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Geography (GEOG)

 

100 World Regional Geography (3) Develops basic factual knowledge and awareness of the physical and cultural features of the world environment. Explores regional and world scale patterns of resources, climate, applied technology and trade, political alignments, and other aspects of the current world. All world political units are analyzed from a regional perspective. Students gain significant knowledge of world spatial relationships. F06, F07, S08

 

102 Cultural Geography (3) Explores the influence of culture on perceptions, decisions, and interpersonal relations on both planetary and local scales of life. A broad range of cultural topics are considered, including the origins of culture, human development, political and social organization, religions and languages, and evolving human landscapes. F06, F07

 

241 Fundamentals of GIS I (4) Broad introduction to cartography and Geographic Information Systems with emphases on both theory and practice. Explores fundamental principles of numerical data entry, digitizing, data manipulation and analysis, and interpretation of spatially referenced data. Also includes cartographic basics such as mapping, coordinate systems, projections and remote sensing. Students are introduced to the skills necessary to run a vector-based GIS. The GIS lab offers students an opportunity to use GPS systems and ArcView GIS to improve conceptual and technical GIS skills while working one-on-one with the instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) No prerequisite. F06, S07, F07

 

243 Fundamentals of GIS II (4) Introduces students to basic data analysis operations and covers statistical and spatial analytical techniques including attribute analysis, classification and recoding. Introduces students to ArcGIS software and examines the processes of overlaying, clipping, masking, appending, dissolving and merging spatial information. S07, S08

 

281/481/681 Special Topics (1-6) In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interests and needs. May include workshops. seminars, special issues, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Topic: Human and Physical Geography of Wisconsin -- Spatial examination of physical and human traits. Physical topics include the historical geology of Wisconsin through the most recent periods of glaciation as well as an examination of the hydrologic and climatic factors at work. Human geography topics include historical economic, political, and cultural factors that shape the state. S07 Topic: Research in Geography for Teachers -- Allows student to individually pursue a course for the pre-service teacher of any discipline. S08 Offered on demand.   

 

298 Independent Study (1-4) Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried out under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Offered on demand.  Instructor consent required.

 

302 Economic Geography (3) Study of how spatial organization of economic activities affects such issues as economic growth, employment, investment patterns, mobility, and the prices paid for goods. Industrial economic activities are examined as students address issues such as why some areas are more suitable than others for economic activities, and how markets function in the real world. Transportation networks that connect areas and issues of global interdependence will be central to this study. Prerequisite: for TRSP majors, ECON 250 and 251; non-TRSP majors, a course in GEOG and ECON 235 or consent of instructor. F06, F07

 

342 Advanced Principles of GIS (4) Shows students how to develop and implement various GIS application projects. Covers spatial data conversion, spatial database management and spatial analysis. Students are introduced to image analysis and geostatistical analysis techniques. Each student designs a project based on their specialty (biology, environmental science, land use, transportation, hydrogeology, demographics, economic analysis, etc.) and uses the extensions of ArcGIS Remote Sensing (IDRISI), including spatial analyst, network analyst, 3-D analyst, and geostatistical analyst. Prerequisite: GEOG 241 and GEOG 243. Builds on the principles introduced in GEOG 242; gives a more in-depth understanding of the technical aspects involved in spatial data handling, analysis, and modeling. Advanced principles of ArcView as well as ArcInfo will be used as theoretical and applied aspects are examined through a series of practical exercises and assignments culminating in the development of a prototype GIS. F06, F07

 

402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems (3) Comparative examinations of planning theories and practices that shaped the geography of 19th and 20th century urban and suburban areas. Explores intro- and interurban influences of transportation systems on land use and planning. Stresses the ways in which planners and planning ideologies have responded to different social, economic, political and technological (transportation and communication) innovations and pressures. Includes an examination of 21st century problems, pressures and solutions to urban and transportation needs. Prerequisite: GEOG 302 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as TRSP 402. Students enrolling in TRSP 402 see advisor for additional prerequisites. S07

 

491 Undergraduate Research (1-4) A course developed in cooperation with faculty or area geography specialists to provide practical experience in experimental geography. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem or focus of study. Instructor consent required.  Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. May be repeated for a total of four credits. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor. Offered on demand. Topics: Digital Elevation - Hillshade, Political Economy of Develop, Wastewater Treatment Analysis, Emergency Response Plan, Moccasin Mike Landfill.

 

492 Geography Seminar (1) Study of a topic through literature research. Each student studies a topic and effectively summarizes the available information in written and oral form. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor. Offered on demand.

 

496 Internship (1-4) On-the-job experience with local agencies such as the Department of Transportation, urban and/or regional planning agencies, historical societies, or other approved geography-related organization designed to provide students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured. Instructor consent required. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor. Offered on demand.  Topics: GIS Internship, SEH Storm Water.

 

498 Independent Study (1-4) Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried out under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Instructor consent required. Offered on demand. Topics: Archeology Native American Burial Grounds, Physical Geography, Soils, Seminar in Geographic Thought.