses:

Electives: Letters and Science: sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement

2. GEOGRAPHY MINOR (ELEMENTARY EDUCATION)

Recommended for students who desire a strong geography background for teaching in the elementary schools. This minor can be taken only in combination with a major in Elementary Education.

Required Credits: 25 minimum

Required Courses:

  • Geography: 50-111, 50-121, 50-311, 50-313
  • 6 credits regional geography electives.
  • 3 credits cultural geography elective.
  • 3 credits geography elective.

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Last Updated July 1, 1999