Courses Offered

GEOG 105 - Introduction to Human Geography (3 units; U)
How humans interact with and alter the Earth through cultural, political, and economic processes; how these processes are dependent on and affect Earth's natural resources. 2 hrs lec, 1 hr dis. Prereq: none.
GEOG 110 - The World: Peoples and Regions (3 units; U)
Introduction to regional cultural geography through a study of representative and significant areas of the earth. Prereq: none.
GEOG 114 - Geography of Race in the United States (3 units; U)
Contemporary geographic issues of segregation, assimilation, belonging, and exclusion facing African-American, white, Asian, Latino, Native American and either groups in the U.S. 2 hrs lec, 1 hr dis. Prereq: none.
GEOG 120 - Our Physical Environment (3 units; U)
Characteristics and significance of world land form, climate, soils, vegetation, and mineral and water resources. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab/dis. Not open for cr to students w/cr in Geog 121(ER), 122(ER). Required all-day field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: none.
GEOG 125 - Introduction to Environmental Geography (3 units; U)
Introduction to environmental geography and related environmental problems aimed at understanding of the earth's systems in our daily encounter with them. Prereq: none.
GEOG 128 - Introduction to Caves and Caving (3 units; U)
An introduction to the science of speleology, to the underground world of caves, and to the techniques and history of caving. Prereq: none.
GEOG 140 - Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography (3 units; U)
Site and situation, central functions, spatial patterns of socio-economic and demographic characteristics of urban population. Spatial patterns of urban economy. Prereq: none.
GEOG 193 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
GEOG 194 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
GEOG 199 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
For further information, consult dept chair. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.
GEOG 213 - Geography of Asia (3 units; U)
Population, resources, development, and diversity. Regions discussed are East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. Prereq: soph st.
GEOG 214 - Wisconsin (3 units; U)
Regional examination of physical features, resources, people, land utilization, and economic development. Prereq: soph st.
GEOG 215 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science (3 units; U)
Geographic objects, their representation and analysis. Topics include special nature of spatial data; concepts of space, mapping, spatial relationships; and use of geographic information systems. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: none.
GEOG 216 - Geography of the United States and Canada (3 units; U)
Physical features, resources, peoples, and utilization and economic development of the United States and Canada. Prereq: soph st.
GEOG 225 - The Language of Maps (3 units; U)
Maps as a visual language. An introduction to their making, conventions, distortions, use, and significance in society. Historical examples. Prereq: soph st.
GEOG 231 - Geography of Islam (3 units; U)
Origin and main features of Islam and the diversity of Muslim cultures in various geographical, social, cultural, and political contexts. Prereq: none.
GEOG 247 - Quantitative Analysis in Geography (3 units; U)
Application of quantitative measures to geographic problems. Topics include descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and bivariate relationships. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: Math 105(P).
GEOG 253 - Austria: The Second German State (1 units; U)
Lands and people of Austria; climate, soils, and mineral resources; settlements and economy; the role of Austria today. Prereq: soph st.
GEOG 261 - Africa: Topical Analysis (3 units; U)
Countries south of the Sahara. Prereq: soph st.
GEOG 289 - Internship in Geography, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of geography in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: intro course in Geog; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
GEOG 296 - UROP Apprenticeship (1-3 units; U)
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff. One credit for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Not open to jrs & srs. Prereq: acceptance into UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
GEOG 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
GEOG 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
GEOG 304 - Human Impact on the Environment (3 units; U)
Geographical and temporal distribution of human effects on land and resources; historical background of human concern for deleterious effects of impacts on environments. Prereq: jr st; intro course in Geog or a life sci recom.
GEOG 306 - Natural Hazards (3 units; U)
An introduction to processes and conditions responsible for natural hazards, reasons for geographic patterns of hazards' occurrence, and modes of adjustment to natural hazards. Prereq: jr st; a physical geog course recom.
GEOG 309 - Nationalities and Nations of the World (3 units; U)
Nationalities, nations and changing borders of countries. Emigration and immigration. Cultural diffusion, languages and folk and popular culture. Prereq: jr st; 100-level course in Geog or Ethnic recom.
GEOG 310 - General Climatology (3 units; U)
Global patterns of climate and the processes that shape them. Climatic elements, upper-atmospheric waves, internet data, Midwest climate, climate classification, and climate change. Prereq: jr st; Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P).
GEOG 315 - Globalization and Economic Development (3 units; U)
Geographic perspectives on world economy: geographic organization of contemporary production and consumption around the world; historical development of capitalist economy; economic geography of globalization processes. Prereq: Geog 105(P), 110(P), 114(P), or 140(P).
GEOG 330 - Europe: East and West (3 units; U)
Europe's lands and peoples, physical and cultural diversities and similarities. Prereq: jr st.
GEOG 332 - China: Peoples, Regions, and Development (3 units; U)
Geographic examination and explanation of change in China, including population, resources, development processes, environment, diverse cities and regions, and integration into the global economy. Prereq: jr st.
GEOG 340 - Biogeography (3 units; U)
An introduction to the geography of the biosphere, the earth's surface, and the plants and animals which live there. Prereq: jr st; a physical geog or a biology course recom.
GEOG 350 - Conservation of Natural Resources (3 units; U)
Analysis of environmental ethics; the positive and negative consequences of resource development with emphasis on strategies designed to resolve environmental conflicts. Prereq: jr st or a geog course.
GEOG 381 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Selected topics in geography. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors200(P); cons Honors College dir.
GEOG 400 - Population, Environment, Development (3 units; U/G)
Population processes and policies in different geographical contexts: fertility, mortality, migration, and policies affecting these; population-environment relations; interactions of population and economic development. Prereq: jr st; Geog 105(P), 110(P), 114(P), or 140(P).
GEOG 403 - Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis (4 units; U/G)
Use of aerial photographs and digital imagery in environmental and land use analysis, including urban areas. 3 hrs lec; 2 hrs lab PC/Windows familiarity recom. Prereq: jr st & Geog 215(P); or grad st.
GEOG 405 - Cartography (4 units; U/G)
Thematic cartography; map communication, design principles, illustration and mapping software. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st & Geog 215(P); or grad st.
GEOG 410 - Gendered Geographies (3 units; U/G)
Various ways feminist geographers have analyzed gender in relation to phenomena such as the body, home, work, the nation, colonization, and globalization. Prereq: jr st & one of Geog 105(P) or 110(P) or Wmns 200(P) or 201(P) or equiv; or grad st.
GEOG 411 - Physical Climatology (3 units; U/G)
Analyzing climatic processes at the microclimate scale. Budgets of radiation, energy, water, and momentum at the earth's surface, sensible-latent heat, and soil-plant-atmosphere interactions. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P), & Geog 310(R); or grad st.
GEOG 415 - Hydrogeography (3 units; U/G)
Role of water in geographic systems. Interaction of water with physical and human systems, key hydrological processes, spatial and temporal variations of water, data collection, modeling. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or 125(P), & Geog 215(P); or grad st.
GEOG 420 - Methods and Principles in Land Form Geography (3 units; U/G)
Geographic qualitative and quantitative methods in land form analysis and principles of landscape evolution. Prereq: jr st & Geog 120(P) or 121(P) or Geo Sci 100(P).
GEOG 421 - Geography of Latin America (3 units; U/G)
Topical and regional analysis of physical features, discovery and exploration, processes of settlement, evolution of the landscape, and problems of development through modern times. Prereq: jr st & Geog 110(P) or 120(P) or 125(P); or grad st.
GEOG 424 - Karst Geomorphology (3 units; U/G)
Description and analysis of karst (limestone) processes and landforms. Prereq: jr st; Geog 004(P), 120(P) or cons instr.
GEOG 430 - Geography of Transportation (3 units; U/G)
Geographic analysis of transportation, with emphasis on commodity flows and traffic patterns. Prereq: jr st; Geog 115(P).
GEOG 437 - Qualitative Methods in Geography (3 units; U)
Research design, interview, focus group, ethnography, survey, and discourse analysis; epistemological debates and the methodological and ethical issues that arise throughout the research process. Prereq: jr st; Geog 105(P), 110(P), 114(P), or 140(P).
GEOG 441 - Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas (3 units; U/G)
Extent, localization, and geographic relations of land uses, facilities, and internal circulation, with particular reference to large North American cities. Prereq: jr st & intro course in geog or acceptable course in an urban related field, e.g. Econ, UrbPlan, Urb Std; or grad st.
GEOG 443 - Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography (3 units; U/G)
Geographic analysis of world urban systems with emphasis on the cultural traditions, form, function and socio-economic development of cities. Prereq: jr st & Geog 110(P), 115(P), or 140(P).
GEOG 450 - Climates of the Past and Climate Change (3 units; U/G)
Climatic history of the earth and climate models. Milankovitch theory, quaternary climates, temporal-spatial scales of change, general circulation, and earth system models. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P), & Geog 310(R); or grad st.
GEOG 455 - Applied Climatology (3 units; U/G)
Applications of climate processes and data. Solar energy, wind energy, food production, water usage, building design, urban environments, ecological assessment, and land form development. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P), & Geog 310(R); or grad st.
GEOG 462 - Cultural Geography of Latin America (3 units; U/G)
Development of cultural landscapes, with emphasis on land use and environmental change resulting from European introductions; historical explanation of modern landscapes and environmental problems. Prereq: jr st; one of Geog 105(P), 110(P), 421(P), 422(P), Hist 180(P), 388(P), 389(P), or 390(P).
GEOG 464 - Environmental Problems (3 units; U/G)
General discussion and case studies of geographical contexts and historical roots of modern environmental problems. History of human concern over adverse environmental impacts. Prereq: jr st & an intro course in a life science or environmental science.
GEOG 470 - Geography of South Asia (3 units; U/G)
Survey of the historical, cultural and economic geography of South Asia, including India and adjacent countries. Prereq: jr st; intro Geog, Anthro, or Econ course.
GEOG 475 - Geography of Soils (3 units; U/G)
Systematic and regional study of soils, interrelationships of soils with the physical and cultural landscape. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st; Geog 120(P), 121(P), or 125(P) or equiv.
GEOG 489 - Internship in Geography, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of geography in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in Geog; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
GEOG 496 - UROP Apprenticeship, Upper Level (1-3 units; U)
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff. One credit for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; acceptance to UROP.
GEOG 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
GEOG 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
GEOG 515 - Watershed Analysis and Modeling (3 units; U/G)
Theories and applications of analytical and modeling techniques for watershed processes, including geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and computer simulations. Prereq: jr st; working knowledge of GIS; Geog 415(R) or Geo Sci 463(R) or 562(R); or grad st.
GEOG 520 - Physical Geography of the City (3 units; U/G)
Spatial aspects and interactions of plants, animals, climate, soils, and water resources relevant to human activities in the urban environment. Prereq: jr st & Geog 120(P) or 125(P); or grad st.
GEOG 525 - Geographic Information Science (4 units; U/G)
Geographic and information theoretical foundations of geographic information science (GIS). Use of macro languages in a software project to expand GIS functionality. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st, & Geog 215(P); or grad st.
GEOG 540 - Globalization and the City (3 units; U/G)
Spatial aspects of globalization and their impact on the city. Topics include emergence of global cities, impacts on urban development, and global era urban strategies. Prereq: jr st.
GEOG 547 - Spatial Analysis (4 units; U/G)
Advanced analysis techniques, including multivariate relationships and spatial modeling. Prereq: jr st; Geog 247(P) or dept-approved equiv.
GEOG 564 - Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice (3 units; U/G)
Spatial aspects of contributors to urban environmental change affecting social justice. Inequitable distribution of environmental risks and benefits; challenge of developing policies. Prereq: jr st.
GEOG 600 - Perspectives on Geography (3 units; U)
Seminar on concepts, methods, and approaches to geographic inquiry. Discussion of professional geographic materials, bibliographic procedures and methodologies. Prereq: sr st; declared geography major; writ cons instr.
GEOG 625 - Intermediate Geographic Information Science (4 units; U/G)
Concepts and techniques of geographic information science (GIS), with emphasis on GIS-based spatial analysis, associated applications, and technology. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st: Geog 525(P) or UrbPlan 591(P) or 791(P); or cons instr.
GEOG 647 - ArcGIS Programming with Python (4 units; U/G)
Fundamentals of Python programming language; focus on programming designed to automate ArcGIS geoprocessing tasks, manipulate spatial data (including geometries and rasters), and create customized tools. Prereq: jr st; C+ or better in Geog 525(P) or cons instr or grad st.
GEOG 650 - Geography Field Work (3 units; U/G)
Geographic field techniques and field problems; classroom preparations and field projects. Students will pay fieldwork expenses. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; writ cons instr.
GEOG 654 - Tropical Field Course: (3 units; U/G)
Study of geographic field problems and techniques in the tropics. Classroom preparations, field projects and field trip to the tropics. Students will pay field trip expenses. Retakable for cr w/chg of field topic & site to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; writ cons instr.
GEOG 696 - Independent Work in Physical Geography (1-3 units; U)
Independent reading or project on a physical geography topic under the supervision of a geography faculty member. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
GEOG 698 - GIS/Cartography Internship (1-6 units; U/G)
Practical GIS/cartography experience with government agency or private firm under supervision of working expert and faculty member. Intern's contract specifies duties and duration. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Geog 215(P); writ cons instr & dept chair.
GEOG 699 - Independent Work (1-3 units; U)
Independent reading or project. See Advanced Independent Study. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.