Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor
Geography Minor (Liberal Education)
Geography Minor for Education Majors (Elementary and Secondary Certification)


Geography

Faculty
Randy Gabrys Alexson, Associate Professor (Geography Education)
William Bajjali, Assistant Professor (Geographic Information Systems)

A wide variety of courses are available in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For more information about specific courses, see Geography in the Course Description Section of this catalog.

Geography has many specialty areas and exciting career opportunities. The Geography faculty can guide you in selecting a program of study that best suits your interests and goals. Because Geography is inherently interdisciplinary, the minors described below can complement and enhance many major areas of study, such as education, business, communication, legal studies, science, and all areas of international study.

Three minors are currently available:

1. Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

2. Geography Minor with Liberal Education emphasis

3. Geography Minor for Elementary or Secondary Teacher Certification

Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor
(21 credits)

Employment opportunities are limitless for graduates who are proficient with this interdisciplinary tool. Well-qualified GIS specialists are sought in the areas of business, economics, education, government, planning, and international industries.

Required Core Courses:
GEOG 241     Fundamentals of GIS I                 4 credits
GEOG 243     Fundamentals of GIS II               4 credits
GEOG 342     Advanced Principles of GIS         4 credits

Plus a minimum of nine credits within the following elective courses:
GEOG 302     Economic Geography                                                        3 credits
GEOG 402     Urban Planning and Transportation Systems                       3 credits
CIS 347          Database Systems                                                             3 credits
MATH 130     Elementary Statistics                                                          4 credits
GEOG 491     Research                                                                         1-4 credits *
GEOG 496     Internship                                                                         1-4 credits *

* A combined maximum of four credits may be earned in GEOG 491 and GEOG 496. 

Geography Minor
(Liberal Education)

(22 credits)

Required Core Courses:
GEOG 100     World Regional Geography                                  3 credits
GEOG 102     Cultural Geography                                              3 credits
GEOL 110     Physical Geology                                                  4 credits
GEOG 241     Fundamentals of GIS I                                         4 credits
GEOG 302     Economic Geography                                           3 credits

Plus credits from the following courses to equal a minimum of 22 total credits and a minimum of five credits must be in courses numbered 300 or higher:
GEOG 243     Fundamentals of GIS II                                    4 credits
GEOG/ANTH 320     Environmental Anthropology                 3 credits
POLS 303     Environmental Law                                             3 credits
BIOL 312     Biogeography                                                     3 credits
GEOG 340     Advanced Principles in GIS                               4 credits
GEOG 402     Urban Planning                                                 3 credits
GEOG 481     Physical and Human Geography of Wisconsin    3 credits
GEOG 481     Special Topics                                                 1-6 credits
GEOG 491     Undergraduate Research                                 1-4 credits *
GEOG 492     Geography Seminar                                          1 credit
GEOG 496     Internship                                                         1-4 credits *

* A combined maximum of 4 credits can be earned in GEOG 491 and 496.

Geography Minor for Education Majors
(Elementary and Secondary Certification)

Required Courses (a minimum of 22 credits):
GEOG 100     World Regional Geography                                       3 credits
GEOG 102     Cultural Geography                                                   3 credits
GEOL 110     Physical Geology                                                       4 credits
or
GEOL 170     Earth Science                                                             3 credits
GEOG 241     Fundamentals of GIS I                                               3 credits
GEOG 302     Economic Geography                                                 3 credits
GEOG 481     Physical and Human Geography of Wisconsin             3 credits
GEOG 491     Research in Geography for Teachers                          3 credits