UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

GEOGRAPHY



Harold Gulley, Chairperson
Department Office: Halsey Science, Room 220
Department Telephone: 920-424-4105

Code 50 or GEOG

I. FACULTY

Bowen, Burayidi, Cross, Greuel, Gulley, Hu, Johnson, Kavanagh, McHugh, 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
  • Geography 102/104 World Regional Geography 3 cr.
  • Geography 111/112 Human Geography 3 cr.
  • Geography 121 Physical Geography I - Weather and Climate 4 cr.
  • Geography 122 Physical Geography II Landforms and Soils 4 cr.
  • Geography 371 Cartography 3 cr.
  • Geography 380 Research Methods 3 cr.

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

1. GEOGRAPHY MAJOR

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

Required Units (crs.): 39 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Geography: 9 units (crs.) from: Geography 213, 304, 311, 314 316, 321, 324, 325, 329, 335, 342, 352, 363, 364, 402, 414*, 419*, 451, 461
    *Unit (cr.) will count towards 9 unit (cr.) minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 units (crs.) from the senior level capstone course requirement (see below).

  • Geography: 6 units (crs.) from: Geography 313, 317, 319, 331, 338, 347, 353, 354, 399, 422*
    *Unit (cr.) will count towards the 6 unit (cr.) minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 units (crs.) from the senior level capstone course requirements (see below).

  • Geography: 3 units (crs.) from (capstone): Geography 414, 419, 422, 474.

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.

B. Geographic Information Science 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 Units (crs.): 45 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Geography: Geography 385, 471
  • Geography: 9 units (crs.) from: Geography 213, 304, 311, 314, 316, 321, 324, 325, 329, 335, 342, 352, 363, 364, 414*, 419
    *Unit (cr.) will count towards 9 unit (cr.) minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 units (crs.) from the senior level capstone course requirement (see below).
  • Geography: 3 units (crs.) from: Geography 381, 382*, 391**, 402, 444, 472*
    *Unit (cr.) will count towards 3 unit (cr.) minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 units (crs.) from the senior level capstone course requirement (see below).
    **Unit (cr.) will count towards 3 unit (cr.) minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 units (crs.) from the
    computer science/geography course requirement (see below).
  • Geography: 3 units (crs.) from (capstone): Geography 382, 414, 472, 474
  • Computer Science/Geography: 3 units (crs.) from: Computer Science 262, Geography 391

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

C. Environmental Analysis And Management 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 Units (crs.): 48 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Geography: Geography 314, 385
  • Geography: 3 units (crs.) from: Geography 213, 311
  • Geography/Geology: 6 units (crs.) from: Geography 304, 335, 342, 363, 461, Geology 320
  • Geography: 3 units (crs.) from: Geography 364, 402, 414*, 419*
    *Unit (cr.) will count towards the 3 unit (cr.) minimum only if this course is not counted towards the minimum 3 units (crs.) from the senior level capstone course requirement (see below).
  • Geography: 3 units (crs.) from (capstone): Geography 414, 419, 474.

Environmental Sciences electives (6 units (crs.)):

Group A: 3 units (crs.) from:
  • Biology 231 Biology of Plants and Microbes
  • Biology 260 Environment and Living Systems
  • Biology 326 Introductory Limnology
  • Biology 349 Ecology and Evolution
  • Biology 386 Systems Ecology
  • Geology 328 Oceanography
  • Geology 365 Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Studies 260 Environmental Science

Group B: 3 units (crs.) from:
  • Anthropology 250 Introduction to Archaeology
  • Anthropology 358 Theory and Method of Archaeology
  • Economics 355 Natural Resource Economics
  • Economics 360 Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Public Affairs 391 Environment and Energy Management
  • Urban and Regional Studies 300 Planning
  • Urban and Regional Studies 317 Land Use Regulation

D. 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 Units (crs.): 39 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Geography: Geography 311, 313, 317, 324; 3 units (crs.) selected from: Geography 304, 314, 335, 342, 352, 363, 414, 419; 3 units (crs.) selected from: Geography 316, 319, 321, 331, 338, 347, 353, 354, 381, 391, 422, 471.

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

VII. MINOR(S)

1. GEOGRAPHY MINOR

Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Letters and Science: Geography Geography 102.
  • Secondary Education: Geography Geography 111, 121.

Electives:
  • Letters and Science: sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement
  • Secondary Education: electives must include 3 units (crs.) from: Geography 122, 304, 321, 335, 342, 352, 364, 419, 444; 3 units (crs.) from: Geography 213, 311, 314, 324, 325;and 3 units (crs.) from: Geography 102, 313, 317, 319, 331, 338, 347, 353, 399, 422.

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 Units (crs.): 25 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Geography: Geography 111, 121, 311, 313
  • 6 units (crs.) regional geography electives.
  • 3 units (crs.) cultural geography elective.
  • 3 units (crs.) geography elective.

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Geography 102 3 units (crs.)
World Regional Geography (NW)
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).

Geography 104 3 units (crs.)
Honors: World Geography (NW)
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 Honors students only. Credit will be allowed for only one of Geography 102 or 104.

Geography 111 3 units (crs.)
Human Geography(SS)
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.

Geography 112 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Human Geography (SS)
The nature, distribution, and significance of major elements of human geography. For University Honor students only. Uses exploratory/investigative learning method. Credit will be allowed for only one of Geography 111 or 112.

Geography 121 1-4 units (crs.)
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. (Not open to students with credit in Geography 118.) (3+2)

Geography 122 1-4 units (crs.)
Physical Geography II-Landforms and Soils (NS)
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 Geography 117.) Prerequisite: Geography 121. (3+2)

Geography 213 3 units (crs.)
Population Geography (SS)
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 304 3 units (crs.)
Soils
A study of the morphology, evolution, classification, and distribution of soils.

Geography 311 3 units (crs.)
Economic Geography
A topical approach to the analysis of spatial variations in man's activities related to producing, distributing, servicing and consuming various products.

Geography 313 3 units (crs.)
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 3 units (crs.)
Environmental Conservation
An examination of natural resource utilization, methods of exploitation, policies governing their development, and their relationship to cultural geographic patterns.

Geography 316 3 units (crs.)
Ethnic Landscapes of America (ES)
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 111, or History 201 or 202. 316/516

Geography 317 3 units (crs.)
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.

Geography 319 3 units (crs.)
Latin America (NW)
The cultural and physical aspects of Latin America organized by regions and countries. Prerequisite: Geography 102.

Geography 321 3 units (crs.)
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 111.

Geography 324 3 units (crs.)
Urban Geography
The origin, development, distribution, and functions of urban places with emphasis on internal areal differentiation, growth, and problems of modern cities. Prerequisite Geography 111.

Geography 325 3 units (crs.)
Geography of Transportation and Industry
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: Geography 311.

Geography 329 3 units (crs.)
Geography of Recreation and Tourism
A study of recreational areas and the processes (physical and cultural) that exist and give character to those areas.

Geography 331 3 units (crs.)
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.

Geography 335 3 units (crs.)
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 338 3 units (crs.)
Russian Realm (NW)
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: Geography 102. 338/538

Geography 342 3 units (crs.)
Meteorology
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: Geography 121. (3+0)

Geography 347 3 units (crs.)
Far East (NW)
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: Geography 102.

Geography 352 3 units (crs.)
Landscape Morphology
Processes of landform evolution. Analysis of landforms and interpretation of the physical landscape using topographic maps, aerial photographs, and topographic models. Prerequisite: Geography 122 or Geology 102.

Geography 353 3 units (crs.)
Subsaharan Africa (NW)
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: Geography 102. 353/553

Geography 354 3 units (crs.)
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.

Geography 363 3 units (crs.)
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 focussing upon ecosystems and other land system interactions. Prerequisite: Geography 121 or Biology 349. 363/563

Geography 364 3 units (crs.)
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 4 units (crs.)
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. 371/571 (3+2)

Geography 380 3 units (crs.)
Research Methods
Defining geographic problems, design of research projects, data collection, analysis of data using cartographic and statistical techniques, and research report writing.

Geography 381 3 units (crs.)
Air Photo Interpretation
An introduction to aerial measurements and interpretation using vertical air photos. Attention given to landform features, agricultural patterns, and urban area analysis. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Geography 382 3 units (crs.)
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 385 3 units (crs.)
Quantitative Methods in Geography and Environmental Sciences
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.

Geography 391 3 units (crs.)
Computer Cartography
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: Geography 371. 391/591 (2+2)

Geography 395 1 unit (cr.)
Colloquium in Geography
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 units (crs.), with course being graded on a pass/fail basis.)

Geography 399 1-8 units (crs.)
Study Tour
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.

Geography 400 3 units (crs.)
Geographic Concepts
A study of the historical development and organization of the field with special consideration to literature and methodology. Prerequisite: 24 units (crs.) in geography.

Geography 402 3 units (crs.)
Field Methods of 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: Geography 380 or 9 units (crs.) of urban studies or consent of instructor. (1+4)

Geography 414 3 units (crs.)
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. 414/614

Geography 419 3 units (crs.)
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. 419/619

Geography 422 3 units (crs.)
Historical Geography of the United States
Settlement patterns, routes, exploration, and regional development from pre-Columbian times to the 20th Century. Prerequisite: Geography 317 or 3 units United States History.

Geography 444 1-6 units (crs.)
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 380, 381, 391, 402, 471, 472, and consent of instructor.

Geography 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Geography 451 3 units (crs.)
Advanced Topics in Human Geography
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: Geography 102, 111 and consent of instructor. 451/651

Geography 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Geography 461 3 units (crs.)
Advanced Topics in Physical Geography
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: Geography 121, 122 and consent of instructor. 461/661

Geography 471 3 units (crs.)
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. 471/671 (2+2)

Geography 472 3 units (crs.)
Advanced Geographic Informational Systems
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: Geography 471/671. 472/672 (2+2)

Geography 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
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. Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).
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