Major Requirements

The curriculum below is effective beginning in Fall 2023. If you declared your Geography major before Fall 2023, you may change to the new requirements by declaring the Geography major again on this page. If you need advice on which set of requirements will work best for you, please consult with the Geography Undergraduate Chair or the Geography Undergraduate Advising Assistant.

Geography Major Requirements

Students must meet with the department's undergraduate advisor to declare geography as a major. All majors must complete the 24- or 25-credit core curriculum and the additional requirements as defined in one of the three tracks:

  1. Geographic Information
  2. Climate-Environment
  3. Human Geography 

Geography majors may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In satisfying their major requirements, all students must complete at least 33 credits in geography, 18 of which must be at or above the 300 level, with at least 15 of those taken in residence at UWM. Courses taken outside geography that fulfill geography requirements will be included in the major GPA. Majors must have a 2.0 GPA in all geography credits attempted at UWM, as well as in any transfer work counting toward the Geography major.

Core Curriculum
Select one of the following courses in human geography:3
Introduction to Human Geography
The World: Peoples and Regions
Geography of Race in the United States
Globalization and Economic Development
Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography
Select one of these courses in physical or environmental geography:3
Our Physical Environment
Introduction to Environmental Geography
Select one of the following regional or world geography courses:3
Geography of Asia
Nationalities and Nations of the World
Europe: East and West
Gendered Geographies
The following two courses are required for all tracks:
GEOG 215Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOG 247Quantitative Analysis in Geography3
Select one of the following techniques courses:3-4
Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis
Qualitative Methods in Geography
Geographic Information Science 1
Spatial Analysis
The following course is required for all tracks:
GEOG 600Perspectives on Geography (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Select one of the following upper-level experiential learning courses:3
Geography Field Work
GIS/Cartography Internship 2,3
Independent Work 2
Internship in Geography, Upper Division 2
Study Abroad: 2
Major Tracks
Select a Major Track9-15
Total Credits33-40

Students in the Geographic Information Track must take GEOG 525.


Students must obtain faculty approval to select one of these courses: GEOG 489, GEOG 497,GEOG 698, or GEOG 699.


Students in the Geographic Information Track must take GEOG 698.

Major Tracks

Geographic Information Track

GEOG 625Intermediate Geographic Information Science4
Select two additional upper-level techniques courses from these: 17-8
Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis
Qualitative Methods in Geography
Spatial Analysis
GEOG 698GIS/Cartography Internship3
Total Credits14-15

You will already have taken GEOG 525 as listed in the core curriculum and as a prerequisite to GEOG 625.

Climate-Environment Track

Select three of the following:9
Human Impact on the Environment
Natural Hazards 1
General Climatology 1
Biogeography 1
Conservation of Natural Resources
Hydrogeography 1
Climates of the Past and Climate Change 1
Environmental Problems
Watershed Analysis and Modeling 1
Physical Geography of the City 1
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9

These courses are approved to satisfy the L&S Advanced Natural Sciences requirement for the B.S. Students pursuing the B.S. option will need to complete at least 15 credits in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) in Geography, and 30 of their 36 credits in upper-division L&S courses must be in approved L&S Advanced Natural Science courses.

Human Geography Track

Select four from the following: 1
Systematic Geography Focus (at least TWO courses)6
Nationalities and Nations of the World
Gendered Geographies
Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Globalization and the City
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Regional Geography Focus (at least TWO courses)6
Geography of Asia
Europe: East and West
Total Credits12

In addition to the world or regional course taken as part of the core curriculum.