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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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(R), Atm Sci 100(R), or Atm Sci 240(R).
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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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 531 - Insurgent Cities - Global Geographies of Urban Social Movements (3 units; U)
Current and past social movements, activism, resistance, and revolution and their multiscalar geographies, from the urban, to the national, to the global. Prereq: jr 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken 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. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.