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Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor

Geography Minor

Geography Minor for Education Minors

 

 


 

Geography

 

Faculty

Randy Gabrys Alexson, Professor (Geography Education)

William Bajjali, Associate Professor (Geographic Information Systems and Earth

Science)

 

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 Descriptions 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 343 Fundamentals of GIS II                                                                  4 credits

GEOG 442 Advanced Principles of GIS                                                           4 credits

 

Plus a minimum of nine credits within the following elective courses:

BUS 270 Business Statistics                                                                             3 credits

CIS 108 Business Computer Applications                                                         3 credits

CSCI 346 Database Management                                                                    3 credits

GEOG 302 Economic Geography                                                                     3 credits

GEOG 402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems                                   3 credits

GEOG 491 Research                                                                                       1-4 credits *

GEOG 496 Internship                                                                                       1-4 credits *

MATH 115 Precalculus                                                                                    5 credits

MATH 130 Elementary Statistics                                                                      4 credits

           

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

 

Geography Minor

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 302 Economic Geography                                                                     3 credits

 

Plus credits from the following courses to equal a minimum of 22 total credits

and a minimum of seven credits must be in courses numbered 300 or higher:

GEOG 241 Fundamentals of GIS I                                                                   4 credits

GEOG 343 Fundamentals of GIS II                                                                  4 credits

ANTH 320 Environmental Anthropology                                                          3 credits

POLS 303 Environmental Law                                                                         3 credits

BIOL 312 Biogeography                                                                                  3 credits

GEOG 442 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 four credits can be earned in GEOG 491 and 496.

 

Geography Minor for Education Majors

Elementary and Secondary Certification

Required courses (a minimum of 21 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 302 Economic Geography                                                                     3 credits

GEOG 481 Special Topics: Physical and Human Geography of Wisconsin         3 credits

GEOG 491 Research in Geography for Teachers                                              3 credits

 

Plus one of the following:

GEOG 481 Special Topics: Human Biogeography                                             4 credits

or

GEOG 241 Fundamentals of GIS I                                                                   4 credits

or

GEOG 402 Urban Planning                                                                              3 credits        

 

Secondary Education students should complete majors in History or Broad Field Social Studies for licensure.