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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. F08, F09 

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. Solid regional/spatial background is strongly encouraged prior to enrollment in this course. For students lacking a geography background, prior enrollment in GEOG 100 is highly recommended. F08, F09

241 Fundamentals of GIS I (4) Broad introduction to cartography and Geographic Information Systems with emphases on both theory and practice. Fundamental principles of numerical data entry, digitizing, data manipulation and analysis, and interpretation of spatially referenced data will be explored. Additional topics include 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 their conceptual and technical GIS skills while working one-on-one with the instructor. In the lab each student will carry a real world project using GIS ArcView Software. (Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.) No prerequisite. F08, S09, F09, S10 

281 Special Topics (1-6) In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interests/needs. May include workshops. seminars, special issues, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. 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 we address issues such as why some areas are more suitable than others for economic activities, 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. F08, F09 

343 Fundamentals of GIS II (4) Introduction to GIS-specific content including database, topology, and basic and advanced analysis operations. Also covers statistical and spatial analytical techniques including attribute analysis and site suitability and models. Introduces students to ArcGIS software (ArcCatalog, ArcMap, and ArcToolbox and 3-D Analysis. Laboratory activities include students examining a wide range of GIS functions such as analysis, cartography, geocoding, and data management tools. Each student is required to complete a real world project using ArcGIS software. Prerequisite: GEOG 241. S09, S10 

402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems (3) Comparative examinations of planning theories and practices that shaped the geography of 19th and 20thcentury urban and suburban areas. Intro- and interurban influences of transportation systems on land use and planning will be explored. 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. Prerequisites: ACCT 200, 201; BUS 270; CIS 108; ECON 250, 251; MATH 151; ENGL 101, 102; COMM 110; all but 12 credits of remaining General Education requirements; GEOG 302. Non-DBE major: junior-level status (obtain override form from DBE-authorized representative, Erlanson Hall, Room 301). Cross-listed as TRSP 402. S09 

442 Advanced Principles of GIS (4) Students learn how to develop and implement various GIS application projects. Covers spatial data conversion, spatial database management and spatial analysis. Introduces 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 utilizes the extensions of ArcGIS (Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, and Network Analyst) and Remote Sensing (IDRISI and Topo Image.) Course builds on the principles introduced in GEOG 343 and gives a more in-depth understanding of the technical aspects involved in spatial data handling, analysis, and modeling. Very advanced principles of ArcGIS 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. Prerequisite: GEOG 343. F08, F09 

481/681 Special Topics (1-6) In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interest/need. May include workshops, seminars, special issues, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand. Special topics courses regularly offered: GEOG 481 - Human and Physical Geography of Wisconsin and GEOG 481 - Research in Geography for Teachers.  

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. 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.  

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. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor. Offered on demand.  

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. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.