Geography Major

Geography Major - Liberal Arts: 37 Total Credits

(without a GIS/Cartography Minor)

Required Core Courses: 19 cr. hrs.
GEOG 110 Physical Environment: Patterns and Systems 3 cr.
GEOG 111 Lab for Physical Environment: Patterns and Systems 1 cr.
GEOG 120 Human Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 240 United States 3 cr.
GEOG 250 Introduction to Geographic Information Science (GISci) 3 cr.
GEOG 365 Quantitative Techniques for Geographers 3 cr.
GEOG 401 Senior Colloquium in Geography 3 cr.
Directed Electives 6 cr. hrs.
Regional Course - Choose 3 credits from the following:
GEOG 241 Wisconsin 3 cr.
GEOG 242 Canada 3 cr.
GEOG 340 Europe 3 cr.
GEOG 342 Latin America 3 cr.
GEOG 343 Africa 3 cr.
GEOG 344 Asia and Oceania 3 cr.
Systematic Course - Choose 3 credits from the following:
GEOG 212 Weather and Climate 3 cr.
GEOG 213 Landforms of North America 3 cr.
GEOG 214 World Patterns of Plants and Animals 3 cr.
GEOG 220 Economic Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 237 Poverty in the United States 3 cr.
GEOG 316 The Physical Environment of Urban Areas 3 cr.
GEOG 324 Historical Geography of the United States 3 cr.
GEOG 351 Map Design 3 cr.
GEOG 360 Geographic Information Systems: Theory and Methods 3 cr.
GEOG 366 Field Methods & GPS 3 cr.
GEOG 368 Digital Image Processing 3 cr.
GEOG 378 Semester Abroad 3-6 cr.
GEOG 379 Geography Internship 3-12 cr.
GEOG 385 Interdisciplinary Seminar on the American Frontier 3 cr.
GEOG 389 Topics in Geography .5-3 cr.
GEOG 412 Advanced Climatology 3 cr.
GEOG 428 Political Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 455 Advanced Map Design 3 cr.
GEOG 460 Geographic Information Systems: Analysis and Modeling 3 cr.
GEOG 490 Readings in Geography 1-3 cr.
GEOG 499 Independent Study 1-2 cr.
Electives: 12 cr. hrs.
Must be numbered 200 and above with at least one numbered 400 or above, see courses listed in Directed Electives above.

Geography Major - Liberal Arts with a GIS/Cartography Minor

Major Requirements 37 Total Credits

Required Core Courses: 16 cr. hrs.
GEOG 110 Physical Environment: Patterns and Systems 3 cr.
GEOG 111 Lab for Physical Environment: Patterns and Systems 1 cr.
GEOG 120 Human Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 240 United States 3 cr.
GEOG 365 Quantitative Techniques in Geography & Cartography 3 cr.
GEOG 401 Senior Colloquium in Geography 3 cr.

Directed Electives 6 cr. hrs.

Regional Course - Choose 3 credits from the following:
GEOG 241 Wisconsin 3 cr.
GEOG 242 Canada 3 cr.
GEOG 340 Europe 3 cr.
GEOG 342 Latin America 3 cr.
GEOG 343 Africa 3 cr.
GEOG 344 Asia and Oceania 3 cr.

Systematic Course - Choose 3 credits from the following:
GEOG 212 Weather and Climate 3 cr.
GEOG 213 Landforms of North America 3 cr.
GEOG 214 World Patterns of Plants and Animals 3 cr.
GEOG 220 Economic Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 237 Poverty in the United States 3 cr.
GEOG 316 The Physical Environment of Urban Areas 3 cr.
GEOG 324 Historical Geography of the United States 3 cr.
GEOG 351 Map Design 3 cr.
GEOG 360 Geographic Information Systems: Theory and Methods 3 cr.
GEOG 366 Field Methods & GPS 3 cr.
GEOG 368 Digital Image Processing 3 cr.
GEOG 378 Semester Abroad 3-6 cr.
GEOG 379 Geography Internship 3-12 cr.
GEOG 385 Interdisciplinary Seminar on the American Frontier 3 cr.
GEOG 389 Topics in Geography .5-3 cr.
GEOG 412 Advanced Climatology 3 cr.
GEOG 428 Political Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 455 Advanced Map Design 3 cr.
GEOG 460 Geographic Information Systems: Analysis and Modeling 3 cr.
GEOG 490 Readings in Geography 1-3 cr.
GEOG 499 Independent Study 1-2 cr.

Electives: 15 cr. hrs.

Must be numbered 200 and above with at least one numbered 400 or above, see courses listed in Directed Electives above.

General Education Requirements

BA and BS Liberal Arts majors as listed.
BS Education majors as listed.

Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences

344 Kleinpell Fine Arts
715-425-3264
www.uwrf.edu/GEOG/

John Heppen-Chair, Ruth Baker, Mathew Dooley, Charles Rader, Matthew Millett

Geography is a discipline that seeks to understand the world and the interrelationships between humans and their environment. Geographers use data from many sources, analytical techniques, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study and map the changing natural and human landscapes from local to global scales. Geographers approach the world with a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates knowledge from the social and natural sciences. Students can tailor their plan of study to focus on human geography, physical geography, or Geographic Information Science. The department offers a GIS/Cartography minor that covers GIS theory, applications, and map design. Courses are taught in a state-of-the-art GIS laboratory. Geography majors and minors are prepared to pursue advanced degrees and careers in government, consulting, planning, travel, industry, geographic analysis, and map design.


University of Wisconsin-River Falls
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